The women will take the centre stage in a big way at UFC 184 as the Women’s Bantamweight division takes focus in the main and co-main events. It is a long way from where they were only a few short years ago when Dana White claimed that women would never fight in the UFC. Now they are the top two billed fights on a pay-per-view event and although it came thanks to injuries the night will still be a feature of the best of the women’s bantamweight division.
Heavyweight fighters can often be the most exciting fighters in the world of combat sports as they provide the fans what they love, knockouts. Ending a fight is what fans want to see and whether it comes on the feet or on the mat there is little difference. There is something about a pure knockout though that makes fans stand up and makes fans remember that fight.
The ugly side of the NHL arose once again this week as another death took a former player too soon. Steve Montador is the type of player that seems to fit the bill in these cases as a player that was never exceptionally great but good enough to play in the NHL. He was not necessarily a tough guy but he was a tough defenceman that was never at the top of the scoring charts but had a great stay-at-home game that many defenceman don’t have in this age.
The UFC is just trying to get back to fighting and after a good card in Colorado last week they still couldn’t get away from the issues outside of the octagon. They looked to fix some with the announcement of a new drug policy but there were still issues. As the main eventer for their next fight flew into Brazil he was detained at the airport. Luckily the issue was not something that could not be overcome.
Fighting is one of the toughest sports that an athlete can be in as it takes a special type of person to step into an octagon where their opponent is looking to hurt them. They go through hell in the octagon but the worst part is often leading up to the fight were these fighters have to go through months of rigorous training just to prepare for a fight and there is often an extra component that can make it tougher. Cutting weight is something that is unique to combat sports as weight classes create a need to get to the right weight for every person.
The NHL is set to begin the most important part of the regular season as the trade deadline approaches and marks the true beginning of the playoff race. It is the most exciting time in the regular season as teams look for their shot at the Stanley Cup. The competition is that much more when the playoff race begins as everyone knows the stakes have been raised. With the race coming close February becomes a positioning race as teams look to make improvements and get themselves in the right position before they start the playoff race already out of contention.
The start of the year for the UFC was supposed to be a celebration of the best of the promotion with great events and great fighters taking centre stage. It started out well enough with some big names kicking off the year but lately it has all fallen apart. The first fight of the year was fantastic with Jon Jones defending his belt but soon after it was revealed that he had tested positive for cocaine before his fight. It was a shock and a hit to one of the most popular fighters in the UFC and after he went to treatment and left questions continue to surround the light heavyweight champion.
The NHL is getting closer to one of the busiest days in every season as the Trade Deadline is less than a month away. With the trade deadline looming the trade rumours start to develop and the phones of every GM begin to work in double time. Teams are all looking to unload players and build for the future or build for a playoff push. As they continue to look for those pieces of the puzzle teams get a lot more active and names begin to pop up about potential players that could be available.
A year ago the Super Bowl was over the as soon as it began as the Denver Broncos fumbled on their first drive. It was clear from the start that the Seahawks were ready to win their first ever Super Bowl. They went on to an easy 43-8 win as the best defence in the league beat up on the best offence in the league. A year later the best defence in the league was back at it again as they were once again looking to prove that defence is king.
UFC 183 was the chance for everyone to see the return of Anderson Silva and, to a lesser extent, the return of Nick Diaz. Both men had been out of the octagon for over a year, albeit for much different reasons. Silva was coming off of a broken leg that forced him out for just over a year while Diaz had decided not to return to the UFC unless he was able to get a big name fight. Both were making their return to the octagon to plenty of fanfare and in essence the matchup was between two very different people.