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Here's a thread to discuss the UFC for September. Finally, the blight which is the Jon Jones title reign has come to it's inevitable ending, please discuss the UFC here,
|if someone wants to make an effort post about cards and champions I will add it in
UFC September: Guilty in the Court of Public Opinion
Last month's thread is here. In July we seemed surprised that Jon Jones was behaving himself, and it looked like the fight at UFC 214 was going to go off without a hitch. July 29th came and went and Jones took to the cage and delivered a vicious KO to Daniel Cormier, putting an excellent high kick to his dome and following up with a flying knee and punches. Then, on the 22nd of August, reality asserted itself when it was revealed he pissed hot for Soviet-era oral steroids from a urine sample collected after weigh-ins on July 28th.
Because of course he loving did. Because the only person that can beat Jon Jones is Jon Jones.
The one and only UFC event from August was UFC Fight Night: Pettis vs. Moreno from Arena Ciudad de Mexico on the 5th. This was a middling to OK card, with highlights such as Humberto Bandenay (no Wikipedia page) earning $50k for putting a knee to the temple of Martín Bravo (no Wikipedia page) in the twenty-sixth second of their Featherweight bout, and Joseph Morales (no Wikipedia page) choking out Roberto Sanchez (no Wikipedia page) in slightly under four minutes at Flyweight. The main event saw Sergio Pettis defeat Brandon Moreno, again at Flyweight, in a unanimous decision that saw decent back-and-forth action, with the co-main featuring Alaexa Grasso missing weight and then taking a razor-thin split decision against Randa Markos at Strawweight.
That was it. That was the entire month's UFC events. There was some other poo poo happening I guess that was taking up everyone's time.
UFC events in September
We return you to your regularly scheduled programming. September actually has some fight cards.
This weekend, the Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands brings us UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs. Struve. Alexander Volkov is the former Bellator Heavyweight champion, and is on a 4-fight win streak. His last two in that streak came from decisions over Timothy Johnson and Roy Nelson, but with a very limited career against truly elite Heavyweight competition, it remains to be seen if he can replicate his B-league success in the UFC. Stefan Struve is fighting the first time since October of 2016, having sustained a shoulder injury in January 2017. He is looking to extend his 2-fight win streak here, with an eye to getting a rematch with Stipe Miocic, Struve being Miocic's only unavenged loss. As with most European fight nights, this event sees a large number of local fighters competing with very little name recognition to be had.
September the 9th brings us our next PPV event, UFC 215. This event sees Demetrious Johnson defending his Flyweight championship against Ray Borg. Johnson looks to break the all-time record for title defenses with this fight, which is currently tied between him and Anderson Silva at ten. The co-main brings us the rematch of Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko, originally scheduled for UFC 213. Nunes pulled out of that event due to illness so the fight will take place here. In other fights on this card, Rafael dos Anjos looks to continue his winning ways at Welterweight, with Neil Magny as his opponent, and Henry Cejudo vs. Wilson Reis in a "who is the best loser in Flyweight" match.
The following weekend brings us UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch. Luke Rockhold has been on the shelf since losing his Middleweight title to Michael Bisping in June 2016. He was originally scheduled to face Ronaldo Souza in November of 2016, however an undisclosed injury forced him out of that event. He makes his return now against David Branch, who is on his second fight in his second UFC stint, and on an 11-fight winning streak. Branch held the Professional Fighters League Light Heavyweight and Middleweight titles simultaneously until vacating them early this year on his retun to the UFC. Both fighters badly need this victory; Rockhold to return to his winning form and chasing after the title he still considers "his", and Branch to solidify his claim to a spot at the big table with his first victory over a top-end Middleweight.
Finally in September, the UFC returns to the Saitama Super Arena for UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Saint Preux 2 on the 23rd. Last time the two men in the Light Heavyweight main event met, Ovince Saint Preux only needed 34 seconds to take advantage of a Maurício Rua slip to batter him hard enough to get the stoppage. Rua is looking to avenge that loss and continue his 3-fight win streak, while OSP is looking to get himself back on an even keel after going 1-3 in his last 4. Cláudia Gadelha is then taking on Jéssica Andrade at Strawweight, in another best of the also-rans fight with both women having lost convincingly to Joanna Jędrzejczyk in recent years.
August had a few interesting news items, building in importance to the absolute crescendo on the 22nd.
On the 5th of August, it was announced that Joanna Jędrzejczyk is defending her title against Rose "Thug Rose" Namajunas at UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden in New York on the 4th of November. This card is looking heavily stacked towards the top end, with current plans including Michael Bisping vs. the returning Georges St. Pierre for the Middleweight title and Cody Garbrandt defending the Bantamweight title against TJ Dillashaw as well. Taking bets now at +800 that all of those fights actually take place at 217.
