It’s Inevitable: Ronda Rousey and Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino Need to Fight

UFC 184 ended emphatically. Armbar in fourteen seconds by the women’s bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey.

What the fuck was Cat Zingano thinking, shooting in on Ronda in the inception of the fight? Why? How did her team in Colorado go into this fight believing they should have her doing that against a former Olympian and judo specialist in RR? Within moments, Rousey flipped her around, caught her arm and Zingano ensued to tap.

It’s time for Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino and Ronda Rousey to fight. No more waiting. No more bullshit. This has to happen. There’s nobody left in the women’s bantamweight division that is going to give Ronda a run for her money. Holly Holm looked unimpressive in her UFC debut last night against Raquel Pennington, and Ronda would destroy another name that’s out there: Beth Correia.

The fight with ‘Cyborg’ doesn’t even need to be a women’s bantamweight title fight. It could be a fight at 145 pounds. It befuddles me that Rousey said she’d fight Gina Carano at 145, but won’t go there for ‘Cyborg’. She said the reason she’d fight Carano is because GC was a pioneer in women’s MMA, and without her none of this would’ve ever been possible. I think that’s an excuse comprised of 100% grade-A weak sauce. Carano hasn’t fought since July 2009, and even though the summer of 2009 feels like yesterday to me, that was nearly six years ago. Rousey would destroy her.

Questions around ‘Cyborg’ potentially failing a drug test for steroids is a weak inquiry and argument, too, as she’s tested fine, dandy and clear since 2011-2012. The only thing she has been busted with in recent memory is a fat burning stimulant/supplement.

This fight needs to happen. Rousey’s legacy needs it, or else everybody will roll their eyes and think, “Well, every opponent Rousey faced was subpar and didn’t have anywhere near the tools to beat her!” ‘Cyborg’ has the tools. However, honestly, I reckon Ronda could beat her. RR fights like she’s tall and I could see her outmaneuvering ‘Cyborg’ with her judo.

Make this fight happen, Dana White/Lorenzo Ferttita! Come on!

UFC 184: Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano (Quick Thoughts and a Prediction)

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(Nice song selection, UFC! “A Girl Like You” by Edwyn Collins.)

This is going to be the first UFC I’ll be missing (unfortunately, thanks to weather-related restrictions) since April 2013.

The planning around this MMA event was, and is, pretty interesting. Cyborg won her Invicta fight last night under a minute, demolishing her opponent and, tonight, UFC women’s bantamweight contender Holly Holm is fighting in the co-main event, and pending a win for both her and the champ Ronda Rousey, there’s a potential fight a’brewing.

Rousey is facing challenger Cat Zingano tonight. Both are undefeated, but one of those zeros are going to fall.

Before I continue, I just want to say that Cat Zingano falls under the category, “one bad motherfucker” to me. Listen, I write, to the extremes, that I admire the living shit out of people who have gone through true, deep, anguishing adversity that’s pushed them to the brink. When I was constantly angry, bitter and heartbroken a couple of years ago because of one human being that I previously thought very highly of’s poor decisions, I found a way to sublimate it all into positive pursuits and endeavors (that’s one of the keys), despite how rough that time was. After Zingano defeated Miesha Tate back in 2013 to earn her number one contendership spot against Rousey, she got injured and was sidelined, losing her place in the division. A few months after she was injured, her husband, with whom she has a daughter with, committed suicide.

All this time later, Cat Zingano has battled back and climbed to the mountaintop to meet the lion of the women’s bantamweight division, ‘Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey.

Anyhow, despite how much I admire Zingano’s physical and mental toughness to keep pushing, striving and kicking adversity’s ass, I reckon Rousey is going to take her apart tonight, mostly because I can’t imagine Zingano having answers for Rousey’s judo. Nobody in the women’s division has shown any competence in that department of MMA and it’s showed. Rousey is head and shoulders above any and everybody else in her division. I’d like to see how well Holly Holm would do against her, but I only believe Cyborg has the most veritable, legitimate shot at taking down the champ.

Prediction: Rousey by armbar (round 1).

