August 1, 2019
So former UFC champion Cain Velasquez who took a long layoff because of an injury, returns to the Octagon only to get squashed by top contender Francis Ngannou by way of a TKO in the first round just 26 seconds in.
Prior to that fight, Velasquez had not fought in nearly three years his last bout a TKO over the retired Travis Browne. The Mexican born fighter lost his title by submission to Fabricio Werdum in 2015 and he has only fought 17 matches in his MMA career that began in 2006.
Now it appears he is leaving the UFC and MMA fighting in the rear view mirror as Velasquez is taking his shot at professional wrestling. I’m not a fan of pro wrestling and the way people and fans take it seriously is such an embarrassment. This is nothing more than what the WWE stands for … ENTERTAINMENT. Sure some of those involved may have some athleticism about them, but it does not necessary require those skills to be a part of it.
If you can put on a good act and follow a script, you qualify. In my opinion, Cain Velasquez is taking the “Ronda Rousey” path out of staying in mixed martial arts. By that I refer to her losing two straight bouts in horrible fashion then heading for pro wrestling and not attempting to resurrect her MMA career.
So Velasquez will turn his back on the UFC for now and become an “actor.” In Mexico they call pro wrestling “lucha libre” and they had one very famous wrestler from the country, Mil Mascaras. Is the former UFC heavyweight champion trying to follow in the footsteps of the masked wrestler?
Velasquez’s debut takes place this in two days on Friday night, and he will be climbing through the ropes sporting a mask. In the words of the late Myron Cope, YOI! As a combat athlete, there is no worse way to embarrass yourself and ruin your legacy that to make your next career in pro wrestling. It’s fake, it’s acting, and it’s scripted. Ronda Rousey looked like a complete fool when she did it and she’s already exited her attempt at this type of entertainment or so it seems.
“This could be the future for me. Anything I can do, I try to be the best at it. I'm very competitive in that way. I'll bust my ass to get every move down and also to sell every move. ... I want to be a black belt in lucha, if they gave out belts. That's my goal -- to be the best luchador that I can be.”
His very good friend and current heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier added this beauty:
“Cain is a phenomenal athlete and I believe he will do fantastic. He has dived headfirst into learning how to wrestle. He has never cheated anything in his life and that's the approach he has taken to learning professional wrestling. He's full go. I am so excited for him.”
Back part of what Cain said … “I want to be a black belt in lucha?” WHAT? Dude…it’s scripted! You can only be as good in pro wrestling as the promoters of that entertainment want you to be. If you are charismatic and have an outgoing personality whether it’s a positive light or you are dubbed the evil enemy that’s how you establish a big name in this crap. It’s not up to Velasquez.
For the record, reportedly there will be 10,000 plus at the Mexico City Arena to witness this joke.
In baseball, the Pirates wrapped up their series that included a brawl with the Cincinnati Reds yesterday and it was with yet another loss. The trade deadline is over so how did Pittsburgh do?
Grades for every team following the MLB trade deadline
Jason Wilson, theScore.com
Holding onto Felipe Vazquez is smart considering how team-friendly his contract is. Moving veteran Corey Dickerson makes sense, even if the return was relatively negligible.