It's been an exciting week in the UFC.
Conor McGregor was able to fend off a ferocious Chad Mendes to receive the Interim Featherweight Championship. In this sportswriters honest opinion, this is just a nice way to say, "Hey, thanks for taking this Mendes guy on such short notice."
After spending countless weeks and months preparing for the "real" champion, Jose Aldo, it seems that Connor McGregor might just be that breath of fresh air the UFC has been searching for.
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The rib injury acquired by the defending champ Jose Aldo could have easily been avoided, especially with everyone knowing how big this matchup was going to be. I will never understand how such serious injuries can occur this close to "game time."
It's been years now, with the same old names on the rosters. Some of which I miss, but more so, have grown tired of. At this point, I am thinking we will start to see a lot of new faces rise through the ranks of this great sport made for men and women that want to prove their worth in the competitive fighting world.
I find that most divisions have only a few 'big' names that can keep a UFC Pay-Per View alive and kicking. Conor McGregor is absolutely one of those names. Us fans find it hard to throw down $60-$100 to watch the event live, let alone feel like we didn't get our money's worth after the show.
In recent years, I only put myself in that position if George St. Pierre or someone of that nature was on the main card, now I find myself flipping a coin to invest that much money on somewhat of a "no-name." I am positive I'm not the only one to have found myself in that position.
I like to be as objective as possible when it comes to the thoughts and opinions of you, the fans, that will be reading my articles, and to answer my question: YES!
The Real Deal
McGregor is the real deal. My favorite Mixed Martial Artist of all time is Fedor Emelianenko. Not since the "Last Emperor" have I watched a man as close and with such detail as McGregor.
I think a lot of it has to do with his attitude; a cocky Irishman that likes to talk garbage to his opponents. At the same time, this man can back up every word. I am usually not a fan of the egotistical athletes, but in this sport, you almost have to be.
I saw in his most recent fight with Mendes that he entered the cage with a gigantic ego, which had him to keeping his hands low and trying to "play" with Mendes a bit. It is this that let McGregor be busted open and bleeding before the 2nd round.
I was a little nervous for him, as he was close to being on the losing end a few times, in my opinion. But, it all ended just as it was supposed to, perhaps.
I also think United States V.s. Europe for the next season of The Ultimate Fighter is a wonderful idea. It will have each side represented by two great MMA artists; McGregor representing Europe, against Urijah Faber representing the United States.
I hope that everyone can tune in and see what happens. I look forward to keeping you informed of my opinions and sports-related material. Stay with me, as there is only more great stuff to come.