I still see a lot of people, and I mean male MMA fans, bitching about women’s MMA. This has to be due to some underlying insecurities or something. I’m not sure why that is. When I’ve taken my casual MMA fan-friends to watch UFCs, they always ask me if there is going to be a woman’s fight, and if there is, they get so damn excited, because from what they’ve seen — and I tend to agree — most of the women’s fights in the UFC have been competitive and close-quarters combat conflictive. They go after one another. A lot of men pussyfoot (shitty pun not really intended) and are scared to death to engage in strikes. Most women fighters go right at one another, and it’s great.

Ronda Rousey is the biggest American star in the UFC right now. Bigger than Jon Jones. Honestly, ‘Bones’ Jones’ only claim to fame right now is that he’s basically undefeated (let’s forget the Matt Hamill debacle, please) and people want to see him lose more than anything. But going back to Rousey, she truly is the biggest American UFC star. She’s a bit of a villain herself within the community of die-hard MMA fans, but meh, I see no reason to dislike her: she’s the best in the world at what she does and she’s a hot chick. Do you know what that means? Money for Dana White. That’s what. It would be huge if they could convince Gina Carano to come back for a quick superfight (RR would demolish her), and if they could make the Cyborg fight happen, one of these days.

Quick Thoughts on the Greatest Lightweight Champion in the History of Boxing: Roberto Duran

I’ve been snowed in for the most part of the last week and a half. I’m about to go fucking crazy, but before I hit the threshold, I’ve been reading, “Hands of Stone: The Life and Legend of Roberto Duran” by Christian Giudice.

roberto duran and spike energyESPN radio personality Colin Cowherd often says that there’s nothing like reading about the history of baseball (when it comes to sports literature). However, for me, it’s the history of boxing. The lore of it all is so enriching and full of characters, personalities and engrossing stories from all eras.

The story of Roberto Duran is pretty awesome. Most people remember him for the “No Mas” fight with “Sugar” Ray Leonard, and that’s unfair. He had around 115 wins in his career. That’s nuts.

A lot of people have forgotten that Duran established himself as the greatest lightweight in boxing history in the 1970s (he was the lightweight champ from 1972 to 1979 and never lost the title!) before he moved up in weight to the greatest 147 to 168 pound division in the history of the sport. He defeated the previously undefeated-and-in-his-prime “Sugar” Ray Leonard for the undisputed welterweight title in his very first fight at 147 pounds. That’s insane, incredible and commendable.

People mistake fame with skill and ability… I’m not taking anything away from Leonard, don’t get me wrong, but Duran deserved to be the same star, if not bigger, out of the ring, too, when you think of the celebrity “Sugar” Ray Leonard became.

After the “No Mas” rematch, he went on to win the world junior middleweight and world middleweight titles. Duran undoubtedly deserves to stand in the top five pound-for-pound fighters in history somewhere next to “Sugar” Ray Robinson and Henry Armstrong.

I’m Cool With Steroids and Other PEDs in Pro Sports That’s Not Boxing or MMA

Steroids, HGH, amphetamines, etc. will always exist in athletic competition, and every day there will be newer PEDs (performance enhancing drugs) being developed for athletes to use. Money and competitive gains (“gainzzz“) run the gamut. Facts are facts.

Football? Sixteen games a regular season, including more if your team makes the playoffs. These athletic freaks are ramming their bodies against one another every weekend, sans for one measly bye week, all season long. I’m alright with football players being able to take HGH (human growth hormone) for recovery, because their bodies would reap recovery rewards, and the fans would win. People who want more football games — like eightteen regular season games — are nuts. Less is more, folks. I’m OK with having only two preseason games, to be perfectly honest. More games mean more injuries, which means shorter careers.

Baseball? Go ahead and call my opinion invalid, because I am only going to speak from a fan’s perspective: I love home runs. I loved it when Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa were banging balls out of the park in ’98. It was awesome when Barry Bonds was going off in 2001. I don’t have a reason for not caring about performance enhancers in baseball outside of being a simple minded fan who loves some home runs! But that’s only from a fan standpoint. Those pitching duels are pretty awesome in the postseason, but I can’t watch them during the regular season. I love my Cardinals, but 162 regular season games… I just have too much to do and no time to sit down and deal with the regular season grind. Now, playoffs? I love that shit. It’s intense and the tension is high.

