There was a time when the show was the UFC's crown jewel, their lone TV product and their biggest promotional tool. The first season of the Ultimate Fighter is almost solely responsible for how big the UFC has become. Now, it doesn't even serve a purpose, but it has kept plodding on.
In 2006, Tito couldn't beat Chuck on his best day, it just couldn't happen. Chuck knew it, Tito knew it, most everyone knew it. Tito knew it to such a degree that he spent years telling everyone he and Chuck were friends, so as to avoid fighting him. No iteration of Tito Ortiz could beat Chuck, until now.
Update: I wrote this before the UFC announced TJ-Cejudo for the Flyweight title, so who knows how much of this will be relevant down the line. There is a good chance that fight is the last in the division anyway, but who knows. But, I think a lot of it still has some bearing.
In an effort to write more regularly, I'm going to try and write shorter pieces on 5 things every other week. Here is that initial attempt. The Ben Askren/Demetrious Johnson Trade Demetrious Johnson is an incredible fighter, one of the best ever. The problem is, and you can lay the blame on who ever you … Continue reading 5 Rounds: Ben Askren, Demetrious Johnson, UFC 230, UFC Moncton, Stephan Bonnar, and Rumble on the Rock