UFC Fight Night Arlovski vs. Bigfoot II went down in Brasilia Brazil tonight and didn’t disappoint. The main event saw former UFC Champion and as of the last few years MMA journeyman Andrei Arlovski beat Antonio Bigfoot Silva by resounding knockout in the first round of the event.
Arlovski looked on point, and went after Bigfoot like a, wait for it, PITBULL, recapturing some of the old glory he had as a younger UFC fighter and King of the Heavyweight division way back when.
As it stands, Arlovski, who is ranked #14 heavyweight in the world, has now beaten Antonio Silva, who himself was ranked #4. Where does that put these guys, and what’s next for either fighter? Does Arlovski earn a shot at JDS or do you guys think he should be the one to send former Pride and Strikeforce dud Alistair Overeem into MMA retirement for good?
Bigfoot has had his ups and downs over the years, but just in my opinion, with TRT being banned and his medical condition getting worse with age, I would say one more fight to show he can still do it off the chemicals, and if not, time to hang it up.
Overall it was a great event and you might still be able to catch the replay on tv or on BT sport 1 live stream.
With last nights lopsided loss, B.J. Penn now makes official and final his retirement from MMA. It was hard to watch the two division title holder get his tail kicked in such a one sided fashion no matter if you are new or have been around the MMA scene for a long time.
It’s been a painful season for old school MMA fans as of late. Since 2010 we’ve seen the retirement of Randy Couture, Matt Hughes, Fedor Emelianenko, Chuck Liddell, Georges St. Pierre, Chris Leben, Forrest Griffin, Stephan Bonner, and now B.J. Penn. If that’s not bad enough, legends Wanderlei Silva, Anderson Silva, Shogun Rua, Dan Henderson, the Noguiera Brothers, and Quinton Jackson are all either about to retire, or are pathetic shells of their former selves that NEED to retire from the sport.
It’s that old road that never ends friends, in that MMA is truly a young man’s game, and we that have been watching since 1993, are no longer young. Chris Weidman, Jon Jones, Cain Valesquez, and Rhonda Rousey, these are the rulers of today and they barely garner half the attention that the former legends garnered just a few years ago. Pay-per-view numbers for UFC event’s are reverting back to the pre-Chuck Liddell championship years, and pre-Brock Lesnar years. Right now the biggest stars to date are Jon Jones, and Rhonda Rousey, neither of them able to crack the 500,000 pay-per-view buy-rate on their own. Without legends like Pierre, A. Silva, and even loudmouth huckster Chael Sonnen on board, it’s looking bleak and grim for MMA this year.
These are just one fan’s opinions and thoughts on his favorite sport right now. I guess I feel empty with the dropping of Penn from the roster. My favorite fighters are all going away, and while the new champs are dominant, they are missing the spark of the old guard that makes a guy want to drop $60 on a fight card. Anyone else out there share the sentiments, or are you guys and gals all on board for the next generation? Sound off.
Following his second failed drug test in under three years, albeit this time under different circumstances, Chael P. Sonnen has decided that at age 37 it’s time to retire. The announcement was made on Fox this evening and essentially Chael is done with the sport after stints in WEC, Bodog Fights, Pancrase, and most notedly the UFC. Chael retires as one of the best paid fighters in the UFC, and with a record of 28-14-1 and on a loss to Rashad Evans in November 2013.
With this news, we now learn that Vitor Belfort has been pulled from the UFC 175 card as well due to not being able to get a new
Chael Sonnen in his own words announcing retirement:
I want to take an opportunity to officially announcement my retirement from competitive mixed martial arts. I had a great time. I want to thank Roy Pittman. I want to thank Dave Sandal. I want to thank my coach Clayton Hires. These guys taught me how fight, they taught me how to persevere and they stood by me through thick and thin.
I want to thank FOX, I want to thank the leadership of the UFC. I want to thank a man named Bill Brady, who gave me a second wind if you will. He’s a member of the Nevada State Athletic Commission and he believed in me at a time when I really needed somebody too, and I owe the second wind of my career to him. I am proud to call him a friend. I also want to thank the most important opponent I’ve ever had. I couldn’t have got here without this dance partner, and that is of course you, Anderson Silva. Thank you for the opportunity. Thank you for the memories, thank you for the invitation to the barbeque, even though I didn’t take you up on it.