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In this edition, readers respond to a host of topics, both big and
small. With Demetrious
Johnson-Ian McCall 2
now in the books, some folks are hand wringing about 125ers only
going 15 minutes. Meanwhile, longtime fan favorite B.J. Penn has put
on a few pounds since his fight with Nick Diaz late
last year. Is why so many folks are skeptical about the Hawaiian's
chances in his return bout against Rory
When we are talking weights and measures, four-division UFC veteran
Florian is bound to show up, especially since he just called it
a day in the cage. Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir is
not ready to hang up his gloves, but what he has been doing in the
gaining-and-shrinking department has some folks unhappy.
For bigger or smaller, 145 or 155, we also look at the best talents
from this past season of “The Ultimate Fighter” and even what
futures might await some of the beloved-and-light-weighted of the
After watching both fights between McCall and Johnson
back-to-back, I don't know if these guys were made for three
rounds. I thought Johnson won both fights, two rounds to one, but
after both fights, I felt like they were lacking a resolution. Both
fights felt like were “getting started” when they ended. Both
fighters even looked like it. It seems like 125-pounders are just
getting warmed up by the time the three rounds end. Doesn’t it
defeat the purpose to have such dynamic fighters but only rarely
give them the five rounds or more necessary for their skills to
come out? -- Matthew from Phoenix
Jordan Breen, administrative editor: You’re
obviously speaking my language, discussing the pressing necessity
to have more 25-minute fights. It’s true. At this point, most guys
of true, legitimate UFC caliber should be going five rounds as a
matter of course. However, that world isn’t about to be bestowed
upon us anytime soon.
McCall-Johnson 1 and 2 were both unsatisfying for me, personally,
because I did want that extra 10 minutes of action, and I do feel
strongly that those rounds could’ve played a real role in how
either fight may have developed. However, we knew ahead of time
McCall was a slow starter, and he could’ve identified it, too. The
style of Johnson is not a mystery, either. Both men knew the length
of time they were to fight one another. If McCall -- or Johnson --
had the actual desire to leave their gas tanks on E and fight tooth
and nail, they would have in either context.
However, the charge that flyweight fights won’t unfold favorably
over 15 minutes intrigues me. What was wrong with the John
Gaudinot bout we just got? The fact is I’m not sure anything we
saw was different from McCall's or Johnson’s WEC bouts. They were
in tough against another high-level fighter and couldn’t implement
their game as well as they’d hoped. Two great fighters can often do
that to one another.
I do see some potentially pernicious futures over three rounds. The
real issue for flyweights, especially as they try to sort out
themselves, is fighting against some wacky judging. Bad judges in
MMA struggle to keep up in general, and setting them loose on
smaller, fleeter fighters can have questionable results. When the
Zuffa-era WEC moved heavily to the 135- and 145-pound weight
classes, I’d argue we saw exactly this. Who knows what scorecards
we would’ve got for that Gaudinot-Lineker fight?
I do have some fear for the flyweights, but the 15 minutes isn’t
why. Yeah, it stinks, but we’ll get 25-minute classics at 125
pounds soon enough. Just watch out for those folks with the
scorecards. They’re bad news.
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