Noche UFC: Alexa Grasso vs. Valentina Shevchenko 2 Results | UFC Post-Fight Show

In this article, we will discuss the results of the Noche UFC event, specifically the rematch between Alexa Grasso and Valentina Shevchenko. We will also touch on other notable fights from the card and provide some post-fight analysis. So let’s dive in!

Valentina Shevchenko vs. Alexa Grasso Rematch

The highly anticipated rematch between Valentina Shevchenko and Alexa Grasso delivered an exciting fight. Shevchenko showcased her dominance once again, never allowing Grasso to find her rhythm and build an offensive strategy. Shevchenko’s ability to block and evade Grasso’s strikes effectively muted her offense and prevented her from gaining momentum.

Despite Shevchenko’s control, Grasso displayed incredible toughness, absorbing heavy shots and showing a strong chin. Grasso’s face was visibly damaged, but she continued to fight back. In the end, Shevchenko’s discipline and heavy shots secured her the victory.

Other Notable ————- Here are some other notable fights from the Noche UFC event:

  1. Kyle Nelson vs. Fernando Padilla: Nelson showed significant improvement in his performance, landing heavy shots and displaying discipline. Padilla’s chin proved to be impressive, but Nelson’s relentless attack ultimately earned him the win.
  2. Lupita Godinez vs. Elise Reed: Godinez dominated the fight, delivering a one-sided beating to Reed. She showcased her grappling skills with a brutal armbar attempt and controlled the fight throughout.
  3. Roman Kapilov vs. Josh Framed: Kapilov secured a victory with a powerful punch to the body, demonstrating his striking prowess.
  4. Chárez vs. Lacerda: The fight ended in a controversial no contest due to a controversial stoppage. Further analysis of this fight will be discussed on regular MK.
  5. Tracy Cortez vs. Jazz DeVisius: Cortez bounced back with a win, showcasing her ability to avoid bad grappling positions and launch her own offense.
  6. Opening Bout: The opening bout was uneventful, with one scorecard reading 30-24. This scorecard raised eyebrows, as a loss by such a wide margin usually calls for some form of retribution.

UFC Noche: A Celebration of Mexican Culture

The UFC Noche event successfully captured the essence of a big Mexican headliner fight in Las Vegas. The event was reminiscent of a Mexican party, with various elements of Mexican history, culture, and sports being celebrated. The use of Spanish language, iconic Mexican figures, and Mexican music added to the authenticity of the event.

The event not only showcased the talent of Mexican fighters but also connected MMA to the rich history of Mexican boxing. The UFC’s embrace of Mexican culture and the promotion of national interests added to the overall experience of the night.

Criticism and Appreciation

While the UFC Noche event was generally well-received, there were some criticisms. One particular criticism was regarding the portrayal of Mexican culture during the event. Some viewers felt that certain aspects, such as the Kevin Holland taco-eating segment, were not an accurate representation of Mexican culinary experiences. They argued that it was more aligned with a Texas culinary experience rather than a Mexican one.

However, it’s important to note that the event was meant to be light-hearted and entertaining. It’s not meant to be a comprehensive representation of Mexican culture. It’s crucial to appreciate the efforts made by the UFC to celebrate Mexican heritage and create a festive atmosphere for the event.

Post-Fight Analysis and Controversies

One of the main controversies of the night was the questionable judging in the Valentina Shevchenko vs. Alexa Grasso fight. Some viewers disagreed with the 10-8 round given to Grasso by judge Mike Bell. This decision raised concerns about the consistency and accuracy of judging in MMA.

Another topic of discussion was the performance of the commentators, particularly Daniel Cormier and Dominick Cruz. Some viewers felt that their commentary lacked energy and excitement compared to Laura Sanko, who was highly praised for her analysis and insights.

Looking Ahead

The Noche UFC event provided fans with an exciting night of fights and showcased the talent of Mexican fighters. While there were some controversies and criticisms, overall, the event was a success in capturing the spirit of Mexican culture and celebrating the sport of MMA.

As for future matchups, it remains to be seen if a trilogy fight between Valentina Shevchenko and Alexa Grasso will be scheduled. The possibility of a rematch between these two talented fighters could be intriguing for fans.

In conclusion, the Noche UFC event was a memorable night of fights that celebrated Mexican culture and showcased the talent of Mexican fighters. Despite some controversies and criticisms, the event successfully entertained fans and left them eagerly anticipating future matchups.

 It is in the books. We have finished it. Let me put this down just a little bit lower. There we go. Hi, my name is Luke Thomas. I’m one half of the Morning Combat Duo.

This will be the official Noche UFC post-fight show. So if you would be so kind, we’re going to get to the results, the analysis, your questions answered, all of the fun stuff. If you’d be so kind, please give the video a thumbs up. That’s for free. Hit the subscribe button. That’s for free. Doesn’t cost you a thing. Helps us out a lot. We really appreciate it. You know what I’m saying? But I appreciate you being here at 1 a.m. in the morning to talk about these pretty interesting fight results and I’m going to say overall for a branded fight night I thought that was in general a pretty big success. So we’ll get to all of that. We have a lot to do. We have to talk about the title fight, the commane, some of the sprinkled highlights, what we thought about the card in general, what we thought about the marketing of of it, the whole nine yards. So without further ado, let’s go.

Let’s do it. And we’re back. All right. There we have it. As I mentioned, thank you for joining me. I have a tweet up right now. But if you want to get a question and you can respond to it there and then we’ll talk about it through the whole thing. Let’s see, let’s see, let’s see. I got, they just released the scorecard so I’m trying to process this. Yeah, Jesus. They gave it, okay, so let’s talk about the results because we have to get to the scoring. The scoring is now a big part of the story and there’s really no other way to talk about it. So let’s do it like this. I’m gonna read you the results and then we’re just gonna get into all of the different things. So let me ask you guys a question. How did you score that fight? Because it feels like to me 48-47 in either direction is very much understandable and I don’t think you could really cry robbery if you got either one of those and you know we we did we did get a 48-47 one direction and then 48-47 the other direction but okay let’s read the results. Valentina Shevchenko and Aleksa Grosso fight to a split draw. Now you might be asking what does that mean for Aleksa Grosso? Well, no one beat her so she still has the title. She retains the belt. I don’t know what this will do for her pay. I don’t know how pay works for her considering she would be normally entitled by being a champion to pay per view points and instead it’s just on a Fight Night card that airs on regular television and or ESPN Plus without the pay per view component. So a lot of questions that are interesting about that. I don’t know how that would work on a night like tonight, but what I can tell you is the judges had it in fact I’ve got it here Excuse me for just a second. I’ve actually got a picture of it. I’m gonna. I don’t know if I can yeah I’m looking at it now. I don’t think I can share on the screen because I would have had to oh You know what I might be able to give me a second here. Let me see something I Might be able to do that actually. Let’s see if I can show this to you Yeah Let’s see if I can show this to you boom take a look at that So, here are the scores. This is from the broadcast that they put up at the end. So you have Judge Mike Bell, he had it 47-47, we’ll come back to that in a second. Sal Di Amato having it 48-47 for Shevchenko, I think his scoring works for me. Rounds one, three and four, I think you could do that, yes. And then Junichi Rokumidze, who I think is one of the best judges in the sport, he had it 48-47 for Grasso.

