Well to start, Wow. This card delivered in every single category you could think of. First of all, Congratulations and thank you to the UFC for managing to pull off a historic card in the middle of a global pandemic. It just goes to show what lengths Dana White is willing to go to make MMA as mainstream as possible. The UFC is also hosting a card tomorrow night at the same location as UFC 249, and is also hosting another card in the same arena this coming Saturday. So there was a card this past Saturday, tomorrow (Wednesday), and another card to follow this Saturday. This is a ton of MMA to digest at once and calls for record breaking numbers being produced in light of sports not being back at the moment. This expands the companies target market while also expanding the niche market that is “MMA Fans”.
UFC 249 will go down in history as the best card that was ever made. From top to bottom, Every name that was fighting was well known in the MMA community. There were many key take aways from the fights this weekend that many people need to realize. It’s easy to go through every fight, but I’m going to highlight the ones I believe matter. First, The earliest take away of the night: Bryce Mitchell. Bryce Mitchell displayed pure domination against Charles Rosa. The man is a serious threat on the floor and can sub you from anywhere, as he smoothly attempted many submissions throughout the fight. Second, Justin Gaethje is the real deal. He completely disarmed Ferguson while bombarding him with constant flurries and vicious leg kicks. Justin Gaethje is a true threat in the LW Division and I can’t wait to see him verse Khabib. Third take away would have to be Henry Cejudo. For his whole career, I counted the man out. He is without a doubt the greatest combat athlete of all time. This mans resume speaks for itself and regardless of his cringe tendencies, the man knows how to show up and show out. While he announced retirement, I think it was smart. He is marketing himself very well and he is setting himself up for a very large payday if he’s ever to come back to the sport. If it truly is a career, The MMA community appreciated everything Triple C has done and he has earned his retirement without a doubt. AND WHAT ABOUT FRANCIS NGANNOU? All of the MMA media was reporting that Jairzinho was the only man who can take him out, that he poses the largest power threat to Francis. Francis walked into the Octagon and made it back to the locker room in maybe 7 minutes. This man is unstoppable, and it just makes you think how the second fight with Stipe would go. Honorable mentions go out to Calvin Kattar as he destroyed Jeremy Stephens as well as Vincente Luque slaughtering Niko Price. I will not comment on Greg Hardy.
Tomorrow, expect fire works. Anthony Smith is a fan favorite and he delivers with every fight. Glover Teixeira is a very game opponent as well as a veteran to the game, so he shouldn’t be counted out. Also keep an eye out for the Drew Dober and Alexander Hernandez fight at lightweight, as that has the makings to be a great fight. Ovince St. Preux vs Ben Rothwell should be fireworks as well at heavyweight.
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