Since I am unable to record and still in the process of getting the new studio together, I figured I would still write down my thoughts on UFC 160.
Fight of the Night – Junior Dos Santos vs Mark Hunt – Nearly 3 rounds of stand up action and heavy bombs being thrown, well deserved!
Submission of the Night – Glover Teixeira – Given that this was the only submission on the entire card, I think this was a no brainer
Knockout of the Night – TJ Grant’s knockout over Gray Maynard was ultra impressive, but JDS landed a freakin’ spinning back kick on Mark Hunt followed by a huge ground strike to finish him and rightfully deserved the honour. Dana claims that it was Mike Tyson that vetoed the original decision to give JDS the bonus and felt TJ deserved it. While I absolutely love and respect Mike Tyson, when did he have so much pull in the UFC!?!?
I went 4/5 with my picks and was extremely pleased with the upset that ruined my recent streak of perfection.
Donald Cerrone vs KJ Noons
The Cowboy continues to improve and adds new tools to his arsenal. This is the mark of an elite Lightweight and he deserves a Top 10 opponent in his next bout. I was very impressed with his willingness to take the fight to the ground. Aside from a few combinations, KJ looked exhausted and couldn’t find his rhythm.
TJ Grant vs Gray Maynard
Gray Mayard had some definite power behind those punches and at one point, clearly stunned TJ. The pride of Nova Scotia landed an amazing right hand that dropped Gray and from there, it was only a matter of time before the referee stepped in. TJ Grant pulled off the upset against a very durable opponent and will now get a shot at the Lightweight Champion, Benson Henderson. He poses many problems to the champ with his size and power so I can’t wait to see them throw down by the end of the summer.
Glover Teixeria vs James Te-Huna
With all due respect to the very talented James Te-Huna, Glover is leagues above him on any given night. Glover has a well-rounded game and most definitely deserves a Top 5 opponent in the Light Heavyweight Division. After the dust settles at UFC 161, I would like to see who Glover will be matched up with.
Junior Dos Santos vs Mark Hunt
It was a battle between two of the most elite strikers in all of mixed martial artists. Many were claiming that aside from Cain, Mark Hunt was the toughest test to date for JDS. I firmly disagree with this statement and predicted that the speed and accurate combinations would prove to be too much for Mark Hunt and that he would succumb to punches. Fortunately, my prediction proved to be correct. Yes, Mark Hunt is an underdog with a granite chin and heavy hands, but he simply isn’t a Top 5 Heavyweight. End of story. I would love to see the UFC matchup Mark Hunt with Roy Nelson. It would be a battle of the heavy hands and granite chins. Sign me up! As for JDS, we’ll get to him in a bit.
Cain Velasquez vs Antonio Bigfoot Silva
This match up played out just as everyone had predicted. Bigfoot did not stand a chance against the speed, wrestling, volume of striking and cardio that Cain brings to the table. Cain is pound for pound one of the best fighters walking the face of the Earth. This match up was thrown together as the UFC had very few other options. Bigfoot can still pose many problems to the elite of the division, but will not be seeing a title opportunity at any point within the near future.
Cain vs JDS
Dana White announced that the trilogy is officially taking place next. JDS knocked out Cain within 64 seconds of the first fight and Cain dominated the second, beating JDS from pillar to post for all 5 rounds. The question is, will this fight play out like the first or second? Most say that Cain is in his element again and will likely duplicate his past performance over JDS. While I don’t disagree with that prediction, JDS will always have a punchers chance with his speed, combinations and power. I sincerely hope that this fight will take place in either Mexico or Texas. Can you imagine the reception for both fighters?
Post UFC 160
At the post fight conference for UFC 160, Forrest Griffin announced his inevitable retirement. He cites that the main rational for this decision was based on not being able to stay healthy. He also provided the media with a quote that really stuck with me.
“I was watching Wanderlai Silva vs Brian Stann and thought, if I don’t have a fight like that left in me, I need to walk away.”
I completely agree with Forrest Griffin’s decision. He leaves the UFC as a former champion and participated in arguably the most important fight in company history against Stephan Bonnar the The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale. Fans, fighters and media alike will remember Forrest for his heart and larger than life personality. While I am in full support of this decision and even called for it in a previous edition of Ultimate Fighter Weekly, the octagon will miss his presence.
Note: Forest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar will be the next members of the UFC Hall of Fame.
After 16 straight episodes of Ultimate Fighting Weekly, I will be forced to miss our next edition of the program. Due to a move tomorrow, I will be taking the week off. The new studio should be up and running by next weekend.
