Bobby Lashley Should Be Competing In Grand Championship Matches In The Near Future

Over the past month, there have been several reports that some people from American Top Team are trying to convince Bobby Lashley to reduce his wrestling schedule. In fact, according to PWInsider, “there’s been some pressure from America’s Top Team about Bobby Lashley concentrating full-time on MMA pursuit…. in regard to that situation”. Even though these reports seemed to be real at first, it now appears as if somebody within GFW leaked this information to the media to set up a future angle for Lashley. This is because GFW shot a segment at the American Top Team gym where the owner Dan Lambert and several other fighters; were giving their input on whether Lashley should focus on MMA or continue to do pro wrestling and MMA.The following week, GFW showed a segment where Jeff Jarrett went to the gym in hopes of reaching a compromise with Dan Lambert; that would allow Lashley to continue his wrestling career.  As a result of this, it appears that American Top Team has no problems with Lashley working for GFW; because if the team did they wouldn’t have given the company permission to film at the gym. Furthermore, if the reports are true why would GFW publicly acknowledge that one of their biggest stars is being pressured to leave wrestling by his MMA coaches.

As a result of this, GFW should set up a storyline where they shoot a bunch of segments that revolve around Lashley talking to GFW officials or ATT coaches about his plans. For instance, GFW could film a segment where he is meeting with ATT coaches to discuss what are the benefits of putting wrestling on the backburner and focusing on MMA. Eventually, he realizes that both sides bring up good points and starts thinking about possible solutions that satisfy both parties. After a few weeks of deliberation, he decides that he should incorporate his MMA training into matches. For example, every time he enters the ring his mindset will be to take down the opponent to land punches until the referee stops the match or they go unconscious. Unfortunately, he will dominate matches but end up losing because the opponent can slap on a submission out of nowhere or he doesn’t listen to the referee which causes a disqualification. Due to this, he concludes that it is impossible to do a standard match with an MMA style.

Therefore, he decides to set up a big meeting with GFW officials and ATT coaches to announce his retirement from pro wrestling. However, during the meeting, GFW officials bring up the idea of him competing in Grand Championship matches as a way to satisfy both sides. The idea behind this new belt/division was to introduce a new match style to fans where wrestlers would compete under MMA style rules. This contest consists of three separate rounds with a three-minute time limit per round and a ten point must scoring system. Once GFW officials explain the concept to ATT coaches, they conclude that it is an adequate solution that will make both sides happy.

Chael Sonnen Should Never Fight Rory MacDonald

Earlier today, Chael Sonnen suggested that he is going to fight Rory MacDonald before his career is over. In fact, during an interview with Ariel Helwani, he said “Rory MacDonald and I are gonna cross paths eventually…There’s a story behind it. I’ll come on your show and share the story with you.” Although it is evident that Sonnen has a bone to pick with MacDonald, taking the fight against Rory would be one of the worse decisions he has ever made.

Throughout his mixed martial arts career, Chael Sonnen has shown a tendency to constantly try to walk down his opponents in an attempt to get them into grappling range. Once this happens, he will repeatedly faint the right jab followed by an occasional straight left in hopes of getting the opponent to stand still momentarily. If the opponent decides to stand in place to block the punch and set up a counter; it gives him a small window of opportunity to duck down and attempt a double leg takedown. After he completes the takedown, he will try to severely hurt the opponent by landing some ground and pound with his left hand.

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Although this strategy has given Sonnen so much success, there are a few flaws within this strategy that can be easily exploited by Rory MacDonald. For instance, when he would try to walk down his opponents Sonnen would always carry his hands several inches out in front of his cheeks. As a result, he is susceptible to looping hooks that are designed to go around his arms and straight punches that target the nose. Due to this, Rory MacDonald is a bad matchup for him because he has one of the best jabs in MMA. Therefore every time Sonnen tries to close the distance, MacDonald will throw a left jab in an attempt to stop his progress. If successful, it would give Rory a small window of opportunity to circle out of range and force Sonnen to reset.

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In conclusion,  Chael Sonnen would be dumb to give up a chance at a winnable legends fight to go against a guy who will exploit all his flaws.

The UFC Or Bellator Should Buy The Rights To Kingdom (TV Show)

In the past two months, the AT&T Audience Network announced that it was not going to renew the mixed martial arts drama Kingdom for a fourth season. In fact, it released a joint statement with Endemol Shine Studios (the studio who produces the show) to Entertainment Weekly stating that; “We are looking forward to the upcoming third and final season of Kingdom, which premieres on May 31 at 8 p.m. on AT&T Audience Network”. In these past two months, there haven’t been any reports explaining why and/or how pulled the plug on the series. As a result, viewers are left to wonder: was the series canceled due to poor television ratings or because some of the cast and crew didn’t want to do the show anymore.  While fans are currently disappointed about the status of the show, that feeling may not last too long as I wouldn’t be surprised if the UFC or Bellator bought the rights to the show and aired it on another platform.

Kingdom is a show that gives viewers a glimpse into the life of an MMA fighter. On an episode called “Cut Day,” the show depicts the different techniques fighters use to lose a significant amount of weight in a short period. For instance, Ryan Wheeler has to lose twenty pounds before the end of the day thus he is forced to wear sauna suit and alternate between the sauna and stationary bike for multiple hours to make weight. As a result, the show can give the UFC or Bellator an avenue to teach fans the ins and outs of the sport called MMA. Due to this, the companies can sell the show to its television partners as a drama that helps viewers learn about MMA in the process. Furthermore, the show could be used as a lead into a few fight cards which may encourage viewers who just watch to stay for the card or vice versa. However, if television networks don’t want the show, the UFC has the option to feature it as a fight pass original series. Therefore, it gives the Kingdom fanbase more of an incentive to subscribe to the streaming service which could lead to a substantial increase in subscriptions as the show has 19.2 thousand twitter followers.

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Another benefit to buying the rights to the TV show is that the companies can use the series to promote certain fighters on the roster. For instance, one of the cast members can bring in Douglas Lima for a sparring session as they prepare for a fight. As a result, the show can give the viewer background information about him, and Bellator could use commercial time to promote a potential fight thus viewers are more likely to tune in.  As you can see, there are multiple benefits to buying the rights to the TV series for the UFC or Bellator.