Happy Sunday y'all!
Thanks to the especially... tolerant Texas State Athletic Commision, we beared witness to a new kind of fighting Saturday night. Combatants representing the sports of boxing and MMA competed in a hybrid of the two disciplines in a unique new arena: a triangular one.
I saw some hilarious takes on this experiment in the last week, my favorite coming from former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping.
"They (Triller) are looking for the middle ground between boxing and the UFC. MMA which takes place inside a octagon. With a specific rule set. And boxing, which takes place in a ring. Which is square. So they are looking for the middle ground between these rule sets. So based upon the geometry they've come up with a triangle ****ing ring. That is not the middle ground. That is a hybrid of a shape. That is not a hybrid of the rules." Bisping said on his YouTube program.
I've enjoyed Triller's offerings so far, for the most part. I think it's a fun show when there are no other fight shows going on. Triller is like the Jack in the Box of fighting. Do you want some boxing? No problem! You want a little MMA? Sure thing. Do you enjoy a good trainwreck? Of course you do! You're American!
I watched two of the event's fights. Kubrat Pulev, a very good heavyweight boxer who most recently was knocked out by popular British heavyweight Anthony Joshua. Pulev took on former heavyweight UFC champion Frank Mir. Mir last went the distance in losing to Steve Cunningham, a former cruiserweight boxing champion.
Mir should be admired for how game he has always been. Once thought to be finished with fighting after suffering a horrible motorcycle accident, Mir tried his best but came up short against the fine boxer Kubrat Pulev. The difference in rules did not make much of a difference in this fight. Pulev pummeled Mir out in one round, no different than he would have in a boxing setting.
The other fight I saw was an outstanding battle between boxer Derek Campos and former UFC welterweight Mike Perry. Both fighters showed good aggression, good punching and good toughness in that strange stage. Perry upset the odds despite being knocked down by Campos in the third round (it was the third right?). Perry took the fight back to Campos to win a hard fought decision.
So it felt reminiscent to me of those old Toughman contests from yesteryear, but instead of aging celebrities like Danny Bonaduce and "The Refrigerator" Perry, we get a mix of former UFC and boxing champions. And "Platinum" Perry.
I'll buy that for a dollar! But Triller and "Triad" Fight Club..? What a name. They want more. $19 more. I think they ask a reasonable price for the show. We got a live performance from an all-time great band in Metallica. Former UFC champion Vitor Belfort was there checking out the strange new "ring". And at the end of the night, we were brought back to what really matters. Former heavyweight boxing champion Shannon "The Cannon" Briggs and former UFC light-heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson hyping up their upcoming fight.
I enjoyed it, but I understand this thing is... niche. Like a fellow commenter I saw wondered, I too wonder how sustainable Triller's business is. Did you guys enjoy the show? Fortunately we won't need Triller in December with so many good UFC fights coming up, next weekend featuring bantamweights Jose Aldo and Rob Font.
I would like to give a shout out to MMAMania contributor Liddell's Mohawk because while I don't always agree with him, I like his style. Literally. Chuck Liddell is awesome. Mohawks are awesome. I'll leave you all with some wise words I discovered in a book I'm reading by American film maker (Twin Peaks) David Lynch.
"He whose whose happiness is within, whose contentness is within, whose light is all within, that yogi, being one with Brahmin, attains eternal freedom in divine consciousness" - Bhagavad-Gita
Have a great week! Until next time.