By: Garrett Evert
Many people wake up and work 9 to 5 Monday through Friday. This is the “typical work week” for the majority of people. What if I told you that you could only work on average 3 to 5 times a year and that every time you worked, it was for no more than 25 minutes at a time? Sounds pretty good, right? Now what if I told you that every time you went to this job the only thing you had to do was step into a caged octagon in front of tens of thousands of people (and millions more watching on TV) and fight a mixed martial art assassin that eat, sleeps, breaths, and trains to physically inflict pain upon people? 9 to 5 sounds pretty good now, doesn’t it? Some people in this world actually accept this challenge and those people are UFC fighters.
Founded in 1993, the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) has risen to be the top domain in mixed martial arts. These men and women are professionals in every sense of the word. Like many sports they have a ‘farm system’ in Bellator. Many up and coming fighters as well as older UFC fighters who are no longer competing at the top level tend to fight in Bellator which is another brand of mixed martial arts which focuses more on the entertainment side of the industry rather than the top fighting quality. Some of the greatest fighters to ever step into the octagon came out of Bellator. My weekly post will focus mostly on the UFC but I will talk about rookies and all the great things that Bellator is doing to help aid the UFC.
Whether you’re a student, a parent, a 9 to 5er, blue-collar, white-collar, or any combination of the bunch, we are all impacted on a daily basis by politics. Whether you want it or not, it is basically impossible to escape it. It is 2018 and these are undoubtedly strange times no matter what side of the fence you fall on. I think everyone can agree that it is healthy to escape from politics from now and then. Personally, the UFC is my escape from politics. Just about every other sport out there is being impacted (both good and bad) by political issues. In a world where everything is touchy and everyone is required to walk around on egg shells all day long, the UFC brands itself as being the last remaining sport without political issues involved. Whether it’s the cursing in the press conferences, the throwing of chairs at weigh-ins, the trash talk, or everything in between, the only thing that matters is once your music hits and you walk down that alley to the octagon, you better be ready to put your money where your mouth is.
The UFC typically has an event every weekend, usually on Saturday night. They usually have ‘Fight Nights’ on most weekends and generally once a month they have a Pay-Per View event where the main title fights and all the headliners perform. I will be posting every Monday here to talk about the previous weekends fights, my predictions for the coming week, the current rankings in each weight class, and the rookies I think you should keep an eye on, and a few other aspects of the sport depending on the week. I want to thank Zach Pretzer for the opportunity to write for ZPretz Sport Zone on a weekly basis. In the words of UFC’s iconic announcer Bruce Buffer, “LADIES AND GENTLEMEN THIS IS THE MAAAAAAIIIIIINNN EVENT”