UFC 145 thoughts (cont.)
If you read my Viewers' Guide to UFC 145 earlier in the week, you should be ashamed of yourself. No, not for reading the story -- I want you to do that -- but for allowing a dumb mistake to slip by without calling me on it like Rod from Toronto did.
The boo-boo was in my "Jon Jones by the numbers" section, where I wrote, "84½: Reach, in inches, which gives him a 9½-inch advantage over Evans."
Do you see the error of my ways? No? Well, I'll allow Rod to enlighten you (after tossing me a nice compliment):
"I always love your articles! I want to point out a tiny mistake that writers have been making since martial arts began. You stated that Jon Jones has an 84.5-inch reach, giving him a 9.5-inch reach advantage over Evans. He may have a 9.5-inch longer reach than Evans, but he will only enjoy a 4¾-inch reach advantage, because the measurements take into account both arms. Unless, of course, he has one arm that's actually 9.5 inches longer than Evans' arm!"
That seems to obvious that I'm embarrassed that I didn't notice it while I was spewing stats. In my defense, the "by the numbers" part was the last section of the Viewers' Guide that I had wrote, and all of the stats had my head spinning like I remember it spinning during the math SATs. And while I'm tossing out excuses: I was hungry, I had to go to the bathroom and my dog ate my homework.
No Mensa for me.
"The media wasn't giving much respect to my opponent, so you look bad when you lose."
-- Rory MacDonald, who did not look the least bit bad in dominating and defeating Che Miller via second-round TKO on the undercard, battering and bloodying Che's face so badly that the poor guy, who heretofore has billed himself as "Beautiful," might need a new nickname
"I win that. I win that."
-- Mark Hominick, talking ostensibly to one of his cornermen after his fight against Eddie Yagin, but really talking to himself, trying to convince himself. He might have convinced himself, but two of the three judges weren't swayed, handing Yagin a split-decision win
"I'm feeling great, I can finally eat some pizza, some ice cream. It's so gonna be a party tonight. Not with alcohol, with sweets."
-- Michael McDonald being a 21-year-old after eating up former world champ Miguel Torres via vicious first-round knockout
"You can take a look at me, and it speaks for itself."
-- Ben Rothwell -- that is, a trimmer, more physically in shape version of Ben Rothwell than any we've seen -- talking about his rededication to training led to his KO win over Brendan Schaub
"My kids go through so much with me being away for eight weeks. I have two little beautiful boys. It's so hard on them, not having their dad around."
-- Travis Browne, dedicating his quick submission win over Chad Griggs to his children