scorecard mirrors mine exactly two four and five for Grasso one and three for Shevchenko but again there is some room to play with but if you go back to the beginning it is Mike Bell with a ten eight round five gotta tell you I don’t know if I understand that one don’t know if I understand that one as a ten eight round five now I’m waiting for fight metric to update their numbers it might take a little bit. Yeah, here we go. We finally have them. By the way, Grasso landing significantly more. Now of course this fight went the end of the fourth and then all the way through the fifth, whereas the first fight ended up being just in the fourth. So there’s more time to throw. Shevchenko actually landing a little bit less. She went from 87 strikes landed, significant strikes landed in the first fight to just 84 tonight. And of course Grasso is credited with a knockdown. Let’s take a look at round five. That’s the one that’s most interesting to me. Now I think these numbers are are done updating. I’m going to double check just to be sure. Grasso had a minute 30 of control time, 20 again this is a quantitative total, 20 strikes Grasso landed for 23 for Shevchenko both attempting 43 to 41 so like in that 40 range. Now of course she got the back and attempted some submissions none of which were really close. I mean you couldn’t ignore them but they weren’t they weren’t on the precipice of scoring. It wasn’t what for example, who was it today, Godinez did to Reid, which was just an absolute fucking shellacking. It wasn’t that. Of the 20 strikes that Grasso landed, she targeted 11 to the head, 2 to the body, 7 to the leg.

For Shevchenko, she landed and targeted 20 to the head, 2 to the body, just 1 to the leg. So that’s close. That’s close. The minute 30 of control time which I’m not adding as control time I’m thinking it more of what it actually is which is grappling from the back right sort of like throwing the overhook by her essentially getting the back and then locking up the body triangle trying to go for chokes but they weren’t really all that close like she had to relinquish them because they weren’t there now she did have the good grounded pound again I think she I think for me Grasso won the fifth but I’m just I’m struggling to see where the 10-8 was here for that one. I don’t I don’t quite see it so also I’ll just say this like I don’t understand how he could get a 10-8 round five but like just zooming out from that for just a moment this fight ending in a draw is not exactly I’m not I’m not tying it to the scoring I’m simply saying forget about the scoring if you just looked at this fight This was a very competitive fight. This was a very competitive fight and the scoring was tight and these two were, you know, tooth and nail and there’s a lot of factors that would go into judging something like this. So like that it ended a draw in the sense of like not so much a satisfying conclusion but a fair conclusion based on how competitive it was in that very zoomed out sort of anti-contextual sense. I don’t think it’s that big a deal but the scoring of it is crazy. However, it ends up just kind of feeling like a loss for Valentina, which is not really fair, right? There is no loser in this bout. There’s also no winner, but She lost her title and then in the immediate rematch she kind of had a draw Are they gonna give her a third fight back to back to back? I don’t know if the division is really ready for that or what they want or how that’s gonna work also, this takes the record for or champions over the age of 35 in the women’s division. I think all time, when they’re over 35, it’s one and 11. So I guess now it’s one, 11, and one, right? So you can’t add it to the win column, but you can’t add it to the lost column either, which is kind of strange.

So that’s my scoring. I’ll just tell you flatly, I don’t know how you get a 10-8 for round five. I don’t really think the case is there. I do believe that what Grosso did in the fifth by taking the back, she was losing really up to that point. Not like getting her ass kicked, although the jab all night, and particularly in round five, was on point. I think Dana Cormie had used that word. Perhaps I’m inadvertently borrowing it. But nevertheless, her jab was on point. But I thought that what Grasso did in then getting the back and then attacking from there was better and more dominant and more threatening than even the accumulative total of what Shevchenko had produced in the round up to that point. So I thought that Grosso had kind of stolen that round with those late heroics. So, you know, an interesting one, just the same. Okay, what can we say about this fight? It’s a great fight. It was a great fight. What a great main event. We’ll talk about the Mexican theme stuff in just a minute, but, or a little bit later in the show, but great contest. Really well matched. I thought both, you know, we talked about this on morning combat all week We even did the pregame preview and if you just went back to the first fight What you really begin to notice was a couple of things one I think Shevchenko solved for some of this in this fight just much more offensive urgency, right much more intent And then cleaning up a lot like you didn’t see her doing any spinning stuff Now she did kind of give a little bit of the back which is how you know it kind of he’s trying to get a head toss right, so it came from the head toss, which is just kind of like a It’s a weak sauce move fifth round in a UFC title fight. I’ll just say like that. You know she’s obviously a decorated champion I’m just a fucking nobody, but I think a head-and-arm throw fifth round in a title I mean it cost her the win basically like that’s how weak sauce it is it cost her the win But in general, in the first fight, it didn’t matter really the stance, southpaw or orthodox, she was timing off the cross and they were standing really far apart and what you would end up seeing from Grasso is she’d take these big long steps. You can see that even today. So if you could get her not so much on the jab, but the jab and then the two that would come behind it, then her weight has really shifted forward and she’s now brought herself to you and it’s going to be hard for her to retract or get off at an angle, that’s what she would shoot and she would get on top. It was questionable amounts of damage, but in this fight in the third round She was able to get the back and then hold it for a significant period of time now She got some decent grappling positions as well in the second round Shevchenko did but she got fucking dropped She got dropped with a right hook. They both landed right hooks They were throwing and they both came up at the same time and then landed a right hook She got dropped in that one and that was and then eaten up to the body afterwards so I thought Grasso took round two but going back to that central tension that’s what they were trying to solve for so I was really wondering what is Grasso gonna do to like solve that problem at the same time not undermine the wrestling defensiveness that has to be there and you did see some of that she was able to catch under hooks although she got overpowered with one in the fourth I think was it the fourth round something like that maybe the third or fourth she got she hit the under hook and still got overpowered but it was hitting the under hook and then framing so if you could catch the underhook drop your hips and then you could get a frame on the inside of the neck or whatever she would particularly try to put it at that moment in time top of the crown of the head at certain times it worked fantastically it worked really really well like there was definitely Grosso let’s see so it’s funny Shevchenko actually did slightly worse in this fight in terms of takedowns she went in their first fight she did get four takedowns she did it on six attempts in this fight she did get four takedowns she got it on seven attempts so it actually went down just a little bit and then Grasso getting being credited with one takedown out of two attempts so I’m looking at some of the numbers here in any case I was looking to see how they were gonna solve that problem Grasso solving it as I just indicated with the frames and then the underhooking it wasn’t a perfect solution but it was a little bit better still nevertheless you know Shevchenko cleaning up a lot of the problems she She didn’t try and counter with the right hook like she was before and then when she would check hook she would actually step off at an angle which she didn’t do last time. Last time she would kind of like paw out in front with the right hand and to try and check and so Grasso would be able to close the distance and it wouldn’t catch her in time and then she’d get popped. That was a big reason she was in trouble like that. So I was really curious to see what happened. I did not think Grosso had as quite a good of an answer on those questions as I thought she might have. She definitely showed some improvement with a defensive wrestling. Again, just one difference in terms of attempted versus the last one that went in her favor as a defensive scorer, which is really no such thing, but you know what I’m trying to say here, like numerical totals.

