UFC champions’ declining star power

On July 3, 2010, Brock Lesnar defeated Shane Carwin to unify the UFC heavyweight belt, completing Lesnar’s comeback from diverticulitis. As compiled by Dave Meltzer, the authority on such matters, the pay-per-view buyrate for that event was more than 1 million — the sixth time that had happened in UFC history, the third involving Lesnar.Continue reading “UFC champions’ declining star power”

Monday Myriad, Aug. 4: Flip and fight

Starting with a few bits of news: – Both U.S. teams won their first matches at the 2014 Chess Olympiad, then faltered today against high seeds. The U.S. open team lost 2.5-1.5 to the Netherlands, while the U.S. women lost 3-1 to China. Only eight rounds to go. – The U.S. women’s volleyball team hadContinue reading “Monday Myriad, Aug. 4: Flip and fight”

The Ultimate Fighter 17, Episode 12: Award time!

Wow, this is a long Harley-Davidson ad. Oh, wait, the show started. Yeah, one of the fighters gets a motorcycle. Whee. Chael Sonnen jokes with Kelvin Gastelum that the semifinalist fighter has upgraded his diet from Krispy Kreme to brownies. Man, I miss my 20something metabolism. Anyway, Gastelum and Josh Sannan both want to win.Continue reading “The Ultimate Fighter 17, Episode 12: Award time!”

The Ultimate Fighter 17, Episode 11: Bubba bounced

Last week … a couple of quarterfinals, and Ronda Rousey turned up for some grappleflirting. I was out of town, so check with Danny Downes. This week … Uriah Hall finally fights again? That’s so exciting, I could swear Dana blinked more than usual in the opening credits. Bubba McDaniel is worn down. Three fightsContinue reading “The Ultimate Fighter 17, Episode 11: Bubba bounced”

The Ultimate Fighter 17, Episode 9: Pores of a champion

The recap: Bubba wanted to fight Kevin, but Kevin fought Collin instead. And he stunk. But he’s happy to get another chance. The stitches in his forehead are frowning. Bubba has a tearful confessional about wanting to see his daughter more. Then Team Jones’s coaches pump him up, saying he’s one of the best fightersContinue reading “The Ultimate Fighter 17, Episode 9: Pores of a champion”

The Ultimate Fighter 17, Episode 8: Much more Mr. Nice Guy

Previously on The Ultimate Fighter: Nothing of interest. Not in the mini-recap, anyway. We’re quickly on to what passes for the theme music this season, a couple of French horn notes while Dana White squints. Adam Cella thinks no one deserves a contract more than Bubba, based on his sacrifices and work ethic. I thinkContinue reading “The Ultimate Fighter 17, Episode 8: Much more Mr. Nice Guy”

The Ultimate Fighter 17, Episode 7: Bones does not know

We recap, and then Josh Samman, still in a towel in his post-victory whatever, starts planning matchups. What was Jon Jones saying about him coaching too much? The gang goes to Hooters, and while I don’t make moral judgments, I refuse to acknowledge anything that takes place at a chain restaurant that encourages men toContinue reading “The Ultimate Fighter 17, Episode 7: Bones does not know”

The Ultimate Fighter 17, Episode 6: Oh, you mean this is EDITED?!

Before we begin, we’re reminded of a couple of minor issues from the season so far: 1. Josh might be speaking up a bit too much within Team Jones. 2. Uriah Hall was upset that someone corrected his word choice — cooker? Chef? 3. Dana White is blinking a lot in his closeup. Chael SonnenContinue reading “The Ultimate Fighter 17, Episode 6: Oh, you mean this is EDITED?!”

The Ultimate Fighter 17, Episode 5: Sonnen the good guy?

The funny thing about this season: Chael Sonnen is making it difficult to hate him. His pep talks to his team feel sincere and inspiring. He does a twist of the Hoosiers scene measuring the height of each basket, telling his fighters about a researcher finding people had no trouble walking across a 2×4 whenContinue reading “The Ultimate Fighter 17, Episode 5: Sonnen the good guy?”

The Ultimate Fighter 17, Episode 4: Rap, rap, rippety rap …

Maybe we shouldn’t pick on Kevin Casey, the fighter/rapper who finagles an easy matchup in which he’ll take no damage and then proceeds to spend most of the fight on his back doing nothing of interest. He’s clearly quick-witted and thoughtful. He easily wins the rap battle in the house, and his video isn’t thatContinue reading “The Ultimate Fighter 17, Episode 4: Rap, rap, rippety rap …”