Some sad news on the 8th of August with Ian "Uncle Creepy" McCall reporting he is suffering from CTE-like symptoms and may have had his last fight. He came very close to greatness with a suspect draw against Demetrious Johnson for the inaugural Flyweight championship. Since then he has gone 2-3 in his last five and then been involved in a promotion record five cancelled fights in a row.
On the 16th, it was announced that Tony Ferguson will be taking on Kevin Lee for the Interim Lightweight championship at UFC 216 in October, coming from Las Vegas. With the other top contenders missing or not-actually-existing, and Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje committed to fighting each other after TUF, they seem to have just chosen the Lightweight fighter with the longest current winning streak.
Big news from the 18th with Junior dos Santos testing positive for a banned diuretic and being pulled from UFC 215 this month. The out-of-competition test came back positive for hydrochlorothiazide, and his team are currently pursuing the "tainted supplement" route to defend this. The UFC was unable to find a replacement for dos Santos, and as such Francis Ngannou is off the 215 card completely. dos Santos possibly playing the long game here in order to prevent himself being actually murdered by The Predator.
The biggest news of the month, and some of the biggest of the year, is of course that of Jon Jones pissing hot for East German swim team oral steroids. Goon reactions to this start here from last month's thread.
Seriously, who the gently caress takes Turanibol? No one does, that's who, but Jones is such a fuckup I have no trouble believing it. Malki Kawa is trying his damnedest to spin this as an error of some sort, saying the blood test from the same day came back negative, with USADA firing back with "yeah no poo poo, Turanibol is only tested for in urine, you dumb fuckwit". The b-sample results have yet to be released, but are impending, and with a positive result there we can only assume that Jones will be looking down the barrel of having his title stripped again, and a four-year suspension from sanctioned competition.
Seriously Jones, get your loving poo poo together. Or don't - I'm honestly not sure what I enjoy more, wathcing you fight or laughing at your fuckups.
Your Current Champions
Men's Heavyweight Champion - Stipe Miocic (19-2)
Stipe Miocic won the Heavyweight title in May of 2016, stopping Fabricio Verdum in front of his countrymen in a single round. He backed this feat up with another first-round stoppage of the most decorated Heavyweight of all time, Alistair Overeem, in Miocic's home town of Cleveland in September. It was considered that the winner of the fight between Werdum and Cain Velasquez at UFC 207, a rematch of the fight where Werdum took Velasquez' belt from him in 2015, would be Miocic's next opponent, but Velasquez was forced out of this bout with yet another leg injury. Miocic defended his title in May 2017, with yet another first round KO of his opponent, making Junior dos Santos his second scalp as champion and equalling the all-time title defenses record. No current opponent is announced, with Miocic currently in contract negotiations with the UFC, but a superfight with Jon Jones was being discussed before the latter tested positive for retardistry.
Men's Light Heavyweight Champion - Jon Jones (24-1)
Jones' long road to redemption appeared to have wound its way to his goal on the 29th of July, but then carried him off a loving cliff in late August when he tested positive to Turanibol from a urine test after the UFC 214 weigh in. He has currently not been stripped of the championship, but just look at the thread title. Everyone (apart from a few tired gimmick posters) knows he is guilty as poo poo and as soon as the b-sample tests positive (which it will), Dana is going to tear that title off Jones' waist like he's pull-starting a lawnmower.
Men's Middleweight Champion - Michael Bisping (37-7)
Bisping had a fairytale year in 2016, first of all beating the greatest MMA striker of all time Anderson Silva in front of his hometown crowd of Manchester in February. Then, on 17 days notice, he stepped up to fight Luke Rockhold for the Middleweight Championship in June at UFC 199. Bisping joked about not having the regular time to get his cardio ready, meaning he would have to knock Rockhold out in the first round. Against the expectations of everyone everwhere, including his own son, he did exactly that. He capped off his year with a successful defense against Dan Henderson, putting the ghosts of UFC 100 to rest. A defense against Yoel Romero was initially slated, which was then changed to a match against a returning George St. Pierre, with both bouts put on hold due to Bisping suffering a knee injury in May. The GSP fight is currently booked for UFC 217 in New York in November.
Men's Interim Middleweight Champion - Robert Whittaker (19-4)
Whittaker rode a seven-fight winning streak, including shutting down the deadly takedowns of Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza to slot himself into an Interim Middleweight championship match against Yoel "Soldier of God" Romero. The canny Australian showed incredible heart in taking it to the Cuban Olympic silver medalist over five rounds, and even with a severe knee injury coming in the first he managed to outpoint his opponent to take the unanimous decision. Logic dictates that Whittaker face Michael Bisping for the undisputed championship next, but with George St. Pierre coming back and targeting that match, and Whittaker needing several months off with his injured knee, his future is cloudy at this stage.
