Do you remember last week when I said: “the past 7 days have been a great time to be UFC fan and it seems that this will continue for the foreseeable future”… well, the future is now and it is an even better time to be an MMA fan. We’ve had highs and lows this week with new stars being born and we’ve seen legends defeated and retire. We’ve also seen the creation of some huge matches featuring some of the biggest stars in MMA. So without further adieu, I’m Simon Shelby and this is your UFC Weekly Round-Up!
The biggest news from this week is, of course, the announcement of the retirement of one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time, Georges St-Pierre. I wrote an article yesterday detailing all the points brought up in his press conference and statement so if you want the full details including his take on the rumored bout between him and current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov then click the link here:
Georges St-Pierre retires at 26-2 only losing to Matt Serra and Matt Hughes, legends in their own rights. He is a 3rd dan black belt in Kyokushin Karate, 1st-degree belt in BJJ, and a black belt in Gaidojutsu and Shidōkan. He is a former UFC middleweight and welterweight and interim Welterweight champion. He holds the record for the most UFC wins in a title fight, the third most consecutive defenses of a UFC title, the most wins via decision, the most takedowns and has 4 fight of the night titles to his name. This is just a snapshot of the achievements his warrior has to his name. GSP is a true mixed martial artist in every respect and will be missed yet spoken of for years to come.
Here are just a handful of some of what the MMA community had to say in response to GSP’s retirement:
But as one door closes on a legend’s career, the door may be opening for a future star to be born. Israel Adesanya is hot of his huge victory over Anderson Silva last week has got his chance for his first taste of gold as he will take on Kelvin Gastelum for the interim Middleweight championship at UFC 236. At the time of writing this, Adesanya is the betting favorite with a -185 over Gastelum with a +155. Kelvin Gastelum was supposed to face middleweight champion Robert Whittaker at UFC 234 until the champ suffered a hernia injury canceling the matchup. UFC 236 will go down on April 13th so we do not have long to wait to see these two world-class middleweights meet in the octagon.
Speaking of Anderson Silva, his next opponent has been announced. Despite speculations of a potential fight in Nick Diaz, it is instead Jared Cannonier who will take on the legend in Rio de Janeiro at UFC 237. Jared Cannonier is currently 11-4 who is coming off around 2 TKO win over David Branch at UFC 230. How will Anderson Silva fair in this bout? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Now, let’s talk about last weeks UFC Phoenix event. We saw the return of Cain Velasquez take on one of the most dangerous heavyweights of the modern era in Francis Ngannou. This fight was heavily debated among fans and critics because it was very much a stand up vs ground-based fight. If it stayed on the feet, people had Ngannou winning but if it went to the ground, it was an easy night at the office for Cain. Unfortunately, the fight was over before you could even beg the question with Francis Ngannou winning in 26 seconds via a TKO. This was not without controversy with many arguing that Cain’s knee gave out leading to him falling down and the subsequent loss. This injury has put the former heavyweight champ on the injury list being medically suspended for 180 days. This win moves Ngannou up to second in the UFC Heavyweight rankings. We here at pureevilmma.com would like to wish Cain a speedy and fast recovery ❤
This isn’t the only news coming out of UFC Phoenix nor is it by far the worst injury suffered. Paul Felder is currently suspended indefinitely because, during the third round of his war against James Vick, Felder took a body kick which caused his lung to collapse. He then went onto still win the fight via decision but is currently still in the hospital recovering from surgery. This win though puts Felder in at the number 10 spot in the lightweight division.
In addition, a new prospect chocked his way into the news this week by the name of Kron Gracie. He submitted Alex Caceres in the 1st round by taking Caceres back and getting the victory via a rear-naked choke picking up a performance of the night bonus and cementing his name in the featherweight division as a new contender. As I said in my post-fight analysis, Kron Gracie is cornered by Nate Diaz and carries the Gracie name being the Grandson to one of the founders of BJJ Hélio Gracie so I am looking forward to seeing him fight again and wear the name of Gracie in the sport of MMA proudly.
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