UFC London: Blaydes Vs Aspinall

The UFC keeps plugging along in July; This weekend, the world’s premier MMA promotion comes to you live from London with UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs Aspinall.

It’s another weekend UFC fans in Australia will need to get up early to watch the fights live; the preliminary card starts at 2 am AEST, and the main card begins at 5 am.

The main event will see Brit Tom Aspinall taking on Curtis Blaydes. Aspinall hasn’t lost a fight since debuting in the UFC in 2020. After failing against Derrick Lewis, Curtis Blaydes has won his last two contests. Can he make it a hat-trick?

Norway’s Jack Hermansson takes on American Chris Curtis in the co-main event, while everyone’s favourite British fighters, Paddy Pimblett and Molly McCann, also feature on the card.

UFC London

Main Card 

Curtis ‘Razor’ Blaydes vs Tom Aspinall

Jack ‘The Joker’ Hermansson vs Chris ‘Action-Man’ Curtis

Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett vs ‘The Monkey King’ Jordan Leavitt

Nikita ‘The Miner’ Krylov vs Alexander ‘The Mauler’ Gustafsson

Molly ‘Meatball’ McCann vs Hannah ’24K’ Goldy

Paul ‘Bearjew’ Craig vs Volkan ‘No Time’ Oezdemir

Preliminary Card

Mason ‘Dragon’ Jones vs ‘Mr Highlight’ Ludovit Klein

Marc ‘Bonecrusher’ Diakiese vs ‘The Bosnian Bomber’ Damir Hadzovic

‘The Propect’ Nathaniel Wood vs Charles ‘Boston Strong’ Rosa

‘Mr Finland’ Makwan Amirkhani vs Jonathan ‘JSP’ Pearce

Muhammed ‘The Punisher’ Mohaev vs Charles ‘Innerg’ Johnson

Jai ‘Black Country Banger’ Herbert vs Kyle ‘The Monster’ Nelson

Mandy ‘Monster’ Bohm vs Victoria ‘Fury’ Leonardo

Claudio ‘Hannibal’ Silva vs Nicholas ‘Danish Dynamite’ Dalby

 

 

UFC on ABC 3: Ortega Vs Rodriguez

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UFC makes its way to Long Island, New York, for UFC on ABC 3. Brian Ortega looks to get back into title contention, taking on the dangerous Yair Rodriguez. The co-main event will see Michelle Waterson-Gomez take on the perilous Brazilian Amanda Lemos.

For Aussie fight fans, it will be an early start tomorrow as the preliminary card starts at 1 am AEST, with the main card at 4 am.

Main Card

Brian ‘T-City’ Ortega vs Yair ‘El Pantera’ Rodriquez 

One man is looking for a rematch with the champ, and the other wants a shot at him. This will be a great fight, so don’t blink (Aussie fans, try not to fall asleep). Ortega is coming off a loss to Alex Volkanovski. The decision didn’t go Ortega’s way, but there were times he had the champion in trouble.

Rodriguez is also coming off a loss to former champion Max Halloway. A win over ‘T-City’ will put him next in line to challenge Volkinovski. He is a very unorthodox striker and will need to keep Ortega guessing. What ‘El Pantera’ can’t do is leave himself wide open to get tagged as he did with Halloway. If he does, he may fall into a submission hold, and we’ve seen how quick Ortega can slap on a guillotine choke.

Ortega needs to not get in a brawl with Rodriguez. he is sometimes too tough for his own good, as evident in his loss to Halloway. Once he rocks Rodriguez, go in for the kill and make it an easy night at the office.

Betting Odds on Neds: Brian Ortega $1.60 Yair Rodriguez $2.35

‘The Karate Hottie’ Michelle Waterson vs Amanda Lemos

Waterson has won one of her last five fights, so she needs a win here. She probably won’t get cut from the promotion if she does lose, but it will be good to see her get back into the winner’s circle.

