Where to Watch the Fight in Phoenix

I had some time this afternoon, so I made some calls to local bars to see what they were doing for the fight.

Here is what I found out:

West Side Bars

Clubhouse Grill – $20 dollar cover and a two drink minimum.
14175 W Indian School Rd Goodyear, AZ 85385
(623) 535-4857

 

Fuego Bar & Grill-
9118 W Van Buren St, Tolleson, AZ 85353
(623) 478-7300

Native Grill and Wings – $25 per person cash cover. $20 per person table minimum. They are taking reservations.
7273 N 95th Ave. Cabella’s parking lot.
632-877-4500

Marjerles in Avondale – $35 per person if you call and reserve a spot by the end of the day. Walk-ins tomorrow are  $50 per person. No drink or food requirements.
13375 W McDowell Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85395
623-207-6999

Hooters West Phoenix – $20 Cover first come first served. No table minimums. 
(All Valley Locations)
623-873-7935

Central Phoenix

Padre Murphy’s – $25 cover if cash. $30 cover to swipe a card. No minimums.
4338 W Bell Rd, Glendale, AZ 85308
(602) 547-9406

Santisi Brothers- $30 for reserved seats. $35 if you walk in and risk not getting a table.
2710 W Bell Rd #1115, Phoenix, AZ 85053
(602) 789-7979

Twin Peaks Camelback – $10 cover with a $25 per person minimum. No reservations. 
2135 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 954-8946

Half Moon- $30 Cover with reservation and $40 walk-in, plus a $25 minimum spend.
Both Locations Bell and 3rd St and Highland and 20th St
603-993-6600

Scottsdale/Desert Ridge

Sandbar –  $10 cover starts at 4pm.  VIP tables may be available with Heather- 480-433-8996
21001 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85050
(480) 585-5900

Tilted Kilt North Scottsdale – $20 cover, first come first served. 21 and over.
7077 E Bell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(480) 922-8424

Buffalo Wild Wings North Scottsdale- $20 cover charge and they will sit to capacity. No minimums **This is the only BWW location that I found that was showing the fight. 
7401 E Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
(480) 991-0477

Sorry guys I don’t go to Old Town ever, so I don’t even know where to start calling.

How You Lose When You Win in The UFC

Since the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) kicked of 2017 in my adopted hometown yesterday, I figured it would be fitting to write about something I have intended to write about for sometime.

For those not familiar with the UFC, they are the big leagues of Mixed Martial Arts. Fighters reaching this level are at the top of their sport. Much like boxing, fighters work their way up the rankings by winning fights eventually earning a title shot if they are able to win enough fights against other ranked competitors.

Now the scenario I just laid out above is not quite accurate. There are many other factors in play. For example, injuries, other fighters schedules, UFC Fighter Rankings, etc.  For these reasons and others, you don’t always see the number 1 and 2 fighters fighting for title belt in their division.

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UFC 203

A great night of fights just happened and it felt like lots of people missed it. Twitter was quiet compared to some fights that I have followed in the past. I know many people are looking ahead to UFC 205 already, but they did miss out on some good action.

It started strong with a women’s flyweight fight. There was a very good ground fight with some high level Jiu Jitzu. Joanne Calderwood was slick and looked very aggressive off of her back, but Jessica Andrade was too strong and kicked her way into a very nice guillotine choke.

Jimmy Rivera outclassed Uriah Faber and made a legend look very pedestrian. No side-to-side movement from Faber left him standing right in front of Rivera for strong counters and effective low kicks. It was an easy 30-27 decision.

Mickey Gall destroyed CM Punk. Joe Rogan said it best during the telecast that this is what a brown belt vs. a white belt looks like. I am not sure that the CM Punk experiment turned out as many new fans as the UFC would have liked.

Fabricio Werdum looked decent in his win over Travis Browne. The first round was as action packed as Anyone could have hoped. A flying side kick, a somersault, a near RNC, and what should have been a fight ending broken finger. The referee inexplicably gave Browne a timeout to look at his broken finger and let the fight go on after consulting doctors. All of that happened in the first five minutes. Werdum looked strong and almost finished the fight ending the round landing shots in back mount.

The rest of the fight was much more muted as both guys looked to land big shots, but only landed few and far between. Werdume won on all three score cards.

The Championship Fight

The final fight of the night was fantastic. The crowd was on fire for their hometown hero and he delivered. Stipe Miocic was caught early with the right and was put into a deep guillotine. He started escaping perfectly right away, slipping out to the opposite side of the choke. There were some very good exchanges that followed with some even better dirty boxing from Miocic. Allister Overeem was tough and survived some big shots and landed a couple more of his own. He threw a sloppy low side kick and was taken down. That is when Miocic took advantage and he grounded and pounded Overeem unconscious.

After the fight, Overeem said he felt Miocic tap when he slapped on the guillotine. Joe Rogan handled it perfectly by pulling up the video and asking Overeem to watch. He was respectful to Overeem, but he held him accountable to it not happening.

I am interested to see how the heavyweight division looks going forward. It is going to be an interesting end of the year.

#LongBall
Picture credit: Ester Lin MMA Fighting.

Is a Trilogy Fight Next For Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz?

If you haven’t heard, Conor McGregor redeemed himself defeating Nate Diaz by majority decision Saturday night at UFC 202. In his post fight interview with Joe Rogan, McGregor hinted at a trilogy fight with Diaz at 155 pounds. The fan in me is going to hate what I am about to write next but I don’t want a trilogy fight, at least not right away.

If McGregor and Diaz both go down to 155 lbs following this epic five round war, there are a ton of great matchups for both of them. Donald Cerrone called out champ Eddie Alvarez following his TKO win over Rick Story. He may have unfinished business with Alvarez, but if you ask Cerrone tomorrow which fight he would rather have at 155, my guess is he wants to ring his lady and tell her it is red panty night. Khabib Nurmagomedov is already the number one challenger and despite long layoffs due to injury, he should likely get a crack at the belt before Cerrone. The winner of this fight would make perfect sense for McGregor. Nate probably doesn’t deserve a title shot coming off a loss nor does he likely care if he gets one. I think another Cerrone fight or match up with Anthony Pettis would make a lot of sense.

As the saying goes, a high tide raises all boats. The UFC is in a position to maximize the value of McGregor and Diaz to drive up the value of other top fighters in this division. Matching these two up with other fighters vying for a shot at the title will help everyone. As these guys face one another their following will grow and bring more eyeballs to future PPV especially when facing one another.
If McGregor and Diaz only face each other the rest of their career, I would buy the fight every time. What I really want is others fighters to emerge that I care enough about to say the same thing. It requires characters like McGregor and Diaz that fans either love or love to hate to get them to rally behind fighters that don’t have a large following outside of the core MMA fans. 

I hope the new UFC brass can identify the opportunity these two fighters have created and promote a series of fights that can help grow the sport even more.