Will Jose Aldo’s Rib Injury Derail UFC 189?

Whether or not the card is still on, if Chad Mendes replaces Jose Aldo in the main event vs. Conor McGregor, the card is ruined.

On social media sites the last couple of days, all people have been non-stop thinking and talking about is the Confederate flag being banished and gay marriage being legalized everywhere in the U.S., and all I can goddamn talk about is how Jose motherfucking Aldo got hurt during the training for his title defense against Conor McGregor.

One report indicates a fracture and the other a bone bruise.

This is frustrating for likewise fans who’ve been looking forward to this fight all year long. A final decision will be made this upcoming week on whether or not he’ll fight.

In the meantime, the second option would be Chad Mendes stepping up to face Conor in an interim featherweight title fight. Fuck that. Why not Frankie Edgar? Edgar isn’t my favorite fighter in the world, and he gets a lot of slack for point fighting, but Mendes just fought for the featherweight title last October (when Edgar hasn’t had a crack at it since February 2013). In any account, Aldo/McGregor is what everybody wants to see, and anything less would be a massive disappointment.

In other news, Yoel Romero destroyed Lyoto Machida with elbows (TKO) in the third round of their fight last night on Fox Sports 1. I wouldn’t be surprised if Romero pisses dirty. He had no gas tank in previous fights against Derrick Brunson or Tim Kennedy, yet in this one he had impeccable cardio. Seems a little suspect. Or maybe my suspicions are wrong and he legitimately placed an emphasis on cardiovascular training in the leadup to this fight.

Michael Jordan was not Perfect; He Bitched and Whined, too, Just Like LeBron James

All the great ones bitched at referees a time or two (as in 2,000 times). Larry Bird used to drop the word, “motherfucker!” a lot. Don’t let Magic Johnson’s smile fool you — he might have complained to the refs more than anybody in the history of basketball!

Anyway, there’s this sense among NBA fans today, probably new[er] ones that haven’t studied the history of basketball, that believe Jordan never whined to refs like the way LeBron James does.

Y’know, when Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls lost to the Detroit Pistons every year from 1988 to 1990 in the playoffs, Jordan exploded, verbally, all over the Pistons’ “dirty play”. Imagine if the internet and social media had been around back then. People online would have been delivering the same shit they give LeBron to Jordan. And it’s funny, because if you ask older dudes who grew up watching Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain play, they’d tell you that either they or their peers shunned the thought of considering Jordan a great until it was inevitable not to.

A lot of people put MJ on a pedestal. He’s my all-time favorite basketball player since he’s the athlete that got me hooked to the sport in my childhood, but he was not infallible. He was not immune to being flawed. Basketball fans today look into the lore of basketball and pick out what they want to hear and disregard facts. Why?

The 2007-2008 Boston Celtics will be a Classic Team on NBA 2K16

As confirmed in this segment of NBA 2KTV:

It’s probably considered a faux pas (just pretending to “know” that phrase) to call a pro basketball team from 2007-2008 a “classic team”, especially how the NBA season feels like yesterday to me (I can’t believe it’s been 7-8 years), but I think it’s pretty cool, to go back and relive that time period on the game, at least in the essence of that C’s roster, with that Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins starting five. I miss that championship year so much. They should’ve also won in 2010… I’ll never forget that.

Anyway, time flies. It’s been seven years since my Celtics won their 17th title. I loved that team!

LeBron Detractors, You Do Realize He’ll Be Back, Right?

The city of Cleveland doesn’t deserve an NBA title, but if LeBron doesn’t opt out of his contract this summer, and he decides to return, LeBron will be back. You detractors know that, loud and clear, correct?

LeBron can realistically play until he’s 40 or 41 years old. Barring injury, of course. That’s another 10 or 11 years in the Association. Before you scream, “Troy, you are fucking nuts!”, listen… his game is built to subsist. He’s naturally a deferrer; a pass-first player. One of the reasons I believe his detractors get so angry is that he’s not a score-first player. They want to see him play in the same vein as a Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant, shooting guards. But he’s more of a point forward, a Magic Johnson type of player. He’s a freight train at what? 250 lbs.? He could score at will if he really wanted to, and he was very aggressive in the NBA Finals (because he had to be!), but that’s not his style.

Because he’s a natural deferrer, a pass-first player, and the fact that he’s generally well liked among players in the league and not seen as an arrogant me-first guy (Kobe), players around the league will flock to wherever LeBron is to chase a title, and then detractors will cry about it online and claim that he “can’t win without help” even though none of their basketball heroes won “without help”, either.

Damn it, I’m a Celtics fan and a Spurs apologist and shouldn’t even be defending LeBron, but because there’s so many ignorant dunces spewing nonsense about LeBron, one must play devil’s advocate, no?

Did the Warriors Luck Their Way to an NBA Title?

Congratulations to the Golden State Warriors for winning the NBA Finals last night. I’m glad they won; once again, I feel like the city of Cleveland does not deserve a basketball title after the way they acted from 2010 to 2014 over LeBron James.