Lemos racked up a five-fight win streak before it ended at Jessica Andrade’s hands. One of the highlights of that streak was her submission win over Miranda Granger, a choke that looked like she was in an impossible position to finish. She is a powerful puncher; standing and trading with her is not a good idea.

Waterson will need to be aware of Lemos’ power. She could go the Angela Hill route, but she may find herself on the wrong end of a decision. Waterson has several submission wins, so that may be the way to go in this fight.

Betting Odds on Neds: Michelle Waterson $3.40 Amanda Lemos $1.33

‘The Leech’ Li Jingliang vs Muslim ‘King of Kung Fu’ Salikhov

Jingliang is a 14-year veteran in the UFC, and a scalp like this will be a good one for Salikhov. The ‘King of Kung Fu’ is riding a five-fight win streak. Can he make it six? Fans will have to wait and see.

Jingliang is tough and will throw down when needed, but it may be wrong to get in a dog fight with Salikhov; his right hand can put anyone to sleep. Salikhov also likes to go to the body with the jab and then attack with a spin kick; Jiangliang will need to watch for that. Salikhov’s two losses have come by submission, so it may be wise for Jingliang to submit him as a KO may not happen.

Salikhov will need to mix things up as he did against Taleb and be patient. Though Jingliang has not been KO’d, Salikhov has the right hand to do it.

Betting Odds on Neds: Li Jingliang $2.35 Muslim Salikhov $1.60

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Matt ‘Danger’ Schnell vs ‘Ther Tibetan Eagle’ Sumudaerji

Can Schnell bring the ‘danger’ to Long Island? He will have to if he is going to win this fight. Sumudaerji, a southpaw, has a nice straight left, which he put Malcolm Gordon away with at UFC Vegas 15. Sumudaerji does not want to go to the ground with Schnell; of his four losses, all four have come by way of submission, and if Schnell locks in a triangle, it will be all over.

On the other hand, Schnell will have to avoid staying on his feet with Sumudaerji. Staying upright and brawling with ‘The Tibetan Eagle’ might make him lose a decision; he is better off going for his bread and butter, grappling (he has a beautiful Triangle choke) to win.

It could be a quick night for the winner in this fight.

Betting Odds on Neds: Matt Schnell $3.20 Sumudaerji $1.36

Shane ‘Hurricane’ Burgos vs Charles ‘Air’ Jourdain

After a two-fight skid, Burgos returned to the winner’s circle last November by defeating Billy Quarantillo. His two losses were against Edson Barboza and Josh Emmett, respectively. The ‘Hurricane’ doesn’t put on a boring fight, so Jourdain better be ready.

Although he got taken down early, Jourdain bounced back perfectly in his fight with Lando Vannata. He knocked down Vannata with a lovely left hand and finished him with a guillotine. Burgos will not be as easy to finish, so Jourdain should be ready for a war.

A win here might even see Jourdain fight a higher-ranked opponent, but this should be a cracking fight no matter what happens.

Betting Odds on Neds: Shane Burgos $1.60 Charles Jourdain $2.35

‘Lucky’ Lauren Murphy vs Miesha ‘Cupcake’ Tate

These ladies finally get to face off after a couple of false starts. The former champion Tate returned last year, coming out of retirement after five years. In her previous fight, she lost a unanimous decision to Ketlan Vieira. Tate’s strength is her grappling, so taking it might be a three-round wrestle fest with ‘Cupcake coming out on top.

Ultimate Fighter alum Murphy will need to not play into Tate’s wrestling. Keeping her distance so she doesn’t get caught in the clinch or so that she sprawl should be her aim. Making it a firefight is what will win it for her.

Betting Odds on Neds: Lauren Murphy $2.70 Miesha Tate $1.46

Enjoy the fights!

UFC Fight Night: Ortega Vs Rodriguez Fight Card

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After two weeks in Las Vegas, the UFC makes its way to New York for UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs Rodriguez. In the US, the card will be broadcast on ABC.