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George Carlin once asked, “Why do people watch their own home videos? They are watching things that they have already done! Stop living in the past!”
He makes a valid point that has always had a lasting effect on me. Why do we live in the past? Perhaps it has something to do with personal comfort or the fact that the past was a much happier place than the present day. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, living in the past on a regular basis can be considered unhealthy.
This topic came to the surface after a recent conversation with an old acquaintance. He had obtained a great deal of success within a short period of time and was riding high. He had an outstanding job, a stunning condo and a luxury car. His life suddenly came crashing down after his company folded. He often discussed reinventing himself and moving in a new direction, but instead, hung onto everything he lost and ignored his potential. He spent so much time in the past, that he forgot to focus on the present and plan for the future. He refused to move on which lead to a personal and professional stalemate. In one of our last conversations, I brought up a philosophy that I readily follow.
“You learn from yesterday, live for today and grow for tomorrow.”
Apparently he took this to heart and has reinvented himself. I received an email from him just yesterday thanking me for that little piece of advice.
While a trip to the past may be full of joy and vivid memories, remember that it should only be considered a temporary vacation. If life is a photo album, you should focus on filling the remaining pages and making them count.
During my break at lunch, I stopped by a grocery store to take a look around and see if there were any good deals available. I popped in, browsed around but unfortunately left empty handed.
I noticed a man in his mid-30’s struggling to carry groceries to a car. Bags and cans were following all over the place. I immediately offered my assistance. As it turns out, he was patiently waiting for his Aunt who was getting her hair done. He went ahead and took care of her grocery list as a way of helping her out. He was extremely grateful for my help and thanked me repeatedly. It became apparent that he suffered from a form of Down Syndrome, but his beaming smile told the real story. We briefly discussed the oddly chilly weather in May, hockey and how thankful he was to work for his parents catering business. He was just recently hired and so proud of his success. “I’m so happy to feel like such a major part of the family,” he proclaimed.
He was also very complimentary of my tie, belt and sunglasses. He told me that I looked “cool” and that he wanted to be just like me. Humbled, I left him with a comment that put an even bigger smile on his face.
“I appreciate the compliment, but I wish I could be just like you. You smile like you mean it, have a lust for life and truly value everything you have. I could learn from you.” He smiled, shook my hand and said. “It’s always nice to make a new friend. Thanks for talking with me and keep smiling!”
And guess what? I kept one on my face for the remainder of the day.
First and foremost, I would like to thank each and every person who has ever visited my website, “Liked” my Facebook Fan Page or “Followed” me on Twitter. I thoroughly enjoy entertaining others with my blogs, statuses, opinions and Ultimate Fighting Weekly Podcast. It’s time to take the next step!
I’m pleased to announce my next project, “The Chris Toplack Show.”
I had a brief, but very successful career as a radio personality. Ever since the age of 9, it was a vivd dream of mine to host a morning radio program and I accomplished that goal at the age of 24. The only thing missing was my full creative input. I felt as though I never fully had a chance to spread my wings as a personality. This was a major factor in my decision to leave the entire industry despite offers to continue in it. I still had a strong desire to create a program that was both entertaining and informative while maintaining my creative control. My hope was that it could appeal to a fairly broad range of listeners. After settling back in London, starting a new career and finally enjoying my current situation in life, I realized that now is the opportune time to take that next step.
What To Expect
The recording area is in the process of being completed, as the new move will be complete in just a matter of weeks. I am excited about the possibilities of this new program. My goal is to have it available on a weekly basis on either YouTube or iTunes. I’m looking forward to this new journey and hope you’re willing to join me on the ride.
More details to follow soon!
Are you currently a manager or have been in the past? If you answered yes, I don’t need explain just how stressful your position can get. One of the most difficult aspects to deal with are employees who decide to move on. In many cases, you are held responsible for their exit. Here are three reasons as to why they leave according to a Florida State University study.
1. You don’t communicate your goals: It’s quite difficult for employees to meet your expectations when they have no idea what to expect.
2. You have failed to make a personal connection: Managers are often bogged down by the everyday grind and there’s not a lot of time for small talk. But if you don’t spend any time interacting one-on-one, the employee won’t feel like a crucial part of the company.
3. You have created a negative company culture: A manager should be willing to take responsibility when things go wrong. They should also resist the urge to criticize employees in front of the rest of the team. This is a sure fire way to literally suck the life out of your workforce.
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