What an exciting time for Fixie MMA to be alive. Last year it began with a post about Alexander Gustafsson’s Fuel TV event. At the time, I was not at all excited for his main event bout, which is why it’s exciting to see how far he’s come since then. Today he’s evolved into a fighter fighting in a main event that I am still not excited about.
Below, my thoughts on who you should root for on the main card.
What can a Jon Jones hater say about Jon Jones that hasn’t already been said? Probably nothing. So let’s go back to some really old shit and talk about his fight against Matt Hamill, the first and only man ever to defeat Jon Jones. Many people complained that Matt Hamill should not have won that fight, as at the time he scored his tremendous victory, he was quite busy having his skull dug into the canvas for future MMA archaeologists to discover and theorize about his swinger mating habits. What people seem to forget is that Jon Jones was also quite insistent on breaking the rules as he worked to finish the fight. Whatever you think of the rule that doesn’t allow for “12 to 6” elbows (correct opinion: it’s a stupid rule), it’s still a rule. And in sports, if you don’t follow the rules, sometimes you get penalized. And sometimes that penalty, whether it was caused by a brain fart or blatant cheating, leads to someone losing the sporting event. Matt Hamill may not have won that fight, but Jon Jones certainly lost it. I, for one, hope Jon Jones loses his upcoming fight by ring-out. As in he tosses Gustafsson out of the cage and then does his best LeBron James incredulous face when he’s disqualified.
I’ve seen multiple Alexander Gustafsson fights at this point. I’ve even gone back and looked at highlights. I still don’t remember anything about any of his fights. The win over Shogun that got Gustafsson his title fight was nine months ago and since then, Shogun’s more recent loss to Chael Sonnen has completely overwritten the “Shogun’s latest UFC loss” part of my brain. The fact that Gustafsson lost to bad, boring fighter Phil Davis makes me think Gustafsson is also a bad, boring fighter even though that fight was three years ago. On the other hand, Gustafsson did beat Matt Hamill, something hilarious MMA comedians like me will continue to point out with all of Jon Jones’ opponents for the rest of his career.
Who you should root for! Alexander Gustafsson.
Why?? Because it will finally force me to remember something Gustafsson has done.