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The Verdict: Ross Pearson was Robbed

PearsonMost fight fans saw Ross Pearson winning the three round UFC Fight Night Undercard three rounds to zero. Pearson dove forward at every opportunity forcing the usually aggressive Sanchez to defend. Although many of Pearson’s strikes were wide of the mark many were not. And when Sanchez did counter his hometown supporters howled their encouragement.

Speaking after UFC Fight Night 42 in Alberquerque Dana White told Brett Okamoto of ESPN, “Pearson won that fight clearly … We have to treat Pearson like he won and give him that next level fight.”

Pearson has appealed to the New Mexico Athletic Commission to have the decision reversed. The appeal is pending. Statistics show Pearson out scoring Sanchez in significant strikes and takedowns, ring control and aggression, with Sanchez being knocked to the canvas while Pearson remained on his feet.

And yet two of the judges awarded the bout to Sanchez, with one of them scoring it 30 – 27 to the hometown hero.

MMA judging has a chequered history, with many bizarre decisions. But none have been as overtly nonsensical as this. The response from fight fans on social media was swift and to the point with ‘Robbed’ being the word most used.

The UFC is already facing difficulties maintaining viewer interest. Ridiculous decisions like this are doing them no favors.

Is UFC Being Run Into the Ground?

After another ratings failure questions are being asked about the pacing of UFC events. For some time it has been argued that the enhanced pacing of the UFC cards and virtual saturation of TV slots has been counterproductive to promoting the sport. ‘Fans are becoming desensitized to the UFC and MMA in general,’ said one commentator.

Dana WhiteThe UFC hosts 13 events throughout the year, a weekly Friday Night Fight Night, and usually two or three seasons of the Ultimate Fighter. This means there is usually some product from Zuffa on TV at least twice a week. This has a number of consequences:

First, it makes promoting fights increasingly difficult. Dana White had promised there would never be women in the UFC, but had to reverse this stance when it became apparent fans were tiring of the relentless barrage of MMA telecasts each week.

Second, it means that more and more fighters must be drafted into the UFC to fill these timeslots. The consequence of this is a lowering of fight quality. The UFC has suffered a slew of almost unwatchable mismatches in recent times. Such fights diminish what was once the paragon of combat sports and the focus of world attention.

Third, by debasing the UFC through over exposure Zuffa are reducing MMA to the status of every other entertainment competing for audience attention. When the UFC first hit the international stage there was nothing else like it. With the small roster of fighters, fans were always left wanting more. And because of the exclusive nature of the events fight cards were always brimming with the best combatants from all kinds of fight backgrounds.

If responses to the last three UFC events are anything to go by, those days are well and truly gone. Fight talk on Twitter has consistently dwindled, ticket sales are down, Pay Per View subscriptions are falling with each fight.

The lesson here is that you can get too much of a good thing. There is a point of diminishing returns in everything, no matter how much we love it.

Sport supplements – do we need them?

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In the sporting world, supplement products are everywhere, and so is the controversy. Which ones are good for you, which ones are absolute rubbish, and what are the benefits of taking them? When it comes to working out, competing in sport events, or bettering your personal training efforts, the question remains if we actually need to take supplements. Everything from pills, powders and protein shakes are on the market, and it’s up to the individual to decide if it’s for them or not.

Pros

The issue with dietary supplements is knowing when and how to use them so that they actually help with nutrition goals. When used in the right way, with the right amount, at the right time, they can help an athlete train and compete at their best. Athletes with a busy schedule don’t always have time to get the nutrition they need, so sport supplements can be a good way to keep diets balanced and healthy. There’s also a huge convenient factor – it’s a lot easier to grab a gel or bar for a long cycle or run, than it is to squash a sandwich in your pocket!

In many cases sport supplements can be shown to directly enhance the performance of an athlete. There are a range of studies that have shown that sports drinks improve performance in prolonged exercise sessions, and more recently, in high-intensity events of about an hour. This is proof that some supplements are beneficial for both elite athletes and those training regularly.

Cons

supplementWhile most people think that if a product promises something, it has to be true, the same doesn’t always occur with sport supplements. In Australia, supplements that belong to the pill, potion and powder category fall under the control of the Therapeutic Goods Administration, and are only required to prove that they don’t contain ingredients banned by custom laws. There is no requirement for these products to actually prove any benefits of the supplement. Sports foods, including bars and drinks, fall under the control of Food Standards Australia New Zealand. It’s these guys who provide regulations about the ingredients and labelling of sports foods. What most people don’t realise is that they also permit a limited number of claims to be made on the product package.

The brand names

There are plenty of names out there that fall under the category of sport supplements – Gatorade, Powerbar, Maxim – and most are considered acceptable forms of nutritional assistance. For athletes and regular exercise-fanatics, these supplements offer a range of benefits, if used at the right times for the right reasons. If you’re looking for somewhere to find more supplements – and where to buy them – Supplement Mania is a good place to start.

If you have the knowledge, and know how to apply it, sport supplements can be a useful tool for athletes in training. Because whether you’re an athlete or keen fitness fanatic, sometimes, we just need that extra boost in a workout, and all the sleep and food in the world can’t always provide it.