But nevertheless, Shevchenko able to just be much more dominant on the mat in general, in totality but in general I thought that was still a big feature of this and what really saved honestly this one kind of surprised me like last time when you see Grasso land she lands and it has an effect don’t get me wrong but I will tell you like Shevchenko being like physically sturdy in the wrestling department that’s not surprising we’ve known she’s like a physical powerhouse for some time especially obviously at 125 because obviously she’s fought at 135 but dude Grasso look excuse me Grasso look like she was landing with much more authority as I mentioned they both came up at the same spot they both left their head like they dipped down to land and then came up at the same time and they landed I think Grasso was a little bit quicker so hers landed a little bit more authority dude she fucking floored Shevchenko in that second round that was surprising to me like just the shevchenko would look like she was i don’t know if it was the weight cut or just getting older or grasso is doesn’t look quite as it’s just weird that she’s so physically kind of overwhelmed at times and yet still has what appears to be much better punching power and i realize that too the the way in which power uh punching and wrestling strength and grappling strength how the way in which they relate there can be sometimes significant overlap sometimes very little overlap at all i’m just saying she doesn’t it’s just a little bit unusual i thought at a bare minimum, Shevchenko would have had a little bit more sturdiness to it, but no, Grosso must hit really fucking hard or certainly hard enough tonight to do damage because, you know, again, I think she pulled some some heroics out in the fifth second round, I think was going well enough, but obviously sealing it. Oh, no, sorry. It was after the fact that she got taken down. So, yeah, so I think it was going well enough before the knockdown. And again, Shevchenko couldn’t really do anything after that even though she got the double third round catching the back like that was pretty great like she was able to do that without much issue how much control time yeah i mean listen to this control time shevchenko minute 20 in the first round uh is this the right fight yeah minute 20 in the first round shevchenko 303 in the second round but again she got dropped so whatever and then didn’t do much with the grounded pound and also remember she had 303 minutes three minutes and three seconds of control time and only landed 15 strikes grosso landing 28 right so nearly almost doubling her in the third round neither of them doing much but three minutes and 16 seconds of control time just nine strikes to the grosso’s four so okay shevchenko takes that she’s up to one round four is tight 20 strikes to 19 just again these are numeric totals not qualitative each one gets a take down uh shevchenko a little bit more control time but not significant less than a minute and then you have that weird ass 10-8 where technically Shevchenko landed a little bit more numerically, but gave up a minute 30 of control time and then obviously control from the back and some submission attempts as well. She’s credited with a submission attempt there. Shevchenko credited with a submission attempt in round three, but Grosso getting the reversal. That’s the story of that fight, man. They are extremely, extremely well matched. Shevchenko just took away the spinning stuff for the most part. Again, the head toss is a little bit of a sort of in between category. Not pawing with the way she went with her right hook. I thought, you know, as I mentioned in the fifth round, kind of lighter on her feet, kind of staying a little bit further at range. You can hear the corner work that she had. Stay away from her, stay away from her, keep distance, keep distance. Because obviously, you know, that threatening forward pushing boxing that Grasso has, especially with the way the punches were landing. Jesus, it had a huge effect on her. It had a huge effect on her. Now maybe I’m missing something. I’m not sure what MMA Twitter is saying about a 10-8 round 5. I’m really curious to see what you guys think about it. I don’t get it. I don’t get the 10-8 round 5. I really don’t. I think people are reaching for it I don’t know what it would be I don’t know what that argument would be that’s funny someone wrote a funny little comment here I don’t get it folks I don’t get that one at all so the question is will they do will they do a rematch or I should say a trilogy I don’t think they’ll do an automatic one and it leaves a little bit of some undesirability about how this was supposed to set up a future narrative for any kind of potential title fight whether it’s Menon Fiorot, whether it’s Aaron Blanchfield, I don’t I don’t really know how that’s gonna go I don’t really know what the story is there. They can make either of those they’re still all great fights it’s not like they’re all of a sudden bad fights. Like I want to be clear about this both ladies come out of this fight tonight looking great I thought. Shevchenko showing an absolute undeniable competitive fire Grosso I think meeting it right when the moment called for it the most. I mean these are these are very very skilled competitors these are decorated competitors by no accident the whole nine but obviously you would have wanted for some kind of either a triumphant moment for Grosso to really seal this changing of the guard or you would want Shevchenko to be able to reclaim it with at least some kind of a fair authority.