Brian Ortega looks to get back into title contention with a win over Yair Rodriguez. Rodriguez looks to get back into the winner’s circle and throw his name in the hat to face the Champ.

In the co-main event, ‘The Karate Hottie’ Michelle WatersoGomez will take Brazilian Amanda Lemos.

Lauren Murphy and Meisha Tate will finally collide in the Big Apple. This is the third time they were scheduled to meet. Originally meant to take place at UFC 276, the fight was postponed due to an undisclosed reason. It was then planned for UFC 276 but Postponed due to Murphy getting COVID.

UFC on ABC 3

MAIN CARD

Brian ‘T-City’ Ortega vs Yair ‘El Pantera’ Rodriguez

‘The Karate Hottie’ Michelle Waterson-Gomez  vs Amanda Lemos

‘The Leech’ Li Jingliang vs Muslim ‘King of Kung Fu’ Salikhov

Matt ‘Danger’ Schnell vs ‘The Tibetan Eagle’ Sumudaerji

Shane ‘Hurricane’ Burgos vs Charles ‘Air’ Jourdain

‘Lucky’ Lauren Murphy vs Meisha ‘Cupcake’ Tate

Preliminary Card

Punahele ‘Puna’ Soriano vs Dalcha ‘Champion’ Lungiambula

Ricky Simon vs Jack ‘Tank’ Shore

Bill ‘Senor Perfecto’ Algeo vs Herbert ‘The Blaze’ Burns

Dustin ‘The Hanyak’ Jacoby vs Da-Un ‘Sseda’ Jung

Dwight ‘The Body Snatcher’ Grant vs Dustin Stoltzfus

Jessica Penne vs Emily ‘Gordinha’ Ducote

UFC Fight Night Dos Anjos vs Fiziev Main Card Preview.

 

 

Former Lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos and Rafael Fiziev will finally get the chance to throw down in the Octagon this Sunday, as the UFC presents Fight Night: Dos Anjos vs Fiziev live from the APEX in Las Vegas.

The Co-Main event sees Caio Borralho take on Russian Armen Petrosyan. Aussie Jamie Mullarkey kicks off the main card, taking veteran Michael Johnson.

Rafael Dos Anjos vs Rafael ‘Ataman’ Fiziev

The grizzled veteran is taking on a man hungry for a run at the title; this should be an excellent main event. Both fighters have a familiar opponent in Renato Moicano, which Dos Anjos won via unanimous decision. Moicano did take the fight on short notice and showed the heart of a warrior. Fiziev, on the other hand, beat the Brazilian via a vicious KO in the first round.

If we were to go on that logic, we would all be putting money on Fiziev, but MMA doesn’t work that way. It’s the exact reason we watch it! Fiziev hasn’t lost since his debut fight and looks like a future challenger. A win here will see him a step closer to the title picture.

Any fighter who has won a championship would love nothing more than to be in the title picture again. After a mixed stint at Welterweight, Dos Anjos returned to Lightweight, racking up two wins since returning.

Fiziev has excellent stand-up, as evident by his win over Moicano and Brad Riddell. Dos Anjos is good on the feet, but he will need to take this fight down to the ground and work his ground and pound to be successful. This match should be the fight of the night too.

Betting Odds on Neds: Rafael Fiziev $1.46 Rafael Dos Anjos $2.70.

Caio ‘The Natural’ Borralho vs Armen ‘Superman’ Petrosyan

Both fighters arrived in the UFC via Dana White’s Contender Series. Borralho has racked up three wins in a row, with two coming on the series. Technically, he is 1-0. His last fight was a technical decision win over Gadzhi Omargadzhiev.

After an impressive win on the series, Petrosyan backed it up by defeating Gregory Rodrigues via split decision. He is also technically 1-0. White must see something special in both of these fighters for them to be the co-main event after a combined five fights in the company.

Being a kickboxer, you know precisely where Petrosyan’s strength is. The Armenian racked up 70 wins in the art of eight limbs. He has spent time at Universal Fighters Gym in Dagestan and American Top Team, so his wrestling will be getting better.

