UFC St. Louis Fight Night Preview, Heavyweight Division Woes, and Tribute to Art Jimmerson

This week’s Ringside Report MMA episode, hosted by Dave Simon and AJ D’Alesio, is a must-listen or watch for fight fans! With UFC St. Louis Fight Night just around the corner, Dave and AJ delivered expert betting picks, broke down the shaky state of the UFC’s heavyweight division, and paid a heartfelt tribute to the late Art Jimmerson, an MMA pioneer.

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Don’t miss out on their exciting discussions and insightful analysis—let’s dive into the highlights from this episode! Tune in to catch all the action and prepare for an epic fight night!

Poster For Ufc St. Louis With The Main Event Fighter Lewis And Nascimento'S Photos
Poster for UFC St. Louis

Key Takeaways

  1. Main Event Excitement: The upcoming UFC St. Louis main event between Derrick Lewis and Rodrigo Nascimento promises to be an exciting clash of styles, with both fighters bringing unique strengths to the Octagon.
  2. Heavyweight Division Concerns: The UFC’s heavyweight division needs fresh talent and revitalization. The current roster lacks star power, and the UFC must invest in scouting and developing new prospects to maintain fan interest.
  3. Honoring Art Jimmerson: Art Jimmerson’s contributions to MMA are invaluable. His participation in the first UFC event helped shape the sport’s early days and laid the foundation for its evolution.

UFC St. Louis Fight Night: Betting Picks and Predictions

The main event of UFC St. Louis features a heavyweight showdown between Derrick Lewis and Rodrigo Nascimento. Dave and AJ are pumped for this clash of styles, with Lewis known for his striking prowess and Nascimento for his grappling skills.

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Dave’s Pick: Dave is leaning towards Lewis for the win. He believes Lewis’ striking power and ability to close the distance will be the deciding factors in this fight. Lewis has shown incredible resilience and knockout potential in his recent fights, making him a formidable opponent for anyone in the division.

AJ’s Pick: AJ, however, is backing Rodrigo Nascimento. He emphasizes Nascimento’s exceptional Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu skills and predicts that Nascimento will dominate if the fight goes to the ground. AJ notes that Nascimento’s grappling could neutralize Lewis’ striking and lead to a submission victory.

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Both hosts agree that this fight is a must-watch, with the potential for explosive action regardless of who comes out on top.

The Heavyweight Division: Current State and Future Prospects

Dave and AJ didn’t hold back when discussing the current state of the UFC’s heavyweight division. They highlighted the lack of star power and the need for fresh talent to invigorate the weight class.

Dave’s Take: Dave expressed concern over the thin roster of notable heavyweights. He pointed out that many top fighters are past their prime or have been inconsistent in their performances. Dave mentioned that the heavyweight division has historically had its ups and downs, but the current period seems particularly bleak. He stressed the need for the UFC to scout new talent and develop upcoming fighters to bring excitement back to the division.

AJ’s Take: AJ echoed Dave’s sentiments and added that the departure of big names like Daniel Cormier and Francis Ngannou exacerbates the heavyweight division’s woes. He praised Tom Aspinall’s potential but noted that {he needs high-profile opponents to make a name for himself genuinely. AJ suggested that the UFC should look globally for heavyweight prospects, including regions like Eastern Europe and South America, where there might be untapped talent.

The hosts agreed that the heavyweight division’s future depends on finding and promoting new stars who can capture the fans’ imagination and deliver memorable fights.

Photo Of Ufc Pioneer Art Jimmerson
Photo of UFC pioneer Art Jimmerson

Tribute to Art Jimmerson: A UFC Pioneer

The episode was poignant as Dave and AJ paid tribute to Art Jimmerson, who recently passed away at 60. Jimmerson was a pioneering figure in MMA, competing in the inaugural UFC event in 1993.

Dave’s Reflection: Dave reminisced about Jimmerson’s iconic appearance at UFC 1, where he famously fought Royce Gracie with one boxing glove. This moment is etched in MMA history, symbolizing the early days of the sport when fighters from different disciplines competed to prove which martial art was superior. Dave highlighted Jimmerson’s bravery and willingness to step into the unknown, paving the way for future generations of fighters.

AJ’s Reflection: AJ shared his memories of watching Jimmerson compete and acknowledged the significant impact Jimmerson had on the sport. He noted that Jimmerson’s participation in UFC 1 showcased the diverse range of fighting styles and helped set the stage for the evolution of MMA into the highly technical sport it is today. AJ also emphasized the importance of remembering and honouring the pioneers who contributed to the growth of MMA.

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This week’s Ringside Report MMA episode offered a comprehensive preview of UFC St. Louis Fight Night, an honest assessment of the heavyweight division, and a heartfelt tribute to Art Jimmerson. As we look forward to the upcoming fights, it’s crucial to remember the pioneers who made it all possible and to keep an eye on the evolving landscape of the UFC. Stay tuned for more action, and don’t miss the exciting main event this weekend!

Jon Simon from the Editorial Staff

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