a blog by Brian
What a weekend folks. If you missed UFC 217, it was an unprecedented night in the promotions history. Much has been discussed on the topic of, what was quite possibly, the best fight card of the year. Three title fights, a contender eliminator bout, and a coming of age tale rounded out the pay per view event, Saturday night.
Each and every moment was stained with excitement, controversy, or emotion. Combat sports has had glorious nights, many before my fandom was even just a glimmer in the back of my mind. Nights before my time, and nights that have passed me by like the whisper of a hollow breeze. Fights, I post-humorously would have done painful acts in order to have just witnessed them live. Saturday November 4th, 2017, was not one of those nights.
I could not have asked for much better. It seems hard to, regardless the outcomes, when humans are subtracting years from their memory, health, and life, live on my television. There is a lot one can say is, objectively, hard about this sport as a fan. The crumbling of bodies, last-leg veterans, unspeakable pulverisation and of course, the one I will never stop hearing from casual fans, the post knockout blows. The bouncing of heads between fists and canvas.
It always seem to be brought up, whether or not, the extent of the individuals MMA viewership sits on a video hosting platform we all know and love (until they begin to warp conversations on free speech). A few aspects of this occurrence may be misunderstood. The first, frequency at which this occurs in MMA. A fan of the sport could tell you an accurate estimation, but to garner an exact percentage may be impossible. Doing so, could be equivalent to determining how many tackles, in all of professional soccer, cause a change in possession. The second, an unmentioned truth speaking to most, if not all, sane fans of the sport and martial arts.
No one likes seeing it.
I can only speak through my own experience, but I can’t imagine humans (or demons, or apes) whom care as much as I do about all these talented fighters (some of which have personal relationships with these fighters and care for their well being far more than a fan could) enjoying watching concussions being created.
I also got a haircut and I’m eating my birthday cake while I type this. Why mention that? I am fishing for another topic to speak on.
The Celtics are looking good, we actually won a close game tonight, against the Atlanta Hawks, marking it nine straight victories.
The Patriots had a bye.
So it was a decent weekend.
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