This week has been a busy one for me. I took a quick couple days of vacation with my family and caught some fights from International Fight Week. Somewhere in the middle of all that, an announcement was made that a fight had been booked between Michael Bisping and Dan Henderson, but I’ll get to that in a little bit. Let’s talk about Hershey Park first, and how my daughter is the rollercoaster riding champion of the world.
So after Fight Week wrapped up, we went to Hershey Park for some much needed R&R. We rode every rollercoaster there, did the whole chocolate experience and hung out at the water park at the hotel. The food at amusement parks is the worst. It’s so good, but so bad for you. I definitely ate like a 10-year-old, but I managed to keep some semblance of self-control since I’m trying to keep my weight manageable. I maybe gained a pound or two, but that was solid chocolate weight, and it can make you feel like you’re 500 pounds.
My kids had a ball out there and because my daughter is getting tall, she can get on pretty much all the rides. She loves the rollercoasters and the waterslides, but my son is still a little scared of them. He tried them out, but didn’t wanna go for a second run at them. My little girl just wants to keep going on them nonstop. All in all, we had a great time, and the kids had a blast.
Somewhere during all the chocolate and waterslides, I got wind of the fight announcement for Bisping and Henderson. I have to say, I don’t think I would be getting a fight like that when I was the champion. You’ve got to go from beating the No. 1 contender every single time to fighting the No. 13 guy. It’s just kind of weird how they’re doing this for him.
Obviously, fighting Hendo would give him more of a chance to win another fight and keep the belt a little longer. It’s just kind of tough because it creates a weird environment in the middle of the division, especially when you’ve worked your way up to the top, and now you’re not getting a title shot because it’s going back down to the other guy. Way on down. That’s something I hope they stop doing.
It makes no sense. As a champion, you’re supposed to be the best in the world. You should be fighting the best guys, and he’s clearly avoiding that. You’ve got to prove you’re the best, and the way you’re going certainly isn’t proving it. I don’t want to keep dwelling on it, but it kind of burns me to know that me and several other more deserving fighters got passed up.
Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, I want to recognize a fight from the weekend that deserves some praise. Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha was one of the best fights I’ve seen in a long time. I was in the front row for that one, right there as close as you can get to the action. Both of them really brought their A game and left it all in the cage.
Gadelha was so explosive in the early rounds, but then she tired out and Joanna picked up right where she left off and turned it up about 20 notches. It was just so fun to watch the disparity between their styles. Fights like that don’t come around too often. I felt like I got treated to something genuinely special.
So that was my week in a nutshell. I’ve got some more good stuff for you this week, so make sure you check back here often.