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If you don’t know, then you should know: Jose Aldo is still the UFC Featherweight champion after definitively defeating rival Chad Mendes by unanimous decision (49-46 by all judges) last night at UFC 179 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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MMA, and combat sports overall, can be cruel. Chad Mendes delivered what was probably his greatest performance, knocking Aldo down in the first round and wobbling him with a powerful shot later in the fight, but it wasn’t enough.

Mendes’s biggest fault was that he stopped using his movement and stood directly in front of Aldo. If he could have implemented more footwork into his game, he could have fought vastly better and, dare I say, probably won.

He seemed to ‘start’ and ‘go’ with his flurry of punches in a consistent pattern. Aldo appeared to pick up the rhythm of said pattern over the course of the fight. The most substantial reason Mendes lost the fight was Aldo’s wild defensive brilliance when he was in dire of potentially losing the fight. When Chad rocked Jose with the uppercut and was in the process of following up, Jose drilled Chad with a short right, right behind Chad’s ear, that pretty much turned the fight around.

Frankly, who in the hell knows if that punch is as effective had he not already cleaned Chad’s clock after the first round horn sounded off. This fight was difficult to extrapolate from, for yours truly, based on that first round. I saw it, more or less, as an even bout with both competitors being forced more than a few times to look into the abyss.

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I’m getting my day started a little late today, so I’m only going to dish out some brief thoughts on the main and the co-main events. Let’s do this.

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Phil Davis vs. Glover Teixeira
We haven’t saw Phil Davis fight since he embarrassed himself against Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson back in April. Glover Teixeira is coming off a loss in a title fight where he was picked apart and decimated for five rounds by the light heavyweight king Jon Jones. Davis can wrestle… and that’s about it. I don’t see any signs that suggests Davis can win this fight. Phil will have to win the standup, and that’s not going to happen. Teixeira by unanimous decision.

Chad Mendes vs. Jose Aldo for the UFC Featherweight title
I’ve been looking forward to this rematch for a long time. Ever since Aldo knocked Mendes out with one second left in the first round in their first fight back in January 2012, Mendes has gone on a knockout spree. Aldo has since continued his dominance, and here we are in late 2014 watching these two step into the octagon again.

This is a difficult fight for yours truly to pick. I do believe Mendes has improved greatly. There’s no question about that. His footwork and combination striking are both improved. His overall technique has been refined and is more than it’s ever been. However, he was nowhere close to defeating Aldo the first go-round. Aldo has all the ‘boxes’ marked when the technical facet of MMA comes into play and one can’t just freely pick against those facts. I do have a feeling, however, that sooner or later his late fight complacency will ultimately cost him the title. He tries to coast out the last couple rounds of a fight, and that’s a terrible thing, but I’m not sure Mendes is the man to manipulate that. Jose Aldo by unanimous decision.

I’ve struggled to find a iota of a shit to give about the ‘magical’ Kansas City Royals’ 2014 run. 8-0 in the postseason up to this point and in the World Series.

Last night, the San Francisco Giants ended my St. Louis Cardinals’ bid to head back to another World Series by ending their series in a walkoff. It was the fifth game of the series, which the Giants largely controlled in a tightly contested one.

I hope the Giants win the World Series, just as the title of this post says, and I’ll tell you why.

As far as this ‘magical’ Kansas City Royals ride to the top? Yeah, it’s anything but.

If there’s one thing I despise about the typical sports fans, it’s the fairweather attitude a lot have — it’s a fickle trait. The Royals were 26th in attendance this year. Now, all of a sudden, the fans are showing up as if they’d been die-hard fans since the 1985 World Series.

Please get the fuck outta here.

Kansas City, you don’t deserve to watch your baseball team reap a World Series.

The San Francisco Giants are like the San Antonio Spurs of Major League Baseball. They win with class, dignity and respect, they play with ‘oneness’ and there’s no overpaid egomaniacs in their clubhouse. Much like the Spurs, they virtually are winning a World Series title every other year.

The Royals? Just a flash in the pan group with a crowd of bandwagoning bumrat schmucks behind them. Soon, the Giants will send them on their way and they’ll be an afterthought next season, as their current batch of fairweather fans are royal pains in the ass.

