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Pulling GSP was the right move

Finally, the UFC and Dana White made the right decision when it came to the treatment of a star fighter. White announced that Georges ‘Rush’ St-Pierre has been pulled from his upcoming middleweight title fight against Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping.

After lengthy discussions and finally the announced return of the former dominant welterweight champion, St-Pierre was supposed to fight Bisping in July, but St-Pierre then asked for more time to prepare for his first fight since 2013. The UFC was not standing for it, pulled their legend from the fight, and have given the title shot to Yoel Romero, a worthy contender in the deep division.

More than any division in the UFC, the welterweight division is stacked full of worthy contenders. Romero and Jacare Souza have long been worthy of title shots. Luke Rockhold has yet to get his rematch and Robert Whittaker has ascended into the elite group of 185-pound fighters. Yet, despite so many active fighters worthy of a shot at the gold, St-Pierre got the shot even though he never fought middleweight before and had not competed since November 2013. Even worse, that fight was announced after Dan Henderson got an undeserved title shot.

The UFC had made a statement that they cared more about the theatrics and the show of the UFC than the sportsmanship and competition of it when they booked GSP for the title shot. That’s been the problem with the UFC ever since they were sold to their new ownership group; it’s been more WWE like than UFC like.

Hopefully, this is a kick back in the right direction of building the sport by simply putting on the best fights with the most worthy fighters, not having fame skyrocket a person to the top of the card while other fighters are clearly being unjustly passed over.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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