125 Pounds of Christmas Cheer
What do you MMA fans want for Christmas? Me, as a fan … I’m
personally happy right now. St. Dana has already done way more for
me than the “real Santa” ever has.
For a long, long time, I wished that somehow the 125-pound division
was going to take its rightful place in the Octagon. I kept hearing
from Zuffa staff about how there are not enough fights for the
company to be able to put the 125-pounders in there just yet. But,
when Dana wants something, he snaps his fingers and it happens, it
seems. In this case, it wasn’t a moment too soon.
So, how great is this flyweight tournament going to be? Demetrious
Johnson will face Tachi Palace Fights champ Ian McCall. If
that was not enough, Joseph
Benavidez will face the Shooto world champ Yasuhiro
Neither Johnson nor Benavidez seemed overjoyed in recent months
leading up to this event, answering constant questions about
cutting down to 125 pounds. Both told me they had been working on
bulking up to fight bantamweights. But, of course, as we all knew
would happen once 125 opened up, both Benavidez and Johnson jumped
at the opportunity to fight in this mini-tournament.
I’m already going to go out and call the McCall- Johnson fight a
real “Fight of the Year” candidate. I have had the pleasure of
witnessing firsthand the 125-pound fighters getting ready for the
big show by battling each other at the Tachi Palace Fights. Of
course, there’s no doubting the quality of Benavidez and Johnson:
they are both UFC studs that have been at the top of a division
that we kept saying they were too small to fight in. The only man
Benavidez has fallen to is Dominick
Cruz, the same man who ended Johnson’s winning streak.
It’s not just those four, though. Fighters like Jussier da
Yamaguchi, and Darrell
Montague will help make the flyweight division a must-watch in
the UFC. Once the casual fans get to witness these amazing
athletes, they are sure to be a hit. These fighters will be able to
carry a card down the road much sooner than people imagine, and
will help make any card they’re on better. Fighters like these are
what made WEC and now Tachi Palace Fights a must-see experience for
fight fans around the world.
And, Dana White and the UFC also brought MMA to Fox, so the fans
get to watch MMA on free, primetime network TV. How is that not
better than the pair of tighty whities Santa used to leave under
the tree for you?
Dana and Zuffa have helped the sport of MMA progress so much this
year alone that every MMA fan needs to send them a Christmas card.
I’d be curious to see how many of you actually would. Even if it is
a little late, that’s alright. It will still show our appreciation
for what they have done and what they continue to do. I will even
make it easy for you.
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Treat it like a “Secret Santa” situation. And, once Christmas is
over and done with, let the countdown to March 3 begin!
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