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Luke Sanders (-430) over Patrick Williams
Risk: Sanders makes a lot of mental mistakes and is an underachiever, but he’s clearly the more talented fighter IMO

Matthew Lopez (-125) over Alejandro Perez
Risk: Lopez is the far superior wrestler and better athlete, but Perez’s work at AKA is paying off and his wrestling is improving. He’s also a great point fighter. He could weasel out a decision.

Arjan Bhullar (-330) over Adam Wieczorek
Risk: Haven’t seen Bhullar in the UFC before but he’s an Olympic wrestler FFS. Heavyweight wrestlers seem to do well, I.E. Blaydes, Henrique, Cormier, etc, especially early in their career against jobbers like Wieczorek. I’ve seen film on Bhullar in MMA, but it was very brief, so I’m basing this mostly on his creditials.

Alex Oliveira (-210) over Carlos Condit
Risk: Oliveira has been sharper and more lethal than Condit better everywhere, especially on the feet where I see this fight happening, but Oliveira, like Sanders, is also inconsistent and an underachiever. I think Condit’s best days are behind him and he also isn’t as hungry as he used to be, so I’m hoping even if a lesser Oliveira shows up, it’s enough to at least squeeze out a decision.

Pays over 3 to 1. $100 would win $325, etc.

Predictions:

Anything not in the bet section means I’m less confident:

Krzysztof Jotko and Brad Tavares to go OVER 2 1/2 Rounds

Wilson Reis over John Moraga

Israel Adesanya over Marvin Vettori (Definitely not betting on this, though. Jury is way more out on Adesanya than people think)

Dustin Poirier over Justin Gaethje
Aside from Conor McGregor, Poirier is probably the last guy in the division to have poor stand-up defense against. Gaethje gives zero fucks, and I believe Poirier will knock the fuck into him. Having said that, Gaethje can be a zombie. If he can defy the odds and eat Dustin’s power punches, I think he is a better attrition fighter and would become the favorite once the fight the midway point during the 3rd round.

Quick-Fire Points on Entire UFC 222 Card

Jordan Johnson def. Adam Milstead via split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)

1) Jordan Johnson is a Division I University of Iowa wrestler and is undefeated in his MMA career and 3-0 in the UFC. On top of that, he’s in the shallowest men’s division in the UFC. And yet, watching his three performances, I can still see the ceiling for him fairly clearly. His standup is patchy, and his wrestling credentials, while very present, has not been as influential to his success in the cage as you would expect, and not always for a lack of trying. Johnson just became ranked, though, so he is on the rise. So much of the LHW division consists of fighters who are aging or on the decline, so there is a chance that Johnson can outperform the potential I have gauged thus far. I see him potentially getting within the top 10, but I’m doubtful he makes it in the top 5.

2) 30-27 Milstead scorecard was Byrd shit.


Cody Stamann def. Bryan Caraway via split decision (28-29, 29-28 x2)

I scored it for Caraway. I thought he won rounds 1 and 3. I thought he stole round 3. Totally understandable decision, though. Stamann vs. Dodson is the fight to make next, provided the UFC resigns Dodson.

Zak Ottow def. Mike Pyle via first-round TKO (2:34)

Pyle chose the right time to walk away from the sport. As the fight was unfolding, the KO seemed all but inevitable. With a 42-fight career and his last three fights being KO/TKO losses as well as five of his last eight, I hope Pyle can enjoy a healthy retirement.

CB Dolloway def. Hector Lombard via disqualification (late hits) (R1, 5:00)

Lombard after the bell: totally late and totally inexcusable. This marks a fifth straight loss that could have seen Hector Lombard disqualify himself out of another fight in the promotion. It’d be hard to blame the UFC for letting him go.

John Dodson def. Pedro Munhoz via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)

1) John Dodson isn’t the same fighter he was before. He hasn’t been the same since the John Lineker fight. Dodson used to be much more aggressive and active inside the Octagon, but since the Lineker fight, he has kind of been on cruise to a judges scorecard, even if nose and nose or even down in the fight. I saw plenty of openings and opportunities for Dodson to land some of his former explosive shots to Munhoz, but he continued to circle away. Dodson has lost a step in speed as well, but more than anything, his killer instinct has seemed to progressively wane. I could theorize why that is, but no one really knows. He might not even know. Joe Rogan thought Dodson hurt his hand in the fight, and we found out that wasn’t the case. So if I were to guess that the power he felt from Lineker’s shots was unlike anything he ever felt before and changed his approach to fighting, this would also be unfounded.

