Author: clydeaidoo

Sorry, MMA Fans, No Fighter is Perfect, and Neither Are You.

Tonight, reigning strawweight queen Joanna Jedrzejcyk will defend her championship Rose Namajunas. Because of Joanna’s usual antics, this fight has gradually been more talked about in social media during fight week than perhaps been during the entire buildup. But due to Joanna’s overconfident verbage, an out-of-context remark about Rose’s mental strength, and a fist graze to the face, Joanna has drawn the ire of many across the MMA community. Well, enough is enough with all this criticism.

MMA fans levying this criticism at Joanna need to get off their high horse…preferably before bell time tonight. It’s the fight game. A savage game. Confidence, intimidation, shit-talking, etc. is part of it, always has been, and any ill that comes from it pales to comparison to attempting to beat someone into unconsciousness or break their limb. I’m tired of MMA fans acting as if they live perfectly moral lives that are much less public having said and done things themselves that would offend many more people in a much stronger way. Second, the whole “cocky” criticism towards fighters went out the window with McGregor. Anybody who says this criticism damn well better say the same thing about him. Lastly, Rose and JJ are the same damn size, both are professional fighters, and will be fighting tonight. There are no damn victims here and I have no doubt that Rose would say so herself. This behavior from JJ is nothing new. Why fans are behaving like it is because she is more popular is pure fuckery.

It is next to impossible to remain undefeated in MMA. To this day, Jon Jones (yes, he’s undefeated) and Khabib are the only two to do so up to this point while fighting at the highest level for years, and one half of those two names has failed two drug tests. Point being, Joanna will more than likely lose, whether it’s tonight, next year, or many years from now. If/when this day comes, it will not be a lesson on cockiness. Seeing as how JJ has behaved this way in nearly every fight she’s been in, it merely will be a lesson on MMA odds. Rose is a very dangerous stylistic matchup for her. So if Joanna loses, it has nothing to do with a “Rousey/Holm” feeling or her behavior leading up to this fight.

For future notice, this post is not limited to just to the Joanna Champion criticism heading into tonight’s fight. It’s for any fighter who gets heat for any verbal slip, any naturally human behavior, or any “sportsmanship foul.” It’s for any time a fighter says or does something public that pales in comparison to what the majority of these critics have done or said privately. And yet these fighters are judged, criticized, and sometimes even “hated.” So to all the people criticizing Joanna for her behavior, get off your high horses, look in the mirror, and just enjoy the damn fights.

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The Uncrowned Main Event of UFC Fight Night 117

If you visit the FB page or Twitter page of MMA Logic (You can follow both here: https://www.facebook.com/MMALogic/ and here: https://twitter.com/MMALogicdotcom
…cheap plugs), then you will see as the “logo” an image of Jessica Andrade in the heat of battle. Now I could have selected anyone as the face of my bourgeoning pages. Household name Conor McGregor, GOAT contenders Jon Jones, GSP, Demetrious Johnson, Fedor Emelianenko, or maybe a bloodsport warrior like Diego Sanchez, Nate Diaz, and the like. No. I wanted Andrade.

There are fighters with better records than Andrade…both male and female…and with much better résumés. But if you can name me one fighter who fights with more passion, determination, and raw warrior spirit, then I’ll take her image down and put up some generic logo with the title of the page plastered on it. Even if you can name a warrior who can rival it, you won’t be able to find one who can top it. Jessica Andrade is a fighter’s fighter. She is as prime example as there is that female fighters are just as warrior-hearted as their male counterparts, and that they are not here to be poster girls or fan fetishes. They are here to do battle. Paige VanZant may be the face of the other movement, but Jessica Andrade, as far as I’m concerned, is the face of warrior WMMA.

Well, ladies and gents, that face has just been spat on. And the driblets of this spit has befallen anyone in WMMA not named Paige VanZant or Ronda Rousey. This Saturday, UFC Fight Night 117 will take place from Saitama, Japan. And with all due respect to all the other combatants on the card, there is one fight that stands head and shoulders above the others. That fight sure as hell is not Ovince St. Preux vs. Yushin Okami. And no, it would not have been Ovince St. Preux vs. Shogun Rua, either. That fight is Jessica Andrade vs. Claudia Gadelha.

