Friday, October 22, 2021

Quijano: Thirst for fight sports and UFC 249

Last Round

I MUST be really losing it over the lack of fighting events. The other night, I dreamt that Evander Holyfield had somehow re-attached the missing piece of his ear that was torn off by Iron Bite Tyson and came into my house wanting me to write a column about it.

Holyfield said the reason he came to see me was a lot of his power had been lost when one of his body parts was lacerated and I readily concurred. I then countered that I read somewhere in a book that his father was a really, really strong man and commented that he must be directly descended from the biblical Samson himself.

Holyfield then left but not before handing over some baked goodies he had prepared himself. They turned out to be one of my weaknesses--a New York cheesecake--and I hungrily devoured it, telling my wife that she must try it as Holyfield himself baked it.

As I was on my third slice, strangely my wife’s response was off topic as she mumbled about how hot it was and was gently nudging my knee.

“Wake up its 9 a.m. na, mag-grocery nata... nagtulo imo laway daddy.”

Well, I’ll be darned!

Thirst. To illustrate how starved we are of live spots events, the news that Mike Tyson was making a comeback made the rounds on social media.

Tyson was apparently offered to fight Shannon Briggs on a bare-knuckle event and a David Feldman, the Bare-Knuckle FC President, reportedly announced the fight on social media.

Fortunately that social media account turned out to be fake and Feldman came out denying making any such announcement.

That was close. Couldn’t imagine “Iron Mike” trying to make another go of it at the advanced age of 54 and in a bare-knuckle match at that.

It was just in the nick of time too as former three-time champion James Toney, who is now 52, also came out on social media wanting in on the new development. Yeah James. We would love to see you fight Mike Tyson NOW. But before that, I am sure the boxing public would first like to witness septuagenarian Rocky Balboa duke it out with sexagenarian Ivan Drago in a compelling third installment.

UFC 249. Speaking of quenching one’s thirst UFC 249 is on this Sunday at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. As you guessed, there will be no fans in attendance and this event will be available only through pay-per-view.

Love him or hate him, you have to give it to him, Dana White is ballsy. UFC 249 which is a stacked card, featuring no less than Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje, will be a litmus test for other events to follow and not only for fight sports.

As of this writing, Ronaldo Souza has tested positive for the coronavirus and his fight with Uriah Hall has been pulled out.

How the fans will react to this “new normal” in staging fights and also how the UFC as an organization is affected by this will be quite instructive on how everybody moves forward with holding sports events in the immediate future.

Last Round. It’s on my beautiful inaanak, Amanda Castellano-Ostrea who recently celebrated her birthday. Cheers!


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