2) The 30-27 Dodson scorecard is for the Byrds.

Alexander Hernandez def. Beneil Dariush via first-round KO (0:42)

STORY OF THE EVENT: http://www.mmanews.com/how-many-alex-hernandezes-are-out-there/

Mackenzie Dern def. Ashley Yoder via split decision

Mackenzie’s jiu-jitsu credentials make her unique and dangerous. But although she is an MMA media darling, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if she were to ever crack the top 5, that would be a massive overachievement. Is it possible she can improve her wrestling and striking to complement her jiu-jitsu? Of course. But I do not follow the logic of those who base “potential” as a grounds for belief, as if other fighters do not have the same potential to improve on their weaknesses. In other words, all fighters have the potential to improve, so just because certain media darlings like Mike Perry and Mackenzie Dern are hyped, doesn’t make their potential more likely to lead to success than any other fighter on the roster, as if hype and media attention is a magic stardust that turns potential into success. It’s not as if as Dern is working on her striking and takedowns, all other fighters are just at home eating Doritos. They are working on their weaknesses as well, and the women in the division are generally young as well. There are certain names on the strawweight roster that I do not see Mackenzie ever being able to defeat. Just an honest take on it. If I’m wrong, I’ll be the first to publicly eat my words in the near or very distant future if she proves me so.

Ketlen Vieira def. Cat Zingano via split decision

1) Let’s be careful before writing off Cat Zingano. She has faced some incredibly tough competition in the UFC. Each of her three losses came to fighters who, at the time of facing her, were undefeated in the UFC, two of which were undefeated in their entire careers.

2) As for Vieira, if you look at her size, body control, well-rounded skill set, counter attack, and fight IQ, she is going to be very, very difficult to beat and is a legitimate threat to Nunes for sure.

3) Here are the options for what comes next in the bantamweight division…

Option #1: Cyborg vs. Nunes while Vieira faces Pennington for #1 contender spot. The problem with this is that when Nunes goes back down to face the winner of Vieira/Pennington, if Nunes wins that fight, there will once again be no other clear #1 contender, and the bantamweight division will be dormant again.

Option #2: Nunes vs. Pennington, then after this fight, Cyborg vs. Nunes while Vieira patiently waits for the title shot or takes one more fight, perhaps against Marion Reneau. The obvious downside to this is that you are rolling the dice on Nunes to defeat Pennington. If Pennington upsets Nunes, then Cyborg is once again left with no one to face her and we are left without a superfight.

Assuming the Cyborg/Nunes fight is set to take place this year, these are the only two options I see. If I had to guess, I’d say it is Option #1 that we are about to see, with Reneau being the odd woman out.


Andrei Arlovski def. Stefan Struve via unanimous decision

I for one find Arlovski fortunate that the rankings committee deemed his performance worthy of returning to the top 10. Quite frankly, all Arlovski did was ensure he’ll stick around long enough for a fighter like Tai Tuivasa to make a name off of.

Sean O’Malley def. Andre Soukhamthath via unanimous decision

1) I’m very vocal against undeserved media attention and hype on media darlings and UFC favorites, but out of all the recent fighters who fall into this category (PVZ, Sage Northcutt, Mike Perry, Mackenzie Dern, etc.) I think O’Malley has the most potential. He is not one-dimensional and because he is so young in a division with a lot of miles, to say that he has potential actually has more meaning to it. I believe his fight IQ will improve and that he has shown some natural promise on the ground that will improve in time. I personally see his career ceiling as being a top 10 fighter, but because he is so young, it’s difficult to really foresee.

2) Yes, Andre Soukhamthath taking down Sean O’Malley was the dumbest thing I have ever seen in MMA, but I would say Sean O’Malley struggling up to his feet might just be the second dumbest. This is completely lost in the post-fight narrative because he won, but if you have one leg, let’s step aside for a moment from why Soukhamthath was trying to take you down…why are YOU trying to stand up!? I would argue that in terms of fight IQ, this is not too far higher from what Soukhamthath did. It’s not as if he was on the mat with Demian Maia. The wisdom of staying down is validated by the fact that Soukhamthath was indeed not able to finish the one-legged O’Malley on the mat. At one point, O’Malley succeeded in getting to his feet, and (Rashad Evans Voice) WHYYYY……if you have one leg, and you KNOW you have one leg, are you trying to stand up knowing you’re up two rounds!? O’Malley caught a break. Not only because of Soukhamthath’s low fight IQ, but because the MMA community seems to really like him and also only care about the end result, because he wasn’t exactly Einstein in there, either. Tough? Yes. Entertaining? Definitely. But not much smarter than Soukhamthath, if you ask me.

