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International Fight Week Day 2: Polish Witchcraft

International Fight Week Day 2

I’ve seen lots of fights live. UFC 200 will be the 12th major MMA show I’ve attended, and I’ve seen some pretty great moments involving some of the best fighters the world over. That’s not a brag or anything, I just want to make sure that I’ve attached the proper weight when I say that Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadhela put on the best fight I’ve witnessed live. The best. I do wonder if some of the tension translated over the television, but in the arena it was incredible. With Claudia up two rounds, and the third very close, my heart was absolutely pounding entering the fourth. I didn’t occur to me that round four was a 10-8, and going into the fifth it was anyone’s fight. I know that Women’s Bantamweight gets all the attention, but those are the best two women in the world, and they put on one hell of a fight. Watching Joanna live is a real treat. Her command of distance is as good as anyone in MMA, and her punches are so sharp. For the time being, there’s no one in WMMA that moves like she does.

Elsewhere one the card Will Brooks won a decent fight in his UFC debut, and it was nice to see that Grey Maynard isn’t dead, but The Korean Superboy really stole the show. I was excited about Doo Ho Choi coming in, and he did not disappoint. As soon as Choi was able to escape the clinch he put Tavares’ back on the fence and landed a laser-blast 1-2 that sent Tavares astral traveling to another dimension. Choi is absurdly accurate, heavy handed, and adorable. He called out the winner of Cub Swanson and Tatsuya Kawajiri, and that sounds good to me.

As for tonight, I’m happy it’s finally here. What a card! Truth be told, I’m getting a little warn down, but that tiredness with live as soon as Jim Miller and Takanori Gomi make their way to the cage. Also, I don’t expect him to win, but I can’t wait to see Anderson Silva. He’s Anderson, MMA’s most beautiful and mercurial talent. DC is probably going to make short work of him, hell, you could argue that DC would beat a prime Silva, but it’s still Anderson Silva. We’ll never see another fighter like him. I’d also like to just quickly mention Jose Aldo, who will also always he near and dear to my MMA heart. He’s a true great, and I’ve said before that it’s an honor to watch him fight. That goes doubly so tonight, win or lose.

The trip would have been worth it for the last two nights alone. I don’t want either of those cards lost in the craziness of UFC 200, which is preposterously big. The opening bout of the evening is between two lightweight legends, and every fight on the main card has a former or current UFC champion in it. It’s going to eclipse most of the previous two days, but for now I just want to bask in UFN 90 and the TUF 23 finale.

Off to the fights!
Larry

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