Jim Ross Blogs About Saturday’s UFC 166 Event
Posted by Larry Csonka on 10.17.2013
Ross discusses this weekend’s event…
- Jim Ross spoke about UFC 166 during his latest blog entry. Here is what he had to say…
I'm expecting training partners Cain Velasquez and Daniel Cromier to win their fights Saturday night in Houston on PPV for @UFC next big event. Cromier is a former Oklahoma State wrestling star who wrestled for the legendary OSU Coach, John Smith. Smith is also working with Johnny Hendricks as the former Cowboy readies himself for Georges St. Pierre later in the year.
Don't see Cromier vs. Roy Nelson going the distance in what will be an entertaining fight. Big Country never fails to deliver a fun fight to watch. It's unlikely that Cromier who's moving down a weight after this fight will fear the beard of the burly Nelson.
Heavyweight Champion Velasquez is a cardio machine and has one of the great 'motors' in all of MMA. The former Arizona State wrestling star manhandled Brock Lesnar back in the day to win the UFC Heavyweight Title but then abruptly lost it in prime time on Fox to Dos Santos.
The Brazilian has a great standup game, which generally translates to exciting fights for those paying big money for tickets or for the PPV.
Velasquez finishes Dos Santos Saturday night, which will eliminate any issues with judges who can completely ruin a fight with their dubious decisions.
UFC head honcho @DanaWhite is an cut to the chase executive who casts a large shadow over his fighters, or at least the one's that aren't overtly ignorant and defiant. With that said, all the fights on the PPV should be action packed and each fighter that makes it onto the PPV should 'know their role" and deliver the goods. Hopefully their 'people' are conveying that most obvious of messages.
The venue in Houston has been sold out for weeks which will should guarantee a lively show on PPV. The natural ambiance is something I hope that UFC fully captures via their audio set up as it greatly enhances the experience of the event for the fans who are watching on TV. When it's crunch time, the announcers should have to fight to be heard.
It still amazes me the volume of work that UFC's excellent duo of Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan do on 'game day.' Do the math and see how many hours that they have been on the clock by the time the main event rolls around. My hats off to them.