UFC 206 took place over the weekend, and despite losing multiple fights (including its original main event) to injuries, it ended up being one of the best fight cards of the year. It was uncomplicated, brutal fun -- a breath of fresh air after months of beefs, organisational drama, and various other flavours of bullshit.
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Over the weekend, Conor McGregor became the first UFC fighter to ever simultaneously hold belts in two different weight classes. He is, without a doubt, a legend-in-the-making, a star we should appreciate while he's still around. But he's also hotheaded and petulant, and I worry that both the UFC and other fighters are learning the wrong lessons from him.
It's been a few days since UFC 197, but discussion rages on. Mainly, everyone's talking about Jon Jones, who returned after a year of atonement for actual crimes, and Conor McGregor, who didn't even fight at UFC 197. Flyweight champion Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson is once again getting the shaft.
If you at all follow UFC goings-on (or even just follow someone on Twitter who accidentally watched a UFC card at a bar once), you've probably heard about the Biblical drama storm currently following Conor McGregor. This week McGregor "retired" from MMA over the UFC's refusal to give him a slightly lighter promotional schedule. It's been a confusing mess of whispers and speculation, so here's some clarity: the UFC is absolutely being idiotic right now.
Conor McGregor is one of my favourite fighters. He lost in devastating fashion on Saturday night, and I couldn't be happier.
I am sure that Daniel Bryan, who is possibly the greatest pro wrestler in the world, wants to wrestle this Sunday. If he does -- if he competes in WWE's 30-man Royal Rumble -- then I hope that the thousands of Daniel Bryan fans who've been rooting for him to make a comeback don't discover one day that we basically rooted for the man to get brain damage.
This weekend's UFC fight has been four years in the making. Dominick Cruz pioneered a nigh-untouchable Matrix-like fighting style and dominated a whole division with it. Then he got injured. For years. While he was away, TJ Dillashaw claimed his belt with remarkably similar moves. Now, they're finally gonna fight.
In 2015, seven UFC championship belts changed hands. Jon Jones plead guilty to a felony and fell from grace. Ronda Rousey got knocked into oblivion by Holly Holm. Deadspin reported that Vitor Belfort was allowed to compete despite suspicious testosterone levels. Reebok ruined everything. And yet, it's been a damn good year of fights.
Saturday night, one of the most anticipated fights in UFC history is finally happening. Conor McGregor, the organisation's current big hope for mainstream success, takes on Brazilian phenom Jose Aldo. McGregor -- with his shit-talking antics and "movement" mumbo-jumbo -- sure will be screwed if he loses, right? Wrong.