Fightweets: Why do MMA’s superstars burn out?

You’re most likely studying this as UFC London is ongoing on Saturday. We’re now not within the FOX period, the place you’d have sufficient time to learn the whole lot that’s been revealed within the historical past of the location in between fights, so let’s get proper into issues within the newest version of Fightweets:

Is being an MMA celebrity a curse?

@chjobin: Rousey saying it’s a privilege to listen to her communicate. McGregor smashing cell telephones. Is it a curse to be an enormous PPV star or they simply are silly of us?

Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey are removed from silly. You don’t shatter the glass ceiling and assist redefine girls’s position in athletics the best way Rousey did if you do not have a mind in your head. And with McGregor, I imply, it is a man who lured Floyd Mayweather into his orbit to make a huge paycheck, after which had the sense to strike whereas his model was sizzling and launch his personal whiskey. You don’t will deez tings into existence with no preponderance of functioning gray matter.

The issue, as we’ve discovered time and again in fight sports activities since nicely earlier than combined martial arts was ever a factor, is celebrity reaches a sure peak and the hype machine is so nice that you simply both begin to consider in your individual hype, otherwise you begin to suppose you’re untouchable, and that’s the place the downfall begins.

Within the case of Rousey, unquestionably she purchased into her personal hype. Why wouldn’t she? Not solely was she making it look simple within the cage, however she was being sized up for main roles in Hollywood, and other people have been severely debating if she’d beat Mayweather in a combat, and the hysteria reached the notorious “As soon as in a lifetime doesn’t apply to Ronda Rousey” ranges.

Get subjected to that kind of speak for lengthy sufficient, and that’s if you begin to consider you may step within the cage with a three-weight-class world boxing champion in Holly Holm and beat her at her personal recreation. Encompass your self with the kind of individuals who can help you purchase into your hype, and that’s the way you get your self right into a state of affairs through which you tune out the surface world after Holm arms you your ass, flip off your fan base, after which return and appear to be the sport has fully handed you by, barely a yr after it appeared just like the world was yours.

That was Ronda’s deal. McGregor has by no means come off like he purchased his hype. However, I imply, because the Mayweather combat, we’ve seen one little trace after one other of somebody who believes the foundations don’t apply to him, from his dashing incident in Dublin to his in-the-cage Bellator incident all main as much as the notorious UFC 223 combat week.

And what got here out of the Brooklyn incident? He bought the form of slap on the wrist from the authorized system we’ve come to count on from a society through which the rich can con their fool children into elite schools, after which the UFC went and used the footage from the incident to make for the largest grossing pay-per-view in firm historical past.

After all McGregor’s going to really feel untouchable at this level. Each sign he’s gotten is that he can do no improper. So long as his drawing energy holds up, that gained’t change.

That mentioned, I’m undecided I’m prepared to place this week’s points involving a fan and his cellphone into this narrative. Have you ever seen how obnoxious some followers could be. Not simply in MMA, however in all types of sports activities and leisure? A part of me is form of shocked these form of incidents don’t occur extra typically.

Nonetheless, there’s a much bigger image right here. If McGregor has a downfall, it gained’t be a Rousey-esque spectacular implosion, however moderately the basic piece-by-piece breakdown. Perhaps we’re in the course of watching a future documentary unfold proper earlier than our eyes. Time will inform.

All-women’s UFC occasion?

@craigmoore02: Do you suppose there’ll ever be an all-female UFC combat card?

You do know there’s this all-women’s combat promotion known as Invicta FC which has been round for seven years, helped open folks’s eyes to the depth of expertise on the ladies’s facet of the game, and continues to be doing their factor nicely after the UFC bought into the WMMA recreation, proper?

Critically although, at this stage of the sport, the thought of an all-women’s PPV foremost card or linear ESPN sounds value a strive. Why not? Themed MMA occasions don’t come alongside that usually, largely because of timing by way of who is accessible to combat on any given date, however we’ve had them work.

The all-heavyweight UFC 146 foremost card, for instance, helped arrange the rematch between Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez and in addition marked Stipe Miocic as a rising star. It was a well-received and well-executed occasion.

Granted, this isn’t 100 % apples-and-orange comparability, however if you wish to showcase how far issues have come alongside, why not? A foremost card with two title fights, a pair clear-cut contender’s bouts, and possibly a showcase matchup that includes an up-and-comer, appears like an occasion value your time and mine.

‘Bones’ and heavyweight

@AgentTylerScarn: Does Jon Jones transfer up and combat DC immediately for HW title or does he get a tune up combat at HW first?

I imply, in the mean time, Jones appears content material to easily combat no matter heat 205-pound physique the UFC can dredge up, and trip that out for so long as that lasts. And to be truthful, provided that Jones’ UFC 235 bout with Anthony Smith reportedly did an incredibly excessive purchase price, I can’t fault him for not eager to push out of his consolation zone. So we’ll maintain getting game-but-unheralded challengers (If Thiago Santos is certainly subsequent, he at the least has a legit puncher’s probability of conserving issues attention-grabbing the best way he hits) till that inevitable soar to 265 happens.

Whether or not or not it’s a direct title combat would appear to rely upon timing and circumstances. It’s not like we’re speaking about DC, who was a pure heavyweight who rattling close to starved himself to get to 205. Jones shall be giving up measurement to most of the high heavyweights. Perhaps an Anderson Silva-like strategy to shifting up at school can be one of the simplest ways for Jones to go.

Until Cormier continues to be the champ, through which case, how are you going to not go straight to a title combat? Jones has already confirmed he can beat DC at 205 and that is the one wrinkle left which might promote a trilogy. I do know all of the the reason why this combat may not occur, but when I’m the one one banging this drum, I’ll do it till somebody comes and rips the drumsticks out of my arms.

UFC London upset particular

@knewri: Larger probability to upset this weekend, Volkan or Masvidal?

Is “neither fighter successful appears like an enormous upset to me” an possibility? I imply, with Jorge Masvidal, certain, he’s going over to England and preventing Darren Until on Until’s dwelling turf in Saturday’s UFC London foremost occasion. However Masvidal’s report, affected by so many cut up selections, is without doubt one of the most misleading within the sport. And if you study Until’s report, he misplaced in dangerous style to Tyron Woodley; his win over Stephen Thompson was a questionable name; and he drew with Nicolas Dalby.

And within the case of Volkan Oezdemir vs. Dominick Reyes … are we actually writing Oezdemir off this quickly? Yeah, he hasn’t seemed nice, however losses to DC and Anthony Smith aren’t precisely dangerous defeats. If Reyes wins, that would appear extra all the way down to the latter proving he’s the actual deal than the previous being a fraud.

Unbelievable title runs

@MattBrownM2: Do you suppose BJ Penn has a shot at making one other run on the title?

Are we speaking in regards to the “Fighter who’s tarnishing his legacy worst by insisting on persevering with” title? As a result of there’s virtually nothing I feel I need to see much less in MMA proper now than B.J. Penn preventing once more.

Unhealthy selections

@chinmaybhogle: How would you rank these potential selections (worst – greatest)

1) CM Punk preventing once more within the UFC

2) Brock Lesnar truly getting that title shot

three) Penn getting one other combat after dropping badly to Clay Guida

four) Vitor Belfort preventing Roy Jones Jr

Effectively, there you will have it. I assumed there was nothing I needed to see much less in combined martial arts in 2019 than Penn persevering with his preventing profession, after which this man drops “CM Punk preventing once more within the UFC.” I feel my work right here is completed.

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