Brian Ortega def. Frankie Edgar via first-round KO

1) This was a landmark and career-defining victory for Brian Ortega. We know where he goes from here, but we have no idea what happens to Frankie. I think this is one of the better precautionary tales for fighters to train smart. Had Fankie not pulled out the first time because of injury after the first booking, who knows? Maybe he would have defeated Max Holloway and been the champion. Instead, he found himself against an upstart who would usurp the featherweight staple from his top contender position into an odd state of limbo. In fact, I have no clue of what will happen to either him or Aldo. It seems like both are always one or two fights away from a title shot, regardless of how recent their other opportunities have been. Part of that is because of a lack of depth in the division, and of course part of it is because of their résumés.

2) Edgar vs. Stephens makes sense, with the winner getting the winner of Max/Ortega. I think they owe Edgar another #1 contender fight after saving UFC 222.

Cris Cyborg def. Yana Kunitskaya via first-round TKO

As I said before on the MMA Logic Facebook page….this wasn’t a main event. This was a squash match. The question is, who, if anyone, can defeat this woman? In my feature editorial next week, I will reveal who is most likely to do so….and her name is not Amanda Nunes.

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Thoughts on Noteworthy Changes to UFC Rankings March 6, 2018

Below are the “noteworthy” changes to the UFC rankings along with brief thoughts. For a comprehensive list, visit UFC.com

Bantamweight: Cody Stamann went from unranked to #12; but interestingly, Caraway remains three spots ahead of him at #9…I’m assuming because the victory was a close split decision.

Featherweight: The King of the #1 Ranking, Jose Aldo has been replaced by you-know-who, the man of the hour, Brian Ortega. Edgar now drops to #3.

Lightweight: Welcome to the UFC Alex Hernandez and welcome to the UFC rankings. Alex Hernandez debuts at #13 on his first week on the job. Not bad. Looking at all the names ahead of him, I have no clue what they will do with this guy next from a booking standpoint, and it would seem it’s going to take some patience to find out, as just about everybody not named Nate Diaz that are ahead of him are already booked, with the exception of James Vick, who seems quite vocal about fighting up the rankings and not down anymore. Not for nothing, though, that would be one intriguing fight.

Heavyweight: Arlovski back in the top 10.

Women’s Bantamweight: Vieira is now ranked #4 in the world

Pound for Pound: Khabib goes up two spots to #12….only two spots behind his #10 ranked nemesis Tony Ferguson. If Khabib defeats Ferguson, it will be a crime if he is ranked anything less than #6, being a 26-0 world champion. I personally believe he is already the uncrowned #2 P4P, and that it’s only a matter of time before Khabib replaces Jon Jones as the man in constant contention with DJ for the #1 spot. And to be clear, by “uncrowned” I do not mean he should be ranked #2 right now, but rather, I believe he is better than everybody #3 and below and that him and DJ are neck and neck for #1. Furthermore, the only thing standing between this statement coming to fruition is time.

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Why the UFC Must Change Its Televised Main-Event Selection Philosophy

Roughly two and a half years ago in an SportsCenter interview, Brock Lesnar stated that Vince McMahon is better at promoting than Dana White. He also said that the UFC and WWE are the same racket: fights are promoted in an effort to make money. It just so happens that the WWE fights have predetermined outcomes. Recently (although the following is not new), I think we have seen examples that support Brock’s claim that McMahon is better at promoting than White. The UFC continues to promote fighters who are past their prime or are less likely to receive a title shot instead of fighters who are not only performing much better than those booked on top of them, but are much more likely to be in the title picture in the near future. Since most title fights are on pay per view, it is the fighters who are likely to be in title fights who should be promoted heavily, because they are the ones who will be in the strongest position to generate cash for the UFC.

What I would like to ask from readers is to never forget that the main event for UFC Fight Night 80 was originally slated to be Paige VanZant vs. Joanna Calderwood. At the time, Paige was ranked #5 and Joanna was outside of the top five. Yet, prior to Joanna being injured and being replaced by #3 ranked Rose Namajunas, that was the original main event.

