Well that was quite a 48 Hours. Dana White looked like he was gonna fucking cry at the post fight press conference. He had the look of resignation on his face from the moment Khabib Nurmagomedov booked himself in to a Las Vegas Hospital – for what must have been severe dehydration.
2017 has not been at all good for the UFC. I haven’t heard too many PPV numbers being talked about from UFC208 or UFC209 but i would imagine they are pretty dismal reading. I never thought i’d hear myself say this but i wouldn’t be surprised if Dana White walked away from the UFC or they had have that classic ‘ Resignation of mutual consent’.
After the late, late pull out by Khabib , due to his physical inability to make the lightweight number of 155, there was huge pressure on Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson to produce a thriller in the other co- main event. What they served up for the first three rounds was tepid, edgy and downright boring. The crowd booing started from the second round. In fact in the first 10 minutes of fighting the duo only landed 9 significant punches apiece. I mean for fuck sake – There is tactics and then there is downright bullshit fighting. I cannot for the life of my understand why Tyron Woodley has such a high opinion of himself. I mean this was not good from him bar that late 5th round sequence where he landed WonderBoy on his ass. As the fight was progressing i was thinking Jesus Christ..Conor Mcgregor could actual take out Tyron Woodley in a similiar fashion to how he handled Nate Diaz.
Khabib is a fucking 5 star idiot for allowing a situation to develop where he could physically damage himself trying to make the weight. I was following the UFC embedded series of Vlogs and i was actually thinking to myself – Jesus he doesn’t exactly strike you as a superb physical athlete. But i put it out of my head thinking what the hell do i know!
This fight was Khabib’s gateway to becoming a bone fida superstar and he fucked it up royally. And Yes i think he is 100% responsible. This is not the first time he has missed weight in his career. Obviously 155 is a tough cut for him but it is a known tough cut for him. He should have prepared with his specialised dieticans and specialised fitness guys. Watching UFC Embedded it was like he brought half the cast from Borat along for the ride.
Epic disaster. One he may not recover from because it’s going to be hard to take him seriously from now on. You can build a PPV around a character that has such difficulty with weight. it is too risky. The trouble for Nurmagomedov is that he is a small welterweight and he isn’t particularly overpowering at his current weight class. So i think a step up to Welterweight won’t bring him any significant benefit and probably a lot of disadvantages. He’s in a tough spot.
On the night the biggest winner was Conor Mcgregor (again!). Since his self imposed sabbatical in December nobody has stepped up to fill the vacuum. Nurmagomedov had a huge opportunity to do so but fluffed his lines. A lot of the Mcgregor family are looking forward to Mcgregor baby arriving in the world but none more so than Dana White