By now you should know what's going on with the UFC 196 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which takes place on Feb. 6, 2016 inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
If you don't, get your butts above the hard deck and return to this post immediately.
While former heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is wiping away man tears after yet another injury setback, top contender Stipe Miocic is all smiles. After all, he now has the title shot he wasn't popular enough to get and even got to hear it from the Doubting Thomas himself.
UFC.com has the words:
"Dana called me and said ‘hey, Cain (Velasquez) is out; do you want to step in? Have you been training?' I said 'yeah' and that I'd call him right back. I called my coach (Marcus Marinelli), he said ‘let's do it,' and I called back and said 'I'm in.' I feel good, I'm ready to do this. [Werdum is] a tough guy. He's the champ, he's beaten all the best guys in the world, and he's good on the ground and gets better every fight. But he hasn't seen anything like me yet. I'm super excited that I get my chance and I'll show everyone that I deserve that chance when I bring that belt back home to Cleveland."
Blake said "Always be closing!" In mixed martial arts (MMA), you should always be training.
Miocic (14-2) is coming off a blistering technical knockout win over Andrei Arlovski at the UFC 195 PPV earlier this month in Las Vegas, a solid way to follow up his destruction of Mark Hunt last May. In fact, the 33-year-old bruiser has now won five of his last six, with his lone defeat coming by way of razor-thin decision to Junior dos Santos.
Though I can't help but wonder if his battle cry -- he hasn't seen anything like me yet -- might be better served for his submission-savvy opponent. We'll find out soon enough.
See who else is fighting at UFC 196 here.