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Daytona Beach theater “Ocean 10” to show Mayweather vs McGregor fight on the big screen!

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It’s no secret that we are about to witness what may be the biggest event in combat history! Undefeated Floyd Mayweather (49-0) will face UFC multi-title holder Conor McGregor in a boxing match.

For people who actually follow combat sports they should know that with this being a boxing match it’s almost a no brainer that Floyd should take this easily. But there are a lot of things to factor in before you can just count McGregor out. Yes, we do know that if this were a Mixed Martial Arts match McGregor would most likely dominate Floyd. This match only makes sense to be a boxing match though. It only makes sense because both sports train on striking. It wouldn’t make sense to do mixed martial arts when boxing doesn’t cover all the elements that fall under MMA. Now let’s to see the elements that could be pro’s & cons for the fighters

Let’s talk about age. Conor is 11 years younger and clearly has that edge. On the flip side, Floyd has beaten fighters who were 10 years younger and heavier. I don’t want to simply count him out because of age. For instance, we have fighters like George Foreman and Bernard Hopkins who were older but vicious. Floyd’s last fight didn’t show any slack off. I don’t see this being a huge problem for him.

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Now let’s get into fight length. Floyd has fought championship rounds that have gone the distance of 12 rounds. Conor has only gone 5 rounds. Although MMA rounds are 2 minutes longer than boxing rounds. This could become a factor when they get past round 5. Especially fighting a defensive fighter like Floyd. Making your opponent miss can drain them very quickly. Floyd may be the best defensive fighter the sport has ever seen. This fight could get very interesting if it goes past round 6. I’m not sure how well Conor is with adversity. Especially after seeing the 1st Diaz fight. Hopefully Conor has the cardio to take it the distance, if it goes there. My personal experience with fighting MMA and boxing, I think boxing takes more cardio. If all else fails in MMA you can resort to grappling or clinching to regain energy. In boxing they break things up immediately and you get right back to it. Boxers also throw punches more rapidly because that’s the only thing they can rely on.

Punching power. I know most people will try to give this to Conor automatically but let’s take a second to analyze this properly. Floyd has a knock out rate of almost 50% and yes those came in his early career.  Later, he became more of a defensive fighter. Now let’s say Conor is fortunate enough to have a 20 year career and is able to make it to 49 fights, will he still be knocking people out? Who knows. Secondly, you have to factor in the glove size. Not to take away from Conor but glove size does make a difference. I do give it to Conor though, his hands are beautiful. He’s had some amazing knockouts. He can make very adversary opponents look like novice competitors. It would definitely be interesting to see if Conor can land a clean shot on Floyd and hurt him. Floyd has been in 49 professional fights and has never been on the canvas, let alone 8 counted. That is a remarkable stat. Says a lot about his defense and maybe his chin. Has he fought anyone that hit as hard as Conor? Who knows.

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Defense. I’ll be honest, MMA isn’t a sport that is big on striking defense. They do have leg checking and they do block head kicks. Other than that it’s mostly brutal. Not saying that they don’t block because they definitely do. MMA is just more barbaric. There are MMA fans who actually think less of Floyd as a fighter because he is defensive. Conor has an open arm type of style. He is just very fortunate to be lightning fast and powerful so his defense doesn’t really matter. This can be damaging for him when it comes to getting points. All Floyd has to do is out score him and not get hit which he is the best at. Conor is a great counter puncher and so is Floyd. This may be the most interesting part of the fight. Seeing how they counter each other. I can see this fight being dry for the 1st and 2nd round. Floyd doesn’t want to get hit with a bomb and Conor doesn’t want to lose by the point system.

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All-in-all I think if Conor wants a chance to beat arguably the best boxing of our time in a boxing match he has to do serious damage in the first 4-5 rounds. If it gets past that I see him having a slim chance of winning. Socially I see people argue about this and there is this strange misconception that people don’t think Conor is a great fighter. That is completely false. People are simply surprised about the disrespect towards Floyd’s ability and legacy. You may not like him outside of the ring, you may think that he cherry picked his opponents, but let’s be realistic. Over a 20 year career and 49 fights couldn’t somebody have beaten him if he wasn’t as good as we thought? The craziest argument I saw about Floyd is that he fought Mannie after his prime. Which is kind of ridiculous seeing that thier debuts are only a year apart and Floyd is older than Mannie. That completely destroys that logic and actually proves that Floyd was more out of his prime than Mannie was.

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The tickets to watch this at the movie theater will hit you for $40. Considering the magnitude of the event and the fact that you get to sit in a reclineable leather chair, I don’t think it’s that bad. I don’t care what people say about this fight, I LOVE IT! I love the energy it brings, I love the competition. Floyd is putting his undefeated record on the line versus a younger MMA knockout artist. How can you not be impressed? Conor is taking a chance in another sport (technically) against the very best person. You have to honor them both. I can only seen you hating this fight if you are a die hard MMA fan but hate boxing or a die hard boxing fan but don’t care for MMA. I’ll definitely be watching.

 

Written by Bruce Walton

 

 

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Who had the better “Champion” reign? Is Ronda Rousey the face of the new era in UFC?

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In this brave new mixed martial arts (MMA) world no longer ruled over by old gods Georges St. Pierre and Anderson Silva, UFC is going to need new superstars. Luckily, it may have a dazzling — if not always friendly — one on its hands with Ronda Rousey. Find out why Rousey’s unsportsmanlike snubbing of Miesha Tate was the best thing she possibly could have done to help make herself an even bigger star.

