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Georges St. Pierre will go down as one of the most respectful athletes in UFC history. “I was not impressed by your performance” aside, “GSP” was rarely dragged into any trash-talking or ugliness, yet still became one of the sport’s biggest stars.
As such, it’s hardly a surprise that the Canadian athlete is still respectful to an old foe, even if said opponent was less kind to him back in the day. Asked about Nick Diaz’s potential return to the cage, “Rush” was more optimistic than most.
"I believe he can be champion, man. He has a crazy style. He comes forward and his game is very, very, very underrated. When you fight him, you feel claustrophobic."@GeorgesStPierre wishes the best to former opponent Nick Diaz on his potential comeback (via @marc_raimondi) pic.twitter.com/ipPWqpCFrl— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) October 8, 2020
“I wish him the best, I love to see him fight,” St. Pierre began. “I just wish and hope that he comes back as good or even better than he was. I believe he can be champion. He has a crazy style. He comes forward, and his game is very, very, very underrated. When you fight him, you feel the feeling of claustrophobic.
“He’s playing with your mind. He’s very well-rounded. I think he can get up there and cause a lot of problems to a lot of guys. I always said it, I believe when Tyron Woodley was champion, he should have gone and fight Tyron. It would have been a great fight for the fans, and he would have had a chance to win because of the style.
“Now, the champion is Kamaru Usman, who’s a different style of fighting. I don’t know how he’s going to match with that, but he should give it a shot before it’s too late, he’ll regret it. If he feels as sharp as he was or even better, he should do it.”
Hypothetical match ups or not, it’s always interesting to hear St. Pierre’s insight. Indeed, Diaz’s pressure could theoretically have troubled Woodley. That statement seems less crazy now after having seen Woodley struggle with opposite strategy, but St. Pierre has been saying it for a while now, once calling Diaz a “nightmare” for “T-Wood.” Usman — with his endless gas tank, absurd strength, and excellent wrestling — would likely have far less trouble, though “GSP” was polite enough to avoid saying that directly.
Currently, Diaz remains unbooked. Meanwhile, St. Pierre is officially retired, but rumors of a potential super fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov refuse to die.
Ronaldo Souza is opening a jiu-jitsu gym in Orlando, Florida, which is a killer opportunity for any grapplers in “The Sunshine State.”
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Choose your approach to street fighting (I’m partial to No. 9):
Corey Anderson would be well-advised to shoot immediately.
Just in on @CBSSportsHQ:@ScottCoker announces light heavyweight Corey Anderson will make @BellatorMMA debut on Nov. 5 against hard-hitting veteran Melvin Manhoef on @CBSSportsNet— Brian Campbell (@BCampbellCBS) October 7, 2020
From experience, I can tell you the regional fight scene has dried up terribly. There’s zero hope of fighting in California right now. I am fortunate enough to have connections through Team Alpha Male, but any up-and-coming fighter not at a similarly major gym is in a really tough position.
"From March 1, 2019, to Sept. 1, 2019, there were 19,371 mixed martial arts fights in the world, according to record-keeper Tapology. Between March 1, 2020, and Sept. 1, 2020, there were only 3,764 -- an 80.6% drop." https://t.co/1VvIhxjCV7— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) October 7, 2020
This is an awesome match up. Welterweight is ridiculous when the fighters actually agree to fight one another!
The current state of the UFC’s Welterweight division and Khamzat Chimaev’s situation pic.twitter.com/j1coLVTsGv— Work The Clinch (@worktheclinch) October 7, 2020
I loved Darren Till’s rant against those on social media who are over-eager to extoll the virtues of waking up early and working hard (without having a real point).
Just so tiring,— D (@darrentill2) October 7, 2020
Some people just want to be happy and content with were they are at in life.
I feel like peoples like him and others are also a major problem with this online depression the influencers etc...
sometimes just shut the fuck up and let us wake up late and be lazy
Blah blah that if you don’t wake up 6am and chase your goals your a loser...— D (@darrentill2) October 7, 2020
Ahhhhh fuck off you fat lesbian I feel like saying sometime
Slips, rips, and KO clips
I’ve never seen this fight in full (wasn’t a big combat sports fan in 1997), but this is one hell of a brawl from the highlights alone.
#OnThisDay in 1997, Arturo "Thunder" Gatti defended the IBF junior lightweight title with a thrilling 5th round TKO of Gabriel Ruelas in Atlantic City #boxing #history pic.twitter.com/NQFvrhRBK1— BOOxing History (@BoxingHistory) October 4, 2020
ACA provided the violence this weekend.
Daniel "Jubileu" Oliveira defends his ACA bantamweight title in spectacular fashion, finishing Abdul-Rakhman Dudaev with a flying switch knee to the liver in R3. Amazing fight. #ACA112 pic.twitter.com/7fC58TkRRT— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) October 4, 2020
Magomed Bibulatov should not have been released from UFC.
Thankfully, Bibulatov didn't learn his lesson in the UFC and still spams spinning shit pic.twitter.com/iY0XJNWfHH— GrandMoffLarkin (@LarkinMoff) October 4, 2020
These clips are apparently over a decade old (makes sense from the music choices), but it’s still the most haunting thing I’ll post this October.
thread of moments from the star wars weekends dance offs at disney world because I CANT BELIEVE THIS WAS A REAL THING THAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED pic.twitter.com/odwaFnQ5Rs— spooky caitlin (@SITHLEIAS) October 5, 2020
Midnight Music: Apologies for dropping the ball, this should have been featured last night.
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.