Let’s take a moment away from Andrade to talk about Claudia Gadelha. Gadelha is a woman who was projected by many, including many within the UFC administration, as someone who would be the strawweight champion. When she arrived in the UFC, she was undefeated and appeared unstoppable. The first woman to dethrone her is now arguably the fightingest champion in the UFC today: Joanna Gangster. In fact, Joanna is the only person to defeat Gadelha, because perhaps she is the only person who can. The power advantage, and will-imposing offense of Gadelha has gone unanswered by anyone but Double J. She is 15-2 but with a loss to only one opponent. She is the #1….I repeat, #1 ranked strawweight in the world. Put some respect on that.

Her opponent….well, I’ve already touted her horn enough, but she is the #4 ranked strawweight in the world and is just fresh off of a world title match. Together, this is a match of two powerful, relentless, and prideful competitors. Competitors, whom, I must repeat, are in the top 5 of their division, AND IN THEIR PRIMES.

::SIGH::

Now, juxtapose that with the main event of the evening. The #6 ranked Ovince St. Preux and the unranked and, let’s just be honest, over the hill, Yushin Okami who is replacing another over the hill fighter in Shogun Rua. As a fight enthusiast, I do not use these words lightly or to defame these competitors. I use the phrase “over the hill” only to contrast those fighters with Claudia Gadelha and Jessica Andrade who are at the peak of their athletic abilities and indeed their careers.

Yushin Okami is a man who has not fought in the UFC since 2013 and is 36 years of age. He is unranked and the odds of him competing for a title again is slim to none. It’s true that he is a former title challenger, but friends, that was 6 years ago, he loss decisively, and it was in a very thin middleweight division.

Ovince St. Preux is a man who, apparently, gets so little respect that a shut-out loss to Jon Jones is still considered to be Jon Jones’ worst performance. Joe Rogan, in what is undoubtedly the dumbest thing he has ever said, once claimed that Jon Jones is not the GOAT because of said performance….a performance, which, I repeat, he shut out this man. OSP is outside of the top 5 in what is arguably the least competitive division in the company…and oh, by the way, he is 1-3 in his last four fights…and now he is in the main event.

As bad as a main event this is, that’s not the story here. The story here is that this main event is being selected over a perfectly capable main event in Jessica Andrade and Claudia Gadelha. Even if Shogun were healthy, Andrade/Gadelha would still be the best fight on the card by far. The fact that his replacement is still main-eventing with OSP over these two women is flat-out offensive to WMMA and to both Andrade/Gadelha.

And it’s not just about the numbers. It’s not just about #1 vs. #4 as opposed to #6 vs. unranked. It’s actually a very, very intriguing matchup. Will Gadelha be able to impose her will on the undeterrable Jessica Andrade, who refuses to not stop coming forward, as we saw in her inspirational performance against Joanna Gangster? Will this turn into a grappling contest between two Brazilian fighters who are known for their strength and refusal to be contained? Will it be a standup war between the two most powerful women in the strawweight division? Who’s will will be imposed and win out? The Brazilian Bully Claudia Gadelha or the Pride of Warrior WMMA, Jessica Andrade? How will Gadelha respond to a fighter who can match her strength and refuse to stop coming forward? And which of these two proud women’s will will be broken by their compatriot? Those are some compelling questions. The only question I have for the actual main event, OSP vs. Okami, is, “Why?” Seriously, why? Why not just make Andrade/Gadelha the main event?

Now I was planning on writing this piece even when the main event was OSP vs. Shogun, because I found that offensive as well, regardless of how popular Shogun is in Japan. If legions of American fans tuned in to watch Brock Lesnar at UFC 200 even though he was in the co-main event, then Japanese fans could turn in to watch Shogun or Okami even if they are in the co-main. And it’s not as if the fight card is short on Japanese and Asian fighters. Fans who want to support their local favorites can do so all night, including in the main event, without disrespecting WMMA by relegating one of the best fights of the month and the obvious best fight of the night to co-main event status.

I hope the answer to my question is that there is some backstage reasoning that we are not privy to. Maybe Andrade and/or Gadelha did not want to fight five rounds on short notice. Maybe Okami would only fight this match if he were the main event. I hope there is something that we are not seeing. There is no way that this match would main event over Paige VanZant if Paige were ranked in the top 5 and going against the #1 ranked Claudia Gadelha. Paige is a true fighter. This is nothing against her. But when you know that she would main event a card just because of her overexposure and a warrior like Andrade can’t, there is a problem.