Fast forward to 2017, and we have Jessica Andrade vs Claudia Gadehla, both within the top 3 contenders at the time, including a #1 ranked contender. The matchup that was scheduled to headline over them was Ovince St. Preux and Shogun Rua, neither of whom being in the top of the division rankings or anywhere near title contention. And listen, I understand Shogun brings with him a name and being that the card was in Brazil, that matters. However, I would like to point out that placing Shogun in the co-main would have attracted the same audience and, more importantly, both Jessica Andrade and Claudia Gadehla are also from Brazil. While their names are not as established there as Shogun, perhaps that is the whole point. The UFC should have worked to build their names there (and elsewhere) by placing them in the main event slot they deserved. The difference between Shogun/OSP and Andrade/Gadelha is that one fight features a fighter who has main evented pay per views, while the other features fighters who could, if not main event a PPV, at least be in a co-main of a PPV. Therefore, Shogun/OSP cannot help the UFC sell future PPVs, but Andrade/Gadehla, in theory, could, if properly promoted.

The VanZant/Calderwood and Andrade/Gadelha bookings serve as precedents that I ask everyone to remember. I would like to place those fights in the spotlight of how unfair and arbitrary the main event selection process is for female fighters who do not have a certain look or any fighter who does not have an established fan base. I would like to highlight the need for main events to be based primarily on meritocracy not just from a fairness standpoint, but from a business standpoint….because it is the fighters who are currently ranked higher and/or clearly performing better who are most likely to be the faces of the company, not those who some would like to be, I.E. the Paige VanZants. Paige VanZant has yet to compete in a pay per view title fight, while Jessica Andrade is now expected to compete in her second title fight by the end of this year. That’s 2 vs. 0. The UFC invested in the 0 end of that equation by featuring Paige in a main event when she was not in title contention, and did not do the same for a fighter in her prime who has proven that she has main-event talent and is now about to be in another title fight. This is illogical.

Another recent example of a missed opportunity in terms of main event booking is Thiago Santos vs. Anthony Smith at UFC Belem. I say that realizing that this fight in a UFC main event may seem unthinkable to UFC fans. However, I believe this is only because these fans have grown accustomed to the UFC’s formulaic booking. I’ll go on the record in saying Lyota Machida is not main-eventing a PPV ever again. And at 10-0 and only two UFC fights coming into the fight, Anders showed promise, but not nearly enough consistency or experience to warrant main-eventing. Am I saying Thiago Santos is a lock to main event a PPV? No, but I am saying that coming into that fight, both he and Anthony Smith were 10 times more likely to do so than Machida. One could argue that Thiago Santos is now only 2 wins away from a title shot after his last performance, depending on how he performs in his next fights.

In terms of Stephens vs. Emmett, Emmett is still unproven in many respects, and Stephens is someone whom has never come close to fighting for the title until now. To be honest, Stephens vs. Emmett as a main event ended up making sense, but only because of Max Holloway’s injury. The Holloway injury made this match more relevant, as both competitors were more likely to main event a pay per view with a victory. But prior to Holloway’s injury, they were still behind both Edgar and Ortega. But with Edgar and Ortega preparing to eliminate one another from contention this week, it’s possible that Stephens can now face Holloway next. So Stephens/Emmett did end up making some sense as the main event, but this was by accident, not by design. Had Holloway remained healthy, either fighter would still be a minimum of one more fight away from a title shot, while Andrade vs. Torres was virtually guaranteed to be a title eliminator.

I believe Machida vs. Anders, Emmett vs Stephens, and OSP/Shogun are three of the more recent examples of fights that should have been booked as the co-main events. In the case of Machida vs. Anders, they could have promoted Machida/Anders just as much if not more than the main event, because Santos/Smith being placed in the main event promotes those fighters more than enough. Like Machida, Santos was also fighting in his hometown and had the fans completely behind him, and it was the better fight. I don’t mean just the way it turned out, I mean coming in, it was the better fight. Both Santos and Smith were not only on three-fight win streaks, but they were all KOs or TKOs. That fight was very, very promotable as a main event. This is not Monday morning quarterbacking after we saw how good the Smith/Santos fight was. This is something I argued before the event. I get it. Machida is a legendary name. But the man was coming off of three straight losses where he was finished each time. If you want to use his name as a draw, you could have still done that in the co-main.

