Is it ‘ineffective’ for Dominick Cruz to maintain combating?

What mattered most at UFC on ESPN 41 in San Diego? Listed here are just a few post-fight musings …

5. Pleased trails, Nina Nunes

It appears like we’re getting retirement bulletins on each different combat card nowadays.

This time it was [autotag]Nina Nunes[/autotag]who after a break up victory determination over Cynthia Calvillo, took off her gloves and declared she’s hit the top of the highway by way of her aggressive profession.

Not like another retirements, this one was logical and virtually sure to be everlasting. Nunes (11-7 MMA, 5-4 UFC) defined her alternative completely, citing her need to have extra kids within the close to future and desire to deal with teaching the game somewhat than competing in it.

One must suppose she’s financially steady, too, given her marriage to two-division UFC champion Amanda Nunes. So what is the level in persevering with to do that? There does not appear to be a lot of 1.

Despite the fact that there’s most likely one thing left on the desk by strolling away now, Nunes ought to be happy along with her profession, wherein she arguably overachieved. She began with a 6-5 file within the sport, however managed to win 5 of her previous seven fights and picked up some fairly notable wins.

Most significantly of all, nonetheless, is that Nunes acquired to retire on her phrases, on the heels of a victory. Credit score to her for that, and it appears her transition to post-fighting life will likely be a clean one.

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4. Gerald Meerschaert creeping on Anderson Silva

It does not matter of if, however when [autotag]Gerald Meerschaert[/autotag] goes to interrupt Anderson Silva’s file for essentially the most finishes in UFC middleweight historical past.

Folks will give backlash even placing these two males in the identical sentence, as a result of the character of their wins and competitors aren’t actually comparable. It is like Neil Magny being tied with Georges St-Pierre for essentially the most wins in welterweight historical past. We all know it is not all created equal.

However numbers are numbers, and after tapping out Bruno Silva within the third spherical, Meerschaert (35-15 MMA, 10-7 UFC) now has 10 finishes in 185-pound competitors, which is only one behind “The Spider,” who has 11.

Carry on trucking Meerschaert, as a result of finally you will maintain that file all to your self. And regardless of how folks would possibly attempt to discredit the achievement, it is a good feather within the cap for a fighter who’s unlikely to ever put on UFC gold spherical his waist.

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3. Priscila Cachoeira retains shocking

[autotag]Priscila Cachoeira[/autotag][/autotag] proceed to be one of many nice surprises of the UFC roster after a 65-second starching of Ariane Lipski.

When Cachoeira (12-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) was getting totally mauled by Valentina Shevchenko in one of many most one-sided fights in UFC historical past in 2018, she turned the sufferer of that second for years to return.

In equity, it is onerous to get the picture of that horrific beatdown out of your head, however slowly and certainly she’s making it occur with performances like she produced towards Lipski.

Am I instantly pondering Cachoeira goes to go on a title run? On the. She is strictly what her nickname is: “The Zombie Lady.” She’s going to get in there and combat with reckless abandonment till both she or her opponent falls, and you understand the UFC brass like to see it.

For somebody who you may argue was not UFC caliber after the Shevchenko combat, it is good to see Cachoeira carve out a little bit area of interest for herself.

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2. How will Dominick Cruz decide his future?

Look, I am not going to sit down right here and fake to know precisely how [autotag]Dominick Cruz[/autotag] feels about his combating future within the aftermath of a fourth-round knockout loss to Marlon Vera. He has but to make definitive feedback about what he desires out of the longer term, however as we ponder it, it is onerous to disregard a key quote that got here from Cruz forward of the combat.

“Why would I do that if I wasn’t gunning for a championship? It would be fairly ineffective for my part.”

That assertion speaks volumes, and if Cruz (24-4 MMA, 7-3 UFC) stands by it, he has a call to make about the place he realistically matches in to the title image within the terrifying bantamweight division.

Though there’s most likely a handful of ranked fighters Cruz might nonetheless beat on this division, the loss to Vera was a essential blow to his title aspirations. At 37, Cruz might need sufficient time to attempt to make one other run on the belt, however there are such a lot of variables concerned.

Along with his effectively documented damage historical past, there at the moment are reputable questions on Cruz’s potential to face up to injury. He is been knocked down six occasions in his previous three losses, and the pinnacle kick he took from Vera left him on the canvas in a means we might by no means seen beforehand – and certain with a damaged nostril, in addition.

If Cruz’s sole objective and objective for combating is to develop into champion once more, issues are going within the flawed path. Positive, he was up 29-28 on the scorecards earlier than he was dropped and stopped, however he in the end misplaced.

Coming into the combat, Cruz was No. 8 within the UFC’s official rankings. Aljamain Sterling, Petr Yan, TJ Dillashaw, Jose Aldo, Cory Sandhagen, Merab Dvalishvili, Rob Font and Vera are the names forward of him, and anybody who argues Cruz as a definitive favourite in any of these fights is providing their evaluation via rose- coloured glasses.

So, that leaves Cruz on the crossroads. Solely he can determine what his finest path ahead from him is, however given his personal pre-fight feedback from him, possibly pushing ahead as an lively fighter can be “ineffective” in any case.

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1. ‘Chito’ Vera a star within the making

The UFC has a budding star on its hand with [autotag]Marlon Vera[/autotag]who proved sensational in his end of Cruz to increase his successful streak to 4 fights.

The evolution of Vera (22-7-1 MMA, 14-6 UFC), particularly since linking up with coach Jason Parillo, has been particular to witness. His present successful streak that features Frankie Edgar, Font and Cruz is nothing to sneeze at, and he is solely getting higher.

At 29, “Chito” arguably is not even within the prime of his profession but. That ought to be a scary thought for the remainder of the bantamweights.

One would possibly attempt to remove from Vera in arguing he was dropping on the scorecards earlier than his lovely head kick that ended the combat. Technically that is appropriate, nevertheless it’s additionally a simplification of what was taking place within the octagon.

Vera was dropping Cruz on practically each connection of his strikes, whereas the amount of Cruz did little to no injury. Vera had nary a scratch on him after leaving the octagon, which makes me really feel like he was at all times accountable for what was taking place in there and merely bidding his time to drop the seminal blow.

I nonetheless do not know precisely what Vera’s ceiling is at this level. Difficult for a UFC title appears doubtless, however can he really win it? If he does, how lengthy can he defend it towards the shark tank at 135 kilos? These are troublesome questions.

What I do know, nonetheless, is that Vera is the whole bundle of what the UFC desires. He is acquired a fan-friendly combating fashion, an edgy character and carries the nation of Ecuador on his again. He’ll be given all of the alternatives, it is only a matter of how far he can run with it.

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