There is more to WMMA than Ronda Rousey and Paige VanZant. There is Joanna Jedrzejczyk, who is STILL yet to main event a PPV despite being arguably the most fighting champion in the company. There are many women who are trying to climb up the ranks so that they can headline cards like Paige and Ronda have. And dammit, there are women like Jessica Andrade and Claudia Gadelha who HAVE climbed the ranks, and are still being shoved down the rung by the man.

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Stop Pounding on the Referee

Being an MMA referee is not an easy task. Like officials in all sports, MMA referees have to make many judgment calls in reflexive situations and lodged in the heat of the moment. Often times, the referees are subject to Monday morning quarterback scrutiny more than the athletes themselves…and it may even begin seconds after the fight was stopped. Early stoppages are usually a subject of controversy and questions: “Was it or wasn’t it?” And after a while, the conversation seems to evaporate with time and all that is left standing is the W on the winner’s record. But with late stoppages, what sometimes results is something of a humanitarian crisis in the media world of mixed martial arts.

Such was the case this past weekend when Rick Glenn battered Gavin Tucker on his way to a lopsided 30-25, 30-24, and 29-27 unanimous decision victory. The overwhelming majority of the media have been decrying the non-stoppage of referee Kyle Cardinal as Glenn continued to pound away with one shot after another, resulting in four broken bones in Tucker’s face. I am here today to share the unpopular opinion that Kyle Cardinal can, in fact, rest easy as Tucker has tried to lull him to do after the referee has been cascaded with criticism.

Let me begin by saying that MMA is a violent sport. It is arguably the most violent sport in the world, and certainly in the top tier in that category. This does not mean safety cannot be important or even paramount, but it does mean that given the amount of fights, we can expect that there will be some bloodbaths….sometimes one-sided, sometimes back-and-forth wars. This one was the former. However, just because a fight was one-sided does not mean that it had to be stopped. Take notice that I used the word “had” and not “should.” Because had the referee stopped the fight, yes, it would have been understandable, also. But the referee made a judgment call going by the books. The referees are trained to warn a fighter who is taking a lot of punishment to fight back, move, etc. Each time Gavin seemed to be taking the worst of the beating, which was within the last three minutes of the final round, the referee did just that. He warned Tucker. And after each warning, Tucker either attempted a leglock or struggled back up to his feet, which he did even at the very close of the fight. And do you know what Tucker did next?! He gestured to Rick Glenn, “Is that all you got!?” after the sound of the final bell.

I have heard the argument that some fighters are too tough for their own good and need to be saved from themselves and that Gavin Tucker is an example of that. I say he is a warrior who, though unsuccessful as hell, was in fact making an effort to defend himself. The MMA media is making it out as if Rick Glenn was raining punches down on him uninterrupted. This is false. There were several gaps, even within the most brutal stretch of the last few minutes, where Tucker was able to hold Glenn and prevent further damage. THAT’S intelligent defense. Tucker continued to move the entire fight, which he himself pointed out after the fight in a Facebook post. He continued to try for leg locks and continued to even battle up to his feet. So how is that in spite of all that, it is the overwhelming consensus that Tucker was failed by the referee or his corner? The answer to that question is Joe Rogan.

Joe Rogan is arguably the most respected voice in the MMA community. And he is someone who has gone public many times about how he hates to watch fighters take more punishment than they have to. So he came into this fight with such a stance, which is fine, and a humane and understandable stance to have. But I think what the MMA community fails to grasp is that Joe Rogan is not the voice of MMA God, which he is sometimes made out to be. In reality, it is just one man’s opinion. Daniel Cormier, another commentator this past Saturday, who also happens to be a championship caliber fighter, stated that the fight “COULD” have been stopped. And I personally agree 100% with DC’s assessment. Rogan, on the other hand, says that it “SHOULD” have been stopped. And I’m sorry, but I will side with the fighter, Gavin Tucker, over Joe Rogan, the MMA media, and anyone else.

If Gavin Tucker wanted out of that cage or thought he could not win, he would have stopped fighting. He would have balled up in the fetal position and let Glenn punch him a few more times after the referee warned him. It happens all the time. Tucker didn’t do that. He did not want to give up. And I believe he still thought that he could win by some miracle. If Tucker, against all odds, nailed that homerun swing in the final seconds of the fight that he attempted or actually succeeded in applying one of his leg lock attempts, then we are not having this conversation right now. Instead, we would be lauding this comeback even more than the Darren Elkins vs. Mirsad Bektic bout back at UFC 209. But instead, the MMA media seems to be unanimously filing behind its MMA God as if it is scripture.

