Saturday, September 26, 2009

Mayweather beats the UFC

2009, a year in which Mayweather was partially retired, proved to be a good year for "Money"

After all the hoopla, essentially two fighters beat out a host of top-notch MMA fighters and a Don King-esque promoter. Floyd Mayweather and Juan Manuel Marquez, two future Hall of Famers each weighing less than half of UFC's biggest superstar, Brock Lesnar, combined to pull in more than 1 million PPV buys and generating $52 million dollars. Not bad for a boring fighter in a dying sport.

It's sad that both combat sports have been reduced to bashing each other in order to gain attention. As far as this writer is concerned, both sports will have to co-exist as they will be supported fully.

And to all the fans that say Mayweather doesn't fight, they need to open their eyes. How many people can dance past Marquez? He was simply too small an slow for the naturally bigger Mayweather. There are only three fighters who stand a better than even chance at beating Mayweather: Paul Williams, Shane Mosely, and Floyd Mayweather.

Manny Pacquiao is not as versatile, too straight forward. Miguel Cotto lacks speed and boxing technique. But this is boxing and all it takes is one punch.

Now, hopefully these silly, PPV wars/fights can go away. Put them on mainstream television and watch the ratings skyrocket (and advertisers pay dearly).

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Mayweather Dominates Marquez; UFC 103 Results

Mayweather Regains P4P Status?

In his first fight back after almost 2 years being away, Floyd Mayweather lived up to his nickname by dominating the dangerous Juan Manuel Marquez and left the ring not much the worse for wear.

Mayweather, who came in @ 146 lbs., 2 pounds above the contracted weight, refused to make weight and paid $600,000 for his defiance. Much will, and it should, be made about the weight issue. Remember, this is what cost a third fight from happening between Jose Luis Castillo and the late Diego Corrales.

Marquez was dropped from a left hook by Mayweather in round 2. Any other fighter would have been broken down after that. But Marquez is a hall of fame fighter who was in over his head against a younger, stronger and faster fighter. The drums will now beat for the Manny Pacquiao - Miguel Cotto winner. Marquez is still headed to the hall.

UFC 103 Results (televised fights):

Vitor Belfort KO1 Rich Franklin
Vitor showed he will never lose the ability to finish a fight once he has his opponent hurt. Somewhere out there Gegard Moussasi is grinding his teeth.

Junior Dos Santos TKO3 Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic
CroCop has seeming lost the talent/will to win. He showed a good account of himself until he was repeatedly stalked and punched by the taller striker, Dos Santos. Dos Santos is now a serious contender in the HW division.

Paul Daley TKO1 Martin Kampmann
Daley, who has fast hands and isn't afraid to use them, makes a big splash in his UFC debut against favorite Kampmann

Josh Koscheck TKO1 Frank Trigg
Koscheck continues climb back to former status as he stops veteran Trigg.

Tyson Griffin KO2 Hermes Franca
Franca returns without the juice against Sean Sher's twin brother.

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