Mark Jackson should get an NBA ring. From the moment Steve Kerr started Andre Iguodala (Finals MVP), the Warriors went on to win three games in a row over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Kerr used Jackson’s lineup. I still feel that he was unfairly booted out of Golden State. I reckon it’s because Jackson is religious man and was coaching in the most liberal place in all of America — the bay area in California, and the franchise merely didn’t care for his ideals. People liked to say, “Jackson wanted too much control within the organization!” Kerr doesn’t? Warriors fans should be lining up on their knees with their lips ready for Mark Jackson, because his lineup constructed this NBA title for Kerr and their pro basketball team.

The Warriors definitely caught a lucky break. They played a one-man team in the New Orleans Pelicans in the first round of the playoffs since Jrue Holliday was out. They played a Memphis Grizzlies team that was hobbled by injuries (and Mike Conley missed two games). They played a Houston Rockets team that shouldn’t have even been in the Western Conference Finals (the Los Angeles Clippers choked). In the NBA Finals, outside of game one Stephen Curry and Co. never had to worry about Kyrie Irving.

Imagine if Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder had made the playoffs. Sure, the Clippers would’ve likely survived round one, but Westbrook would have had Stephen Curry’s ass on a platter.

All in all, I’m not too impressed by the Warriors’ Finals win. I picked them to win in 5, even when Kyrie Irving was expected to play. Without Kyrie, they should have swept the series. Without LeBron James, that Cavs team is a 19 win squad. They were abysmal even with Kyrie Irving. Kevin Love? The Minnesota Timberwolves were atrocious even when he was there! By the way, if Love leaves Cleveland, while LeBron is still there, he’s a molecular structured idiot. The Cavs — with LeBron — will be back and they’ll win titles, despite how I feel that the city of Cleveland doesn’t deserve one in the realm of basketball. I digress.

Too bad Kawhi Leonard shit the bed and the San Antonio Spurs choked against the Clippers. So much happened in the west that paved the way for the Warriors to earn a title. In the end, it was basically the Warriors vs. themselves. Of course, they came close to choking the series away to Matthew Dellavedova, Iman Shumpert and JR Smith. Can I get a, “LMAO!!!” out of that? Heh.

By the way, seven years ago on this day — Tuesday, June 17, 2008 — the Boston Celtics won their 17th NBA title. Damn, I miss the summer of 2008. That was a great summer, and a great year, to boot!

Is Fabricio Werdum the Greatest Heavyweight Mixed Martial Artist Ever?

He’s a submission artist thanks to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, an art he’s perfected in his career.

He was the first fighter to ever defeat the legendary Fedor Emelianenko, he submitted the legendary “Big Nog” (Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira — who virtually never gets subbed by opponents) and became the first ever fighter to submit Cain Velasquez, in which he did this past Saturday night by way of a third round guillotine choke to capture the UFC heavyweight title.

It wasn’t surprising that Cain’s ring rust was apparent or that the altitude defaced the misnomer of a nickname, “Cardio Cain”, but what was truly surprising is how Werdum outperformed Velasquez in the standup. Cain isn’t great in his standup, but certainly I figured he’d always been better than Werdum. After the first round, Cain was finished. He should’ve been training in the high altitudes like Werdum, but I digress.

Who’s next for Werdum? Biasedly, I hope Junior dos Santos gets the title shot. He knocked out Werdum seven years ago, and as much as Werdum has improved on his feet I reckon JdS would pose the biggest threat to steal the title. Of course, Andrei Arlovski makes a lot of sense, given that he’s on a four fight win streak. I don’t understand people vouching for Stipe Miocic to get a title shot — he just lost to JdS back in December… unless you want to apply the “Alexander Gustafsson/Chael Sonnen rule” in which it’s evidently an unwritten rule that a fighter should get a title shot off a loss. (Chael Sonnen lost to Anderson Silva in a Middleweight title fight in July 2012 only to get a Light Heavyweight title shot against Jon Jones in April 2013 while Alexander Gustafsson was destroyed by Rumble Johnson back in January only to now receive a Light Heavyweight title shot against Daniel Cormier soon!)

UFC 188: Cain Velasquez vs. Fabricio Werdum Prediction

I can’t believe this fight is finally happening. Much like last month’s 187, I figured another injury would cast a nasty spell on this card.

This fight is harder than hell to predict. If Cain was 4-6 months out from fighting, I’d pick him, without question. Considering that he hasn’t fought since October 2013, I think forecasting the outcome of this puppy is more blurry than people realize. Nobody has a fucking clue how Cain will fight after nearly being out of the octagon for two years. I do think Cain is going to win by TKO. I don’t possibly see this going the full five rounds unless both guys gas out (prior Cain’s injuries, he had the best cardio of all heavyweights in the division).

How will Cain fight after being out for so long?
How will Cain react to if/when he gets in Werdum’s guard?
Will Werdum’s BJJ effectively stifle Cain’s wrestling?
Can Werdum keep up with Cain’s pace?

Questions inbound that’ll finally be answered tonight.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Cain loses, and then comes back in a few months and fucks Werdum up. Anybody can get caught with a good strike; Cain was caught back in November 2011 in the first ever UFC on Fox when Junior dos Santos beat him for the heavyweight title.

Here’s the kicker — we know what we are getting with Fabricio Werdum. He’s fought in recent memory (November 2014 vs. Mark Hunt). With Cain, no fucking clue.

Cain Velasquez via round 2 or 3 TKO