If there is one “God” in this scenario, whose voice should be put over all others, it’s that of the fighter who is telling you with his attitude during the fight AND with his words after the fight, that he was not done and that if he was going to go out, he wanted to go out on his shield. Who more important is there to hear from than that!?

“Stop blaming the ref for a bad call. That man let me go out on my shield. He visited while I was in the hospital and apologized.”

I’m sure after the backlash he has received led by the torch-bearer of the MMA media Joe Rogan, Cardinal is devastated and maybe even questioning himself as an official. And what’s really unfortunate is that this is how early stoppages happen. When referees receive, or even see, this type of criticism for letting a fighter never say die, they are quick to pull the plug on what could have been a great comeback or end what was a very anticipated matchup too soon, leaving fans to wonder if it were really over. In these matches, we seem to forget how upset the fighter was that the fight was stopped and how quickly they recovered. We just remember the W for the winner and move on. But other times, it’s devastating, especially in a much-hyped match. And when those matches are stopped early, we can see the match come a sad end, but it is HERE where those stoppages begin.

Unjust criticism to referees like Kyle Cardinal is enough to make any referee consider stopping a fight as soon as possible, especially those on the receiving end of the criticism. What we have to understand is that these fighters chose their line of work with open eyes. And if they want a way out on any given night, as stated earlier, there are ways to do that without blatantly tapping out. Gavin Tucker is not one of those guys. If you want to feel like a compassionate human being, that’s great. But share it with the true victims of the world, and there are many of them of many kinds. Maybe donate to a worthy cause for those in need. Gavin Tucker is not a victim. He is an adult who walked into that cage with open eyes and wanted to leave on his own terms. And if he was going to take his first loss in his home country, he deserved no doubt that he had no chance to win. Kyle Cardinal gave him that.

To close, I want you to pay attention to this passage from Gavin Tucker’s Facebook post. Because it says it all, and is, in fact, what I cosign to the last period:

“It was him and I in that cage. I didn’t stop fighting. He saw that. He should sleep easy.”

Those two men were in that cage. Not Joe Rogan, not Matt Serra, and not any of the other sea of MMA journalists jumping on the bandwagon to bludgeon the kind-hearted referee who was following protocol. I say kind-hearted because Cardinal did not have to go out of his way to visit and apologize to Gavin Tucker. So he is not this sadist who enjoys watching a fighter get beat up. He is a referee who gave a man fighting in his home country every opportunity to fight back….and contrary to popular opinion, though unsuccessful, that is what Tucker attempted to do.

Tucker was getting hammered. The referee warned him to fight back or defend. Tucker obeyed. That is protocol. And that is fact. Go back and rewatch the fight to verify, if you can bring yourself to stomach somebody actually getting dismantled in an MMA fight, which for some, seems to be an inhumane and shocking turn of events.

Good on you, Gavin Tucker for fighting with heart and not looking for a way out. And even better on you for being the voice of reason to the maltreated Kyle Cardinal….as the only voice in this situation that matters.

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Bets to Make for UFC 215

Here are the bets to make for tomorrow’s UFC 215 PPV:

Odds from Bookmaker.eu

1. Ashlee Evans-Smith (-250) over Sarah Moras (+200)

Smith is a more tenacious striker, much physically stronger, and the more accomplished wrestler. She has seemed motivated coming off of a loss in the past and, quite frankly, Moras has not looked impressive thus far.

This is Smith’s fight to lose and -250 is a great value. Moras’ takedown defense has been exposed more than once, her physical fitness is not on par with Smith, and Smith should be able to outpower wherever the fight goes.

What could go wrong: Moras pulling a submission from her back, as she can be very active from this position at time. Evans was caught slipping against Raquel Pennington and left herself open to a submission out of nowhere in a fight she was winning, and could happen again. Also, although Smith is better on her feet, she is only about a 79 in the standup game, while Moras is about a 72. But that is a significant enough difference to where if Moras does outland her, Smith should be able to use grappling, which she has a more than 10 point advantage. So for Smith to lose, both that seven point gap would have be voided and her 10 point grappling advantage would have to be as well. This is not a sure thing, but a strong bet very worthy of a main ticket.