By the way blaming Blaming the she’s like, yeah, it’s kind of like a mix. I don’t know if I’m not I don’t know what her words were exactly Shevchenko, but it was something to the effect of You know, yeah, you know, it’s kind of like a Mexican night here the crowd was like boo They didn’t like that shit at all. I mean it happens all excuse me. It happens all the time in boxing I don’t know why that’s like the craziest thing to suggest But I don’t I don’t know why Mike Bell scored it a 10-8 round five I don’t we don’t and of course the Commission’s not going to tell us and so we were just left to speculate on what what that could be I just feel like that’s a really fucked up scorecard at least a fucked up scorecard as it pertains to that round the rest of it’s fine he had let’s see he had rounds one and three and four for Shevchenko yeah fine I don’t think it’s I don’t think it’s really a problem at all I didn’t have it that way but I don’t I don’t think it’s any bit of a problem I will say for as much as the scoring might have been weird in this one I do think that the the take home from all of this should be just how much this division has developed. This division’s reputation a year or two ago was that it was the division of like plumbers and Uber drivers who were just part-time fighters. And yeah, Shevchenko might have been good. I’m not endorsing this worldview. I’m merely articulating it. And Shevchenko, she’s good, but she’s just beating up on a division that just exists between two good ones at the time. 135 was a lot better, not so much a year ago but you know sort of like post-Ronda it was still doing pretty well and and then you know she comes along and she’s beating people that I think a lot of the audience didn’t they respected Shevchenko for her abilities but not that they thought that she was beating up on the world’s toughest division. The maturation of talent in this division 125 has dramatically improved. This rivalry is extremely interesting in that way. We thought that Shevchenko for the longest was going to be able to only get beaten by Father Tom. I do think that probably plays some kind of role here as well, but she’s being technically pushed out as well. It’s not like you’re looking at a clearly lesser physical version of her. Again, the punch resistance is kind of an interesting one. I don’t know exactly what to attribute that to. Grasso might just be a dynamic puncher in ways that seem somewhat surprising, but she would otherwise, I would otherwise attribute Shevchenko’s, I would otherwise describe her attributes as still, not quite in prime, but quite, you know, she’s quite still with it. But the rest of the division has just climbed up to that level to join her. That’s how you can tell. It wasn’t like she was was like oh you’re looking at some cheap facsimile of what she once was right oh you know you’re just looking at a clearly degraded version like some washed-up boxer who’s still got enough you know of a name to fill a decent arena in their hometown and then you know maybe win a round or two in some kind of 10 round contest but that’s not what I don’t that’s not what it is do these these these fucking ladies have gotten way better let me pull up 125 here if I can. The rankings for just a second. I don’t know what this is going to do. It’s not going to move them obviously. At 125, I mean you got Grasso sitting there. Let’s go ask Pound for Pound, excuse me. Grasso is your champ. Then you have Shevchenko. Blanchfield sitting at two. Fioreau who didn’t wow me in her last contest but is certainly a good fighter sitting at tied for two and then four is Tyla Santos who I think proved against Blanchfield that she’s still a force to be reckoned with. Chukhagan sitting at five. They are trying to push some of the older names out who had their chances against Shevchenko and kind of fell short. Andrade, I think, is on, you know, hard times. Lauren Murphy is in that space as well. Obviously, she’s an older athlete, but then you got eight, Macy Barber, Viviana Rujau at, or Araujo, sorry, I don’t speak Portuguese, at 10, Amanda Hiba still kind of, you know, roaming around there at 11, Casey O’Neil, Tyler Santos, Tracy Cortez, who had a big win tonight as well, and then Karine Silva. So there’s just a lot, you can still see some of the older sort of senior members of this class, of this weight class, hanging around in that top 10, but I think their days are numbered and Shevchenko’s inability to recapture this with any kind of direct authority speaks to this larger changing of the guard that’s happening in this division more generally. Pretty remarkable. Are there any other stats? Let me look at the targeting. The targeting for Grasso, yeah, this doesn’t, Man, Shevchenko, headhunting. She went 76% of her targets were to the head. What were they in the last fight? I bet it was something similar. In the last fight, Shevchenko targeted the head 78%. Yeah, her numbers barely changed at all. Jesus, Grasso was 52 in that fight, and then this one, 64. So she actually went to the head a little bit more as well. They were both headhunting a little bit. But Shevchenko didn’t wildly change her offense. She took away the deficiencies of things that more readily cost her. That head and arm throw, the hip toss notwithstanding in the fifth. She cleaned up some of the stuff that cost her this time and then was much more mindful about distance but didn’t change a huge amount. Didn’t change this vast degree of what she was applying here. This wasn’t Amanda Nunes completely changing stances to go and find some way to figure out how she was gonna get around the dipping jab of Julianna Pena. No, it was none of that. She just kinda stuck to what she was good at, tightened up some of the screws, and then put in basically the same game plan and got a lot of the same targeting, a lot of the same numbers. Better top control results in terms of time, but ultimately insufficient for getting a win, however you wanna describe the scoring in the fifth there for Judge Mike Bell. And I think for Grasso, as I mentioned, catching the underhooking, the framing, didn’t have so much of an answer for closing the distance, but at times was able to get Shevchenko to go into combination work with her, and then she was able to punch with her. And then when she did, popped her, and then, you know, again, I don’t know if it’s a punch resistance issue, or Grosso is just kind of a dynamic puncher that we didn’t really fully realize, or certainly I didn’t fully realize. Either way, it was, it made a big, big difference. Also, goddamn, Grosso’s ability to find late heroics when she needs them is pretty remarkable. And if you make one error with her when you’re tied up, right? Because it was the spinning one, or the spinning kick the first time, and then she just climbs on the back and then ultimately gets the over the jaw, rear naked choke in the first one. In this one, the hip toss, she just gets basically, like, basically Grosso hits a throw-by, basically, not quite, but hits a throw-by, and then is able to take the back from there. Her ability to weaponize the back instantly, instantly, is extremely good. She is quite gifted at that. and it obviously has massive consequences that she’s able to do that. So I don’t really know. I would like to see Blanchfield get it. I think Blanchfield is a much more interesting test for Grasso and frankly, that’s a tougher, rougher fight, which I think might be a little bit cooler to see if I can be candid with you, but I honestly just don’t know which way the UFC is gonna go with this one. I really don’t. This one was a little bit like, what do we do now? You move the chains, but there’s no obvious direction in the way in which they’re talking about it, or which we had kind of hoped, I should say, would be there by now. All right, let’s see, how long have I been going? 31 minutes, yeah. Let’s take a look at some of the other fights on this card. This was not a pay-per-view, although I will say, this was the biggest Fight Night has felt in a really long time. I do wanna talk about some of the production accoutrement that they added that I thought really lifted the broadcast. And it’s like, well, dude, why doesn’t the UFC do more of this shit? But okay, man, I look like I got hit by a fucking bus today. Good Lord, man. It is, it is shocking. I haven’t always been a dodge Omni, but I am now. All right, let’s go to some of these other results here if we can from the card. How about this very underwhelming co-main? Jack Dilla-Madeleina defeating Kevin Holland via split decision, 28-29, and then two 29-28s. I thought Della Maddalena, I’m gonna call him JDM because I don’t want to keep saying his name, it sounds like I’m saying, oh Black Betty Bambalam the whole time. I thought that, I thought that he won it. I thought that he pretty cleanly won it. I thought he won the first and the second and that Holland was a little bit busier in the third to get it done. But this fight was underwhelming to me. I thought it started out, I actually liked the first round. I thought the first round was pretty great, pretty competitive. I gotta tell you, what JDM did in this fight, I’m seeing it more and more from a lot of strikers. If you haven’t been watching MMA for all that long, you might not fully appreciate this. Guys, strikers having both good offense and good defense by the way in which they shell and the way in which they roll or whatever and the way in which they use their feet, both for distance management as well as evasive footwork, you’re seeing more and more evidence of that, and of guys who can do that effectively for like winning strategies in the UFC. Jack DeLaMette obviously is one of those. Now, Christos Gyagos would not be a good example of that, but I thought Kyle Nelson winning, we’ll talk about him a little bit later, I thought was a good example of something like that. You’re seeing a lot more strikers with sturdy defense, good offense who are selective about their shots, they are selective about the amount of offense, they fight much more disciplined, and they use their feet effectively to both maintain range, disengage when needed, and then certainly, you know, move their opponent, either pulling them into traps or just using evasive footwork to get out of the way. Daily Matalana, or again, I’m going to say JDM, JDM was just much better about that. Like Kevin Holland, to me in this fight I have a lot of respect for his ability I have a lot of respect for his willingness to take fights on short notice it’s not that I thought like I got a good look at someone here tonight who I thought was like performing at their best I just thought it was a guy performing and they you know when you perform regularly people think that like it can like that that regularity ultimately heightens your ability to do better but the most active guys Historically, I don’t think hardly any of them ever get title shots, Cerrone did and got like crushed in it, like when he fought Rafael Dos Anjos, like that cowboy style of taking fights. Now there might be a real career logic to it, which is you might actually surmise that your best way long-term of getting the most amount of money is not being able to beat all the rest of the guys in your field, but by fighting exciting, staying active, the UFC rewarding that, getting bonuses, that sort of thing, like you might actually feel like you can make more money that way and I would understand that I don’t I don’t take issue with it on that but what you cannot argue is that that kind of regularity is best for peak function it might be good on certain times there can be certain moment waves of momentum you can ride that’s true but in general against the very best guys that style of that that frequency of fighting doesn’t really do you a whole lot of good and in this fight I felt like number one he He couldn’t really break the defensive shield that the guard that JDM was using. He wanted to be long range.

