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I’ve been away a bit thanks to lots of holiday traveling, but I’m back now and I’ve got plenty to talk about. This is the part where you settle in for a bit of light reading. I’ll be posting up my take on some random topics from the last few weeks.

Fight I’d Most Like to See in 2017

Besides me and Bisping for the third time, I think I’d like to see vs. .

I’d also like to see Daniel Cormier and Jones again, but it’s looking like it will take every single star in the universe to align properly for that one to happen.

I think a fight with Stipe Miocic and Jon Jones is super interesting, but in the end, Stipe knocks him out. Stipe hits like a truck and has length, and Jones seems to have problems fighting tall, rangy guys like that. He’s also got decent wrestling, so when Jones tries to take him down, he’s going to get punished there.

Bisping/Woodley Beef

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Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

It seems like both of them are avoiding fighting the guys—the contenders—in their own weight class by doing that. I think Tyron’s got a hell of a challenge to keep his belt and so does Bisping.

You’ve got Bisping actively pursuing a fight with two welterweights (GSP and Woodley), so it’s pretty obvious that he wants to keep his belt, and he’s looking at the best possible ways to do it. Let me rephrase that…Bisping obviously wants to keep my belt.

Ronda Rousey

I can’t really dish on her coach, because I don’t know enough about him to do that. Whatever problems she had, I kind of put it on her. She looked like she was in there still thinking about the last time she got knocked out. When she got in there with Nunes and got touched that first time, it looked like she had no idea what to do next. She froze up.

She should have been doing what she does best by closing the distance, taking her down and trying to get that armbar. To me, it looked like she was out there scared, and that comes down to her own psychological issues from the Holm knockout. If you’re going into a cage to fight, you’ve got to fight back.

There’s a level of confidence and mental fortitude that’s required to be a fighter of any kind, be it MMA, boxing, etc. I’ve always coached my team with the philosophy that they can’t be afraid of or constantly thinking about what their opponent might do to them. If you do that, you end up shutting down and focusing on that the whole time.

I get that some of that fear and nervousness from a previous knockout is going to leech out a bit, especially in the next fight, but you have to combat that by focusing on what you’re going to do, not what they’re going to do. If you can’t shake off that fear, it’s going to consume you and the thing you’re so afraid of is going to happen to you again because you’re always looking for it.

I’ve heard that a sports psychologist helped GSP and a few other fighters after big knockout losses. I’m not overly familiar with the concept, but I’d imagine it could benefit her to see one. Either way, she’s got to get whatever is going on under control, because at the end of the day, she’s a fighter, and if she wants to fight again—and have any success—some things need to be addressed.

What My 2017 Is Looking Like

I’m looking for a job. The UFC is still in my sights for my post-fight career, and now that 2017 is officially underway, I’ll be pursuing that a little more avidly. The new owners wanted us to wait till the new year, so we’re trying to figure that out now.

I’ve got quite a few ideas that I think will work out well. A role on FOX as an analyst is definitely on that list of ideas. I’ve done some analytical work before, and I think with a little focus and tuning up, it’s something I would be pretty good at it. I think I’d bring a unique perspective in that I kind of tell it how it is while keeping it respectful. Right now, we’ll just have to see what happens.

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