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  1. Yeah, you can't be trying to play an attrition game when you keep getting hit as much as Gaethje. Especially at this high level, I can see the odds being much better lower down the division/organization rankings. Poirier was landing all night and so was Eddie for that matter. Maybe don't trade 3-4 head strikes for a good leg kick. Cause then you get the ending that happened. And can you imagine doing this shit to someone like say...Conor? They'd be hosing your brains off the cage.
  2. Rationally you may have a point. They can lift some good prelim fights to the main card but...this was the Tony/Rose card imo. Tony is definitely out, Khabib may be out and somehow Pettis and Chiesa have gone down as well and everything in 155 is even more fucked than before the card... I don't think they'd have made this card as it currently stands a PPV. Maybe solid for Fox but Rose/JJ with...Lauzon co-main as a PPV? And I'm just a guy on my couch, imagine the people who traveled to see it live.
  3. Apparently the NYSAC blocked Pettis cause he wasn't fit enough foro 5 rounds which is..I don't even know what to say. So the card is basically dead.
  4. The cynical part of me thinks that some of these guys realized that 1) getting punched in the face after this if you had any cuts was dumb but, also, 2) Dana's probably gonna pay them anyway (at least show money, he's a cheap bastard like that) and they have a much better case for damages if they can show they missed out on a payday More power to all of them, frankly. Conor deserves to get sued for some of that Mayweather money. Oh, and btw: Max Holloway can't fight, so the main event might also be dead if Pettis can't make weight. Ain't it grand? This is the strangest confluence of events to ever manifest on a UFC event. This is worse than the cancelled event.
  5. Hendricks is done. Cruz doesn't really deserve a title shot next. He beat TJ sure, but then he put him on ice to go fight a completely undeserving Faber and then a lower-ranked Cody...and had the temerity to lose, badly. TJ on the other hand has beaten Assuncao, Lineker and Cody since then. Dana says that Mighty Mouse is next for TJ which should be interesting. MM seems pretty reluctant to fight bantamweights and I get it. I think he just wants to sit in his division and beat people up and make a comfortable living but people continually call for him to go up to fight guys who are bigger than him in a division he left for being small. But he should take it, and go up (instead of letting TJ come down)
  6. Good! Good riddance to Bisping, a horrible champion, barely beat a 45 year old and got finished by a welterweight trying to duck good contenders in a vibrant division. Time to retire Bisping.
  7. I think Joanna has Andrade's number tbh. Claudia was lighting her up, she just powered through it but she won't with JJ and her TDD/ability to get up is excellent. I think Claudia is still a better match up against Joanna. At least with Rose we haven't seen the outcome. I'd even go so far as to say that a finish is more likely with Rose than Andrade. Sucks for her but it'll be fun for us to watch.
  8. I know this is going to rightly be Canelo-GGG town for a while but the (much smaller) Rockhold fight was interesting. I think Branch had a good shot at ending the fight if he hadn't grappled with Rockhold which...why do that? Rockhold doesn't wrestle offensively a lot but his grappling is fucking excellent. The kicks are the flashy trademark but he really is a great MMA grappler. AKA has fucking great wrestlers/grapplers and he seems to have learned enough to survive and neutralize wrestlers like Weidman on the defense and just be a horror from top position. Don't give him a chance to recover. Rockhold also looked really timid striking. Bisping might have ate into his confidence on the feet and his attempts to fix his boxing defense have left him in a rough patch, cause he didn't look good. He didn't seem happy with himself either, in the interviews.
  9. You say that, but I'm kind of surprised by the various conspiracy theories and doubts and flak people are throwing up about this. How many times is this guy gonna prove who he is?
  10. Melendez keeps getting praised for his toughness but it's almost aggravating how he's playing into the Diaz bros. stereotype when it comes to checking leg kicks. Stephens picked him apart. Dude's been left behind.
  11. Same here. Floyd doesn't really give a fuck about anyone or anything except his money and the number on his record. whereas a lot of people were looking at it like "Floyd has to beat McGregor inside X rounds for the honor of boxing"...Floyd couldn't give a fook and was fine pacing McGregor out. Because the ref saved him. He was done, and getting hurt. It's not MMA where you can dive and get strangled like he did against Nate when he was "tired". It was headed nowhere good for him.
  12. There's some talk about a potentially new USADA test for that steroid which caught him by surprise but no one knows. It would explain him thinking he could get away with it; he may have before. That's the danger of such a program; testing isn't static.
  13. If he's found guilty all his Jesus talk won't mean anything. He's potentially gone for four years regardless. Game over.
  14. Castel

    The Unholy Consult Post-Release SPOILER THREAD II

    I feel this way about just about everything. The only payoff we got is what Kellhus was actually up to. now I'm hearing that Bakker has made that even more complicated in his AMA answers. I feel like we've headed back to 2009 with the finales of BSG and so on where writers were almost exuberant about confounding you with no answer in site and would tell you to your face that it's on you for not embracing the mystery. I haven't missed that shit.
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    The Unholy Consult Post-Release SPOILER THREAD II

    Insofar as they are ignored (and I've seen a lot of discussion on Mimara and her baby) it's cause we have no idea where they're going. Things haven't got that much clearer since they left Ishual. There is at least something concrete to Kellhus and his plan revealed here. Where the rest of them are going we're going to have to wait till the next series. And it's not a Westworld thing where you can easily predict the next chapter either, Bakker is almost deliberately opaque. Like...what does one even say about Esmenet after this book? Who cares?