What's Going On?

What’s Going On? (May 7th – 13th, 2017)

A whole new week means a whole new set of MMA news and events that needs to be discussed by yours truly. So let’s get right into it with some interesting topics for this week:

Conor McGregor’s baby is born

The world finally got another Conor McGregor (as if one wan’t enough). The media is already making articles of him as you read this article that I wrote about him. It’s unknown how long McGregor is going to spend raising his child until he come back to the UFC, but at least we finally see something happen and maybe we will see him defend a belt after all…or maybe not.

Anderson Silva and Dana White have war of words

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UFC president, Dana White, and one of the greatest of all time, Anderson Silva, have now been going back and forth in regards to UFC 212 in Brazil. Anderson Silva has requested to fight Yoel Romero for the interim UFC Middleweight Championship at UFC 212 in his home country of Brazil while the current UFC Middleweight Champion, Michael Bisping, waits to defend his belt from Georges St-Pierre sometime after October. It made sense to me for Silva to get a interim title shot especially from a company that gave Dan Henderson a legit title shot after only one win when he wasn’t even in the top 10. But White had other ideas when he said he believd Silva should just retire. I think this is heavily disrespectful to a legend who has helped build the very company that White helps manage. But White does not care about any of his employees and only cares about the money they make him. He will give McGregor and immediate rematch after being submitted in the second round but will not give arguably the GOAT of MMA an interim title shot when the current champion is going to wait a full year in between title defenses? This saddens me especially since a lot of younger MMA fans agree with him. I feel we need a better send off for The Spider, but I guess I’m the only one that thinks so.

Kelvin Gastelum punished for failing marijuan test

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Some lighter news (smoking joke), Kelvin Gastelum recently tested positive for marijuana, which is banned in most MMA and athletic associations, and has thus been given a 90 day suspension from MMA and had his win against Vitor Belfort turned over to a no contest instead. This comes as no surprise and yet many people are up in arms against the decision to turnover the win to a no contest. I think, as much as I do not believe marijuana should be illegal in MMA, that this was Gastelum’s own fault. As a professional fighter you need to know what is legal to take and what is not so that you don’t get yourself in trouble. He should know that marijuana is illegal but decided to take it anyways. That to me is unprofesional. Now I know a lot of you are thinking to yourself that it is a dumb rule that should not even have a punishment to beging with and to that I agree with you. But if you do not like a rule then you need to find a better way to combat it then just not following it. There are many laws in the U.S. that people do not like and we don’t just go breaking them because we do not like them. That could lead to a fine or jail time. Instead there is a process to get the law changed or removed entirely. Gastelum should have chosen this but instead did the unprofessional thing of blazing it. I also blame his camp for letting him do that as well. Keep control of your fighter and this won’t happen.

Daniel Cormier explains the reason for so many Jon Jones supporters

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Daniel Cormier had a few choice words for his haters and the flock of sheep that follow Jon Jones when he was on the Edge and Christian Podcast of Awesomeness:

People don’t want to be told, ‘I’m good so you should cheer for me.’ Jon Jones is a guy that has made a lot of mistakes, so maybe people relate to him more. They go, ‘Forget this Daniel Cormier goody two-shoes, him and his kids and his family. I want the guy that does coke and parties and crashes cars. That’s the guy I want.’” – Daniel Cormier

He even related himself to that of John Cena and Roman Reigns who are good guys in the WWE but are booed because of being too good. Honestly it makes a lot of sense since Jon Jones is the bad boy and Daniel Cormier is his opposite. But I think it more has to do with Jon Jones just being the better athlete. People like to cheer for winners, and when Jon Jones got into trouble his fans turned on him. But when he announced his return, his fans ran back to the winning side that he was a part of. Unless Cormier beats Jones in a rematch, things will stay like this. But hey I’m a fan of you, Cormier, so there’s something you have going for you.

Some more Al Iaquinta news

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Al Iaquinta said to the UFC to “cut me you sissies” on twitter. If you expect me to talk any more about this then you’re out of luck. I really do not know what to say about him anymore. So here is the jist of what I’ve been thinking: Iaquinta is crazy, the UFC is crazier. They are a bitter angry ol couple that can’t stand eachother but can’t leave one another. That’s all for this episode of “What is Al Iaquinta Doing Now?

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What Next?

What Next? (UFC Fight Night: Manuwa vs Anderson)

Fighters do not always like to think what fights they will be in next after feeling the relief of finishing their last fight. The fight game is neverending, however, and so I list ouf the best outcome for the winners and losers for the UFC event that shook London up.

Arnold Allen:

Arnold Allen is still developing as a fighter and might not be cut out yet for a ranked fighter. However, I did see some fight in him as he was always looking to strike and throw down with his opponent while still looking for the takedown. This reminds me of Gray Maynard who just lost to Ryan Hall in a odd contest. Maynard felt it was not a real fight as Hall was constantly going to the ground to get a submission. If a fight is what Maynard wants then Allen is he guy he is looking for. Allen can also use this fight to push him closer to the rankings and see if he truly deserves the record he has accumulated. Gray Maynard

Makwan Amirkhani:

Makwan Amirkhani needs to get back in the win column again by facing a guy who holds a similar record but has lost in their last fight as well. Luke Sanders is the only guy who comes to mind who held an eleven fight win streak to start off his career before he suffered his first loss at UFC 209: Woodley vs Thompson 2 to Iuri Alcantara this past month. It will be interesting to see the to styles matchup and see who could bounce back from a loss to secure a win. Luke Sanders

Marlon Vera:

Malon Vera just beat a retiring Brad Pickett who has one foot out the door. He needs more serious opponents before he can get a top 15 opponent. Franky Saenz would be that perfect opponent even though he is on a three fight losing streak. But because Saenz is a very tough competitor with an impressive record this makes him the right pick. Beating two big names in MMA would definitely put Vera on the map. Franky Saenz

Gunnar Nelson:

This is a tough one as there are several good oponnents for the submission specialist. Donald Cerrone was a high candidate seeing how the two are ranked right next to eachother but this matchup does not appear to be the best one. I believe a match between Gunnar Nelson and Neil Magny would be an exciting one. Magny was able to beat Johnny Hendricks by a controversial unanimous decision at the closing part of last year which makes him a tough opponent to beat. Nelson has the tools to do it though and would love to rise through the ranks fast so this matchup seems like a smart one if Magny doesn’t avoid it like the one with Jorge MasvidalNeil Magny

Alan Jouban:

Another tough selection with all of the great welterweight fighters out there but Jouban needs to go back to the drawing board and face an unranked opponent. At first Alex Oliveira was my pick for him to fight but then I decided that it would not be fair for Oliveira to face another unranked opponent after he has defeated three of them so far. Alex Morono is the next logical choice if he sees himself entering the octagon more recently. He put on a great display in Houston despite losing the contest and would be the perfect opponent for Jouban. This contest would result in fireworks and may make a star out of it. Alex Morono

Jimi Manuwa:

Without question, Jimi Manuwa should be facing the light heavyweight champion after that impressively quick knockout of top contender Corey Anderson. He has a solid case and would love to have a crack at either Daniel Cormier or a rematch with Anthony Johnson. Winner of Daniel Cormier vs Anthony Johnson for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship

Corey Anderson:

I feel sorry for Corey Anderson. He is an incredible athlete who got caught by an impressive striker. I feel like he deserves a rematch with Shogun Rua but that likely won’t happen. Volkan Oezdemir is a great opponent who just beat Ovince Saint Preux not too long ago. The contest between Anderson and Oezdemir would be a good one because of the rankings the two hold plus their all-around skill set. Volkan Oezdemir