An ode to a fallen Champion – Assault The Again

I believe at instances we because the MMA neighborhood get embroiled within the advertising machine that’s the UFC. We’re taught to have a good time the winner of a bout, any bout. From curtain jerker to predominant occasion and to discard the loser. For the much less notable fighter that is simple. However what’s surprising is the outpouring of discard for a fantastic champion like Stipe Miocic. On Saturday evening Stipe took a battle that not many take willingly. Sure there are questions and critiques that can come from this efficiency. Sure, Francis N’Gannou appeared each bit the champion he now’s, in a dominant, ferocious efficiency.

Most alarming nevertheless, is how historical past appears to be re-written within the blink of an eye fixed, or the influence of a hammer fist. To nail shut the coffin that holds the historical past of Stipe’s run to the title, and his defence of it, is blasphemous. Stipe is 14-4 is the UFC. Not solely is {that a} file that the majority fighters would aspire to realize. However to realize such a file in a division as tumultuous as heavyweight. To say the title working backward by the depths of Brazil, the Heavyweight King of Brazil chasing him and to defend it extra instances than any man earlier than him.

To finish his story arc of shedding the title to DC. Rallying again to complete him and stamp a nail within the trilogy coffin. He marched on, fireplace helmet in a single hand, gloves within the different – arguing down the Heavyweight GOAT speak and simply rumbling on. Firefighter, Husband, Father and UFC Heavyweight champion right into a battle that was not solely a rematch however a matchup with the scariest man within the UFC.

Because the tide of the MMA God’s does flip. It proved that Miocic didn’t have the solutions to show away the newly topped King. What occurs to Stipe know we have no idea. A construct again to the title and a rubber match is an choice, however no matter he decides to do. We should bear in mind of all fighters that find yourself on the shedding bracket; that the harm that they take, the blood they shed, the tears they lose simply to get to the place of constructing the stroll to that illustrious 8 sided battlefield in that enviornment on that evening, deserves, mandates our respect.

Stipe is a champion, and we should always not neglect him while we deservedly applaud and covet the brand new King. Period’s finish and period’s start. However Kings ought to by no means die within the reminiscence of the congregation that worship them.

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