Borralho was lucky to win his last fight,  beating Omargadzhiev with an illegal strike. Instead of being disqualified, it went to a judge’s decision, with the ‘Natural’ getting the nod.

While Barralho has good stand-up, there is no doubt that Petrosyan’s is better. To win this fight, he will need to take it to the ground as he did in his last fight. He has almost an Alex Pereira-like body, and those long limbs come in handy when grappling.

Petrosyan showed that he does have decent takedown defence, and while Barralho isn’t known for his wrestling, he will have to use that to keep the fight on the feet to win.

Betting Odds on Neds: Caio Borralho $1.44 Armen Petrosyan $2.80.

Douglas Silva De Andrade vs Said Nurmagomedov

These two Bantamweights should put on an exciting fight. Nurmagomedov has lost only one fight out of his last five. He made short work of Cody Stamann, finishing him with a nasty Guillotine choke.

Silva de Andrade was bloodied and battered in the first round against Sergey Morozov in his last fight. But like a true warrior, he came out in the second round to defeat Morozov via Technical submission (rear-naked choke).

On the feet, this should be a cracker. Silva de Andrade showed that he could take punishment and come back and win. Nurmagomedov didn’t get to show off a wide variety of his striking prowess, but that was because he just jumped on Stamann’s mistake.

Dagestan Fighters are on a different level regarding grappling, so Silva de Andrade will need to avoid the ground at all costs. Nurmgomedov may make it another quick night.

Betting Odds on Neds: Said Nurmagomedov $1.24 Douglas Silva de Andrade $4.00

Jared Vanderaa vs Chase ‘The Vanilla Gorilla’ Sherman

This fight is a must-win for Vanderra. He has won only won one of his last five fights. Dana White won’t be afraid to cut him if he doesn’t get the w.

Sherman is in a similar position, not winning a fight since 2020. This is his second stint with the company, and he may not get another chance to fight in the Octagon again.

Vanderaa had some decent moments and did show some ground skills against Aleksei Oleinik, but he made one mistake, and Oleink made him pay.

Alexandr Romanov outclassed Sherman from the opening bell on his way to a submission win. The fight before that was another submission loss to Jake Collier. Sherman tagged with some hard shots Collier, but once it went to the ground, it just went to shit for him.

This fight could be a slobberknocker, as there is nothing like two Heavyweights swinging for the fences. After his last two fights, Sherman will want to avoid the ground at all costs.

To be successful, Vanderaa should avoid brawling and take Sherman down.

Betting Odds on Neds: Jared Vanderaa $1.50 Chase Sherman $2.60

Cynthia Calvillo vs Nina Nunes

A loss here for either woman is not the be-all and end-all; it won’t be good news for either of them. Calvillo has lost three in a row, and Nunes has lost two in a row.

Nunes should take a page out of Andrea Lee’s book and set a relentless pace from the start, and she did that against Loc. Her wife, former champion Amanda Nunes will have her prepared, even though she has her fight to prepare for.

Calvillo should watch Nunes’s last fight against Mackenzie Dern as to how she can end the contest early. Doing that would not be a bad thing; she took a lot of damage in her last fight.

The game plans for both fighters should be simple, but as the great Mike Tyson said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face.”

Betting Odds on Neds: Cynthia Calvillo $1.67 Nina Nunes $2.20

Jamie ‘Hooligan’ Mullarkey vs Michael ‘The Menace’ Johnson

Aussie fighter Jamie Mullarkey kicks off the main card, taking on veteran Michale Johnson. Johnson is the perfect fight for Mullarkey to get back in the win column. He made a reasonable effort against Jalin Turner but couldn’t overcome the rising Lightweight star.

After a four-fight losing streak, Johnson got a KO win over Brazilian Alan Patrick. It was nice to see; another victory like that will see Missouri native stay in the UFC. A loss here, and we may see him pop up in one of the Bare Knuckle promotions.

