The Exodus Has Begun

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Posted By Aaron “Buck” Burnett


So I woke up this morning like I do every morning at 4:30am for work. I have a routine that I usually follow. Alarm goes off, hit snooze. Alarm goes off, hit snooze. Alarm goes off, drag myself out of bed and get ready for work. During the daily ritual I always check the news to make sure the Mayans weren’t right that the world is going to end…guess they were wrong, and then I read MMA news.

Earlier this week I was treated to a bit of news that I hadn’t expected, Robbie Lawler versus Josh Koscheck at UFC 157. Okay, and with that…the exodus has begun and I’m excited. Strikeforce fighters coming to the UFC. Earlier this week Strikeforce announced the January event would be their last. The UFC successfully bought another organization and in Microsoft fashion dismantled it after stripping away all of the good stuff. I’m a big proponent of competition but I don’t think this is a bad thing. First and foremost, we are going to see the first ever females fighting in the UFC. Is the first female fight a let down, maybe a bit, because we know whats going to happen. Fighters will square off and Rhonda beats “Girl-Rilla” by arm bar. Just my opinion. After that should be the fight we are all dying to see, Rousey v Santos. I don’t care what anyone says, anyone who is a fan of MMA wants to see these two Strikeforce, or should I say former Strikeforce fighters inside the octagon. Jake Shields and Nick Diaz were the pioneers who blazed the trail from SF to the UFC and now the possibilities are fun to think about. Can Daniel Cormier make a run at the HW title? What about Luke Rockhold? Not one of my favorites but I’d like to see how he would fare against top tier MW’s in the UFC. Nate Marquardt now fighting at 170…ringing any bells? Who can forget Gilbert Melendez, probably the biggest threat coming from SF to the UFC lightweight division.

2013 should be an exciting year for MMA fans everywhere. We’re going to be treated to great fights and some firsts with the consolidation of the two largest MMA organizations. Who knows, maybe we’ll even get to see one of those elusive super fights we keep dreaming about.