Men's Welterweight Champion - Tyron Woodley (17-3-1)
Woodley was promised a title shot against the Welterweight champion 17 months before the fight took place. After Robbie Lawler put in Fight Of The Year performances against Rory MacDonald in July 2015 and Carlos Condit in January 2016, Woodley went into their fight in July of 2016 as a significant underdog. This meant nothing, with Lawler going down to strikes in the first round. Woodley defended his belt against Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson, putting on an incredible fight that ended in a majority draw at UFC 205 in New York in November 2016. A rematch for this fight was held in March month at UFC 209, with Woodley again the winner in a stilted affair. He defended the title again at UFC 214 in late July 2014 against Demian Maia, following a conservative but sharp gameplan that saw him stop all 22 of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace's takedown attempts.
Men's Lightweight Champion - Conor McGregor (0-1)
McGregor (right) is seen here doing what he does best - making a fuckton of money. Who knows if or when he'll actually defend a belt in the UFC. Any belt. His loving trouser belt.
Men's Featherweight Champion - Max Holloway (18-3)
Holloway put together a 9-fight win streak, with several Performance of the Night bonuses, before answering the call to contend for the Interim Featherweight Championship at UFC 206 in December 2016. Taking out Anthony Pettis with a body kick and punches late in the third round, he has set himself up for a unification bout against Jose Aldo at UFC 212. At that event in early June 2017, he defeated Aldo in the third round with focused ground and pound, and unified the belts. No opponent is currently announced but there have been rumours that Frankie Edgar will have his chance next.
Men's Bantamweight Champion - Cody Garbrandt (11-0)
After amassing a professional record of 5-0 in the minor leagues, Garbrandt was able to parley this into a UFC contract in January 2015. He then went on to win 5 fights in a row in the UFC, including going from unranked at Bantamweight at the start of 2016 into championship contention at the end. He took on Dominick Cruz for the title at UFC 207 in late December, and in contrast to analysis from a variety of sources, took out Cruz in a unanimous decision. Garbrandt was scheduled to take on TJ Dillashaw at UFC 213 in July, to cap off the current season of The Ultimate Fighter, which has now been cancelled due to a back injury sustained by the champion. That fight is currently slated for UFC 217 in November.
Men's Flyweight Champion - Demetrious Johnson (26-2-1)
After winning the Flyweight Championship in September 2012 in a split decision against Joseph Benevidez, Johnson has amassed a 10-fight streak against the best that the division has had to offer. He has been so dominant that the UFC held an entire Ultimate Figher tournament to find his next challenger. The culmination of this was that Tim Elliott came back out of the MMA wilderness to lose a competitive match against Johnson in early December 2016. Johnson easily defended his title against Wilson Reis in April, tying the all-time title defense record held by Anderson Silva. His next fight takes places next weekend at UFC 215, with Ray Borg the chosen recipient of a life-altering mauling.
Women's Featherweight Champion - Cristiana Justino (18–1 (1))
With the vacating of this championship by Germaine de Randamie in May 2017, a match was set up for UFC 214 between Justino and Megan Anderson. Anderson pulled out of the fight in late June, and was replaced by current Invicta FC Bantamweight Champion Tonya Evinger. The significantly larger figher on the day, Justino dominated a one-sided affair and won the fight in the third round with brutal knee strikes.
Women's Bantamweight Champion - Amanda Nunes (14-4)
Nunes headlined UFC 200 in July of 2016, putting a vicious beating on Miesha Tate and securing a rear-nake choke victory in a little over three minutes. She backed this up with a brutal 48-second TKO victory against former Women's Bantamweight Champion and WMMA pioneer Rounda Rousey in late December 2016. Nunes was slated to take on Valentina Shevchenko in a rematch of their March 2016 fight, with that match being moved to UFC 215 in September, due to Nunes pulling out due to sinusitis.
Women's Strawweight Champion - Joanna Jędrzejczyk (13-0)
After winning the Women's Strawweight Championship against the one-dimensional Carla Esparza in March 2015, Jędrzejczyk has defended her title five times. Most recent of these was against Jessica Andrade at UFC 211 in May 2016. She is scheduled to defend the belt at UFC 217 in November against Rose Namajunas.
Other poo poo
Thanks very much to LobsterMobster for putting together the awards thread for last year:
2016 Rowdy Ringsports MMA Awards - RESULTS THREAD!.
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Personally, I would have gone with tumbleweed.gif for the LHW Title picture, but innocent until proven gui-hahahaha
kensei fucked around with this message at Sep 2, 2017 around 13:45