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  1. Castel

    MMA & Boxing 20: D.C. Stands For "Double Champ"

    It doesn't. He lost twice. He's gone up to do other stuff in HW. Losing twice is a near fatal blow to any title shot argument. Even DC admitted as much last time he lost ("if he wins twice there's no rivalry"). And look at JJ: lost twice and had to go off to 125. People seem to be rooting for DC to finally do it and all but he had his chance. Might as well get off this merry-go-round. It doesn't help that, while LHW is thin, it will never stop being thin if no one tries to make fresh matches and they spend their time going off to chase HW gold or rematching the same, decisively settled fights.
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    MMA & Boxing 20: D.C. Stands For "Double Champ"

    She's used to bullying women and got sucked into trying it on the wrong one.
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    MMA & Boxing 20: D.C. Stands For "Double Champ"

    Then Conor still fights Ferguson I guess? That is still reasonable matchmaking If Aldo is at 155 maybe a rematch. If not that division is full of good fights that aren't Khabib. Barboza for example is a good example of a fun striker v. striker matchup.
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    MMA & Boxing 20: D.C. Stands For "Double Champ"

    Tony/Khabib. Conor can fight Nate or Pettis and then maybe come back against Tony if he wins.
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    MMA & Boxing 20: D.C. Stands For "Double Champ"

    To talk about the card as a whole: Lewis is so bad but I can't help but be happy for him. Absolutely absurd case of the more skilled fighter fucking up and losing everything but it was Volkov's own fault. Waterson did great against a stronger opponent, ripping up Herrig from guard like that. Pettis/Tony was great but Pettis once again has injury issues/problems. He's done at the championship level and imo should not even have gotten a Tony shot (but good on Tony for keeping active when his title shot was stolen by Conor). It's always some injury or stylistic problem with him and yet he keeps getting these chances to rocket himself back up there. Conor was actually, apart from the second round GnP (which could have been worse) ,better defensively off his back than I thought. He certainly did better than MJ and Barboza, who were dead on the feet in the third round We once again see what happens when you have dominant wrestling: your striking gets better. We saw this against Iaquinta but we wrote off it happening to as good a striker as Conor. (But it happened to Wonderboy). Yet he got knocked down by Khabib. Who then resorted to one of his worst attacks: the double knee. If he's not careful it's gonna get him KOed one day. Not sure what Conor does here now. This was a horrible fight for him, way worse than the Diaz fight which he was winning till he lost. Nothing can be salvaged. If anything Khabib did him a favor by changing the narrative through his idiocy. To make matters worse: Conor cheated, a lot. Something else that will be lost in the controversy. Herb Dean used to be a good ref. What happened?
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    MMA & Boxing 20: D.C. Stands For "Double Champ"

    Never mind, Conor apparently attacked first? What's going on???
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    MMA & Boxing 20: D.C. Stands For "Double Champ"

    Well, Conor actually did better on the ground than I expected. He didn't get smeshed as bad as Barboza and MJ What happened after was disgraceful though.
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    Peaky Blinders Season 3 - Spoilers

    Brody is good,I hope it's a return to form.
  9. The Culture also uses VR and mental copies as a sort of hell but I doubt it was about blocking "real" heaven. Because the story brackets the tech issue and the downside seems more personal, about the relationship of the characters. I can get being scared of who has your mindstate and what they can do with it. That is scary. But the question of what their relationship will be or how it's horrifying existentially (I've never been truly convinced by this argument against generic immortality) are what kinda ring hollow. It's hard to feel bad about these particular people getting a chance to live as long as they want because one of them was guilted into it or they might get bored or cause "none of it matters" y'know? That's what I mean by "be an adult". Pull the plug when you get there.
  10. I think the arguments generally diverge in fiction when we're talking about immortality that you have the choice to select but not opt out of later on. then you can have a discussion on whether it's worth it. In this case..you opt-in, you opt-out. there's no real threat of say...becoming a quadriplegic for the rest of all time... It's not really that close to me. There are certain forms of immortality that you wouldn't want to be discovered at all but this? I don't really have much sympathy for people who have the option of grabbing X more years and then turn it into some sort of existential nightmare because they won't (not can't) leave or aren't having fun. Welcome to being a grown-up. I don't think any of the (minor, compared to others) unease I felt with the end for the protagonists had much to do with the tech. It's a story about one person seemingly doing something pretty major for someone else even when they're not necessarily comfortable with it and that's a problem for the "happy ending" but that would be true in a tech free story.
  11. You have to opt-in and you can opt out and die. The tech may exist for a while but they never said you have to be eternally there iirc...you don't have to see it as an eternal life. Think of it as extending your college years for a decade or so before you die. Or whatever, really. It's not Hitchen's "Celestial North Korea".
  12. San Junipero is to me, one of the episodes with the least amount of Black Mirror dystopian fear. It seems that I'm not necessarily in the majority here cause a lot of discussions see it as far darker than I do. It reminds me of the Tyler the Creator line about cyberbullying being impossible cause you can just walk away from the screen. Sure, that's callous but I feel like that with this episode in SJ; you have grown adults that can opt out at any time. The episode goes out of its way to bracket any of the real horror scenarios; getting trapped and exploited like in the Christmas special or some horror shit like the other virtual reality episode in Season 3. There's really no existential horror for me, I'm with Sarah Connor here: make your own fate. And, worst comes to worst you opt out after a few years. I mean, maybe on a personal level it's kind of an ambiguous ending in terms of whether the two characters will be happy or not because of their own reasons but certain episodes like the Christmas special make you fear the tech, others make you fear the society and here I'm just like..."so? Stay or don't, don't be crybabies". You can't escape things like getting blocked on the Christmas Special, and you have to care about points if you want anything in the premiere. This is "eh" in comparison.
  13. Yeah, this is basically my position. I simply do not buy that nothing went on here. I can buy that he had a plan but that this was ALL according to plan? No production issues? Nah. That or I've just completely misread the show.
  14. She was in the episode for five minutes. I wonder if that was a quick way to wrap things up or Eva Green just couldn't come back for whatever they planned. The show could pick up tomorrow. It only feels final cause it actually was final. She might have been done so they wrote that pseudo-finale that wrapped up her arc but left stuff open and then...Showtime cancelled the show anyway.
  15. I think it's a callack to the Dracula novel?
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