The Weigh In #2: UFC 262 Wrap Up, Dana White vs. Triller, Wilder-Fury-Joshua & More

Mike and Brett weigh in on the weekend that was in the world of combat sports!

  • 3 Up 3 Down! Who’s trending up and who’s trending down after UFC 262
  • Barboza vs. Burgos = Fight of the Year?!
  • Last word on UFC 262
  • Dana White vs. Triller
  • Boxing’s Dilemma: Wilder vs. Fury must take place!

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3 Up 3 Down UFC 262 Edition: Trending Up

Welcome back to “3 Up 3 Down” our version of power rankings! UFC 262 proved to be a historical night. Here are the three trending up after Saturday.

Charles Oliveira

11 years and 26 fights.  That is how long it took Charles Oliveira to reach the pinnacle of the sport and win the UFC Lightweight Championship.  His first fight was on the undercard of the Jon Jones v. Vladimir Matyushenko card on Versus – a network that no longer exists during Jon Jones march towards earning the title!  Oliveira’s story is one of perseverance and growth.  Several times he put together impressive winning streaks, only to be met with a devastating loss or serious injury.  Now, after winning 6 fights, it’s clear that the uber-talented Oliveira has not only the championship skill, but mental toughness which is needed to wear the Gold in the premier mixed martial arts promotion in one of its toughest weight classes.  Congrats to Do Bronx!

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3 Up 3 Down UFC Vegas 25 Edition: Three Trending Down

Welcome back to “3 Up 3 Down!” In case you missed it, HERE are the three trending up from UFC Vegas 25. And now on to the three trending down.

Dominick Reyes

Two years ago, Dominick Reyes fought a brilliant fight that many believed was enough to earn a victory over Jon Jones.  Instead of winning the light heavyweight championship, Bruce Buffer announced Jon Jones had earned the unanimous decision victory and walked away from the division as champion.  In what many viewed as a coronation as opposed to a fight, Dominick Reyes was then matched against Jan Blachowicz for the then vacant light heavyweight championship.  Reyes was stifled and bullied from the get go, losing via TKO in the 2nd round.  Saturday night, Reyes took on the surging Prochazka and was brutally KO’d.  Crazy how someone can go from beating the GOAT in the eyes of so many, to losing two straight via brutal stoppages and finding yourself way back in the pack for the light heavyweight crown.

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3 Up 3 Down IMPACT Wrestling Rebellion Edition: Three Trending Down

Welcome back to “3 Up 3 Down” our version of power rankings! In case you missed it, check out the “3 Up” from IMPACT Rebellion here. Now on to the “3 Down.”

IMPACT! Wrestling

Hear us out for a second, what exactly is IMPACT! Wrestling getting from their working relationship with AEW?  It’s not to say we don’t like the inter-promotion rivalry but what rub is IMPACT getting from it?  It’s not more TV time for their stars unless you’re Gallows and Anderson.  The brand has been portrayed as second class and cheap by Tony Kahn and AEW in promos and “paid for” vignettes.  And now their champion is on another show.  Maybe we should just take a deep breathe and see how it all plays out but right now this “relationship” has been all one way. 

IMPACT! Wrestling Announce Team

Look it’s hard to compete with a guy like Mauro Ranallo.  Ranallo is just on a different level and offers something so special every time he sits behind a microphone.  Matt Striker and D-Lo Brown are a really good pair behind the mic but it’s just hard to compete with the energy of a guy like Ranallo.  It will be interesting to see how the announcer situation pans out of IMPACT! Wrestling over the next few weeks and months.

The Good Brothers

Ah you win some, you lose some.  Gallows and Anderson were on the winning side of the night with Don Callis and Kenny Omega but they were unable to defeat FinJuice to regain the IMPACT! Wrestling tag titles.  Plus, it was really hard to find someone else to put in this spot so here they are.  Any other ideas? Drop us a line on Twitter, IG, or Facebook!

3 Up 3 Down UFC 261 Edition: Three Trending Down

Welcome back to “3 Up 3 Down” our version of power rankings. If you missed our “3 Up” please check them out here. Now on to the “3 Down.”

The main eventers that loss 

UFC 261 was an historical event.  Politics and feelings towards the pandemic and social distancing aside, this was the first event with a live audience in over a year.  The crowd was ravenous and Jorge Masvidal, Zhang Weilli and Jessica Andrade were all stopped and lost titles, prestige and momentum.  For Masvidal, this marks the end of one of hte most tremendous and unique runs in popularity.  For the 36 year old, this fight was the last chance had had to win promotional gold, and he was knocked out for the first time since a 2008 Sengoku loss to Rodrigo Damm.  You could argue he should’ve been forced to relinquish the BMF belt to Usman for the manner in which he was viciously knocked out.  For Weilli, the pressure must be immense, being the face of Chinese MMA, and having a massive social media presence in her home country.  After this loss, you have to question whether she left a piece of herself in the octagon last year in her 5-round war over Joanna Jedredczyk.  For Jessica Andrade, while she will surely find herself remaining in contender status, the myth of her strength at 125 was greatly exposed by the stifling and overwhelming performance of Valentina Shevchenko.  Perhaps Andrade will need to reconsider a move back down to strawweight.

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