Your heroes get old.
That’s a story of Yair Rodriguez’s rather soulcrushingly predicted demolishing of B.J. Penn, a 38-year-old fable of MMA who has been competing in a competition given a male who usually knocked him out tonight was 9 years old. Rodriguez was physically some-more imposing, his speed and energy advantage was massively in his favor, a primary reasons for presaging a Penn win tonight were mostly nostalgic, and partly usually faith that a immature warrior like Rodriguez would make a mistake and Penn’s maestro skills, some-more than his tangible earthy abilities in 2017, would see him by to a end.
Welcome to sports. Father time is undefeated. You can be as encouraged and pumped and vehement and dynamic as possible, though aging curves impact everyone. Peyton Manning, Wayne Gretzky, Roy Jones Jr, Kevin Garnett, Derek Jeter, a list goes on and on. They all turn old. Some age some-more gracefully than others, though they all get old, their bodies mangle down, they get past their earthy prime, and stop to be a contestant we fell in adore with and idolized. To design MMA to be any opposite than fighting in this courtesy is unhappy thinking.
Tonight was sad. Yair Rodriguez looked awesome, and we take zero divided from that, though this quarrel might as good have been 1988 Mike Tyson fighting 1980 Muhammad Ali. we suffer examination Yair Rodriguez fight, though we did not suffer examination a faded fable come behind for even some-more punishment (with what we felt was a late blocking by John McCarthy). Penn suffered a 1st knockdown of his whole career tonight, and a finish shortly followed.
More thoughts on tonight’s card:
- Yair Rodriguez should be fighting tip 10 featherweights, I’d rather not see B.J. Penn quarrel again. we can't suppose any good reason to watch Penn unless he moves adult to welterweight and fights CM Punk, and even that’s a unhappy sideshow.
- Joe Lauzon got a curtsy over Marcin Held by separate decision, and being a awesome, honest man that he is, pronounced that he disagreed with a call and pronounced it wasn’t his night. we can’t remember too many instances of that function in MMA. If we could disagree in preference of a Lauzon win, gripping in mind a new judging criteria manners in place, Held did tighten to zero with his takedowns, and Lauzon during slightest threatened with an armbar in turn 2, and regularly scrambled his approach behind to his feet. From there, however, we suspicion Held did adequate with his distinguished to win rounds 2 and 3. In defeat, this was a most improved opening from Held than in his UFC entrance vs. Diego Sanchez, though hopefully a former Bellator contender.
- Ben Saunders and Court McGee had a really tighten fight, with Killa B removing a unanimous preference nod. Both guys had their moments on a feet, though it wasn’t possibly one’s best performance, generally from an party perspective. To be totally biased, we had Saunders winning 30-13. Score one for a Bloody Elbow favorite, and interjection for a post-fight shoutout of BE, Ben!
- Sergio Pettis incited in a measured, effective performance, scoring a 1st turn knockdown and generally picking detached John Moraga with his higher distinguished to win a unanimous decision. The younger hermit of Anthony Pettis has won 3 true during flyweight, and during 23 years old, continues to come along as a destiny contender in a division.
- Lightweight awaiting Drakkar Klose dominated Lookin’ For a Fight signing Devin Powell, who had probably no answer for Klose’s pressuring, bullying style. Klose took this quarrel on brief notice, stuffing in for Jordan Rinaldi.
- Augusto Mendes and Frankie Saenz put on my favorite quarrel of a night. It was a back-and-forth thriller with both guys removing rocked with complicated strikes. There was a method in turn 2 where Mendes harm Saenz with a left hook, usually to be floored by an bend a few moments later. we don’t consider anyone had this quarrel being stirring mostly since of a distinguished exchanges, though that’s what we got. Good win for “Tanquinho” in his 2nd UFC quarrel (his entrance was on brief notice vs. Cody Garbrandt), while a detrimental Saenz has forsaken his 3rd straight.
- Oleksiy Oliynyk (this is how his name is spelled in a database, though there are clearly 150 ways to spell it) pulled off an Ezekiel choke on Viktor Pesta … while he was FULLY MOUNTED! That’s insane! I’ve never seen that pulled off in MMA before.
- Tony Martin tranquil and outgrappled Alex White in a flattering uninspiring fight, though it gets Martin on his initial career UFC winning streak.
- Nina Ansaroff was glorious tonight. She showed good distinguished and an strenuous belligerent diversion in her contingent rear-naked throttle win over Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger. Ansaroff is finally in a UFC win mainstay on her third try, so it’s been a good final dual weeks for Ansaroff and her partner, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes.
- Walt Harris incited in a best opening of his career, showcasing well-spoken footwork, technical striking, and infamous energy to put divided a admittedly defensively porous Chase Sherman.
- Joachim Christensen disintegrated Bojan Mihajlovic in turn 3 of an differently un-exciting contest, though a right uppercut that finished Mihajlovic off was positively a aroused one.
- French heavyweight Cyril Asker kicked things off by interlude Dmitry Smolyakov with ground-and-pound strikes, with Smolyakov looking impossibly infirm when Asker gained full mount.
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