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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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    Bakker LV - Nau's Ark

    They bear the mark of their sin when looked Indeed. Reading your post my first thought was to imagine how someone who's never read Bakker would feel if I was a bit lost. Or even someone who stopped at PoN lol. There might be something to the idea that sorcerers are rejecting reality and "Unity" but...then this is a sorcery specific form of damnation? Because the rest of damnation seems, even in Bakker's own WoG statements, to be arbitrary in the way that we consider ancient pictures of redemption/damnation to be, not as something that can be reduced to a philosophical rejection of "Unity".
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    Bakker LV - Nau's Ark

    Is it? Spoiled just for safety. Speaking of damnation: something that has bothered me is the division of labour. How does that work? On the one hand damnation seems to be wandering into the "intentional reality" of some super-being in the afterlife which would lead to you being munched on (this is also indistinguishable from being rewarded, from the outside -no pun intended). On the other hand, it seems to be an absolute fact of the universe, see sorcerers, who need not wander into anyone's grasp by worship, they're just Wrong and it can be seen with God's Eye.
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    Peaky Blinders Season 3 - Spoilers

    Brody is good,I hope it's a return to form.
  11. Lol,now Athelwulf is sucking off Athelstan too. I mean...holy man? He's a habitual apostate and Mr "Playing hard to get".
  12. I'm also interested in how things play out. Ivar and Ubbe are interesting, and we still have the revenge against Aelle to look into. Lagertha and all her people have been the least interesting but I suppose I can console myself with the fact that she seems headed to her death.
  13. Judith has anti-sympathy; she makes characters they're trying to make look horrible seem better in comparison. Like, am I supposed to feel bad about her mom wanting her to stop fucking her father-in-law cause she gave a feminist applause line? It's Vikings, we've sympathized with worse people and better characters. That whole scene was too much, it was the equivalent of the scenes you get in biographical films where the record exec or producer goes "it'll never catch on", while everyone knows better. I know the show has made it clear that Aelle is a dick but why not just have him make actual preparations that don't matter in the long run? I wonder where they're going with this blonde slave, she's just...there.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.