Just a week away from UFC 146, this past weekend it was Strikeforce and Bellator that made the MMA news fight-wise but UFC fighters still gave columnists something to write about, none more so than one of UFC’s most feared fighters, Jon ‘Bones’ Jones.
Jones organized a ‘matchup’ between his Bentley and . . . a telephone pole. The telephone pole won the fight as the Bentley suffered severe damage. For his part, Jones was arrested for suspected DUI in Binghampton, New York and was later released on bail. You don’t get a 16-1 (13) record and the light-heavyweight championship belt unless you’re a top talent so let’s hope all will be well with Bones.
Making lemonade out of lemons when you get dealt a ‘lemon’ in real life is easier said than done. UFC light-heavyweight Eliot Marshall intends to do just that. The lemons in his career are that very controversial UD loss against Brandon Vera seven months back and the subsequent termination of his relationship with UFC.
Marshall, 10-4 (6), is making ‘lemonade’ by opening a Jiu-Jitsu training centre in Denver because “It’s time to help other people” and give something back to MMA and to the Martial Art which means so much to him: “Literally everything I have is because of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu,” he explained. His facility will have different coaches as Marshall intends to organize a full team to compete in MMA promotions.
UFC 146 is headlined by heavyweights Junior Dos Santos and Frank Mir and two more heavyweights, albeit nowhere in the same class, have been matched up on this card, these being Stefan Struve and Lavar Johnson.
Struve has a ‘Stop or be Stopped’ mentality: out of 28 total fights he has won 21 by stoppage and lost 5 by stoppage, thus 26 out of his 28 fights have ended early. But wait – if you think that’s a telling stat, his opponent Johnson is even more of a crazy-man inside the cage: of his 22 fights, none have gone to the scorecards! All his 17 victories are by stoppage; ditto for his 5 losses. Nice matchup, Mr. White! Bombs away . . .