What were the top stories last week?
First off, we want to congratulate our friend and UFC fight predictor, Alex Goff who took second place in the Santa Cruz BJJ Pro IBJJF for his weight class.
It was one of the slower weeks in recent memory with no WWE or UFC show. But then again, there were two boxing shows.
Let’s get to the stories. Here’s what missed the top five:
– Hayabusa gets back into the ring!
– Brock Lesnar will wrestle on a Madison Square Garden card broadcast live on the WWE Network.
– NXT is headed for the UK, including a Takeover special.
– If you missed the Tough Enough finale, we recapped it for you.
– Junior Dos Santos will face Alistair Overeem on December 19th on Fox.
– David Samuels wrote the longest piece I’ve seen from Grantland covering MMA/jiu jitsu, on the Gracie family.
– Brandon Girtz upset the debuting Melvin Guillard at Bellator 141.
Showtime Boxing put together a nice video package with one of the better songs on Dr. Dre’s Compton for Mayweather vs Berto. If you haven’t seen the first episode of their All Access series, check it out.
– Leo Santa Cruz won the featherweight championship, beating Abner Mares.
And now, the top five.
5. It’s Sting vs Seth Rollins at Night Of Champions.
It’s hard to believe that A) he lost to Triple H and B) he wasn’t at SummerSlam like originally scheduled. Because they could’ve made this match mean something instead of hot shotting it like they did.
4. Rousey vs Correia did over 900,000 in PPV buys.
The UFC has to be super happy with Ronda Rousey right now. So happy that we’ll see her again shortly (below). But in a fight that I figured would do maybe over 500,000 buys on PPV, UFC 191 did over 900,000 buys according to estimates.
With Conor McGregor having struck a cord with the PPV crowd and Ronda Rousey’s numbers improving, the UFC has two stars they can bank on for the rest of this year and 2016.
3. Hulk Hogan apologizes on Good Morning America.
Sure, it’s always going to be a hollow apology when the things you can’t take back because they are on tape are really, really terrible. But at least he tried on Good Morning America. There’s no way he comes back from this thing until people simply forget. And with the way the Internet keeps things around forever, he may never get back.
By the way Hulkster, I grew up in a very diverse neighborhood and have never uttered that word once in my life.
Zack Sabre, Jr won the three-night Battle Of LA tournament on Sunday night, outlasting Chris Hero and “Speedball” Mike Bailey.
I’m sure there will be a lot more in this week’s Observer.
1. Rousey Vs Holm is moved.
While most think this isn’t the best fight they could do, I tried to make some sense of it from the UFC’s standpoint. Unless Holm gets hurt, it’s a fight that’s happening sooner than we originally thought.
See you next week.