For the most part, I try to keep my opinion out of the articles I write. For the events I cover and the news stories I write about MMA and Boxing, I do my best to call it down the middle. As an attempt to have an outlet to put my opinions into articles, I’m planning on doing this series of articles: Laying Down Leather. I’ll discuss many topics and events that occurred recently, along with updates on upcoming projects on the website. Let’s get started.

Boxing

Deontay Wilder picked up a swift and easy victory against Dominic Breazeale on Saturday in Brooklyn, New York. Most people expected a stoppage victory to go in the way of Wilder, but less expected it to be so sudden. For one, I was happy the ending was more like his victory over Artur Szpilka than it was like his second win over Bermane Stiverne. It’s fun to see Wilder win, but I’m not one to see someone get beaten that badly.

Prior to the fight, Wilder turned some heads because of his comments about wanting to “have a body on his record.” This was something he’s mentioned before, with the comments getting quite the reaction when he was on radio talk show “The Breakfast Club.” His comments went viral yet again last week, saying in a media scrum that “this (boxing) is the only sport where you can kill a man and get paid for it at the same time, it’s legal. So why not use my right to do so?” Honestly, I thought this was just a marketing thing. When someone says something that outrageous, you expect people to make a controversy about it. And there was. Do I legitimately think Wilder wants to murder a man in the ring? No. He’s fully aware of what he’s saying, and people are falling for it. Even if he was serious, he boxes within the rules of the competition, so should you hate the player or the game? But I feel he’s not serious, so that’s not a discussion worth having in my opinion.

The question of what’s next for Wilder will have to wait. The top tier contenders in Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua are both tied up in their own bouts where they will fight someone of a much lower tier than themselves. When those are done with, maybe something can be made. Though we’ll not know for certain until an announcement is made.

I’ve been catching up on boxing from the past two weeks lately. On the weekend I watched Jarrett Hurd face Julian Williams in what was an upset of a fight. I scored it 117-110 for the challenger, Williams. I thought it was an entertaining contest despite it being somewhat on-sided.

MMA

Man, I’m happy there’s no UFC show this week. Even though last weekend’s UFC Fight Night wasn’t had numerous first-round stoppages which made it a quick viewing, I’m just starting to feel burnt out. On top of that, I went 2-11 for predictions on the show, maybe the worst I’ve ever done for a show (my biggest achievement so far this year is going 9-1 on the RIZIN 15 card). I assume part of why this card didn’t make me all too excited was its lack of name value.

In the main event of the show, Kevin Lee won all of the rounds until he hit a brick wall and gave up the fight. On my scorecard, the first three rounds went his way. He was working harder than Rafael dos Anjos and was winning every round. But why he was out-working him was because he didn’t pace himself. The finish of the fight is almost sad because of how defenceless Lee looked. He shot for a takedown, which RDA reversed and put into an arm triangle with ease. Maybe Lee should take a step down from five round fights, as this was the fifth fight in a row he took that was scheduled for all five.

I doubt I need to tell any of you this, but Michel Pereira’s performance was possibly the highlight of the night. From his emotional walkout to his in-fight antics, to his brutal victory, he’s hard to root against. While they are entertaining, maybe it was for the better that he left moonsaults back in his Road FC days.

I’ve started watching old UFC events through Fight Pass. I plan to make a series on this website, recapping events in a news report style whilst also putting my opinion into the articles. Should be a fun thing that I’ll try to make similar to my “09 Revision” for WWE that is still a work in progress. I plan to write quite a bit ahead of time before publishing the series. I’ll put up updates, but the plan right now is to start publishing in the first week of July.

Wrestling

As of late I’ve not been interested in WWE. I’ve kept up with storylines through podcasts and news stories, but other than that the last time I tuned in was on Wrestlemania. From what I’ve heard, I’m not missing much.

While my interest in WWE has been down, I’m pretty pumped for AEW’s “Double or Nothing” event on Saturday. I’ll be working while it happens, but I’ll watch it the following day. When you look at card you can tell the show has the potential to deliver. More than anything else, I want to see people like Kenny Omega, Chris Jericho, The Young Bucks and many others wrestle after being absent from TV and computer screens for quite some time. Since the announcement of this event, the wait has been long. But soon that wait will end.

This Week on The Site and Beyond!

For this week on the website, I plan to write only a little. School is ramping up as the year is coming to a close, and I know there is a few assignments that I’ll need to put some real time into this week. I want to write more smaller news pieces, so keep your eyes peeled for that. Pancrase is on the weekend, but like I did last time with their show, I’ll most likely have the report on it out on the weekdays. For lwos.life, I’ll write the third episode recap of Produce X 101, and if I can find the time, another article on top of that.