Sunday, February 24, 2013

Checking Out All The Fuss

I don't follow the Ultimate Fighting Championship as much as I had in the past but made an effort to record the main event of last night's show.

The reason why I stopped trying to keep up with the UFC is because, to me, I found some of the fights boring and hard to get into. It just wasn't for me.

It may seem hypocritical of a wrestling fan to say this, but I was also put off from the UFC because of all the fighters that were getting popped for steroids and then returning after serving suspensions. In my opinion, if you cheat in any sport - you should be banned for life.

Anyway, with all that said and the soap box put in its corner - last night's event was a step forward for Mixed Martial Arts as it was the first time two females participated in the UFC.

Ronda Rousey has made quite a name for herself with - up until last night - six first round submission victories  She was getting a lot of media attention which prompted the UFC to put her on as the main event.

Her opponent was a former marine, Liz Carmouche, who I believe had a 7-2 record going into last night.

It seemed that the mainstream sports media was following this landmark fight so I decided to record the show just to see what all the fuss was about.

So, as soon as I woke up, I turned on the fight and, to be honest, I thought it was good for what it was.

I was anticipating an early submission win for Rousey but there was one point where Carmouche looked like she could upset the champion. At this point, I sort of started rooting for the challenger because - as you would expect from yours truly - the underdog story makes for a better read.

Rousey ended up getting the armbar victory just as time was expiring in the first round. It was the result the UFC needed to build up the division.

I'll probably return to viewing the UFC when Rousey's next bout is up. In the meantime, I'll be interested to see how many people purchased the event on pay-per-view because I have a feeling - and I'm basing this on how the mainstream media covered the build for this fight - it could be big.

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