posted on Apr, 1 2018 @ 08:53 PM
So, steel pipes, blindfolds, and tractor tires are all in a day’s work; when you’re not working and still looking to get paid, random encounters
end a career’s worth of work? If you’re “El Cucuy”, that seems to be your lot in professional cage-fighting.
A quicker rejoinder/primer on the original main card for UFC 223: An unbeaten savage, who wrestled bears as a grade-schooler, was set to face a
crafty, sleek BJJ ace who has beaten a ‘who’s of who’ in the UFC lightweight division (155 lbs/70kgs), riding an eleven-fight unbeaten streak.
I am talking about Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson facing off with Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov this Saturday, April 7th. It was a fight that had
been heavily marketed, not to mention, it was the 3rd attempt at getting them both in the cage together. Guess what? It didn’t materialize because
Ferguson apparently tore a knee ligament tripping over pavement attempting to engage an old acquaintance. I’m not making this up. True (allegedly)
So what now? Now, we have a fight for the ages. Max “Blessed” Holloway (featherweight champion [145 lbs/66 kgs]) steps in on 6 days’ notice to
face, what many consider to be a ‘generational talent’ in the undefeated, Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov.
I had my reservations about Tony’s chance against Khabib, but nevertheless, I went contrarian with my prognostication and felt Tony would somehow
gut it out and crank on a d’arce late in the contest and sub Khabib. Believe me, it’s not a rational take, but it was my take. Now, we have a
truly ‘generational’ talent versus another ‘generational’ talent.
This is a CT site. Sports are an afterthought. No worries. I’ve made my takes and engaged in debate (argument) here on ATS with some sharp combat
sports’ fans (to a lesser degree those members who ‘train’ self-defense [unequivocally and without hesitation reminding the ‘martial arts
purist’ that my man will absolutely stomp a mudhole in your ‘masters’ ass]) and promised my second thread would be a UFC 223 thread, if it
Well, it’s happening and I couldn’t be more excited.
Max is coming in on short notice, but at his natural weight. Khabib has long struggled with weight-cutting issues. Is there a weight-cutting
advantage for Max that nullifies the short notice? Lots of angles to this…Khabib has never so much as lost a single round in the UFC. Max has
twice KO’d the greatest FW to walk planet Earth. WOW! Just WOW!
I can’t wait.
I hope this thread gets some run…because this is truly a match-up of 2 of the greatest ass-whoopers in the history of the world (of course it’s
all relative, but the point still stands).
ATS MMA/Combat Sports’ enthusiast, what say you? Are you more bummed T-Ferg is out, or more pumped “Blessed” is gonna be across the cage from