(“The Dream” is not impressed by your moshing skills. Check out this bromoshop and more here.)
Less than a day after I hinted at the possibility of 2014 becoming the true year of the injury curse, Georges St. Pierre tore his ACL while training for absolutely nothing. Proof of the curse, or of my prophetic abilities as a blogger? I can’t say for certain, but I do know that the job of an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine is becoming more lucrative by the day thanks to UFC stars like Johny Hendricks, Chris Weidman, and Carlos Condit, making my decision to drop out of fancy doctor school and follow my passion of writing fart jokes for a living seem…hasty.
Thankfully, those two-bit body mechanics (technical jargon) won’t be able to get their greasy hands on Diego Sanchez, whom most assumed would be going under the knife after he was (self) poisoned by a raw quail egg and beef tartare at UFC 171. Quite the contrary, however, as Sanchez has not only managed to avoid surgery, but has already booked his next fight against TUF 9 winner Ross Pearson at a Fight Night event in his native Albuquerque on June 7th. A true “mind over matter” story if I’ve ever seen one before.
Sanchez finds himself in a unique position with the UFC, having dropped three out of his past four fights for the first time in his career. His excitement-over-strategy style has been entertaining as of late, sure, but “The Dream” better approach this fight with a more intelligent gameplan than lowering his hands and asking bros to come at him if he wants to score that win he so desperately needs.
Pearson, on the other hand, has not fought since his Fight Night 30 bout with Melvin Guillard was declared a No Contest due to an illegal knee that wasn’t really illegal. “The Real Deal” was scheduled to rematch Guillard at Fight Night 37: Gustafsson vs. Manuwa earlier this month until a knee injury (CURSE!!) forced him to bow out. Now that Guillard has been released by the UFC following his loss to Pearson’s replacement opponent, 46 year-old Olympic sprinter-turned 27 year-old MMA fighter Michael Johnson, the likelihood of the rematch has been downgraded to “nah, son.”
Fight Night Albuquerque transpires on June 7th and features a rematch between flyweight title challengers John Dodson and John Moraga as well as Ben Henderson vs. that guy he thought was Khabib Nurmagomedov.