A very recent example of a draw not needing to be in a main event to draw in viewers is Sage Northcutt opening the UFC Austin main card. Sage did not need to be in the main event in order to draw in a peak number of viewers. So logic follows that the placement of big names is overrated…just like Brock Lesnar did not need to main event UFC 200 to draw in fans. Therefore, placing a draw outside of the main event does not hurt the amount of viewership or the drawing power of the star. However, putting stars on the cusp of title contention in the main event on the same card of these draws can only help the drawing power and recognizability of these new names and, in effect, boost the buyrates of PPVs they appear on in the future. Instead, fighters like Thiago Santos remain either unknown or an afterthought, despite being in a better fight and being on the cusp of title contention.

In addition to highlighting fighters who have a stronger possibility of fighting for the title, Saturday night was an example of the disadvantage fighters like Jessica Andrade and Tecia Torres face because they do not have a certain look or established fan base. Because they were not placed in the main event, they were not provided an opportunity to fight for five rounds, which could very well have a tangible impact on their preparation and readiness for when they DO compete for five rounds, which, presumably, Andrade is about to do against the winner of Joanna/Rose. Granted, Andrade has fought five rounds before, but if she has EARNED the opportunity to gain even more experience in five round fights, she, nor Tecia, should have been deprived of that opportunity, with both fighters being inside the Top 5 and in a title eliminator fight. So aside from not establishing future title contenders, the current main-event selection model is unfair to the readiness of these fighters who are on the verge of fighting in five-round fights.

Even if you hate pro wrestling, their model is pretty genius. They use shows like Raw and Smackdown to build towards the pay per view, where viewers will subscribe to the WWE Network to view. You won’t usually see someone like Roman Reigns on the undercard because Roman Reigns will be in the main event of the pay per view, so you need to promote him on the free programming. You won’t see a midcard talent main-eventing Raw because he won’t be headlining the pay per view, which is where the money has always been. So they build up the stars on the free programming so that when you watch the PPV, you already know who they are and their backstories.

What it all comes down to is long-term business investments. The UFC needs to change its question from, “Whom do the fans know and how can we profit off of that?” to “Whom should the fans know because they will be the fighters in title contention, and thus possibly headline future PPVs?” The latter question is one of risk because you’re investing in lesser known fighters, which is why you could still use the established names in the co-main event or elsewhere on the main card to help lure eyes to those newer names. Therefore, by replacing the more established names with lesser known, yet more talented names in the main event, you lose absolutely nothing, as the Sage Northcutt/UFC Austin example proves. UFC content like the Countdown videos could especially help the viewers learn more about the resumes and life stories of fighters like Thiago Santos if given more main event opportunities on Fight Night cards. Even though he loss to Cowboy Cerrone, Yancy Medeiros earned a ton of exposure in that fight and the fans really had an opportunity to learn his backstory. This should be done more consistently with more ranked and streaking fighters. To boost ratings in the long term, and PPV buys, it’s going to take foresight, creativity, risks, and investments into the future, instead of continuing to go to the well of the past one too many times.

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The Definition of a Hype Train

This. Look up. Look at the feature image of this article. Look at it. This. This is what a hype train looks like. Listen to his flamboyant interviews. They are in high abundance from hype train engineers across the MMA media such as the MMA Hour. Listen carefully. That is what a hype train sounds like. Read the comments of MMA community members from around the world, wishing for and expecting this unranked fighter to fight the likes of top 10 fighters. That….that is what a hype train reads like.

I am not saying these things to kick a man while he’s down. I am not saying these things to hate on Mike Perry. I know it may seem otherwise, and that it may be hard to believe given the harsh title of this article, but that is not my purpose for saying these things. My purpose is to provide insight on what a hype train looks like in light of the recent donning of Francis Ngannou as a hype train, a man who was on a six-fight win streak in a division where the record for most title defenses is three, including over the then #1 contender, Alistair Overeem in devastating fashion. I won’t repeat why that was so ridiculous. You can read those thoughts in detail in my article here. So to reiterate, my point in calling Perry a hype train is to provide a clear-cut, indisputable example of a hype train so that hopefully, people will not be so hasty to call someone a hype train who does not deserve that title. I am providing a textbook example of what to compare future hype trains to so that fighters like Ngannou, who do not deserve this title, do not fall victim to it. So no, I am not attacking Perry. I am defending Ngannou and the future Ngannous of the world who actually earned the hype with a long, knock-out laden winning streak, including over ranked opponents. Michael Chiesa defended Perry and said we should not write him off as a derailed hype train yet. I can respect Chiesa for having the class to defend his fellow fighter, but I wish he went about it in a way that’s not conveniently and falsely redefining what a hype train is. As of today, he is, in fact, a derailed hype train. Whether the hype train gets back on track months or years from now is another discussion. But with three losses already, two in a row, and one to a very green opponent, there is no denying that he is a derailed hype train in juxtaposition to the attention and expectations placed upon him.

