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When Ovince Saint Preux faces Ben Rothwell at the UFC on ESPN 9 on May 13, it will be his first appearance at heavyweight. “OSP” has been a pro since 2008, so it’s worth asking why he’s making the jump now. While the COVID-19 pandemic is a likely and understandable reason for avoiding weight loss, Rothwell himself has a different theory.
“I’ve already experienced this with [Villante], so I’ve already had all of these emotions about these guys moving into the heavyweights, “Rothwell said on Friday. The A side live chat (transcription via MMAFighting). “They think heavyweights fear. Jon Jones beats everyone, they run away from him. I got over it a bit. I see guys like Daniel Cormier and even going back further, Randy Couture, I think they really opened the door for guys in this weight class, in this weight zone, to fight anywhere, from top to bottom. “
Rothwell further explained that smaller trucks and older light trucks often have speed advantages, which can certainly make a difference. However, he also warns of the different levels of power that truly tall men carry.
“Technically, from what I can see, that’s why Curtis Blaydes is so successful,” said Rothwell. “I feel like it’s a struggle, it’s a matter of jiu-jitsu. Lots of heavyweights are the old rule: “The first heavyweight to get knocked down wins the fight” – that was the old saying in early 2000. I don’t know if much has changed. You have your two good guys, but I think for the most part it’s a speed factor. The guys at 220, 230, feel like they have an advantage, they can go up or down.
“Look at what Randy Couture has done. He was really good at making his eliminations, he used the guys, he could beat the biggest, and I think that is true. But you have guys with whom you have to be careful with the heavyweights. There is always the power factor. I think that all the heavyweights on the board bring a danger factor that does not exist in any other weight category. ”
Rothwell has been fighting since 2001, so “Big Ben” certainly has a much better outlook than most on what it takes to compete in the heavyweight arena. Going back to Rothwell’s comment “They think heavyweights fear”, it should be mentioned that the skill and threat level of heavyweights jumps at some point.
It’s one thing to break into the top 10 by eliminating Shamil Abdurakhimov, but a heavyweight Lightweight can end up in the cage with a real animal like Blaydes or Jairzinho Rozenstruik.
It’s a risky game!
Dana White posted a new hype video for UFC 249:
Do you remember when Ali Abdelaziz pushed in front of Kamaru Usman’s mom to stand in front of the photo? Similar atmosphere with a better result.
Kevin Lee is optimistic about his return after a successful ACL operation.
124 consecutive victories is almost incomprehensible.
Today is the 99th anniversary of the greatest POUND FOR POUND fighter in boxing history … SUGAR RAY ROBINSON
172 victories 109 former welterweight knockouts + 5 times middleweight WORLD CHAMPION – at one point in his career, he was unbeaten in 124 consecutive fights! TEAR. SUGAR RAY 4EVER CHAMPION pic.twitter.com/b9uVAiP9Xb
– Michael Buffer (@Michael_Buffer) May 3, 2020
Okay, that’s great AND really useful.
Alexander Volkanovski started a TikTok and adapted a new championship mantra: #NerdVirginShitOnly.
Briefs, rips and KO clips
James Vick’s slip since his defeat against Justin Gaethje has been pretty crazy. Before this fight, Vick really climbed the lightweight ladder and eliminated the good fighters! It’s hard to say exactly what didn’t work, but the combination of opponents finding out that he was losing confidence seems a fatal mix to me.
One of the strangest post-punch reactions you’ll see:
I love the work of the uppercut and the hook of the main hand:
Game of Throne’s Mountain That Rides (well, one of them!), Thor Bjornsson, set a new deadlift record of 1,104 pounds. yesterday.
Hafthor ‘Thor’ Bjornsson madness.
501kg. More than half a ton with relative ease.
Admits that he could have done morepic.twitter.com/mO9O5cyANS
– George Pitts (@GeorgePitts_) May 2, 2020
Midnight Music: I listened to a handful of recent releases this evening, and the most striking was that of Lido Pimienta Miss colombia. It is definitely worth listening to pop and / or Latin music fans!
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.