The MMA 5&1 1.30.13: Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar, &1 With Jade Bryce
Posted by Jack McGee on 01.30.2013
Jade Bryce is your "& 1" Model of the Week, Jose Aldo battles Frankie Edgar in Vs, plus discussion of Brock Lesnar vs. Fedor Emelianenko almost happening, Matt Hughes retiring and more!
The Part at the Beginning
Welcome back to the latest edition of the MMA 5&1! So far so good in my latest run here on the old 411, I just hope you're enjoying things. This is my fourth edition of the 5&1, and it has been a busy time here with all of the shows, and Bellator finally debuting on Spike TV. This week we'll look back at UFC on FOX 6, look at the retirement of Matt Hughes and his new position with the UFC, Jose Aldo battles Frankie Edgar in VS and Jade Bryce is your &1 model of the week! Once again, I thank you for visiting my little corner of the 411 site. I know I present a different look than Stewart did with the 5&1, but I hope you still enjoy the column, and just know that I do appreciate you taking the time to stop by and check out the column.
I do not claim to be an MMA expert, simply a guy that loves to follow the sport. But part of the gig is to make fight picks, so I will track the picks for as long as I am doing the column. Here we are thus far…
* UFC on FX 7: 2-2
* UFC on FOX 6: 3-1
* Overall: 5-3
WHO YOU GOT: ALDO vs. EDGAR?
FIVE – BROCK vs. FEDOR WAS SO CLOSE TO HAPPENING
After the UFC on FOX 6 show, Dana White was doing the media rounds and casually mentioned that the Brock Lesnar vs. Fedor Emelianenko nearly happened in August. Wait, BROCK vs. FEDOR ALMOST HAPPENED? Yeah, no shit. I don't care if it was after their auras were smashed, and if the hardcore fans would have shit on it because "BROCK IS TEH FAKE RASSLER," that shit would have been in my wheelhouse, and I would have gladly paid for it. The general story is that Brock met with Lesnar and Fedor for the fight. They were close, and the UFC was looking to run a big event at Cowboys stadium. Unfortunately Fedor's father passed away, and with that, Fedor decided that he didn't have the will to continue fighting. Fedor made the decision that he simply wanted to be a family man going forward, and said he was done. When Brock heard Fedor was done, Brock said he was done. Fedor quit for family and loss of passion, Brock was done because he knew the Fedor fight was the ONE big money fight left for him. But judging by the way things happened, e fight was never meant to be. I really wish that we could have had the fight when it was first rumored, when Brock was looking like a beast and Fedor still had the aura of the legend that just always won. It is really amazing how close we were to the fight on two different occasions. At the end of the day, we chalk it up to a desired superfight we didn't see. Lets hope we have better luck with GSP vs. Anderson or Anderson vs. Jones.
FOUR – MATT HUGES RETIRES: BECOMES UFC EXECUTIVE
Former UFC welterweight champion and UFC Hall of Famer, Matt Hughes (45-9, MMA; 18-7, UFC), officially announced his retirement from MMA competition at the UFC on FOX 6 pre-vent presser. Hughes, regarded as one of the greatest competitors in all of MMA (he was ranked #6 by 411 when the staff did their Top 25 MMA Fighters of All Time back in 2011). Hughes won his first UFC title at UFC 34 in 2001. He went on to defend the title six times before he lost the belt to BJ Penn at UFC 45. Hughes won the UFC title again at UFC 50 in 2004 when he won the vacant title and defeated Georges St-Pierre, handing GSP his first ever career defeat in MMA. Hughes was officially named the Vice President of Athlete Development and Government Relations for the UFC. In the role, Hughes will conduct "policy fundamental to UFC's commitment to safety first and highest standards." A lot of his work will see him as a liaison between the office and the fighters. First of all, I think that it was time for Hughes to call it quits. He had a great career, but when it is time it is time, and the sport has evolved, and Hughes had simply done all he could in the sport. As for the new position, I love it. I think that having guys like Liddell and Hughes working for the company is a great idea. These men are the faces of a generation that built the sport, and they certainly have a lot more to give, just in a different way. And now the haters can ignore what I have written in order to cry about Hughes being a hunter and killing cute little animals.
PS: I don't care about the hunting shit, at all, because I like a good steak as much as anyone.
THREE – LOOKING AT BELLATOR on SPIKE TV
And finally, to break up all of this UFC stuff, I will take a short time to discuss Bellator. Now, I will not claim to be a diehard Bellator fan. I love MMA, and would DVR it a lot on MTV2, but many times would only watch bits and pieces, especially at the end of the run there as they were saving all of the big guns for Spike TV. So far, I think that tings have gone very well for Bellator in their first two weeks. The debut week saw a great fight between the Featherweight Champion Curran and Pitbull that really showed that the promotion had talented fighters. Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler came off like a killer in his title defense, and that fight went perfectly for them. In Week two, Douglas Lima looked impressive, King Mo won in the manner he was expected to, and Ben Askren destroyed Karl Amoussou to retain his welterweight title. I felt, watching as a fan, that both shows were very enjoyable and that they shows were presented well. Also, while some have disliked the association, putting the shows on right after Impact is a smart move. MMA fans are used to the 10PM time slot, and Impact pulls some of Spike's best ratings; and given that Viacom owns the promotion now, they want as many eyes on it as possible. Two weeks in is too soon to discuss ratings I feel, especially with shows loaded with title bouts and the heavily hyped debut of Mo. Once we're 6-8 weeks in, we'll have a clearer picture of where they sit in that regard. But as for now, Bellator gets a thumbs up from me.
Jade Bryce joined 411's Jeremy Lambert in the Man Cave to talk Bellator MMA and her charity work. We'll talk about Bellator moving to SpikeTV and Jade's favorite fighters before discussing her trips overseas, how she was chased through the jungle, her plans for a book, and all the great charity work she's done over the years. You can listen to the interview at this link, or via the player below…