Is this really about to go down? Two number one contender fights, one behind the greatest trash talker in MMA history and the other culminating in a years long journey to regain his light heavyweight title which is now held by his ‘Judas’ former teammate, and it’s all on free TV? You can feel the energy in Chicago, Chael Sonnen, Mike Bisping, Rashad Evans, Phil Davis, Demian Maia and Chris Weidman are melting the snow around town with their combined kinetic energy. This is a fact. It was freezing with snow and ice everywhere before the UFC arrived in town on Wednesday, but now everything is clearing up. I didn’t know if it was my eyes playing tricks on me at the open workouts, but when I saw Chael leave the open workouts earlier in the week I saw flowers starting to bud between the cracks in the cement where he previously stepped. Like some sort of MMA druid.
Tomorrow and live on Fox we will be watching what I suspect will be the most viewed MMA event in history, and it all takes place in the sold out building Michael Jordan built: The United Center. I didn’t think I could be more pumped for this entire broadcast until I saw the press conference yesterday. Lucky for those that missed it, MMAFighting spliced together a quick little mash up of all the best moments of yesterday’s meeting that will surely give your mind the little push it needed to go over the edge in anticipation (if it hasn’t already). This will kill the time nicely until the weigh ins.
Thanks to Tracy Lee for the banner pic. You should wish her a happy birthday.