Adriano Martins (-500) vs. Kajan Johnson (+375)

This match is an example of what I’ll call going forward, the “bet test.” The bet test is when after researching the fighters in every possible way, especially through film study, you then consider the fight a must-bet. This must be before you lay eyes on the betting odds. And then, when you lay eyes on the betting odds, the oddsmakers agree wholeheartedly with you. Martins opened as a -400 favorite and the line continues to grow. With the Johnson/Borg main event scrapped, he is now the biggest favorite on the card. So this passes the bet test and is more than worthy of a bet. Before the odds were released, this was already the first fight that I put on my main ticket.

Kajan Johnson’s advantages coming into this fight is his movement and speed advantage. If he can keep away from the power shots and stay upright, his best chance is to win by a decision (probably a split decision).

What is much more likely to happen, however, is Martins using his power advantage both standing and in grappling to come out victorious. Johnson is coming off of a two-year layoff and he is facing an opponent who holds victories over Rustan Khabilov and is the only man to defeat Islam Makhachev.

Any exchange in the pocket will favor the stronger Martins. Johnson’s path to victory, distance, is unlikely because even if he is successful with this approach at first, Martins should be aware that a takedown is in order. Martins is the better grappler, so this should be a strong plan B. Martins has shown he can finish, with 3 of his 4 UFC wins coming by stoppage. But he also has shown, with 12 decision victories, that he is able to grind out a victory, which, if Johnson fights better than expected and uses his movement, Martins should be able to find a way to do.

Henry Cejudo (-340) over Wilson Reis (+ 265)

This is another passer of the bet test.

Reis usually goes for the takedown so that he can work his high-level BJJ. Not happening against the Olympian Henry Cejudo. Cejudo will probably keep the fight standing like he has in most of his fights and this will probably look similar to the Benavidez fight. Only I see Reis tiring where Benavidez didn’t. Benavidez is a cleaner striker than Reis, and one could argue that Cejudo got the better of the standup even though the decision went to Benavidez. I expect Cejudo to have much greater success over Reis and take rounds more handedly.

Cejudo is likely to keep a better pace over the course of three rounds. Reis’s best chance to win is in the first 1 and ½ rounds with a TKO. He has the power to get it done, but Cejudo has yet to be rocked with a punch like that and all in all has very strong standup defense.

I feel that the line for this fight is just right. Cejudo is a comfortable favorite but Reis is extremely dangerous and could score the upset. Reis is better with submissions, is quicker, and has more KO power. But 1)Reis is highly unlikely to get him down for any submission. And Cejudo, knowing Reis’ BJJ skills, will probably keep the fight standing where he can outpace him for three rounds. 2) Reis’ quickness advantage in this fight applies with strikes, but after the first round or so, those punches will come slower. Also, Cejudo, though not the best standup fighter, has excellent defensive IQ standing up and I expect him to outsmart and outstrike Reis in volume. And 3)Cejudo has yet to be rocked by a power strike mostly due to the aforementioned standup IQ. Not saying that Reis can’t do it, but you should feel comfortable betting that he won’t.

Those are the three main bets. No matter where you bet, and how the spread varies, you should make a little bit more than even money on this parlay.

Optional Add-Ons for More Money:

Sara McMann (-205) over Ketlen Vieira (+175)

McMann’s standup defense has looked suspect in the past, even though her standup offense has improved. Vieira also has a wrestling background so she may be able to stuff the takedown and keep the fight standing up which could spell trouble for McMann because Vieira’s striking looked superb in her last outing against Evans-SMith. But this is still a good backup bet or add-on bet if you are trying to win big because McMann’s standup has improved, she has looked more powerful every fight, and even though Vieira has strong takedown defense, she has never gone against an Olympic wrestler who has more power than her.

My philosophy is, as long as the wrestler is consistent standing up (Unlike Mitch Clarke, hence him not being on any ticket), and they’re not going against a straight killer, you should usually find a way to put some money on the wrestler….especially if it’s a Division I or Olympic level wrestler…even if it’s just a bet on a small, back-up parlay ticket, which is what I’m doing with McMann.

Valentina Shevchenko (-125) over Amanda Nunes (-105)

This is an extremely close fight, and whenever you see two fighters in the minus, then it’s probably a toss-up. But I think this is great value for Valentina for a backup bet. Nunes’ biggest strength is bullying weaker opponents with deadly combinations that they cannot handle. Well, Valentina can handle it. She’s shown she can handle it. And since her loss to Nunes,she has shown that she can outstrike accomplished boxers like Holly Holm and that if Nunes tries to take it to the mat, that she is not a one-dimensional fighter but rather an evolving fighter who is full of surprises, as Julianna Pena found out.

