The Contender thread
Wow. Just... wow. The last two fights have me breathless at the moment.
Save the best for last, so first - Gomez vs. Kaddour. Ahmed was just physically imposing and in watching him move and strike before the fight I had not anticipated a tough fight.
But size and strength are nothing - all that matters is what you do in the ring. Alfonso (or Alfonzo?) went out and every shot he threw counted. While I know the show's edited for brevity, I did not see one wasted punch in that fight on Gomez's side. Kaddour was off. He did not have that drive Peter Manfredo had after his loss and subsequent return to the game.
Gomez is the real deal.
And for the best fight of all. The Latin Snake Sergio Mora vs. Ishe Smith. Ishe was considered hands down the frontrunner to win the entire competition. No one disagreed, not even Sergio.
But Mora, despite being a high school drop out, is one of the smartest people in the game. An incredibly well-read person for anyone, much less an uneducated man, he not only trained his body, but also his mind. Ishe had an ego as big as the room. He assumed Sergio would be a "good fight," but not a "tough fight." (Ishe's words.)
When they stepped into the ring, Sergio took punches that would kill most people. When he spoke of it later, you could feel the nuclear explosions of pain, but he showed absolutely nothing. Eventually he would jump into the fight, unload of Ishe, and then make Ishe miss. Frustrating him. Then on the rare occasions that Ishe landed a punch, Sergio would shrug it off, shake his head and beat his chest to let Ishe know how he felt.
The most striking thing for me is in the fourth or fifth round. Before the bell rings, Sergio is standing up, jumping up and down, while Ishe is sitting on his chair getting water and advice.
"Get up," Sergio says. "Get up."
A boxer who looks like he doesn't weigh half the weight Ishe does, calling on him to get up and fight.
Sergio ultimately finished Ishe off. Mora made one thing clear: Sergio did not beat Ishe. Ishe beat Ishe. Making him miss frustrated him to the point of losing.
And I have to say - I'd had enough of his loudmouth wife.