Just for fun, I decided to write a blog response to "UFC on Fox 15 preview: Five burning questions for 'Machida vs Rockhold' in New Jersey", an article by Alex Schlinsky at MMAMania.com.
Here are my answers to the questions that he asks:
"5. With Joanne Calderwood's loss this past weekend, is Paige VanZant vs. Felice Herrig a No. 1 contender's bout?"
Probably. Even though I think that Maryna Moroz deserves it more with her upset of Joanne Calderwood at UFC Fight Night: Gonzaga vs. Cro Cop 2, the more popular, more charismatic (and let's just face it, prettier) female fighters tend to leapfrog the competition, regardless of skill or talent. So I believe that Moroz will get snubbed and the winner of VanZant vs. Herrig will get the next title shot against Joanna Jedrzejcyk.
"4. Aljamain Sterling: A future title contender?"
The UFC better hope so. Their bantamweight division desperately needs one. Dillashaw and Barao seem miles ahead of the rest of the division. I'm a huge Faber fan, but even I believe that he has had more than enough chances to prove he is the best and just doesn't have it in him. And Cruz (who never actually lost his title to begin with) is too injury-prone to stay competitive. I am all for bringing in any fighter who can prevent "Dillashaw vs. Barao V" from happening.
"3. Can Cub Swanson rebound from his difficult loss to Frankie Edgar, or will Max Holloway prove to be a top-five contender?"
Absolutely. Swanson is a monster who was simply outmatched against Edgar. I just hope that he is prepared for any "accidental" nutshots he might take against Holloway (watch Holloway's fight against Justin Lawrence and you will see what I am referring to).
"2. Does anyone care about Ronaldo Souza vs. Chris Camozzi?"
Let me think. NO!
That's why I am hoping that, assuming that Souza and Michael Bisping defeat their opponents this month (which is highly probable), that "Jacare" answers the challenge that "The Count" issued to him over Instagram (see below).
"1. How well does Lyoto Machida match up with Luke Rockhold?"
Considering the age of these too middleweight standouts, not well enough, I'm afraid. The surging Rockhold is 30 and in his prime, whereas Machida is 36, which is when most fighters lose their touch (and their chin). I believe that this is the fight where Father Time finally catches up to Machida and he passes the torch to the next generation of champions. Will he put up a valiant effort against the surging Rockhold? Absolutely. Will he win? I doubt it.
Next post: My UFC on Fox 15 predictions (and why this event is my substitute for UFC 186)