It is significant to start out this by declaring, UFC enthusiasts, we hear you. It is a little bit of a unusual time for the organization. Involving complaining about CM Punk remaining on the PPV around experienced athletes who should have their shot and conversing about “how a great deal the firm has improved because WME took around,” there’s been a lot of discussion about the course of the firm.
For several, the recent stunt in the cage involving Brock Lesnar and Daniel Cormier seemed to be a little bit about the best — with a variety of lovers expressing the firm has absent “too WWE” for their preferences.
Which is foolish, thinking about most of the advertising and marketing and use of narratives are ripped specifically out of the playbook pioneered by Vince McMahon, but I digress. The responses from disgruntled admirers looks to be that the company’s course appears to be bogus or so ridiculously out of the realm of what admirers may consider to be suitable. Think about the shove observed spherical the environment:
Yep, that is it. And don’t get me incorrect, it’s ridiculously silly. But Daniel Cormier received the “Blottery” (that is what I’m contacting it, so just go with it).
UFC President Dana White suggests the fight will transpire. USADA suggests, “it will, but def not ahead of January.” And but, there are nevertheless some fans who are not fairly persuaded this is a fight well worth their time.
With that, I occur to you currently with a straightforward charm: for when, can we just have some enjoyment?
I’m not likely to sit right here and argue about the validity of Lesnar’s title shot in opposition to the new two-division champ. He famously failed a drug take a look at in his past bout from Mark Hunt and did not remotely seem to offer you so substantially of an apology. White did not support matters considerably when he in essence mentioned “meh” in reaction to hard inquiries about Lesnar’s rapid go to the title shot.
Even so, at UFC 226, the future two fighters that seemed to be in line for a Heavyweight title shot fairly significantly rendered them selves irrelevant with 1 of the most dull fights in UFC background (which is a shame, taking into consideration that both Derrick Lewis and Francis Ngannou have place on stellar performances in the past).
No, Lesnar’s shot is firmly in line with the company’s “to hell with the rankings, let us place on big fights for the sake of placing on big fights” philosophy.
It does not seem proper that a dude who would get popped for steroids really should be rushed to the entrance of the line, but this was Daniel Cormier’s response when Dana White stated the winner of the struggle between DC and Stipe Miocic would get Lesnar at a press convention before this 12 months:
Here’s the thing, DC is the most elated about this news since he’s established to be in what promises to be a huge PPV attract. Cormier has famously stated that he intends to retire in March, coinciding with his 40th birthday. With that timeline, we are hunting at two to 3 far more fights at most (in the most optimistic timeline feasible).
It also can help that DC is a large pro wrestling lover and now receives the chance to exam the waters for any future professional wrestling appearances (don’t be shocked if it happens, people).
So, if DC is plainly stoked about this news, why can’t the rest of the MMA neighborhood get powering it?
Let us think about the info:
A lot of UFC followers like to place out how the PPV numbers are dwindling and how the ratings carry on to drop. That is a good criticism however, it is also fairly diluted by the actuality that all major sports activities have skilled declines in their base figures. When the UFC was broadly criticized for the use of prevent-decline stars like CM Punk (who have no business enterprise in the cage) to attempt and drum up passions in their situations, Lesnar is a former UFC Heavyweight winner. At the incredibly the very least, that and his NCAA wrestling pedigree ought to at minimum open up up a curiosity element on how the match may go.
That provides me to my next competition: MMA fighters who have wrestling backgrounds appreciate to converse about that when they get on a microphone. There’s an inherent aggressive vibe among higher education wrestlers who typically drop the use of the text “D1” and their acquire-decline records on the microphone that does make you marvel how two dominant beasts in their fields would glance in the cage.
Eventually, DC has earned the right to phone the shots on his way out. Certain, the Lesnar and DC combat has spectacle composed all more than it, but Cormier has set in his time as a diligent firm guy, succumbing only to Jon Jones on two instances in his otherwise flawless UFC profession. He’s served as an ambassador, commentator, and analyst for the firm, often expressing he under no circumstances totally felt he bought the respect that he deserved in the cage.
Which is peculiar when you take into consideration the subsequent names on the man’s resume:
Anthony Johnson. Anderson Silva. Alexander Gustafsson. Dan Henderson. Roy Nelson. Frank Mir. Josh Barnett.
All men he’s overwhelmed, many of whom are held in significant regard from battle lovers all around the planet. Regardless of the very best efforts from Yoel Romero in the previous number of times, you genuinely can not say DC has ducked the leading fighters in his discipline.
In addition, for a man who is actually concerned about the legacy he will go away in the cage, Cormier has a unique problem that arrives with a amount of unsure outcomes. Despite his many layoffs in the UFC, Lesnar is even now a large with a sound wrestling qualifications. If he receives on top rated of DC, it would be a quite tricky evening for the champ-champ.
However, for all the unpredictability in the struggle earth, there are pretty several downsides for DC in getting this battle. He has all the tools he requirements to get this combat in addition to his own wrestling pedigree, he’s established he’s received KO power, he can go championship rounds, and he’s even obtained an additional heavyweight champ on his crew in Cain Velasquez who formerly bested Lesnar at (arguably) the peak of his UFC career.
I get there are die-hards who will surprise why individuals like Curtis Blaydes or Gustafsson (or hell, even Romero) do not get their honest shake at both a single of the titles held by Cormier, but I also discover it tricky to criticize the UFC for low PPVs and ratings when they are obviously hoping to set with each other the fights that energize a foundation that looks to be evaporating.
And you’d be hard-pressed to obtain an additional draw other than a specified enigmatic Irishman who holds a lot more PPV information than Lesnar who may in shape the monthly bill for bringing folks again to the activity.
Furthermore, it’s an possibility for people fighters who earn undercard position on the Blottery. For the athletes, you’re on the lookout at the most eyeballs the enterprise will have on it in the earlier two, it’s possible 3 several years. And for the followers, here’s the possibility to support those fighters get paid out with the views those fighters would need to later on carry playing cards without having the guidance of these “giant spectacle fights” that eschew the rankings.
And if practically nothing else convinces you of the correct combination charm of the enjoyment of this struggle, let me to clearly show you Cormier’s utilization of a person of the finest competitive phases in all of pro wrestling: “If you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin’.”