He obviously looked much bigger in terms of the frame than JDM. But it looked to me like if the guy is catching everything and blocking everything and rolling with it, dude, you gotta peel it. Remember what Sean Strickland was doing to Izzy? How he caught him with that right? He peels the guard and then punches with the other one. He wanted to keep him long, and I thought some of the front kicking was pretty great, actually. I thought that was pretty interesting. But he didn’t have a great ability to, he was getting the one, he was the one being backed up, which was a problem. I thought he needed to be the one doing the backing up. And then, dude, guard manipulation, you gotta peel. Again, I’m just a dude on the internet. These are pro fighters. But in a way in which you watch that fight, like was that the ultimately the best strategy? It felt to me like he was kind of feeling it out and he got kind of going by the third, but by the third round it felt to me, personally speaking, your mileage may vary, it felt to me like a sparring round. Round three, not the entire fight, but certainly round three to me just felt, I don’t know man, like I don’t know what we were doing there. I just didn’t really enjoy it all that much. They were just kind of touching. Colin couldn’t quite break through. JDM didn’t quite answer in the third. Now he was answering him in the first and the second doubling up on some of those left hooks. I thought that was pretty great and some of that getting through but not the most exciting affair. However for JDM this to me I think said a lot of good things. One Kevin Holland is a quality opponent even when I didn’t think he got the best from him tonight but nevertheless he is talented he hits very hard and JDM being able to kind of just navigate all of that by keeping the most of the fight at his range and then most of the time landing when he had clearly better positioning I thought was a really good sign like not taking as much damage as he did before being selective but effective with his strikes and then diagnosing what he was getting people at MMA apparently don’t want to work so Kevin Holland was using the Philly shell right so Philly shell you’re gonna get in a bladed stance you’re gonna try and catch everything here and the other hand’s gonna be up here so you can kind of roll the punches kind of bounce off or you catch it here Sean Strickland was doing a version of that but he instead of being bladed he was much more square we’ve been over this a million times I have a breakdown on my personal YouTube channel about the whole thing for folks who may not know on the Philly shell what you would want to do is you want to go to the open side What’s the open side? It’s the shoulder with the hand that’s down You actually want to move over to that side and you saw daily battle in a kind of double up on that side Which is not quite the same thing, but Holland was able to make it work as they indicated on the broadcast They’re right. We talked about this with Izzy. We talked about this With Sean Strickland that fight last weekend. He’s able to kind of roll the shoulder right kind of and he’s able to like duck a little bit He catches everything up here, right and then he leans he leans really really really far back It works in MMA if the guy is trying to chase you you’re already at long range that octagon is way more open your footwork doesn’t need to be quite as clean you can just kind of back up sometimes even in straight lines and if you can lean enough you can get out of the way but the problem is like in a boxing ring for example that wouldn’t work for shit you’d get backed up very quickly into that then they would go around to that open side and absolutely annihilate you from there there’s so many points if you can if you can work an angle on someone using the filly shell to the open side. I mean, you’ll destroy them. But in MMA, you can just get away with it. The part that’s kind of interesting to me, and they brought some of them on the broadcast, and again, I did a whole thing on Sean and Izzy last week. You can go check it out. Dude, when you lean like that, like when Sean Strickland, people are asking, what could Izzy have done to have fought Sean Strickland? Again, Sean is much more squared and he does a lot of like heavy hand parrying whereas um Dillon Madeline is kind of like catching and stuff and we’re actually talking about Kevin Holling he just kind of really like leaning and getting out of the way it’s not as active and in front it’s more of a retreating Philly show than it is a walk forward Philly show but the point I’m trying to make is like people are asking what could he have done to to counteract um Sean like what were some things that were available to him that he just didn’t go to we talked about one going to that open side. I thought that was one. The other one was, it was like to me, one of the things that was something of an indictment on Izzy is that if you get a guy balancing on one leg and he’s leaning or even if he’s balancing on two legs and he’s leaning and he’s already, let’s say, transferred his defense or he’s come up high, whatever, like he’s doing this, he can’t move anymore. He has to, he can only, he can only go back to his balance before he can do anything else. You double leg him. Dude, this is what Jan Blachowicz did to Izzy when they fought. Get him using all of that trunk and shoulder movement to get off balance. What does Izzy like to do? He likes to invite pressure so he can hook in tight and he’s kind of off balance doing it. He got him off balance and then picked him up and sat him down. Now JDM didn’t necessarily need to do that here, but if folks are asking what could he have done, if the guy is able to resist and you can’t keep up with him and he’s able to get away with it because the octagon is so big and the angles are so open where you don’t have the same constraints of the four 90-degree angles that you would get with a ring, then you just go back to the MMA terms. If you can’t get the angle around him, go underneath him, pick his ass up and drop him. But they never really got there. They never really got there. So folks would be like, oh, we’re seeing more Philly Shell. We’re seeing more Philly shell in the case of Shawn versus Izzy, and now JDM versus Kevin Holland, and in both fights, all four fighters not even trying to go to the ground, right? So yeah, the Philly shell in MMA can be more utilized in circumstances like that, but if your opponent has designs on taking you down, yes, you can kind of keep that hand low and you can catch it underhook from there, but I’m just saying, leaning back like that, dude, you’re going to get taken down immediately. Like you would never wrestle from that position Right if you were if you were someone’s like give me the most optimal place from which you want to defend and attempt to take Down like you think leaning like this would be that It would never be that so Didn’t need it Didn’t matter in the end. Let’s look at some of the numbers here. Those are always of interest to your boy Very quickly. Yeah, Dela Maddalena actually landing less But a lot of what Kevin Hall was throwing was like some of the pitter-patter stuff a lot of it was catching on the arms It was just like leg kicks. Some of the leg kicks were hard. Some weren’t it was a bit of a mix Overall 127 for Kevin Holland 105 for Jack de la Maddalena. They were nearly even in round one 40 to 41 49 to 34 for Kevin Holland But again a lot of that is gonna be just you know not high quality stuff and then that gap narrowed a little bit 38 to 30 in the third their targeting is fairly similar. Kevin Holland 46 to 43 to the head, Kevin Holland 25 to 34 to the body, and then 27 to 21 for the leg. Now, there’s not much of a story there, except I thought De La Maddalena just much more disciplined, careful, selective, not fighting, or I should say not striking on Kevin Holland’s terms, right? Kevin Holland’s like knocking at the door consistently. he’s not really going then. He’s going at times when it’s much more advantageous, when there’s less risk, or there’s much more defined openings, either through position pulling, or pressure, or whatever fainting, or if Holland’s going and then getting on the outside of it, or getting around it, that kind of a thing. Much better in that way. There was attempts from Holland to do some work in the clinch. I think a lot of that was ultimately denied him at times too. Was that the first part of the, was it first round? I have to double check, but in any case, failed two takedowns, Kevin Holland in the second round and then that’s it. So a bit of a disappointing one. You might be asking where that puts him in the rankings. If we look at welterweight, which just has like no movement at all, Kevin Holland was sitting at 13, Dele Madeline at 14, so it’ll be something of a bump up. But you’ve got Ian Machado-Garry sitting at 11, Neil Magni sitting at 12, Lukey sitting at 10. you Vicente Luque taking on JDM that sounds that sounds great I’m all in favor of that give me some of that Shavkat Rachmanov by the way was supposed to fight Kelvin Gastelum on this card and this fucking guy still has no fights they don’t want a piece of him they don’t want to fight him even a little bit so I think you could get away with I don’t think they want to match up JDM with Gary like two kind of you know up-and-coming guys and there’s some other names that kind of need some shuffling out so I don’t think they’ll put that one together but the Vicente Luque one Sean Brady they could run that one back again Sean Brady’s still sitting at 9 any of those I think could be great for Kevin Holland does it really hurt his stock I don’t think so I I don’t think that’s like super damaging, right?

