UFC on FOX 20 hit us with all the power of a Rod Carew left-handed swing. It didn’t overwhelm, but it was a good show, short and sweet and did it its job. We’ve come a long way from the days of Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos headlining a one-hour show — with that fight being the only fight on the broadcast portion of the card.
Yes, MMA has evolved and a more sophisticated audience can now enjoy it. But if you are Holly Holm, you probably don’t want to bring up evolution. As the preacher’s daughter, it’s probably not a good conversation starter anyway. Besides her career is more akin to creationism: There’s no explaining the divine big bang that dark night inside the cage against Ronda Rousey and then the subsequent mystery question of “how did it happen?”
Unfortunately the only thing expanding in the UFC’s women’s bantamweight division is the number of women holding the title. No great legacies are being created. The title has gone from Rousey to Holm to Tate to Nunes to, next, Shevchenko? We don’t know what Valentina Shevchenko thinks of Kim Kardashian, Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Bryan Caraway, but it’s probably not as thought-provoking as Rousey’s perspective.
After UFC on FOX 20, the time is right for a Rousey return. Let’s look at the other fallout of yet another show without CM Punk (in Chicago nonetheless).
Should Gilbert Melendez Have Stayed in Strikeforce?
Well, that’s not really a fair question to ask because Melendez had no choice. The UFC bought Strikeforce and he came with it. Melendez is for sure a great fighter, but luck has not been on his side in the UFC. Let’s look at his record: He’s 1-4. Yeah, luck got outta town faster than Brock Lesnar after ….View full article