Fights don’t happen in vacuums – if they did, they’d last a few seconds before everyone died. No, they happen as part of the larger tapestry of life. To understand the present, one must understand the past. And other Eastern Zen sounding stuff. Anyways. It’s a bunch of UFC on Fox Chicago Video of fights, having to do with Saturday’s show, with a brief explanation of why they’re relevant – beyond them being given away free by the UFC and thus not subjecting me to lawsuit.
We start with what is obviously the most important previous fight: the previous fight between the two main-event participants. Barao was running along with a big ol winning streak. Dillashaw was the scrappy, good looking kid from California who just wanted a chance – one chance – to beat Cobra Kai. Dillashaw did so and more. OK, not more. All he did was win. But it netted him the Bantamweight Championship of the world and showed that Dillashaw had learned to adapt a style similar to former Bantamweight champion – and guy I think may be the most perfect fighter ever (really) – Dominick Cruz.
Dillashaw’s in and out movement, switching of stances, and willingness to mix up kicks and punches and takedowns confounded the Brazilian, leading to the finish and win for Team Alpha Male’s first ever UFC Champion.
In life, losses happen, as Barao learned. Getting up is more important than being knocked down. Other cliches. After he failed to make weight without knocking himself out for his re-match with Dillashaw, Barao was later forced to face Mitch Gagnon to prove he was worthy of a rematch. He did so and outclassed Gagnon en route to the W.
Of course, Dillashaw didn’t fight for the belt in his first professional fight. No, he had many other fights before that, including this one, a victory of Huga Viana.
Dillashaw also had THIS fight against Walel Watson, which was his first UFC win! He sure does win a lot, doesn’t he?
Like Meisha Tate? Or at least boobs? Her fight against Julie Kedzie from back in Strikeforce (a HELLUVA fight too).
Boobs McGee isn’t fighting air though, she’s fighting Jessica Eye.