I think in general, what? He kind of underperformed, but that style is one where at times you will overperform and at times you will underperform and you kind of yo-yo like that a little bit. And this was just one of the nights where he didn’t look bad, he didn’t look bad. He just looked… I just didn’t see enough specific, he didn’t seem like he was diagnosing the particular problem in front of him as quickly as he could have. And I’m guessing, you know, part of that’s obviously he’s fighting a very difficult guy to beat. That’s going to be part of the explanation. I have a feeling part of it is also just kind of like, oh, I’m going to take my time and kind of figure it out. Like there’s not that, like contrast that with the urgency that Valentina had, granted in a draw of an effort, but look at the urgency that she employed. I didn’t quite see that from Kevin, so I still think he’s a very talented guy. Fans will still love him. They love guys who just get active, they say yes to everyone. That’s definitely a lane that you can drive, but it’s not going to maximize the wins. There is just a natural and inherent tradeoff to all of that, and you saw some of that today. All right, elsewhere on this card, let’s look at how about Raul Rosas Jr. defeating Terrence Mitchell at 54 seconds of round number one. Now let’s try, okay, any analysis about this kid goes either in one direction or the other with nothing in between. Like it drives me fucking nuts that the analysis of this guy, they’re like, oh my God, he’s back. He’s the future of the sport.” I’m like, guys, if you’re telling me you can look at something like you looked at today, and I don’t mean like good or bad, I just mean you got enough information. You saw his like contender series fight, you looked at any of his previous fights, the last one that he lost, and then this one, you can look at that and you can be like, oh God, future of the sport right there. Because I’m telling you, I can’t. Now I want to be clear about what I’m saying. I’m not declaring to you he is not because I don’t know that either What I think you can say Responsibly is there were a couple of really big improvements that we needed to see this time number one The guy headed into this fight with less His his strikes landed per minute were less than one I don’t think I’d ever seen that except until I saw his opponent who also was that this was a tailor-made opponent who likes to go to the ground, fights a bit like a spaz. This was a tune-up, there’s nothing wrong with that. The kid’s fucking 18, so I’m not in any way bashing it. So if he had lost this, that would have been calamitous. Winning it and then winning it quickly is great, but it doesn’t like, oh, future of the sport. No, it doesn’t mean that at all. The two great things that you can take from it is that one, he used ground and pound this time from the back. We already knew he could find the back very well. Like that part is, he is quite good at finding the back. Great, great job with that. And then he went for the heavy ground and pound. Much better, much better. Loved every part of that. I was like, okay, great. It was a little bit wild. It was a little bit reckless, but it was effective. And it was so much better than just constantly swimming and hand fighting from the back and trying to get chokes and everything. just way better, way better. So that was great. He dropped the kid on the feet. Now he was getting hit a little bit early and he was swinging wild as shit and the guy was wide open coming right at him. So he landed a good shot and dropped him. So that part was better too. He was starting to use his hands. So what I think you can say is, okay, he is now employing a much wider arsenal of weapons to get the job done and is showing, in certain cases, great aptitude. I think anything attached to work from the back he’s going to excel at, that part seems very clear. And on the feet, I don’t think you can infer much for an opponent who doesn’t have great striking and was a tailor-made guy they brought in to fight him, basically. but nevertheless he got the job done even if it was wild so what you should say is the opening up of the weapons much better it was wild and unrefined but I think turning that corner is important to build the next set of things like this is this is now clearly headed in a much healthier formidable direction but what you need to look for is not like some oh some fucking beast who’s just out here like he’s fighting like crazy the guy was like a minus 700 favorite heading out there tonight he was supposed to win and he did so he did his job but what you want to look for and before I’ll ever be ready to be like this future of the sport shit he has to methodically win right he has to beat someone of significance and he has to do it methodically right not just raging into a guy which like it like when you go what if you go like regional level MMA you’ll see rage monsters get all kinds of success in regional level MMA all kinds because their opponents just are not capable of standing up to that but you get to the highest level and the opponents are much better about standing up to that and that shit doesn’t work nearly as well so you know I know what everyone’s gonna say oh here’s Luke Hayton on him I’m not he looked better tonight I thought he was gonna win predicted he was gonna win he did win And he should, again, that was, you know, he did it right and looked better this time than he did the last time by a considerable margin. I consider all these good things. What I’m just not going to tolerate is, you know, oh, future of the sports shit. You can’t possibly know that based on what we’ve seen. And everyone wants to do this bit, which is, all right, you know, he’s 18 years old and he’s in the UFC. Guys, this isn’t the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Like you don’t get to grade them on a curve. Oh, he’s in the UFC, but he’s 18. Right. But he’s in the UFC.

