By Patrick DeMoss | 8/2/18 — Yes, we’re back! Last week I had some personal stuff I had to sort out, so sorry about missing last week’s edition, but we’re back in full swing! Let’s jump right into it.
This Week in MMA
For starters we have PFL 5 taking place yet again in New York, starting in just a few hours, and I’m pumped. PFL thus far has delivered a premier quality card everytime and this time around, the stakes are even higher! Fighters now face elimination and have to put everything on the line.
Some fights I want to highlight from PFL 5 have to start with former Bellator Lightweight champ, Will Brooks, who will take on Robert Watley. I’d love to see what Brooks can do here, as his resume is high, but his recent stint in the UFC was lackluster at best, so I’m excited to see how he performs.
Also, Rashid Magomedov returns, who always looks dominant for the most part in all of his fights. He’ll be taking on Luiz Firmino.
Chris Wade looks to get on the winning side of things and possibly clinch playoffs as he’ll be seeking a win over Yuki Kawana. It’s do or die here for the fighters of PFL 5, so make sure you tune in, as I’m sure we’ll be in for some great fights.
Also, this weekend is UFC 227! The card is headlined by the highly anticipated rematch between bitter rivals, T.J. Dillashaw, and Cody Garbrandt. Dillashaw will look to write the final chapter in their rivalry, while Garbrandt looks add another edition to the story, tieing it up at 1-1 apiece. Some call this rematch too soon, but I for one am pumped up for this fight.
Co-headlining the card is P4P #1, Demetrious Johnson, as he is set to rematch Henry Cejudo. The two men first fought at UFC 197, where Cejudo was finished off in the first round by Johnson. However, with a new set of skills in the standup department, this rematch is certainly interesting, as he’ll look to dethrone Demetrious Johnson, who looks to add another title defense to his already historical run throughout the Flyweight division.
Last Week in MMA
Ah, yes UFC on Fox 30, a great free card, and one of the best of the year without a doubt. We saw the Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier rivalry most likely come to an end with Dustin getting the second-round TKO over “The Underground King”. It was full of heart, blood, and determination, and with that, we may have a new title contender in Poirier, unless McGregor comes back soon. Either way, he deserves a title shot in his next fight, or at the very least, a #1 contender bout.
In the co-main event, Jose Aldo reclaimed his glory with a huge TKO over Jeremy Stephens. Aldo hit Stephens with a liver shot from hell that put down the always durable Stephens and followed up with ground-and-pound to seal the deal.
This was Aldo’s first victory since 2016, and his first finish since 2013. Needless to say, watch out featherweights, because the King of Rio has returned in dominating fashion.
Also, UFC on Fox 30 saw Joanna Jedrzejczyk fluster Tecia Torres, with another former champ returning to form as well. I’d say a title shot isn’t yet in her direct way, but another win or two and she’s right back there to earn her belt back.
In the news for MMA, Conor McGregor pleaded guilty and has gotten away from his Incident in New York without any jail time. So, this means that McGregor can officially be in talks with the UFC. McGregor vs. Khabib UFC 229 anyone?