A free fight, brought to us by the official UFC YouTube, from August 3, 2013’s UFC 163: Aldo/Korean Zombie (Chan Sung-Jung).

Jose Aldo broke his foot in the first round, and in the fourth the Korean Zombie separated his shoulder, to which Aldo took advantage of by delivering vicious and merciless kick after kick to the ailing KZ.

Four consecutive National League Championship Series appearances, two World Series appearances and one World Series win in as many years for the St. Louis Cardinals, and they keep on trucking.

The redemption tour continues. After falling short in the World Series last year (let’s be honest — David Ortiz is/was on some PED; I’ll never let that accusation go), they are back again and taking on the San Francisco Giants in this year’s NLCS after blowing a 3-1 NLCS lead to them in 2012.

Colin Cowherd made a good point on his radio show the other day — the three best ‘cultures’ in baseball feature the St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants and Boston Red Sox (albeit they aren’t in the playoffs this year and sans their little idiotic fried chicken’n’beer in the dugout bullshit from 2011). They are all about oneness. No overinflated stars. Adam Wainwright, for the Cards, is a star, but he’s one of the guys in the clubhouse. Other teams, like the New York Yankees, are plagued by going after big time power hitters with egregious egos and agents that hang around the batting cages.

The Cardinals beat up on a bottoming out Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers to get to this point.

It’s remarkable that they’ve come this far four years in a row. I’m proud of them, and would be even more proud if they exact vengeance on the Giants and polish off the Kansas City Royals (what in the world are they doing in the playoffs in 2014) or Baltimore Orioles.

After the Yoel Romero vs. Tim Kennedy debacle from September 27th’s UFC 178, Bas Rutten, Kenny Rice and Dominick Cruz looked at a few other wild fights in “Questionable Calls” on “Inside MMA”:

The best part of the video, though, is Dominick Cruz saying, “Before, I couldn’t even finish a Mountain Dew” in regards to knocking out Takeya Mizugaki.

And just like that, I’m a fan of Cruz. Humility charged awesomeness right there. If three years away from competition is what it took to soften Cruz up out of the Octagon and to harden him inside it, then I guess the hiatus wasn’t all bad.

MMA: UFC 175-Weidman vs Machida

UFC Middleweight champion Chris Weidman, who defeated Anderson Silva (twice) and Lyoto Machida in the course of a year, is saying that American MMA fans ain’t loyal to their ‘Merican fighters, ya hear?

Y’know, Chris Weidman has a point in what he’s saying:

I feel like smaller countries, other countries, they cheer, they support their people no matter what. We need to get a little bit more supportive of our people.

Here’s what he said about UFC 178, in Las Vegas, relative to the Conor McGregor — an Irishman — and Dustin Poirier — a Louisiana native — bout in which he noticed more fans in attendance cheering for McGregor over Poirier:

For him to have so many more fans than Poirier, over here in America, I mean, Americans are cheering for him and then you have all these Irish guys coming over cheering for him too. So America is the one country that, they don’t cheer for their own. They won’t just stick with Americans. I feel like Americans need to get better with that.

Both times Weidman fought Silva, and the fight with Machida three months ago, the crowd was more pro-Silva and pro-Machida in the respective bouts.

But while Weidman has a point, I have to drop the classic S.F.W. line: So fucking what? It’s a sport with variety. Americans are already running the table in the championship ladder of the UFC, with every titleholder — asides from Jose Aldo (a Brazilian who very well might drop his featherweight title to Chad Mendes, an American, later this month at UFC 179, albeit I don’t see that happening, a discussion for a later time) — being an American.

Wanna know something beautiful? Freedom of choice. It’s truly a great thing. I will say, however, that Weidman’s generalization that other nations all support their fighters over other nationalities’ fighters is off base. Remember the last season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil? Brazilians were largely cheering for Chael Sonnen — a man known for busting out pro wrasslin’ comments to troll the nation of Brazil — over their own, Wanderlei Silva. But I digress.

I don’t give a shit whether the fighter is American, Brazilian, Chinese or Ecuadorian — I want to watch an entertaining fight, which is more important than ethnic/nationalistic proclivities. Chris Weidman has the charisma of a cardboard box, so he’s doing what he can to market himself as the “All American”. For me, it all comes down to this polarizing, but hard-hitting quote by George Carlin:

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