Mullarkey will need to watch the southpaw’s left; Johnson has plenty of power in it, as evident in his fight with Patrick.

Mullarkey is no slouch in the power department; He knocked out Khama Worthy in 46 seconds; however, he may not be able to KO Johnson, so he must be prepared to go three rounds.

Betting Odds on Neds: Jamie Mullarkey $1.44 Michael Johnson $2.80.

Enjoy the fights.

 

UFC Fight Night Dos Anjos vs Fiziev Fight Card

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UFC returns to the APEX this Sunday as Rafael Dos Anjos takes on Rafael Fiziev. The fight was supposed to be in February, but Fiziev got COVID. The co-main event sees Caio Borralho squaring off against Armen Petrosyan.

Aussie fans are also catered for as standout Welterweight Jamie Mullarkey is on the main card, fighting veteran Michael Johnson. Mullarkey’s UFC record currently is 2-3, and his last fight was against an emerging Lightweight in Jalin Turner.

 UFC Fight Night

Main Card:

Rafael Dos Anjos vs Rafael ‘Ataman’ Fiziev

Caio ‘The Natural’ Borralho vs Armen ‘Superman’ Petrosyan

Douglas Silva De Andrade vs Said Nurmagomedov

Jared Vanderaa vs Chase ‘The Vanilla Gorilla’ Sherman

Cynthia Calvillo vs Nina Nunes

Michael ‘The Menace’ Johnson vs Jamie Mullarkey

Preliminary Card

Aiemann Zahabi vs ‘Pretty’ Ricky Turcios

Antonina ‘La Pantera’ Shevchenko vs Cortney ‘Cast Iron’ Casey

Cody Brundage vs ‘Mr Vicious’ Tresean Gore

David Onama vs Garrett Armfield

Kennedy ‘African Savage’ Nzechukwu vs Karl ‘Baby K’ Roberson

Ronnie ‘The Heat’ Lawrence vs Saidyokub Kakhhramonov

The card starts at 8 a.m. Sunday morning in Australia, fans can watch it on UFC Fight Pass or ESPN.

 

 

 

UFC 276 Main Card Preview

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This weekend the UFC presents UFC 276: Adesanya vs Cannonier from Las Vegas’ T Mobile Arena. It will be a sound card for Australian and New Zealand MMA fans to watch as four oceanic fighters are taking part.

I am diving back into the world of MMA blogging/journalism. Before I became a journalist, MMA blogging was where I started, so I’m happy to devote some time to it again and watch some fights.

Let’s have a look at the Main Card:

Pedro ‘The Young Punisher’ Munhoz vs ‘Suga’ Sean O’Malley

This should be an exciting fight, as the smaller weight divisions usually are. Munhoz is on a two-fight skid and needs a win if he wants to climb the Bantamweight ladder. Both fighters’ last fight was on the same card, UFC 269. On that night, Munhoz lost to former Bantamweight Champ Dominick Cruz. In that fight, Munhoz Dropped Cruz twice in the first round but would go on to lose the battle via unanimous decision. O’Malley would do much better, defeating Raukian Paiva via TKO. Pavia found success with calf kicks during the first round but was knocked down by a right hand. O’Malley finished him off for the win.

O’Malley fights similar to Munhoz’s last opponent Dominick Cruz. He moves around a lot, switches stances, and is taller than Cruz, which will trouble Munhoz. O’Malley will need to watch the leg kicks; that was where Munhoz had some success early. O’Malley’s reach will worry Munhoz, so he will have to eat a punch to try and close the distance and land his big punches. A good fight to start the card.

Betting Odds on Neds: Sean O’Malley $1.33 Pedro Munhoz $3.25.

‘Ruthless’ Robbie Lawler vs Bryan ‘Bam Bam’ Barberena

This fight is going to be a slobberknocker. Anyone who has followed Lawler’s career knows precisely what he brings to the table. He loves to throw down with anyone willing to trade blows with him. I haven’t seen many of Barberena’s fights, but the one I have seen was just a downright brawl against Matt Brown.

