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Marloes Coenen: The Last Goodbye

Cynthia, a photographer, videographer and editor who has worked in mixed martial arts, dropped this short documentary about former Strikeforce world champion Marloes Coenen, who recently retired from MMA.

I’ll let Vance’s description speak for itself,”A tribute to retired mixed martial artist and pioneer Marloes Coenen, who’s career spanned over 16 years. Throughout her ups and downs, she has been widely recognized as one of the most important figures in women’s MMA, having represented female fighters in every major promotion before they were recognized as more than a sideshow to their male counterparts. She retired with a 23-8 record.”

It’s a good piece of work that is fitting for a champion like Coenen.

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T.J. Dillashaw regains UFC bantamweight title

T.J. Dillashaw regained his spot at the top of the UFC bantamweight mountain after he finished Cody Garbrandt at UFC 217. Dillashaw connected with a solid hit and gained the stoppage.

GSP wins the middleweight title

Last night’s UFC 217 event featured a plethora of historical moments, including the return of Georges St-Pierre, who finished Michael Bisping to win the UFC middleweight championship. St-Pierre became the fourth fighter in UFC history to win championships in two different weight classes.

I started at the bottom – I think all winners do

My thoughts about Georges St-Pierre’s comeback

OK, I know I’m a little late to this dance, but I just can’t help it.

Fight fans, the wait is over. Former UFC welterweight champion Georges “Rush” St-Pierre is returning to the octagon.

St-Pierre will face Michael Bisping for the UFC middleweight championship in the UFC 217 main event in Madison Square Garden, which has been holy ground for numerous combat sports athletes.

There are numerous factors that make St-Pierre vs. Bisping special. You have St-Pierre, who hasn’t fought in almost four years, returning to hopefully reclaim his spot as one of the best MMA fighters on the planet, as well as begin a new chapter to his legacy. Capturing the middleweight title would make St-Pierre the fourth fighter in UFC history to hold championships in two different weight classes – Randy Couture, B.J. Penn and Conor McGregor are the first three athletes to accomplish that feat.

You have Bisping, who has been a stalwart in the UFC for the last 11 years and is looking to spoil St-Pierre’s comeback. “The Count,” has had a rollercoaster of a UFC run, but he finally realized his dream of being a champion after he knocked out Luke Rockhold last year, then followed it up by avenging his loss to Dan Henderson.

There are a few reasons why this fight makes sense from a promotional standpoint. Nostalgia is big a factor in athletics, especially combat sports and St-Pierre represents a time when the UFC was white-hot. Before McGregor and Ronda Rousey became household names, St-Pierre was one of the kingpins of MMA alongside Jon Jones and Anderson Silva.

Silva would eventually lose his middleweight title and find himself on a bit of a losing streak while Jones has had a rollercoaster of a run – I know, second time using that phrase – that included wins against rivals and defeat at his own hands. St-Pierre hasn’t really been seen since he took a hiatus in 2013.

St-Pierre’s last bout was a split-decision win against Johny Hendricks in a fight where many experts and fans thought Riggs won the welterweight title. Fans demanded a rematch and insulted both the judges and St-Pierre.

When St-Pierre announced he was stepping away from the fight game, some fans called him a coward because he didn’t want to face Hendricks in a rematch. Other critics have called St-Pierre a boring fighter because he always took the same route to win a fight – which makes sense because your objective should be to win a match.

On the other hand, I know people who love St-Pierre. The first two who come to mind are my friends Roxy and Adam. I also remember watching UFC 129 at Hero’s and Legends in Spokane and one of the bartenders kept calling St-Pierre “her husband.”

Even after St-Pierre announced his hiatus there was always the hope he would return to competition. Once he recovered from an ACL injury, he started training for his return and would eventually enter contract negotiations with the UFC.

In February, St-Pierre signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC and the announcement was made that he would face Bisping for the 185-pound crown. After some postponing in the spring, the fight was made for November.

Personally, I’m glad to see St-Pierre return to MMA. He may not be the most exciting athlete because he doesn’t normally finish his opponents – his last stoppage was a fourth-round TKO against Penn in 2008. But if you’re someone who loves watching a fighter put together a technical display of striking, takedowns and ground game, he’s someone you should watch.

I’m glad St-Pierre is choosing to return to the octagon and hopefully, this is the beginning of a new chapter in his career.

Fight Theater: Kevin Belingon vs. Toni Tauru

The video’s description:

In April 2017, a match-up between Team Lakay’s knockout artist, Kevin Belingon, and Finnish submission specialist, Toni Tauru, presented an exciting spectacle!

It was the intensity of Belingon’s onslaught that made all the difference, as every attack had absolute force behind it. His furious pace overwhelmed Tauru, leading him to a first-round TKO finish.

Alman on Holly Holm’s response to Cyborg’s PED accusations

UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino has been teasing, asking – pretty much demanding a fight against former women’s bantamweight titleholder Holly Holm for UFC 219 on Dec. 30.

Justino has thrown numerous jabs at Holm over social media to persuade her into a fight. One of Cyborg’s tactics is accusing Holm’s teammates at JacksonWink MMA of using PEDs. She also did the whole “lets see if my next opponent will get tested the same number of times as I did” tactic – Justino has been tested eight times by USADA. It’s Cyborg’s typical tactic of using social media to provoke her opponents into a fight.

Holm responded to Justino’s accusations on the JacksonWink Instagram account.

“So apparently there was a little bit of drama today because USADA went to Cyborg’s house and I know I’ve been the topic of interest a lot on her social media and I don’t mind fighters trying to promote fights, that’s fine, but let’s be real for a minute.

“She said she’s been tested by USADA and wants to be tested just as much, and she probably should have looked on their public records on the USADA web page and seen I’ve been tested nine times compared to her eight. I’m in no race, I really don’t care, I just know I compete clean and they test me all the time. So, I just never needed an applause for passing my tests. In the meantime, I’ll just spend my time training and she can spend her time complaining and making false accusations and false memes.”

Holm also posted two screenshots from USADA’s website to verify her claims.

What I liked about Holm’s response is she took the high road. She could have brought up Justino’s past drug test failures as her main retort, but instead she gave a response that was not only calm and tactful, but provided proof that she was being tested by USADA.

Justino followed it up by saying she believes if USADA is going to test her at random times, they should do the same for Holm. How do we know USADA isn’t drug testing Holm at random times? We as fans don’t know.

This is just a way to promote a fight – that hasn’t been made official – between Holm and Justino but I think it’s petty that Cyborg is using the drug testing as a way to trash talk her opponent and garner sympathy, and she’s not the first fighter this. Again, I think Holm took the high road and showed she’s not going to be conned into taking a fight without ironing the full details.