Alessio Sakara's Blogs
Beatdown After The Bell: UFC on Fuel TV 2
By: Sherdog.com Staff
TJ De Santis and Jordan Breen were live Saturday evening following the conclusion of The UFC on Fuel 2 card.Read more
For one hour De Santis and Breen chat about all of the action from the night's UFC card in Stockholm, Sweden. TJ and Jordan chat about what might be next for Alexander Gustafsson who defeated Thiago Silva in the night's main event.
The two gentleman also talk about the international growth of the UFC, the under card, and they take listener calls and emails.
Check out the showhere.
Picking MMA’s Youth Movement
By: Jason Probst
Don’t bet against MMA athlete 3.0. | Jose Aldo file photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
As part of my regular assignments covering MMA, I do an event preview with fight picks. What I have noticed is how the game seems to be trending toward younger fighters, and how the latest wave threatens to displace the old guard of veterans.
It felt odd picking Danny Castillo over Joe Stevenson on the UFC Live 3 card. As someone intimately familiar with both fighters’ careers, Stevenson seemed a slight favorite. Yet the bout played out exactly as I thought it would. The same was true in choosing Chris Weidman over Alessio Sakara.
In short, the younger guard in MMA -- roughly defined as anyone under 25, or with less than 15 fights -- is quickly displacing the older guard. There are many theories as to why, but in a nutshell, it is easier for a fighter to improve before he or she reaches their peak, and especially tough to improve at the same rate once they reach it.
As MMA moves toward the completion of its second decade, the evolution curve of today’s fighter is markedly different than that of five or six years ago. Fighters are starting younger than ever and, perhaps as importantly, are often aware of MMA in grade school or high school. Read more
UFC 101 Primer
By: Jake Rossen
To watch Anderson Silva glancing up at the giant screens that surround the Octagon venue to see the time he has remaining is an easily-ignored bit of ring strategizing.Read more
But if you listen to Silva talk, you may begin to view it as a metaphor for the dwindling days of his career.
Silva has been vocal about his obsession with the finish line. He has four fights remaining on his UFC contract, and most expect him to either follow Roy Jones Jr. into a gymnasium unannounced or happily corral his children in Curitiba, seen only as background detail during the bouts of his friends and training partners. Already, his legacy weighs so heavily on his shoulders that he risked nothing in contests against Thales Leites and Patrick Cote.