Blog Bits – November 18, 2016

  • As someone who loved pro wrestling as a kid, and still tunes in on occasion nowadays, Sunday’s Bill Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar match at WWE Survivor Series intrigues me. While I expect the WWE to have Lesnar win the match to avenge his loss to Goldberg at WrestleMania 20 in 2004, the whole concept of this match is interesting to me.  Mainly, while I understand Goldberg’s desire for his wife and son to watch him wrestle, I’m just a little surprised to see a guy who seemed to have a disdain for the wrestling business after his retirement 12 years ago come back simply to lose to Brock Lesnar in his comeback/final match.  I have read nothing on “dirt sheets” about this match, but I suppose it wouldn’t surprise me if Lesnar wins on Sunday, and then this sets up a trilogy bout with Goldberg/Lesnar 3 taking place at WrestleMania 33 in April 2017.  Nonetheless, I’ll be at the show in Toronto on Sunday and I look forward to re-living my childhood for a few minutes during their match.
  • Moving from the world of “fantasy warfare” to the squared circle, the fight I’m most excited for this weekend is Saturday night’s light heavyweight boxing matchup between Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward. It’s unfortunate this fight hasn’t gotten a ton of mainstream attention, because it very well might be the best boxing match that can be made in 2016.  Kovalev is 30-0-1 and holds the WBA, WBO, and IBF versions of the light heavyweight championship.  Ward is 30-0, and was the WBA, WBC, The Ring, and lineal super middleweight champion before vacating those titles to move up in weight.  It’s very rare to see two of the undefeated pound-for-pound best go at it in their prime, and Saturday night’s fight is a real treat for the hardcore boxing fan, and the winner of this fight makes a legitimate claim to not just being the best light heavyweight boxer in the world, but the top pound-for-pound boxer as well.
  • Finally, I’m looking forward to tuning into some MMA this weekend. There’s a Bellator event and a pair of UFC events on tv, and while none of the events have the buzz that UFC 205 had, there’s still plenty of solid fights to check out.  In particular, I’m looking forward to the Bellator lightweight title fight between champion Michael Chandler and former UFC champion Benson Henderson.  On the UFC side of things, the fights that really have my interest are Gegard Mousasi’s rematch with Uriah Hall, former Bellator heavyweight champion Alexander Volkov making his UFC debut against Tim Johnson, former flyweight title contenders Kyoji Horiguchi and Ali Bagautinov squaring off, and then light heavyweight contenders Ryan Bader and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira engaging in a rematch of their 2010 fight.  In the case of fighters like Mousasi, Bader, and Nogueira, there are some potential title fight implications.

In a nutshell, if you’re someone like me who enjoys watching quality prizefighting, both real and make believe, then this is a pretty solid weekend for you.

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