Sunday morning’s alright for fighting

It’s after 11 p.m. in the Central Time Zone, and the big UFC Bantamweight championship bout between the sexy and tough Ronda Rousey and big mouth bitch Bethe Correia has yet to begin. The thing is, it’s after 2 a.m. in Rio De Janeiro, where the fight card is taking place. So much for Elton John’s 1973 classic “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting”, at least for the eastern third of the United States and the majority of Canada’s population, which is situated in the provinces in the Eastern Time Zone, Ontario and Quebec.

It is reminiscent of October 30, 1974, when the bout for the World Heavyweight boxing championship between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali in Zaire (previously and currently Democratic Republic of the Congo) started at 4 a.m. local time in order to be shown in prime time on closed circuit television in the Eastern and Central time zones (8/7 C) in the United States. Ali won the “Rumble in the Jungle” and regained the heavyweight championship by knocking out Foreman in the eighth round.

Rousey will hopefully beat the living daylights out of Correia and torture her in doing so. In May, Correia said on Twitter tha she hoped Rousey won’t “kill herself” if she lost.

Rousey’s father committed suicide when she was a teenager. He had been in pain for several years following a sledding accident. Correia crossed the line and she attempted a phony apology, which Rousey rightly rejected.

Even though this fight is in Correia’s home country, the Brazilian has not curried much favor amongst the natives, who instead have taken quite a liking to Rousey, who may be America’s best female athlete right now. Maybe it’s making good for Americans embracing Pele when the futbol icon played for the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League from 1974 through 1977.

Today is also the 34th anniversary of the premiere of MTV. The first video was The Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star”. In those days, MTV actually lived up to its full name of Music Television and played MUSIC VIDEOS. None of this other crap. Yes, I loved Beavis and Butt-Head when I was in high school, but I could do with out Teen Mom, 16 and Pregnant, The Hills, and yes, even Two-a-Days, the so-called look at the Hoover (Ala.) High School football program which played more like a teen soap opera, more focused on who was dating who instead of how to stop an option offense

It is also the 49th anniversary of Charles Whitman’s killing spree in Austin. He killed his wife and mother, three visitors to the University of Texas Memorial Tower, then climbed to the top of the tower and used it as a sniper’s perch, killing 12, including an unborn baby. Six and a half years later, New Orleans would become the next American city to be terrorized by a sniper. .

About David

I am a sportswriter for a group of weekly newspapers in small towns across northern Kansas. I grew up in New Orleans, went to college at LSU and wandered in the wilderness until Hurricane Katrina finally put me on the path to my current job.

Posted on August 1, 2015, in History, UFC and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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