Darren Elkins vs Mirsad Bektic, UFC 209, 4 March 2017
Fight of the Night
Darren Elkins might not be a super star in the sport, but he is definitely one of the toughest. To me, he has become akin to the likes of Scott Jorgensen, Eddie Wineland, and Brad Pickett. Fighters who are extremely talented and accomplished but for one reason or another, simply haven’t been able to break into the upper echelon of their weight divisions. Darren Elkins vs Mirsad Bektic unfortunately isn’t going to help in Darren’s bid for a UFC title shot and MMA stardom, but it does speak volumes to how much heart and experience Darren has.
Johny Hendricks vs Stephen Thompson, UFC Fight Night, 6 February 2016
Performance of the Night
Precision, accuracy, control, distance. These are thing that make Stephen Thompson one of the most dangerous fighters in the UFC. He doesn’t rely on brawling, he doesn’t rely on aggression, he doesn’t rely on power. Stephen is all about controlling the distance, watching for openings, and then coming in with deadly and destructive strikes.
Jose Aldo vs Conor McGregor, UFC 194, 12 December 2015
Whether you are a McGregor fan or an Aldo fan. Whether you believe in the hype or not. Whether you are a fight fan or not. Whether you even care about MMA. This was one of the most highly anticipated fights in MMA history.
I am a fan of both fighters and have been following their professional careers. Jose Aldo from when he was in the WEC. McGregor making his way quickly up the UFC ranks. Followed them throughout the world media tour for UFC 189. Found myself dejected and disappointed when Jose had to withdraw due to injury. Followed the stupid UFC 194 embedded series and even found myself getting emotionally invested. Feeling annoyed at McGregor’s taunting game and feeling frustrated for Jose. For as many times as you hear fight fans say, “kick his ass in the cage, shut him up”. I found myself feeling that and hoping Jose would do the same.
What a huge waste of hope and energy.