It Was The Closest Thing
To Legal Stealing That You’ll
Last night during UFC 75 I watched an exciting show. But I also watched something that made me sick to my stomach. The sport of Mixed Martial Arts is on its way to becoming the most viewed sport in the world. I truly believe that it will reach such status in the next couple of years but it won’t get there if what happened last night continues to happen.
Right now the general public is very skeptical when it comes to sports – especially sports where referees and judges have a lot of say in the winner. Look, just recently the NBA had a huge scandal where a ref was betting on the games that he was working, Boxing matches seemed to be fixed at one time or another, and NFL players play the game knowing exactly what the point spread is for every game. This taints sports so much that it is actually and was actually refreshing to the sports enthusiast that a sport like Mixed Martial Arts has come along where you can damn near clearly see who won and who lost because the sign of a good ass kicking is universal. Well that was until last night when……..
Michael Bisping vs.
Michael Bisping fought Matt Hamill in what will go down as one of the worst refereed fights in the history of sports and sports entertainment. Michael Bisping is from England and UFC 75 was held in England. So from the start of the fight Matt Hamill knew that he would have to bring the fight to Michael. And that is exactly what he did. In the first round he beat Michael within inches of his life, in the second round he beat him rather soundly and the third round was a toss up. When the match was over, it was CLEAR to everyone that watched it that Matt won the fight. But the decision went to Michael Bisping.
It was an embarrassing moment for the UFC and very sad for Matt Hamill. Personally, the Judo Crusader felt so bad for this young man that he wanted to cry. It was an outrage. I know what it feels like to train your butt off and to get robbed by a bad decision and my heart goes out to that young man.
I for one am not going to put up with the UFC having to many decisions like this in the future. If this continues to happen, I will choose to spend my time watching something else. The last thing that I want to do is watch a fixed Professional Wrestling Match. And if that’s what the UFC is going to offer, then I’m out.
I really like MMA, but I don’t enjoy cheating and Matt was cheated.
The World Judo
Today the United States delegation left for the World Judo Championships in Rio de Janiero Brazil. Some individuals went over there a week early, like Valerie Gotay (in order to get used to the surrounding because there really is no adjustment for time differences). Taraje Williams-Murray left today and he seems to be very upbeat and in good spirits.
It seems like this world championships will be a very beneficial one for USA Judo. It is my belief that the US Delegation will bring home 2 medals on the women’s side and 2 medals on the men’s side. I truly believe that this will be the case and I think that this team has the ability to do it. I also believe that there will be 4 divisions total that will be first round clowns, there will be 2 top seven finishes and the rest of the people will do okay.
The youngest player, at 15 years of age, on the US Team is Marina Lambert. Marina placed 5th at the Pan American Games and in her first Judo World Championship team she is looking to do some big things. The great thing about Marina is that she has a very long career in front of her and she is very blessed and privileged to have an opportunity to get some great international experience at such a young age.
The Judo Crusader hopes that she gets out of the first round. A win at the worlds would be huge for her.
The Judo Crusader believes that this tournament is going to be the BREAKOUT tournament for Justin Flores. I know I’m going out on a limb here but I believe that if this dude gets hot, he can find himself in the later round in the day. I certainly hope so. He trains hard and he really needs to put a nice cap on a very tough year.
Taraje says that he’ll medal. We’ll see. I, for one, believe that he will. Taraje walks outta the worlds with a medal. Ronda walks out with a Gold, Valerie Gotay walks out with a medal, and Marti Malloy leaves with a top 7 finish.
These are not my predictions. I’m not a prophet. This is just what I believe will happen and what I want to happen. I certainly hope that these things come to pass. The United States has been trying to make some headway in the past couple of years. I hope that this is the time that we will be able to see some rewards from the labor.
The Judo Crusader
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