And they can give him some interesting fights along the way to help build him, but the point is either you succeed in the UFC or you don’t. What will be remarkable is if he becomes the youngest champion, which is still his stated goal, which by the way I’m not saying is off the table. Listen to what I’m saying very clearly. clearly I’m not saying it’s in any way off the table I’m saying the way you should look at this is the way we looked at it with John Jones John Jones started beating the fuck out of everyone first and then we started noticing his age we don’t start with his age and then grade him on a curve because he gets a win not if you want to heap rhetoric on top of him like oh my god this guy’s got you know he’s gonna be he’s gonna be champion within two years like you just You can’t look at what you saw tonight and think you can declare that. You can’t. You can’t declare it’s not true, you can’t declare it isn’t. You can only have that moment and what it was good for relative to the last one when you have someone who is green like Rosas Jr. is. He is very, very, very, very green. So if you wanna say he looked a lot less green in certain respects, I completely agree. He did his job, he did his job very effectively. This was important to get back in the win column. Like he did, he executed on exactly all the things that I thought he basically needed to. But can we please pump the brakes on beating a guy who he was very much expected and essentially they match made him, designed to beat him, beats him authoritatively and like this is evidence of eminent title implication. Like it is not those things. So just be fair with the analysis to him. Be fair to him. He has a long way to go. He’s very green. He’s got some things that are really good, back control, and then everything else looks pretty green to me. And then, you know, the other issue, too, was in the last fight he didn’t have proper resource management. He just kind of went hard in the first and then fell apart a little bit in the second and then really fell apart in the third. He was not managing his resources well on this one, either. Didn’t matter because he got the guy knocked out. I saw the fight, too. But if, again, you do that kind of shit against someone who’s really good, it will go poorly. It will go poorly. So it always sounds like, I always sound like just old man hater every time Rosas Jr. comes up and it’s only because everyone else is saying, oh, this guy is Jesus Christ reincarnated. Jesus Christ came back to earth, y’all. Look at fucking Jesus Christ. He’s beaten the shit out of these people. Jesus Christ is back. I’m like, guys, I don’t think he’s Jesus Christ. At a bare minimum, I don’t think you can tell that he’s Jesus Christ. How about that? No, no, no, no. This guy’s out there walking on water out there in that octagon. I’m like, he’s not, he’s not, there’s not, he’s not really walking on water. Oh, no, no, no, no. He’s turning water into wine out there. I’m like, guys, he’s not, he’s not doing that. He’s not doing that. He’s just doing good work for someone who’s very green and has decided that they want to go biggest promotion in the world when they’re green so that’s it that’s the whole that’s the whole bit all right good win important win helpful win some clear improvements along the way that’s all you can say for a kid this green you cannot say anything else because it’s just no fucking way to know he’s way way way way way too green all right Daniel Zellhuber defeating Christos Giyagos with the anaconda was that one almost like a second round just Lightning anaconda drops him with it, right? I think he tried to sit up it to our tried to sit up and then scramble and then he hit him He stopped him with the he stopped the he sprawled on him and then locked up the anaconda turned over he Gator rolled through on the Gator roll came through and then Giyagos tried to like grab the back of his leg. I’ve seen this It’s more commonly you see that where guys get a head and arm triangle Where they’ll pull up their own leg and then grab the back of their own leg and it’s designed to like pull essentially to Put enough pressure that the choking arm comes a little bit off and you can get a little bit of relief there But you know it doesn’t it wasn’t gonna work because of the way the anaconda is situated because it goes more of a twisting side angle anyway He gets it I Thought that was amazing. I thought there was a lot of things that were great, but he got rocked in that fight early So, he showed some great poise and resilience, but I also thought he was having a little bit of trouble diagnosing how to solve some of that problem until later into the second when he was able to like, once he was able to corner Gyagos and limit his movement with much better cage cutting when he finally got his range right, dude, he was just significantly more hittable. And then you were like, oh right, here we go. I mentioned, we talked about the JDM and the Kyle Nelson game plan, Gyagos was trying something couldn’t quite get it to the same degree, but you could see he was trying, but finally once he got cornered by Zell Huber, then it was a different fight. It was a completely different fight. So great resilience, plenty of stuff for him to work on over there at Xtreme Couture, but a good win and a much better win I think for the adversity that he kind of had to overcome.

And then lastly but not least Kyle Nelson getting a win over Fernando Padilla. 29, 28, 30, 27. Didn’t quite understand the 30, 27, but the right guy won. Kyle Nelson, again, kind of like JDM, slightly different, but really mindful of the range, never letting Fernando kind of get close enough, begin to build an offensive rhythm, catching everything, blocking. When guys can’t land, it not only does it obviously take away the impact of that particular strike, but a lot of these guys are kind of momentum builders or offensive system builders and they need something to score so they can build stuff around it or begin to open up into other places and when you deny them that when the stuff just doesn’t land when they catch it and then they’re off on a corner and then off on a corner and they’re rotating you just don’t even know what to throw you just kind of like well what the fuck do I do with this shit you know I can’t I have all of these keys on my belt and I cannot open the door really no matter what I do so it ends up kind of Offensively muting them to a degree in the end you got you got some of that It was a bit of a learning experience I think for him a Kyle Nelson showing real improvement that was a very again I’m gonna say it discipline performance from him, and I thought he was landing heavy shots. I was amazed at Fernando’s chin Frankly, and you know he obviously can thump as well He Nelson’s face was messed up, and then you know he’s like after he won And he was like my wife is pregnant the crowds like boo fuck this gringo, you know So anyway So that’s what you got there with that very quickly. How about loop? I’m just gonna mention something here Lupita Godina is defeating Elise read just an absolute one-way fucking ass-kicking Goddamn, I mean just Wrangled her arm with this brutal arm bar attempt that went on and on shouts to read for being tough as shit But that was hard to watch and she gets out of it But then she gets tuned up a little bit on the first round She got dropped and she gets tuned up big time in the second and then finally, you know Was able to catch the back and then polish her off read was tough You know, she was trying her best but good lord that was just that was a I mean high amplitude throws you name it and Godinez did whatever she want. Roman Kapilov beating Josh Framed with a punch to the body that was fucking great. I’ll have more on that a little bit later. You had another no contest with a controversial stoppage between Chárez and Lacerda. We’ll talk about that on regular MK. Tracy Cortez getting back to the win column on this one. Jazz DeVisius just not moving her head. Fading a little bit Cortez in the second but then answering the call a little bit in the third, storming back, doing enough to stay out of bad grappling positions and then launch her own offense thereafter and then the opening bout was just kind of a there was one of the scorecards that was 30-24 it’s like dude if you lose 30-24 you have to go that person’s like house and mow their yard or something that’s really really bad you know before I get to these questions let me talk if I can about from this card the UFC noche thing the Noche UFC. I thought it was great. I wasn’t sure how it was gonna go, you know? I mean, basically what they did for you tonight was they gave you what it’s like when a big Mexican headliner fights on this day in Las Vegas in boxing. It’s just like this. It’s a big Mexican party, and when I went to Canelo versus Mayweather, the tourism board in Mexico was handing out stuff all week to people and doing all kinds of advertising. When I say it’s a Mexican party, I genuinely mean it. It’s not just a bunch of Mexicans are there, but rather they are promoting the national interests to a degree, certainly on that day they were, of Mexico, but more broadly, so many different elements of Mexican history as it relates to sports and otherwise, and then moments of these touch points of culture. They were using Spanish language for some of the weight class graphics on the screen. They had, rather than the sort of ordinary ominous music for Tail of the Tape, they had someone playing the tambour. They had great music in between to throw to commercial. All of the Mexican guys coming out all walked out to Vicente Fernandez and just all these iconic Mexican figures. And then you had all of these different, like Gilbert Melendez narrating a piece about these important moments in history for Julio Cesar Chavez and I think Mario Lopez of connecting MMA fighters to the rich history of boxing that obviously Mexico occupies. I thought in general, it was great. It was great. It made the night feel bigger. It didn’t hurt that the main event was a great scrap, scoring notwithstanding the main event was a great scrap. The crowd was, I’m telling you, I’ve seen Canelo fight so many times that you get jaded by it, you know, and if you ever saw like Kodo fight in the garden for the Puerto Ricans showing up for him you get something similar from that but dude I’ve seen these Mexican fans on non Canelo weekends in Vegas this is what it’s like like they’re they’re they’re like the most rock ribbed fight fans maybe on the planet they show up big time for their own and they obviously now have a crop of talent that they can really believe in in MMA the UFC coming around to this I wasn’t sure how they were gonna handle it I think in general it really worked The only thing I thought that wasn’t great, and again, there’s a particular kind of social-media loser that they’re prominent in all kinds of places, but in MMA, they’re the kind of person who has no ability to absorb any part of the world around them without then refracting it through some kind of culture war lens. Like, they actually can’t even process anything without automatically trying to understand it as a function of where it fits in some kind of culture, or even when it doesn’t really fit.