Basketball? Not going to touch this sport, because I’m more-so referring to sports that involve heavy contact (then why did I mention baseball, you ask? Because baseball has been rooted in PED-related controversy for so long; it might as well be the posterchild for the two words, “anabolic steroids”… outside of competitive bodybuilding).

Hockey? Don’t know so much about hockey, other than what I wrote in this post a year ago about the hostile shitheel from the Boston Bruins. Where I live, this side of the country, nobody cares about the sport and the coverage is so low. My only experience with hockey is from the old NHL Hitz (if they made a new one, I’d get it, because that game was the shit) and the NHL 2K games from the early 2000s. HGH would probably help those guys, too. I do think the involved fighting in the sport of hockey is comical, though. They look like preteen girls flailing their arms at one another. It’s just fucking funny to me, being a combat sports enthusiast and competitor and see these guys on a hockey rink not able to throw an accurate punch because they are in skates and gawky pads.

Now here’s where it gets tricky….

Combat sports. And I’m going to specifically refer to mixed martial arts, my favorite sport of all (right there with boxing, but again, I’m going to directly talk about MMA), after Anderson “the Spider” Silva tested positive for multiple steroids and in regards to the pending (in June) rule/guideline that, if caught using PEDs like ‘roids, you’ll be banned for 2-4 years by the UFC. If I’m wrong about this — what I just wrote — I’d like for somebody in the comments section to correct me on the intricacies of the whole ordeal.

I’m not OK with PEDs at all in MMA.

Are they going to be used, still? Of course. Of course. Of course. Because some of these guys, when they lose, instead of looking at the holes in their training and/or simply not being as good as their opponent(s), they’ll roll with PEDs, and when they do, and they win, they believe the PEDs played a role and the cycle begins and continues with that.

I don’t care if guys use PEDs in most sports, because frankly it makes them more exciting (my simple minded fan-fueld point of view). But, but, but… when the sport involves one man trying to beat up another man, and that other man is not on PEDs, then I can’t stomach it. Just no. I love the sport of MMA too much, and as a man who competes and has competed, if my opponent is going to be ahead of the curve and juiced to the gills, then that’s some fucking bullshit.

But, in general, I simply prefer a fair, level playing field. Experience has just convinced me that this goes on all the time and, for the most part, the story is just in who we catch. Maybe some fighters don’t use and maybe a lot of them only use various PEDs for specific reasons or things, like when they have an injury. However, it just seems such an impossible issue to deal with sometimes. Science is only getting better and better at this. Meanwhile the money and expertise to do the best testing available is lagging so far behind, I feel like we’re just barely scratching the surface of the issues we’ll see as medicine and profit motive in sports combine.

Hopefully this impending ban, rule and harsh suspension will deter a lot of guys from using PEDs in MMA, because two to four years off your career will certainly do some damage to a fighter’s psyche and skillset. That’s a loooong time in sports, especially MMA. Cain Velasquez is coming back to defend his UFC heavyweight title in June, against Fabricio Werdum, at UFC 188 after having not fought since October 2013. That’s a long layoff. Imagine two to four years.

Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao is Finally Happening… 5-7 Years Later Than It Should Have

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited for the Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao fight that’s happening on May 2nd. However, the bottom line is that this fight should’ve happened five to seven years ago. I was on here, TSTOS, five years ago calling for the fight to happen, as a combat sports fan, as Pacquiao’s camp attempted to pressure Mayweather’s camp into accepting the fight.

Of course, the fight never reached fruition until now, with both guys slightly out of their prime, and it’s after Mayweather won the negotiations (he did) in Mayweather fashion.

I’ve been a ‘Pacman’ fan ever since I got into boxing, from his days as a reckless southpaw that brought the fight to his opponents with speed and deathly precision! Ever since then he’s trained with Freddie Roach (who Roots Of Fight also has a badass t-shirt of, which I love) and has become a more evolved fighter. I’m not a detractor of Floyd Mayweather, though; Mayweather will probably use his counter striking to out-point Pacman and pick up a UD. I would’ve picked Pacman if this was 2010.

