Every Wednesday, Administrative Editor Jordan Breen welcomes a member of the mixed martial arts media into “Press Row” on the Sherdog.com blog. This week, Breen is joined by Sherdog.com contributor and ULTMMA.com founder Tommy Messano.
Ahead of Saturday night's Benson Henderson-Josh Thomson class, Breen and Messano take stock of contendership in the UFC across all nine divisions. In the wake of Anderson Silva and Georges St. Pierre, the pair discuss how quickly the MMA public expects “stars” to form as well as the importance of interesting challengers, with the likes of Chael Sonnen and B.J. Penn elevating the aforementioned formed champions to new stratospheres of attention and prestige. Breen and Messano also investigat the 180-degree turn of the middleweight division, once MMA's most-maligned and now poised to be one of its most intriguing and revealing in 2014.
Breen and Messano also discuss the potential 2014 trajectories for hot prospects such as Khabib Nurmagomedov and Brandon Thatch, the developing class of “limbo” fighters and how Urijah Faber freed himself from it for once last chance at a UFC title and how the UFC could spice up title contention with a “Royal Rumble”-type event.
Grab your credential and get a seat in “Press Row.”
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