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UFC 249. It was nearly here, then it wasn’t, and now we’re once again at the “nearly here!” stage. For those keeping track, it’s roughly the same amount of time from the event as the moment right before ESPN/Disney pulled the plug on the whole April 19th show over safety concerns.
UFC Middleweight Marvin Vettori is among the many athletes who saw a fight cancelled in April due to COVID-19. Though he has not yet officially been re-booked, Vettori is manning the front lines against “wimpy media members” who question whether UFC 249 really must go on.
Man I’m telling you if you and tour BS negative media are gonna help screw another event over I’ll be pissed.— Marvin Vettori (@MarvinVettori) April 30, 2020
You think you’ll help the fighters doing that? Preparing like crazy for nothing again??? It’s happening. Boom. That’s it. https://t.co/v4VGijq5pR
Vettori was responding to a Bloody Elbow article that interviews an Epidemiologist, whose main concern is stopping the spread of the virus. The whole piece is worth a read, but here’s a worthwhile quote, “Another major concern that I would have is not just people bringing the virus to Jacksonville, but if there is a chain of transmission at one of these events and then these fighters and their entourages go back to where they came from, they could seed multiple outbreaks in other areas that had otherwise been doing a pretty good job of controlling the virus.“
To summarize, there’s more at risk here than the fighters who volunteered for the event, even if they need the cash.
Ultimately, this serves as a small-scale example of the greater divided response to the Coronavirus crisis. A best case scenario would see the nearly the entire populace doing nothing at all, staying home and limiting the virus’s spread until it has slowed to a crawl. However, the unfortunate reality is that many — possibly including Vettori — run the risk of destitution if continually forced out of work.
The Internet loved the Luke Rockhold vs. Corona Zombie story, and they are memeing it to death.
Luke Rockhold front kicking the homeless zombie-like lady that attacked him pic.twitter.com/Gdy1ycGKKj— The Strangle Squad (@_StrangleSquad) April 29, 2020
*Junkies being weird*— Dovy (@DovySimuMMA) April 30, 2020
Luke Rockhold: pic.twitter.com/SXRZVarfPH
Homeless woman: Hello sir, I hate to bother you but I haven’t eaten today and was wondering if you could spare some change?— MacMally (@MacMallyMMA) April 30, 2020
Luke Rockhold: pic.twitter.com/FsuaGqn60A
Song Yadong confirms that he’s still in for his upcoming bout with Chito Vera!
Paulo Costa with one of the more backhanded compliments in recent memory:
Tony is one of the greatest warriors in the sport, I mean of all sports. even if he doesn't have much intelligence as a fighter he manages to overcome everything with his determination. pic.twitter.com/0sckU13voy— Paulo Costa ( Borrachinha ) (@BorrachinhaMMA) April 29, 2020
What exactly will UFC 249 fight week look like?
The UFC will be hosting their first- ever virtual media day next week via WebEx.— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) April 30, 2020
It will involve all main card fighters as well as Donald Cerrone and Anthony Pettis
They will be offering the same opportunity post-fight with the winning fighters and both athletes in main/co-main
Hyped for these staredowns https://t.co/eembHU8MLo pic.twitter.com/jj7Xi6ZVeq— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) April 30, 2020
A sweep piece of footwork to land the counter combo:
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Very slick #footwork from the 2019 Russia Youth Nationals, via @amateurboxinghighlights. This is what we refer to as step 11 in my 18-Step Footwork Program -- the lead foot steps inside, across the center line (going against the rule of "never cross your feet") to create the angle on the outside of your opponent's lead side. Notice how red baits blue in with some lateral movement at first, and then times his lead foot; as blue steps in with his jab-cross, red steps and slips inside, pivots to face his opponent, and fires 5 counter punches to the body and head. The sweet science of makin'em miss, and makin'em pay ✏
Slips, rips, and IFL clips
Last night, Caposa posted a bunch of awesome IFL clips that will sustain the column another few nights — shoutout to him!
Leg locks are no joke, an important message someone should pass on to the referee.
Jesse Lennox vs. Emyr Bussade (April 2008)— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) April 29, 2020
That scream. pic.twitter.com/TdeRV0V54Q
Ben Rothwell has been throwing power punches at odd angles for a long, long time.
Ben Rothwell vs. Devin Cole (Dec 2006) pic.twitter.com/qQhiNQg4Wx— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) April 29, 2020
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu! Usually, a guillotine loses its threat after 10-20 seconds without a tap, but Renzo’s squeeze is no joke!
Pat Miletich vs. Renzo Gracie (Sept 2006) pic.twitter.com/8nTI1IV9xN— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) April 29, 2020
Otters are the coolest!
Stop everything you are doing. Turn up the sound, and watch this otter eat some lunch. #asmr— Danny Deraney (@DannyDeraney) April 28, 2020
Midnight Music: Who’s the most gift musician of the past few decades? The man below certainly has a claim.
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.
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