Insert Clever, Witty Title Here


Hi Guys & Girls,

My apologies for the delay, its been a tough, tough week. Both my kids and wife have been ill, so my writing has been on the backburner. On with the show!

There have been a fair few things happening in the MMA world this week. Firstly “I’m a world champion!”. No, not me. I am of course speaking of Stipe Miocic. UFC 198 kept up the UFC Heavyweight Title curse. No one has defended more than twice for many, many years and Fabricio Werdum is no exception.

At UFC 198, Fabricio put his title on the line. He stormed in and got clipped by Stipe. Stipe was backing up and threw a counter punch which dropped Werdum. The kind of power that Miocic must have generated to knockout Fabricio whilst backing up is phenomenal. Congratulations to Stipe, you are an awesome dude (he is still a part time fire fighter), I hope that you are champion for a while and break the curse!

Speaking of UFC 198, the apocalypse must be nigh! Cristiane Justino Venacio aka Cris Cyborg finally made her UFC debut and it was glorious. In front of her hometown Cris did what Cris does best and swung for the fences scoring another first round TKO. This woman is a beast.

The story of “Cyborg’s” debut wasn’t her devastating power, the raucous homecoming or the fact that she cut from 145 to 139 lbs, it was refereeing and stoppages. So, when is a stoppage wrong?

Leslie Smith, Cris’ opponent, thinks her fight was stopped too early. Maybe she is right, Cris had dropped her and was raining hammerfists, but crucially in Leslie’s eyes at least, she was not out.

Obviously the referees job is to ensure that the rules aren’t broken and to protect the fighters from unnecessary harm in the event that they are not protecting themselves. Leslie was dropped and was having fists hammered down, she wasn’t protecting herself but was trying to scramble.

In my opinion, the stoppage was probably a little early. However, a quick look at Leslie’s eye after only a few minutes in with “Cyborg” is testament to the damage Cris was doing. The likelihood is a few more seconds and Leslie wouldn’t have been screaming about stoppages. I believe Cris would have bounced her head off the canvas.

What’s next for Cris? I’m pleased that she intends to fight on at Invicta. I am hoping that she keeps to that and I also hope that she gets the “Superfights” she deserves and craves. Hopefully she gets to conclude the Ronda Rousey storyline that has been going on for years.

Lets move onto another person who’s UFC debut is well overdue, Phil “CM Punk” Brooks. A while back I wrote an article for FeelTheTip about Punk. In it, I wrote that I was a huge fan of “CM Punk” the WWE Wrestler.

He was entertaining and crucially an arsehole, which I gravitated towards for wrestlers (and fighters it seems!). So, I was extremely interested in his signing for the UFC. As I said in the article, that excitement and interest has died a death.

We were promised his debut and it hasn’t materialised. The rumour is that Brooks has lost all but one of the sparring scrimmages he has participated in. In the words of Nate Diaz, “I’m not surprised motherfuckers”.

A career in pro wrestling does not prepare you for the cage. As I said in the article, Phil Brooks needs extensive martial arts training. In the words of legendary WWE commentator, good ole JR “this ain’t ballet”. Entering that cage without proper training, will lead to harm. Just for clarities sake, I am aware ballet is difficult too, as is any sport. Entering a ballet competition without the proper training is dangerously stupid too.

Anyone who has trained in Martial Arts will know that unless you are some freak who is a natural, like B.J. Penn, eventually your training will stall and you will plateau. For “CM Punk” to have plateaued or stalled is natural. The problem is at 37 years old (38 in October) and with plenty of miles on the clock from pro wrestling, will he ever make that walk? If he does, win, lose or draw, he deserves all of our respect.

Keeping with MMA, one of my favourite UFC fighters, Paige vanZant, has been participating in Dancing With the Stars. Paige is one of the most humble and down to earth fighters around. I would love to interview her, maybe I’ll try around the time she is booked for a fight.

For evidence of her down to earth and humble nature, check out Paige’s Facebook page. She regularly holds live Q&A’s and doesn’t seem to shy away from questions. As an example, she was asked if she is going to fight Rose Namajunas next. Rose and Paige met in December, Paige was on the receiving end of a savage beating, but she showed a ridiculous amount of heart in the performance. Coincidentally this was the point where I and many others became a “FanZant” (in fact Paige is one of the Reebok tops I would consider buying). When Paige was asked about fighting Rose again, she said “I haven’t earned it yet”.

Any way my point is that has made it through to the finals of DWTS. If you are an MMA fan and are able you really should vote for her. She is flying the flag for MMA and proving that the fighters and fans aren’t just mindless savages (like some of the ignorant committee in New York would have you believe). Good luck to Paige and I hope she wins.

Moving away from Dancing (never thought that topic would make it to my blog), but sticking with moving your body. I am highly competitive. My sister in law bought me a FitBit Charge for my birthday. So, naturally I have added her to the friends list.

I got an email through, my weekly progress report. Marie was beating me! I can’t have that, I resolved to go out for a run. Luckily I synced the device and was beating her again. It’s amazing what losing will do.

Just the thought of her winning had my heart rate racing and my head screaming “NOOOOOOOOOOOO” over and over again.

I will still be stepping up the workout regime, but I can see why people workout with friends. It’s a lot easier to find that motivation when you are being left behind!

I have been working out relatively regularly recently. A major step up from my “I’ll workout when I’ve slept enough” attitude.

I’ve noticed a slight change on the scales, 1 kilo dropped last week. But I’m noticing changes in my body more. Last year I was more active and worked hard on my arms. To this day my are a reasonable size.

I am proud of them, my question is how to temper that pride without becoming irritating to people? I want to tell and show people, but I don’t want to be the the narcissistic wanker. If you work out, please tell me how you manage that aspect of working out?

Carpe Diem Guys

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