December 6th, 2011
On December 6th, UFC announced that there will be new coaches for the very first run of the show on the FX channel. There will also be some changes to the format of the show.
Urijah Faber and Dominick Cruz will square off as Cruz battles to retain the bantamweight title for a third time.
There is a lot of speculation over which new coaches will be added to the fights.
Although both of the fighters are mellow mannered, the bantamweight title will be hanging in the balance.
The history between the two fighters should make the fight a nail biter. As UFC continues to make changes, the fights should still bring in huge audiences across the United States and around the world.
November 1st, 2011
Taking a look at past fights I’ve watched of Rick Story, I realized that the fighter has little formal training in MMA situations besides eclectic wrestling from grade school and college. Story does not posses any belts in any discipline, and is not an NCAA wrestler.
While such a situation is definitely rare in the UFC, it does pose the question: Is extensive formal training even needed?
Story is staying competitive without it. Other fighters have come in with low belts in their disciplines and beaten out far more decorated and experienced people. A multitude of accolades and belts in many disciplines weren’t enough to save Mauricio Rua from defeat earlier.
I dunno. It’s kind of a toss up. There’s no question that training aids in conditioning fighters and giving them a style to work with, but it might not be mandatory.
When matched up with experienced fighters in trained disciplines, my gut feeling is to lean away from Story based on his experience and stats, but it is highly interesting that someone without extensive formal training (especially in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) can be competitive in the UFC. Check out our others posts we’ve written about Rick Story.
October 5th, 2011
Just a reminder! UFC 136 is on Saturday! The fight is gonna feature Frankie Edgar vs Gray Maynard for the Lightweight Championship!
The fight is expected to be a close one, as these two giants go at each other…. again. The fight is also going to feature a lot of preliminary fights on the card, featuring a wide assortment of talent. Put simply, it is gonna be an entertainment blowout that showcases what the UFC is all about!
This one is going to be difficult to predict, given the history of these fighters and the way that chance has played a role in their meetings in the past. Suffice to say, it will be an interesting fight that will not be able to be fully predicted, but it should be volatile enough to entertain everyone watching.