First, I appreciate the few intrepid souls who read my blog on a daily basis. The by the numbers format is unique and fun to write, however I do sometimes depart from it to write other stuff.
I did just that recently and an editor from MMA Monthly Journal came across it and asked me to become a columnist for his publication. I'm excited for the opportunity and MMA Monthly is distributed across the U.S. in On the Mat stores and at 75 gyms including all the big ones from Extreme Couture to American Kickboxing Academy. I love writing about MMA and as some of you know was fortunate enough to write Sports by the Numbers Mixed Martial Arts, due out around Christmas. Now I get to publicize the book and continue to write about one of the most exciting sports on the planet.
And speaking of exciting...
UFC 83 is only hours away. The card is filled with intriguing match ups: Brit Michael Bisping makes his debut at 185 against the very talkative Jiu Jitsu expert Charles McCarthy, Nathan Quarry and Kalib Starnes two gentlemen fighters are ready to do battle, and Rich Franklin and Travis Lutter will try to redeem themselves after tough losses to Anderson Silva. And then there's the main event...
This fight between Georges St. Pierre and Matt Serra has something of a Rocky feel to it. Serra stunned the world last year when he upset the Canadian St. Pierre. Now after a war of words the New Yorker Serra is surely the most hated man in Canada and that's exactly where he will fight GSP tonight when they hook up for the rematch, and welterweight title, in Montreal in front of the biggest live crowd in UFC history!
If this isn't enough to get you so amped up that you're punching walls and trying triangle chokes on your girlfriend or arm bars on your dog, then check out my blog, Sports by the Numbers MMA. I just posted the build up by the numbers. And while you're at it you can check out the rest of the UFC 83 card.
Then tonight as you sit on the edge of the couch with your friends you can spit out a bunch of useless, but interesting, numbers and sound a lot smarter than you really are! That's what I do with my wife, but she doesn't think I'm smart.