The thing is, Perry has talent. I even max bet him to defeat Griffin. I thought it was a terrific matchup for him. Griffin is not very experienced, I figured the fight would stay standing, and I did not see any technical striking attributes in him that would overcome Perry’s pronounced power advantage. The sad thing is, I’m still not even sure I was wrong. I don’t necessarily think Griffin’s performance proved my notions about his skill level to be incorrect. What I think happened is that Griffin’s coaching team did a terrific job on making sure Griffin was well-read on the book Santiago Ponzinibbio wrote on Perry, and Griffin then implemented the game plan. Of course, I’m not suggesting that anybody could have done what Griffin did…and on that note, Griffin clearly deserves credit for getting the job done. I do, however, believe that the book has nonetheless been written on Perry and that, if studied properly, is ready to be acted upon by many. Perry’s offense is very predictable, his movement is flat-footed, and his defense is a stationary target ready to be exploited. He simply is not as good as he was made out to be. That’s what a hype train is.

The entire matchup against Griffin was, in my opinion, a transparent, last-ditch effort to book Perry vs Till. The quick turnaround for Perry was intended to erase the Ponzinibbio loss from fans’ memories and with Perry hopefully coming off a victory, they could move forward with the Perry vs. Till dream match. Meanwhile, the rumored Till vs. Nelson matchup seemingly vanished from all discussion shortly before Perry’s next fight was swiftly booked. Unfortunately for Till and the UFC powers, Perry would once again upend those plans.

Perry does have knockout power and I can see him picking up many more victories in the UFC. But after every victory, let’s not continue to forget the losses and overreact in the moment and start fantasizing about Perry vs. the World. When Perry lost to Jouban, his next victory almost erased that fight from existence. The same held for the Ponzi loss. Heading into his match with Griffin, there seemed to be identical buzz and expectations for him as if the Ponzi fight never happened. This could perhaps be due to overexposure from outlets like Ariel Helwani’s MMA Hour, where prior to the Ponzi matchup, Helwani suggested a win would put him in the conversation for a title shot (Yes, he actually said that). I’m not quite sure where these expectations and this hype comes from. But what I do know is that the man has lost three times already in a still early UFC career. He is an entertaining fighter, but his entertainment value is only maximized when opponents stand in front of him. I believe those days are over now and things will be much more difficult for him moving forward.

I expect Perry to win again, maybe even in his next fight and in dominating fashion. When he does, please let’s not continue to pretend that his other losses did not happen, most notably to Max Griffin, someone who had no business beating someone with the hype behind him that Perry did. Let’s not get carried away and start demanding Perry vs. Cowboy, Perry vs. Covington, Perry vs. Till (Who would absolutely kill Perry), or Perry vs. anybody else who is ranked. I don’t care if Perry brought up the match idea himself. That does not make booking it any more logical. Here at MMA Logic, it’s all about meritocracy first. I’m not going to argue against whom the MMA Community and media choose to give their attention to. Anybody can give their attention to whomever they choose. In fact, Perry can be your most beloved and talked about fighter of all time if that’s what suits your fancy. I just humbly request that this attention does not interfere with basic matchmaking requests that are premature and takes away from what others have earned. AT LEAST the next two matches for Perry should be against unranked opponents. If he wins those in dominant fashion, then MAYBE we can talk about a ranked opponent. In the meantime, let’s not make any excuses about turnaround time, cornering, or anything else. Just face the reality that this is one hype train Ariel Helwani and the MMA community has much more responsibility in creating than the UFC ever did in creating any hype train before him. And let’s also use this as the most recent example of what a hype train really is, lest we go around falsely branding fighters who have proven themselves against top talent, like Rousey and Ngannou did, of being hype trains. Let’s first look up what the term means. There’s no need to look anything up in a dictionary. Again, just look up at the picture, look at the man’s last fight against a green opponent, look at the comments requesting this man face top 10 opponents, etc. And there…there, my friends, is where you’ll find the definition of a hype train.

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