When the UFC announced in December 2006 that they'd signed Mirko Cro Cop, everyone's imagination started racing. Real, actual, dream fights were on the horizon. They never came.
Last weekend, Bellator promoted a card headlined by Paul Daley and Michael Page. It was billed, and you can debate this, as the biggest fight in the history of MMA in the UK. That probably isn't true, Michael Bisping defended the UFC Middleweight title in Manchester two years ago, but it is certainly the biggest fight between two fights born in England. The fight wasn't great, and during one of the duller moments of Paul Daley doing his best Ben Askren impression, I thought about John Hathaway.
Jose Aldo wasn't a prolific soccer kicker. He didn't spam soccer kicks every time he was standing over his opponent, he was calculating, he used them to finish fights, not just as a way to kill some time before the referee stood the other fighter up. So below is a collection of Jose Also soccer kicking people, revel in it.
A guy like Jake Shields was never going to carry a promotion on his back or move tickets, it wan't in him. But, he got to the level, for one night, and lost to one of the best, which in a way, is his crowning achievement.