Thematically speaking, it couldn’t have been more appropriate Saturday’s UFC 168 event wrapped up just 72 hours removed from New Year’s Day 2014. If ever there was a fight card that embodied the hoary old cliche, “out with the old and in with the new,” this was the one.

If you’re a mixed martial arts (MMA) fan, there was a lot to like about 2013 when it comes to in-cage action. However, all those epic slobber knockers were largely obscured by a pair of falling giants who cast a prodigious shadow over Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in the month of December.

First there was longtime UFC Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre’s announcement he was taking an indefinite — possibly permanent — hiatus from the sport. That news may have sent those of us in the MMA world reeling like a perfectly placed left hook to our collective jaw, but St. Pierre’s willing abdication of his throne wasn’t near as shocking as what would follow a mere 15 days later.

Even after what we saw this past July — when Chris Weidman captured the UFC Middleweight title from the seemingly invincible champion who held it for just shy of six years — it still feels surreal to type what I’m about to type, but following UFC 168 it’s impossible to deny:

The Great Anderson Silva just isn’t so great anymore.

Like Napoleon in exile on Saint Helena, Silva no longer has the aura of the fate-appointed, conquering demigod about him. After all, the bones in demigods’ legs don’t gruesomely snap in two when they meet with an opponents’ shin.

Bones do, however, occasionally break when housed by the all too fragile flesh of an ordinary human being. Especially one who is nearly 39 years old and approaching the end of a long career spent kicking people in the face.

Weidman may be a lot of things — athletically gifted, incredibly skilled and tougher than an armadillo’s hide — but one thing we don’t know yet is whether or not he’s going to be a draw at the box office. UFC 168 did a monster gate and will likely make Zuffa a whole gripload of money on pay per view (PPV). However, the lion’s share of the intrigue surrounding the main event was based on seeing how Silva would bounce back from his first loss in years.

Historically, killing the king isn’t enough to make fans buy into a new champion’s reign. How Weidman fares as a drawing card from here on out will largely depend on intangibles like charisma and his ability to establish an emotional connection with fans.

One thing is certain though: with the company’s two biggest draws going gently — or in Silva’s case grotesquely — into that good night this past month, UFC needs legit superstars who can spark fan interest in the worst way possible.

Luckily, it appears to have one in Ronda Rousey.

To say the live crowd was jacked for the Women’s Bantamweight title match between Rousey and Miesha Tate would be putting it mildly. From the moment Tate’s music hit the atmosphere inside the MGM Grand appeared to crackle with the energy of a downed power line. Things went from electric to full on nuclear when Rousey made her way to the cage accompanied by the strains of Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation.”

It didn’t hurt that Rousey vs. Tate was an awesome fight that told a gripping story: Tate — the fan-favorite thanks to her opponent’s unflattering portrayal on The Ultimate Fighter — trying desperately to fight back against her obviously superior foe and avoid the bear trap that is Rousey’s patented armbar.

The fight was so exciting, fans in attendance gave both women a standing ovation at the end of the first and second rounds.

When Rousey, her limbs wrapped around Tate’s body like a boa constrictor getting ready to squeeze the life from its prey, finally transitioned and locked on the fight ending armbar in the third round, it did nothing to deflate the amped up crowd. In fact, if after her dominant performance, “Rowdy” had played to the audience and courted their cheers, she may have won back a lot of fans.

Instead she did something even better.

As Tate stood next to the champ, attempting to offer her hand in a token of sportsmanship and beef squashed, Rousey turned up her nose and defiantly strutted away from her like she was auditioning for the lead role in a remake of the 2004 movie “Mean Girls.”

The boos were instantaneous.

A hailstorm of bass-voiced precipitation falling down on her, Rousey attempted to explain her refusal to shake Tate’s hand — some Diazian business about keeping it real — but it didn’t matter. The crowd was livid and couldn’t wait to see Rousey get her comeuppance.

Enter Sara McMann.

Coming off her victory and subsequent snub of the crowd favorite Tate, Rousey is riding a wave of momentum into her Feb. 22, 2014, main event against McMann. What’s more, there is a ready-made story just waiting to be told with this match-up — one that could end up making UFC a lot of money.

Rousey has looked unbeatable so far. However, there’s nothing as infuriating as a jerk — and let’s be clear this is merely her public perception I’m talking about here, not my own opinion — who can back up all her arrogance inside the cage.

The former high school athlete Tate may not have been able to dethrone an Olympic Bronze Medalist like Rousey, but perhaps the Olympic Silver Medalist McMann might have a couple tricks up her sleeve that could potentially trip up the reigning queen of women’s MMA? It’s an intriguing question from a sporting perspective, but one made far more marketable by Rousey’s bad girl image.

Although it’s far from a given Rousey will defeat McMann, if she does then the sky is truly the limit.

UFC stacked enough paper to fill several of Scrooge McDuck’s money bins thanks to MMA purists who hated Brock Lesnar and bought PPVs hoping to see the “fake pro wrestler” get his ass handed to him. I seem to remember a lot of outrage about Lesnar’s behavior after a big fight as well, and far from “hurting the sport,” Lesnar’s post-UFC 100 speech gave fans a memorable moment that helped reinforce his character.

While Rousey may not have a built in crossover audience like the once and future WWE performer Lesnar did, there’s no reason to think a similar heel champion formula won’t work wonders for her, too.

And who knows? Just like we saw with Lesnar years ago, if Rousey sticks around long enough there’s a good chance she’ll go from being viewed as the arrogant heel we love to boo, to being cheered as the bonafide superstar we can’t resist.

Looks like we will never get the pleasure of seeing these super fights:

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But the question still remains…who had the better champion reign out of Silva and GSP? Who defeated the more formidable opponents?

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