For the record, I’m more excited about UFC 187 on May 23rd (barring injuries/guys busted for PEDs: Jon Jones/Rumble Johnson, Chris Weidman/Vitor Belfort, Donald Cerrone/Khabib Nurmagomedov and, probably, Joseph Benavidez/John Moraga).

The Celtics Should Trade Kelly Olynyk

It’s the All-Star Break and I’ve been pretty ho-hum about my Boston Celtics this season outside of sprinkling a few thoughts in posts here and there.

That said, I’ve never liked Kelly Olynyk. From his final year at Gonzaga when he was garnering hype, I haven’t been a fan and was despondent as hell when the Celtics picked him up. He has that goofy, lanky playing style that never gels in the NBA unless that goofy, lanky player with the said style is an outright hustler on the court, willing to get into some Marvin Hagler-esque, dirty dude scraps. Olynyk really isn’t that kind of guy.

The Celtics have been pretty damn competitive over the last month, and I reckon there is a correlation nobody wants to concede — The C’s “turning point”, so to speak, this season coincided with the injury to Olynyk. I still want the team to tank for a lottery pick, because, well, being “average” or “middle of the pack” in the NBA — like I always say — is a waste of fucking time. It’s better to be great or god awful in the Association.

Anywho, Olynyk undoubtedly has offensive skills. He’s just not pro basketball material. The guy can’t play defense, and he has zero presence in the paint. His improvements are so minuscully incremental and he commits far too many fouls for what he’s worth. The team loses ground every time he’s on the court. It’s blatantly obvious that his teammates don’t trust him on the court (if you are watching the games).

Over a year in and there’s no evidence he has learned to play in the Association. He should be barred from taking ANY 3-point shots unless and until he can show this team he’s at their level of defense, intensity and its overall learning curve. In short, Olynyk should be traded. He does not belong on the Celtics.

I see people saying, “Celtics fans, you deserve to see this team be competitive!” Well, yeah, I agree, we do, but a first round exit and continued mediocrity isn’t what I want to see.

On Cheaters in MMA: Anderson Silva and Disappointment

My original thoughts on UFC 183. Nick Diaz went into the octagon for the paycheck to perform as a clown at Anderson Silva's welcome back party.
My original thoughts on UFC 183. Nick Diaz went into the octagon for the paycheck to perform as a clown at Anderson Silva’s welcome back party.

I’m pretty much resigned to the fact that top athletes in pro sports are probably doing something illicit to be there. I do think those elite athletes work hard at what they do (obviously), but to remain playing/performing at such a high level past a certain age or to remain contending at the top has to entail some kind of trivial activities going on behind the scenes.

I’ve always believed that Anderson Silva, my favorite all-time fighter to watch, was true to the sport of fighting, that he was kicking ass naturally and doing so because he’s the best in the world. Yesterday it was revealed that he’d tested positive before his fight on Saturday with Nick Diaz for drostanolone, an anabolic steroid. And then, earlier today, it was revealed he’d also tested positive for another anabolic steroid, androsterone.

I reckon I was naive to think the above of Silva. Now I believe Silva’s oldest son might get his wish (his son wants him to retire from fighting).

Now I’m going to assume all top fighters are juiced to the gills and are using something to have a competitive edge. I no longer feel that Anderson Silva is the greatest mixed martial artist ever. I always, however naively, believed what he was doing in the octagon, all the Matrix-esque movements and dominant striking and accuracy of said strikes along with his athletic abilities, were derived from natural talent. But nope. In a pre-fight test, he tested positive for drostanolone, and today, androsterone, two anabolic steroids. What a shame. This is like finding out Santa Claus isn’t real as a child. It doesn’t matter if Silva used the two anabolic steroids once. We now have to question his legacy in fighting. Now one must say that the greatest of all-time discussion must be whittled down to two men: Fedor Emelianenko and Georges St.-Pierre.

Disappointing.

Oh, and Nick Diaz tested positive for marijuana, but that’s unsurprising. Marijuana tests positive for Nick Diaz.