I could say that Lawler needs to use his wrestling or that Barberena needs to mix up his striking, which he didn’t against Brown, but I think I will enjoy these two going hammer and tong for 15 minutes.

Betting Odds on Neds: Robbie Lawler $1.83 Bryan Barberena $1.98

Sean Strickland vs Alex ‘Poatan’ Pereira

Whether you like him or not, Sean Strickland can fight. He does carry on a bit outside the Octagon, but you will watch him win or get knocked out; either way, you’re watching him. Strickland’s last start was a split decision win against Jack Hemansson in the main event in February. He has won six fights in a row and, going off the 276 press conference, the champ firmly in his sights.

Alex Pereira is the man who beat Israel Adesanya in Kickboxing. He has a lengthy record in that sport and was a champion. In MMA, Pereira is 5-1, losing his first fight, and his last fight was a unanimous decision win against Bruno Silva.

Though he is a decorated striker, Pereira is very early in his career, and this fight will make him, but it may not necessarily break him. A dominant win will see him possibly moving closer to facing an old foe. Strickland will need to take it up gear from his last fight if he is to emerge as a title contender and dominating the man who beat the champ will get him closer to that fight.

Betting Odds on Neds: Sean Strickland $1.80 Alex Pereira $$2.02.

Alexander ‘The Great’ Volkanovski vs Max ‘Blessed’ Halloway

If Halloway’s mood at the press conference is anything to go by, he is ready to regain the Featherweight title he feels he never lost. This fight was inevitable; everyone from UFC president Dana White to fans felt like Halloway won the second fight. Volkanovski will want to put those naysayers in their place. He is the reigning and defending champion.

Since that last win against Halloway, Volkanovski has beaten Brian Ortega and ‘The Korean Zombie’ Chan Sung Jung and looked great in getting the TKO win. Like the Aussie, Halloway has looked good in his last two fights, which were unanimous decision wins over Calvin Kattar and Yahir Rodriguez.

If Halloway wins this, we might have to go to a best of five series for the first time, but I don’t think Volkanovski will let that title go. He will make the proper adjustments from the last fight and be sure he is not in a position to lose. Halloway will undoubtedly bring it and believes he didn’t lose those two fights. This fight should be fireworks.

Betting Odds on Neds: Alexander Volkanovski $1.50 Max Halloway $2.55.

Israel ‘The Last Stylebender’ Adesanya vs Jared ‘Tha Killa Gorilla’ Cannonier. 

Adesanya is on his way to cleaning out the Middleweight division. Other than the unfortunate move up to Light Heavyweight, he has beat everyone put in front of him. His striking is on another level. Sometimes he likes to play with his opponents, which has led to strange fights, but his talent was never questioned.

Cannonier has looked good since moving down to Middleweight. He was once fighting in the Heavyweight division, knocking people out. He only has one loss at that weight class, and that is to the second-best Middleweight in the world, Robert Whittaker. If he can put a good shot on the champ’s chin, it may be ‘Good Night Irene’, but that’s easier said than done.

Cannonier looked great against Derek Brunson, knocking him out with vicious elbows. To beat Adesanya, he will have to get him down and do the same, and Adesanya needs to use distance and pinpoint accuracy to get the job done and retain his title.

Betting Odds on Neds: Israel Adesanya $1.22 Jared Cannonier $4.20.

Enjoy the fights on Sunday.

UFC 276 Fight Card

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It’s fight week again, with UFC 276 in Las Vegas this weekend. There are two title fights on the card, with Israel ‘The Last Stylebender’ defending his Middleweight title against Jared ‘The Killa Gorilla’ Cannonier.

The Second title fight will see Featherweight champion Alex ‘The Great’ Volkonovski taking on Max ‘Blessed’ Halloway. This is the third meeting between the pair, with most people saying that Halloway won the last match.

