June, 2018
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Four Takeaways from UFC 225

It was exactly the shot of adrenaline the Ultimate Fighting Championship needed.

Though UFC 225 on Saturday in Chicago was the organization’s 17th event in 2018, it was its first truly good card of the year. The recent run of events, from UFC 224 to UFC Fight Night 131, felt like one torturously long undercard that stretched across four consecutive weeks. Not that it was anyone’s specific fault — good matchmaking can still fall apart or manifest in dull, listless performances — but a spade is, in fact, a spade. Fans needed something to get excited about, and UFC 225 delivered.

For a card that had four split decisions that were all good fights and 11 fighters who had previously fought in UFC title bouts, a lot can be said. I’ll settle for just four things…

 

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When History Rhymes

History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.

So goes the quote typically attributed to Mark Twain, though in reality there’s very little evidence of the fact. Regardless who said it, it’s still a good quote, full of wit and insight into how humanity collectively operates.

It speaks to the uniqueness of situations, that the precise arrangement of variables that compose history rarely re-emerge in exact parallels, but if we squint a little, the rough shapes of historical events reappear in broad patterns. Yet the quote also speaks to our collective lack of imagination and our petty animal fate, that no matter what technological or social changes have occurred, we are still in some ways essentially the same as we’ve always been, destined to fall into the same stupid traps that people did in the past.

Lately, these ideas feel particularly relevant to the mixed martial arts world…

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