I feel that it’s Valentina’s time. I feel she is more equipped mentally and physically to go five rounds, even if she gives up the first couple to Nunes, and I feel that she is very, very determined. But admittedly, there is more conjecture on many of these claims than the other fights, which is why I would advise against putting this on a main ticket.

My tickets:

MAIN: Adriano Martins (-500), Henry Cejudo (-340), Ashlee Evans Smith (-250)

Small Bonus Ticket: Adriano Martins (-500), Cejudo/Reis OVER 2 1/2 Rounds (-280), Ashlee Evans Smith (-250), Sara McMann (-220), Valentina Shevchenko (-130)

If you do not live in a gambling city, you can easily make deposits and gamble on online websites like Bookmaker.eu You can also check to see how much tickets could win here or any online parlay calculator:

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The Lose-Lose Situation Conor McGregor is in that No One Wants to Talk About

In every major combat event, there is always the lunatic fringe who claims, “The fix is in” before the opening bell even sounds, and that refrain only grows when there is any disappointment in the outcome of fight night. Although these posts and comments get a decent amount of support from other lunatics, I like to believe that most rational people do not take these posts seriously, with the organization that would be behind the fix losing its license being chief among the reasons not to take these accusations seriously as well as the complete absence of any proof whatsoever, only crackpot spewings that are easy to write off.

For those who spend time debating with these folks, one can imagine how frustrating it must be to try to reason with the habitual conspiracy theorists who have their minds made up that a fight was fixed, never mind the nonexistent proof. Well, MMA fans, if Conor McGregor pulls off what the boxing community will consider the biggest upset of all time, prepare to be frustrated with the conspiracy theorists like you have never been before.

Conor McGregor is in a win-win situation. He has a chance to earn the biggest victory in combat sports history, bar none. To cross over to another sport with a 0-0 record and defeat whom many consider the greatest of all time would be the biggest and greatest victory of any combat sports athlete of all time. And if he fails, and even if he fails badly, he still walks away with around the neighborhood of $100 mill (Only in sports can you make that kind of money and still be considered a failure.). But within the boxing community, McGregor is in a lose-lose situation. If McGregor loses, the words, “I told you so,” will be uttered with smirks around the boxing community among the purists and experts who have repeatedly given him no chance to win. But here’s the thing that people are overlooking: Even if McGregor defeats Mayweather, you can expect the crackpot conspiracy theorists to spread to the Max Kellermans, the Freddie Roaches, the Bob Arums, etc. While I do not expect all of them to suggest the fight was fixed, I would not be surprised if the majority of them publicly say that Floyd took a dive in order to set up a rematch and make a bigger payday. I actually believe that they would rather join the crackpot coalition and put their professional credibility on the line and say the fight was fixed than to eat the crow that they would be served after a McGregor victory, because no crow of that size has ever been consumed by anyone….even if shared by a large table of others. And regardless of how many of the experts will say the fix was in, you can be sure that the number of fans who make this claim will be at a record high.

Conor McGregor defeating Floyd Mayweather would be like the 9/11 for the boxing community. It would be a tragedy of such unimagined proportions that there would be different coping mechanisms for those who bore witness to the event. Just as many scholars, educators, credible scientists, and quasi-intellectuals joined the crackpot coalition of truthers to the point where any given person you run into on the street could believe that 9/11 was a hoax, you can expect the same proportion of people who believe the fight was fixed should McGregor win, and maybe even more. Conor McGregor would not fully get the credit he deserves outside of the MMA community even if he does pull off the unthinkable. He would only incite the largest conspiracy theorist population in the history of combat sports. This movement will be spearheaded by the boxing community, but it will spread to many of the MMA community as well, particularly anybody who would be eating crow with the boxing panel.

And if that happens, whether it’s an expert with a large following or another brainless moron in the comments section, do not be gaslit. Be confident in what you saw and what you know. And instead of wasting time arguing with those who can’t or choose not to cope with reality, just walk away…and do so knowing that no matter how many conspiracy theorists will continue to linger, you were there, too. So you can stand strong and not waver on the history that you bore witness to with your very own eyes, and then continue to dwell in the real world with those who saw the greatest victory in combat sports history.

Do I think it will happen? Hell no. And you can put that on record. So that should McGregor come out victorious on the 26th, I can grab these same utensils and gladly eat up.

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