Also, Sean Strickland steps into the Octagon to face Alex ‘Poatan’ Pereira, and ‘Suga’ Sean O’Malley looks to move closer to a Bantamweight title shot as he fights Pedro ‘The Young Punisher’ Munhoz.

Lauren Murphy is out of her fight with Meisha Tate due to an undisclosed reason. The preliminary card starts in Australia at 8 a.m. AEST on ESPN or UFC Fight Pass. The main card begins at noon; if you watch it on Pay TV or Kayo, you must change it to Main Event. If you’ve ordered it on Fight Pass, you can watch it.

UFC 276

Main Card

Israel Adesanya vs Jared Cannonier

Alex Volkanovski vs Max Halloway

Sean Strickland vs Alex Pereira

Pedro Munhoz vs Sean O’Malley

Preliminary Card

Brad Riddell vs Jalin Turner

Robbie Lawler vs Bryan Barberena

Ian Garry vs Gabriel Green

Jim Miller vs Donald Cerrone

Uriah Hall vs Andre Muniz

Jessica Eye vs Maycee Barber

Brad Tavares vs Dricus Du Plessis

Jessica-Rose Clark vs Julija Stoliarenko

 

 

 

 

 

 

UFC Vegas 57: Tsarukyan vs Gamrot

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I had been thinking for some time now that I needed to start watching MMA again, and since I didn’t have to cover anything for the news today, I watched UFC Vegas 57 and enjoyed it.

I only watched the main card, well, I didn’t get up early enough for the prelims, but it has reignited my love for the combat sport. Some of you who have followed this blog know a bit of my back story, and if you don’t, I will fill you in.

In the late 2000s, I quit football and took up Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I had become very passionate about all things grappling and MMA. Injury kept me training for a few weeks, and while I was on the shelf I decided to start blogging about it and the a new dream came from that.

After a while, I started writing for MMA websites and covering events. I even got to cover UFC on FX in 2012. It was after this event I decided to go to university and get a degree. I thought that once I got the degree I would be travelling the world covering events, but life kind of got in the way.

10 years after moving to Canberra to get that degree, I am now in Broken Hill and working as journalist for 7 Spencer Gulf News, and I thought that now might be a good time to start covering events again.

Ok enough about me, onto the fights. I was enjoyed the main card. Since I hadn’t been following MMA like I had used to, I there was only one fighter that I really new, and that was Neil Magny. Unfortunately for Magny, he lost to Shavket Rahkmonov who was just relentless on the ground. I thought Magny may have got him with a heel hook, but it wasn’t to be.

As much as I enjoyed the whole main card, two fights for me stood out. The first one was Josh Parisian vs Alan Baudot. There is nothing better than watching two Heavyweight’s go at it like they did. I loved the Spining backfist’s that both fighter’s attempted. Paisan deserved the win.

I was impressed with both fighters, especially at how they kept a fast pace for five rounds. I am excite to follow both fighters careers.

Well, I’m looking forward to getting back into MMA and writing about it, I may go back to what I used to do and posting main card predictions/previews for UFC 276.

Thanks for reading.

Do You Even Pop Culture: Better Call Saul Mid-Season Review

Warning: This article has spoilers for season six of Better Call Saul. 

Tonight the midseason finale for Better call Saul aired in Australia. I don’t understand why a season with 13 episodes has to have a break, but I don’t know the TV and streaming services schedule overseas.

Even though I did have a whinge about the schedule, I am glad they took a break—anything to drag this season out a bit. I love this show and have enjoyed Vince Gilligan’s storytelling, and I am enjoying it more than Breaking Bad, but maybe it’s because I’m enjoying it in real time. Don’t get me wrong; I enjoyed Breaking Bad and still rave about it as I rave about The Wire, but seeing the extra layers of Saul Goodman and why he became the ‘criminal lawyer’ is a work of art.

