Nick Diaz Torque Shirt: UFC 183 Walkout Shirt
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The Nick Diaz Torque Shirt is Nick’s UFC 183 walkout shirt. 100% cotton, soft distressed print, vintage look and feel.
Making one of the most historic events in the UFC. UFC 183 was when Nick Diaz fought the legendary Anderson Silva. However, in my opinion, the event seemed to turn into another Anderson Silva hoax. Almost turning in to an Anderson Silva vs Demian Maia performance.
Switch Remarkable: Nick Diaz Black and Gold Shirt
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Though we haven’t seen Nick Diaz in the cage for a while, it’s always fun to see what he’s up to outside the cage. The reputation that he and his brother have gained as fighters translates to all aspects of how we perceive them. Nick Diaz chilling with a couple of friends wearing the Switch Remarkable black shirt with gold stripes. I probably can’t pull this look off as well as Nick can. Whatever he does, it’s the definition of cool. Or maybe that’s just the fan boy in me talking…
Anderson Silva vs Chael Sonnen I, UFC 117, 7 August 2010
Anderson Silva vs Chael Sonnen II, UFC 148, 7 July 2012
From 2006 to 2013, the UFC Middleweight division was dominated by one of the best MMA fighters of all time, Anderson “The Spider” Silva. He surgically and systematically destroyed every single opponent the UFC put in front of him, defending his Middleweight Title 10 successive times. He destroyed Rich Franklin with knees. He rained elbows down on Travis Lutter while having him in a triangle. He choked Dan Henderson out with a rear naked choke. He even danced his way to victory against Demian Maia. It got to a point where Anderson Silva and the Middleweight division started getting boring to watch. Anderson Silva made every single fighter in the division look like they didn’t have the talent and the training to compete.
Chris Weidman vs Luke Rockhold, UFC 194, 12 December 2015
Fight of the Night
The first championship fight of UFC 194 saw a very competitive and well deserved “fight of the night” for the UFC Middleweight Championship.
What intrigued me most about Chris Weidman vs Luke Rockhold, was how Luke Rockhold was selling and promoting the fight. Leading up to and through the press interviews, Luke said that his momentum could not be stopped, that his fighting abilities were highly underestimated, and that he was on an entirely higher level compared to Chris Weidman.
I admit that I prescribed a “Brad Pitt Syndrome” to Luke Rockhold – that he was too good looking to be actually good at his craft. Luke has fought some tough competition before but I never considered the middleweight division to be that competitive in the first place.
A fight fans understanding of why fighters use PEDs: Sometimes it’s not a choice
I have been a fight fan for a long time now. Some of these fighters I have come to admire, respect and even consider to be personal heroes. Learning from the way they train, their positivity, their dedication, the respect and humility they have towards the people around them.
It is difficult to imagine that these fighters, these heroes, could ever cheat in competition by using some kind of performance enhancing drug. It’s even possible that most of them do, but I’m not disappointed.
In interviews, fighters and trainers have always talked about how widespread the use of performance enhancing drugs is. They say that all fighters use them. All fighters except for themselves and their team mates of course. Fight fans are sometimes devastated and disappointed when they find out their favourite fighter used PEDs. The confidence, the trust, the emotional reliance they have on the fighter doing well, all betrayed.
Rich Franklin vs Anderson Silva 1 and 2, UFC 64, Oct 2006 and UFC 77, Oct 2007
Some may argue that the middleweight division is weak and lacking of talent. I believe that this lack of lustre is not because the middleweight division lacks good fighters. It’s because the division is always over-shadowed by the over-populated UFC lightweight, welterweight, and light heavyweight divisions. On top of the perception that the middleweight division is not “stacked”, the weight class has been virtually dominated by one champion since 2006, Anderson Silva. Although it is always a delight to watch Anderson Silva fight, it’s understandably not as exciting when you kind of already know what the outcome of the fight is going to be right when it is announced.
By comparison, the middleweight division may not be as exciting, but it would be a grave a mistake to over-look the division. In this post, I wanted to draw our attention back to the middleweight division by looking back at the two fights between two of the most talented middleweight fighters in MMA history: Rich Franklin and Anderson Silva.
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The Anderson Silva Documentary – Like Water
Anderson Silva is widely considered one of the greatest fighters in MMA history. He was the UFC Middleweight King from October 2006 to July 2013. He defended his title a record 13 times. Before the UFC, Anderson Silva was the Cage Rage Middleweight Champion, a title he earned in September 2004. Anderson Silva may very well be the best middleweight MMA champion because he was the only MMA middleweight champion!
But to me, Anderson Silva is a bit of a waste of talent. He was a really good fighter in a really talent dry division. It’s a shame that now we have an almost-40 year old Anderson Silva who has suffered a devastating leg injury at the hands of Chris Weidman. We never really got to see Anderson Silva put his talent to the test and fight some MMA legends.
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