Oh, Hi There
I’ve been compelled to take up pen and pap… errr, keys to screen… (see what I did there) And continue blogging. So here’s what’s up, the world is a dark place that needs a bright light in the form of words.
Ok, so enough with the bs…
In the past, GGB has been a place of MMA news and commentary, art, tech, and now soccer, and other tidbits of news.
This blog has never been dedicated to one thing in particular but more or less a forum for me to write about anything and everything I want to, so here’s to anyone that wants to read and has similar thoughts and likes as me.
Let’s see what shakes loose.
LIVE VIDEO BLOG: TODAY @ 10am, LIVE ON USTREAM
Click the video link to the right to check it out. We’ll be wraping up UFC on VERSUS 2, and previewing this weekends UFC 117 fight. Participate in the show by jumping in the chat room, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or tweet us @goodgamebro.
If you miss the show, the audio portion, and the video archive will be availble afterwards.
THE CASE FOR JON JONES WHILE CONSIDERING CAIN VELASQUEZ
While watching these two young athletes make their impressive meteoric rises in the UFC, I couldn’t help but notice one extremely impressive similarity between the two; the fact that both have literally been absolutely dominant in all of their fights. Of course, there is a stark difference between a showing of dominance and being tested. On one hand, we haven’t seen Jones in a number of different outcomes where he can prove that his game is flawless (example: being on his back), and in Cain’s case, his chin was tested multiple times against Cheick Kongo, being rocked by hard shots, but coming back quite impressively.
With this being said, both fighters have managed to not only be absolutely dominating in all of their fights (controlling their opponents offensively at will), but also do so against formidable opponents.
Even though neither fighter has showed that their game is flawless, I don’t think that keeps them from being considered the best, and in contrast, I think that showing their dominance in the manner that they have, and against the opponents they have had, easily warrants them as being amongst the best. Obviously, I’m not saying they are unbeatable, as everyone looks different once they face the best of the best, the champions. Look at Machida, he looked to be in similar fashion against his opponents before facing the likes of Shogun, who defeated him, a chance that some of the best in the light heavyweight division, and HW champ Brock Lesnar posesses.
My biggest question, or sense of confusion rather, lies in the place the UFC has put Jon Jones. Obviously he is a young talent that they want to milk for all he is worth, but when doing MMA math (which I know is mostly irrelevant, but bare with me), it doesn’t make sense that he isn’t already considered amongst title contenders. Lets look at it this way…
The UFC has put Randy Couture on a pedestal of being a contender for the light heavyweight title, something I personally don’t agree with because he hasn’t really fought top contenders in the light heavy weight division recently himself, and even though the UFC hasn’t come right out and said he was a top dog at 205, their motives are quite clear in my opinion. If this is the case, and looking at MMA math, Couture had a VERY tough time Brandon Vera, who Jones dismantled with ease. Additionally, Couture fought Mark Coleman, a man that beat Stephan Bonnar in a tough matchup, and a person who Jones also beat pretty single handily.
If this is the case, it doesn’t make much sense that Jones wouldn’t be ahead of Couture in their standings. Though, it must also be said that this is exactly why the UFC doesn’t post public rankings, so that they make the matchups they want.
Anyways, my point is, give a dog his day and acknowledge that Jones has not only beat a handful of tough opponents…
Bonnar (faced a former lhw champion in Forrest Griffin twice, and beat a number of good opponents)
Hammil (Very tough wrestler who beat Jardine, Munoz, and fought against Bisping, and Franklin)
and now Matyushenko
His dominance against these individuals should be enough, and furthermore, he is in a similar place Cain Velasquez is in, and Cain is fighting for the title.
Yes, let him be built up, but we may be on the brink of one of the best light heavyweight fighters to compete today.
LIVE TWEETIN DURING UFC ON VERSUS 2 TONIGHT
UFC on VERSUS 2 PICKS
Tonight’s UFC on VERSUS 2 card kicks off a loaded next few months of MMA action after a slight lull. Tonight, Jon Jones looks to further his claim as a contender for the light heavyweight title against Vladimir Matyushenko. Here are my picks.
- Jon Jones vs. Vladimir Matyushenko
- Mark Munoz vs. Yushin Okami
- Jake Ellenberger vs. John Howard
- Takanori Gomi vs. Tyson Griffin
- Paul Kelly vs. Jacob Volkmann
- DaMarques Johnson vs. Matthew Riddle
- James Irvin vs. Igor Pokrajac
- Mike Massenzio vs. Brian Stann
- Darren Elkins vs. Charles Oliveira
- Rob Kimmons vs. Steve Steinbeiss
Jones, Okami, Ellenberger, Griffin, Volkmann, Riddle, Irvin, Massenzio, Elkins, Kimmons
UFC on VERSUS 2 Weigh Ins LIVE on UFC.COM
Check it out, it all starts at 7pm EST.
SHARK FIGHTS GOES ALL IN WITH SEPTERMBER 11th CARD
More recently than not, with the development of Austrailia’s IMPACT FC, we’ve seen new places for fighters to go that don’t want to get into longer contracts with organizations like Bellator and Strikeforce, and that may be in limbo with the UFC. Texas’ Shark Fights promotion is another one of those promotions, and man, do they have an incredible card in store. Their champ, Trevor Prangley headlines the card against former UFC light heavyweight Keith Jardine in a non-title fight, as well as the second fight sense his release form the UFC in Paul Daley, as well a number other great matchups.
The company has not announced where the fights may be seen yet, but looks to by next week.
- Champ Trevor Prangley vs. Keith Jardine (light-heavyweight non-title fight)
- Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Houston Alexander
- Paul Daley vs. TBA
- Drew McFredries vs. Joey Villasanor
- TBA vs. TBA
- Champ Douglas Evans vs. Ronnie Mann (featherweight title fight)
- Brock Larson vs. TBA
- Dave Herman vs. Aaron Rosa
- Karen Darabedyan vs. Marcus Hicks
- Eric Davila vs. Pete Spratt