We have really grown to appreciate the behind-the-scenes direction these Danavlogs have begun to take over the past few months. The simple, objective look at these fighters in either their finest hour or their most vulnerable says more than any Hollywood film ever could, and transcends even that of the sport in its ability to make us empathize with the highs and lows of life as a professional athlete.
One facet of the fight game that becomes glaringly evident in today’s episode is the fact that a fighter rarely walks away from a battle unscathed, win or lose. Take Mike Easton for instance, who suffered a slightly torn left hand ligament in his majority decision victory over Jared Papazian. Or Melvin Guillard, who, despite throwing more flying knees than actual punches, has possibly added a TFCC tear to the list of chronic injuries in his hand. Needless to say, if you fear going under the knife, then a fighter’s life is not for you.
Anyway, TO THE HIGHLIGHTS!!!
-In case anyone is still wondering how to catch the UFC on FOX prelims, they will begin at 5 p.m. ET on FUEL TV. For those of you who don’t have FUEL TV (myself included), I will try and find a perfectly legal *cough* bullshit *cough* means of viewing for y’all, and will post a link in one of the comment threads on Saturday.
-Episode two of Primetime: Diaz vs. Condit airs this Friday on FX at 11 p.m.
-Joseph Sandoval didn’t feel a thing when he was elbowed into oblivion by Nick Denis. When he receives his walking papers, however…
-Khabib Nurmagomedov may only know four words in English, but they are the only four words any up-and-coming fighter needs to know, “Thank you, Dana White.”
-Jorge Rivera. That is all.
-Perhaps Eric “Red” Schafer’s nickname is derived not from the color of his hair, but the color of the welts that seem to cover his face after most of his UFC appearances.
-I remember seeing a thread pop up on MMALinker immediately after the Barry/Morecraft fight claiming it was fixed. I think Morecraft begs to differ.
-Jared Papazian’s trainer should consider letting his fighters at least get their gloves off before he begins to berate them for their performances.
-God dammit, it never gets any easier to watch Duane Ludwig lose.
-Say what you want about Melvin Guillard, but any fighter who will pose for photos literally minutes before he is supposed to fight is a cool dude by our standards. Now ditch the sunglasses and Dubstep.
-Speaking of Guillard, it took him longer to explain his attempt to escape Jim Miller‘s rear-naked choke than it took Miller to sink it in.
-Jon Jones still attests that “Rashad’s chin sucks,” and that he could see Phil Davis winning by knockout. If Rashad were to win, Jones expects it would come via lay-n-pray. Not to disagree with the champ, but that is about the exact opposite of how we see this going down.