So, people got on me for one of my tweets being like, I didn’t really like the Kevin Holland taco-eating thing, and people were like, oh, here’s our fucking virtue signal. Guys, I’m not an expert on Mexican culture, but from what I have seen of it, it’s significantly deeper and richer than I ever learned in American public schools, but more to the point, if a gringo is bringing you on camera a nearly three-pound taco that looks like it’s been designed to feed somebody’s dinosaur that has been made by some weird billionaire somewhere, like who else could eat something like this, you’re not having a Mexican culinary experience. You’re having a Texas culinary experience. You’re having an American one at a bare minimum, but you’re having a Texas one. He’s like, he’s rib busting fucking 72 pound steak. If you could eat it under two hours without having a coronary and, you know, in the words of Patton Oswalt, eating all of our angry food, you’ll get a free t-shirt on the way to the fucking ER. That’s Texas. Like, you know, you can tell a story about Mexico’s rich history with food without somebody bringing out dinosaur portions that only exist in places like Texas get the fuck out of here with this like please be serious they can only understand it as like where does this fit in in the culture war I don’t really know so I’m gonna put it here because I can’t possibly understand what what what good faith point Luke was trying to make so let me just let me just culture war this that’s really my handicap because I have no other frame of reference I don’t read books right guys I didn’t hate it and I realized that it was a it was a light-hearted segment I’m just saying don’t lecture me about like well this is you know we’re all having fun this is a Mexican thing and the guys bring it out of taco that you know is the size of a fucking Ford Fiesta get the fuck out of here all right neither here nor there let’s get to some of your questions here and be done with it before I get fucking cancelled all right here we go what do we got. Mike Bell gave Grasso the fifth 10-8. That’s insane. Yep. This really highlights what the Strickland team talks about with optics and closing out a round strong. Yep. Great point. This person writes, I thought Valentina’s damage was much more than Grasso’s in the last 90 seconds, but control looks important. That’s a fair point. I didn’t quite see it that way, but I can understand what you mean. People say the trilogy might be inevitable now. I don’t know about that, but it could be. Sebastian Hackl. Ooh, I think I think he’s a WWE guy, if I’m not mistaken, yes he is. Does tonight’s result from Rojas really show us how much in terms of overall growth or development? Again, a little bit, some very valuable, but we’re still way over here before, we’re not even close to a place where we can have bigger conversations. Still way over here. Should Joe Martinez have been the announcer instead of Bruce Buffer? So that would have been nice, because Joe would have done a great job, I think was he calling there was a top rank had a Mexican Independence Day card as well I don’t I don’t know if he was calling that but I know he does work for them, too So maybe he was booked already for something like that. I don’t know. But yes, it would have been I mean buffer did a fine job but you know From Guadalajara. It’s it’s a little you know, he gringos it up a little bit. But in other words, it was a fine job job. All right. If they do the trilogy, Blanchfield’s going to pull some hair out tonight. Agreed. They shouldn’t. Do you think Blanchfield exposes Alexis’ takedown defense? Yeah, that could be bad for her. That could be bad for her. And also, she has heavy ground at times. So. Should we blame bad judging for the draw or the fact that Valentina ironically ended up getting a 10-8 scored against her because she attempted that sloppy hit? Well, what What you’re saying is karma, but that’s not the same thing as saying was that fair scoring. That’s a little bit of a different question. Does this technically count as a defense for Grasso? No. Did JDM restore the hype train? I think a little bit, yeah. Yeah, that was a good win. I mean, it wasn’t a dominant win. Round three was like, but it was a very quality win by virtue of who he beat and then the way in which he did it methodically, right. I’ve noticed that this person writes that MMA boxers don’t use uppercuts enough against opponents who are trying to level change on them. I thought you saw a little more shovel punching, but I thought you saw that from Zell Huber. Can someone tell me how Valentina won that fourth round? I didn’t have it for her, but I don’t think it was like such a reach that it’s impossible to understand that. How many edibles do you think Mike ate? Don’t know Someone writes since that this person writes since Valentina is old and washed who should Grasso fight next I mean she’s not old and washed Do they need to run it back? I don’t think so. What should be done to Mike Bell Well, the question is not what should be done. The question is what is gonna be done and you guys know what the answer is nothing Nothing, absolutely. Fuck all will be done. You know that like you we can complain about it I think you’re right to complain about it like I don’t think the Commission should just like don’t pretend that nothing happened But they go what’s gonna happen to him motherfucker. You know what’s gonna happen nothing nothing Nothing, I will say that they handled the instant replay right for the for the prelim card about which we’ll discuss on Monday, but What’d you think of the commentary tonight? I thought DC and Dom were pretty flat this person writes especially compared to Laura Senko Laura I think is the best one. They’ve got you know Dom going after Chris Tione for stopping that fight, the Lacerda fight and then being like, well, watch Herb Dean. He’s going to get it right. I mean, just driving the point home, I’ll put it that way. What’s Mike Bell say? Yeah. So many questions about the 10-8. Mike Bell needs to be investigated. Not investigated, just didn’t go right. He just did a poor job. I don’t know how else to say it. This is, yeah, all right. I think that’s it, I think that’s it. I am tired, I am tired as fuck. I am old as fuck and I am tired as fuck. Like I said, I haven’t always been a Dodge Omni, but I turned into one. So I’m gonna go, I’m gonna go. I’m gonna say thank you for watching. We’re gonna remind everyone, Monday’s MK, we haven’t heard from BC, so we’ll hear from him. We’ll go over some of this stuff and a whole lot more. Thank you guys so much for watching. Thank you for being here with me. I really appreciate it, and it means a lot that you would spend your time on a Sunday morning, Saturday night, doing this with me. All right, but I’m gonna go. So we’re done here. Thank you so much. Catch us on Monday, and until next time, stay frosty. Yeah, and enjoy the fights, and get some sleep. Whatever my calls are.

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