The finale didn’t disappoint. There is one shocking moment that I will get to in a minute. Jimmy’s transition into Saul is pretty much complete. He is in his own office, and Francesca has returned to be his receptionist, although it doesn’t look like the same office as Breaking Bad just yet.

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Lalo Salamanca (played by Tony Dalton, pictured above) is closer to Gus Fring’s secret meth lab. For a while, Gus did assume that he had killed Lalo but later found out that he was still alive. Since we don’t see him in Breaking Bad, we can assume that he is unsuccessful in uncovering the secret lab. Still, the lead up to what may be his demise is storytelling at its best.

The plan that he and Kim have concocted to get back at Howard Hamlin and end the Sandpiper settlement came to a head in this episode. After getting the case settled early, Howard shows up to confront Jimmy and Kim; unfortunately, it’s something he should not have. I felt sympathetic for his character in the last episode, and after Lalo shoots him point-blank in the head, shockwaves were sent through my body.

The only thing that we have not found out yet is what Jimmy’s new identity Gene Takavic is doing. When we last saw him, he was compromised, but he did say he would take care of it himself. Maybe Gene gets an episode at the end of the season, but we have to wait until then.

Season Rating So Far: A+. 

 

Outback Journo:When the Networks Call

Apologies for not posting for a couple of weeks; it has been pretty hectic trying to navigate the journalistic world in Broken Hill.

For this post, I have to go back a few weeks. There have been some record rainfall in the three months since I’ve been in the Silver City. The drainage system is weird here; the streets will flood if the city gets heavy rain in a short amount of time.

Unfortunately, there was a tragedy that night. When I woke the next day, I was met with an email from the previous Spencer Gulf journalist. He said that the Chief Of Staff (COS) from 7 News Sydney, I was very excited and nervous. Five minutes after I read the email, I got a message from the 7 News COS, a man that I will call Dave; the job he wanted me to do was film footage of where the tragedy had taken place.

Channels 7 and 10 logos (source Wikipedia)

It was my light day (meaning I had to do only one news package), so I thought I had time to head out to where the incident happened. Since I was up early, I got on the road, but I encountered a problem. The incident occurred on Menindee road, 30km east of Broken Hill, and due to flooding, the road was closed. I wasn’t sure what to do, so I decided to get out and get some B roll footage.

 

While I was on the side of the road filming, I noticed that some cars had decided to ignore the roadblocks and go around. I thought about doing the same, so I gave my COS a ring to see if I should do it. She advised me not to, especially if it may get stuck in floodwaters.

I decided to go back to the office and call my police contacts about possible lining up an interview. While waiting for them to get back to me, an Adelaide number called my phone. I had a feeling that this would be another network ringing for some footage, and I was right. The journalist, let’s call him Joseph, with 10 News Adelaide, was after some footage; the problem was that he wanted footage of the flooding in the CBD and not the incident.

Since starting my job, I have learned that it is better to get wet weather footage as the storm is happening, not the next day. I promised Joseph that I would get him some footage. I jumped in my car and raced into the CBD in the hopes of getting Joseph some footage. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get much flood footage since it was the next day. I was lucky enough to get inside a business damaged by flooding.

The day was getting on; I decided to try my luck with the road closure again. This time it was open, so I started to head out to Menindee in the hopes of getting some footage that both channels 7 and 10 could use. I couldn’t find the incident scene after driving almost to Menindee, over an hour away from Broken Hill. I had to turn around and go back after pulling up on the side of the road and doing a top and tail for my news story.

After getting back to the office and gathering all the footage, I panicked. There wasn’t anything outstanding that the two news companies could use. I sent some footage to 10 news Adelaide but didn’t send anything to channel 7, as the scene had been cleaned up, and some random footage of the road and some water by in wouldn’t cut it.

Since I live in Broken Hill, we get the same TV stations as Adelaide. I purposely didn’t watch that bulletin as I would have seen how badly I choked, and I did enough of that when I played rugby league.

Here is that night’s bulletin for those interested: