October 23, 2014
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Jonathan Snowden is a Bleacher Report lead writer. He's a former radio DJ and television producer who worked for the White House Communications Agency in Washington, D.C. He currently works for the Department of Defense.
"Know who's more famous than Dennis Siver and a more interesting test for Conor McGregor? Clay Guida. Wonder why UFC might not like that?"
I don't know what you're driving at (I'd have to guess you want Conor to face high level boring wet blanket lay and pray, since that seems to be your thing?) but I think Siver is a better fighter than Guida, take out a BS SD win over Hatsu Hioki and he's 1 for his last 6, with losses to every name fighter he's fought. He doesn't belong in a bout with an up and coming contender, really a ridiculous suggestion.
Neer was just defending himself. It's the responsibility of the fighter on top to make things happen.
Hi Jonathan, I just wanted to let you know that I greatly admire your work on Wrestling. It's rare find writers on the Internet, who do understand and appreciate the history and the heritage of the business. David Shoemaker "The Masked Man" of Grantland is someone else that comes to mind.
Anyway, please continue the good work.
Mr Snowden, I wanted to ask your opinion. I have allot of them so u might hear from me for a while. But I value your take and I like some of your articles. I am not a TNA fan. I casually watch every once in a while. To me TNA is becoming WWE Jr. But, this week I happen to catch the end of the show. There was a no DQ 3 way Tag Team TLC match for the championship. It was a no holds barred brawl, featured at least 4 former WWE stars. There were tables, and chairs, and dare devil moves. It was, to me, far above any match I have seen WWE produce in the past few years. It was pure attitude era. Unless the crowds we see on RAW, the crowd came constantly unglued. They were shouting AWESOME! over and over. It was a truly unforgettable match. Its bad enough that WWE's ego doesnt allow them to sign big names in the name of youth movements and yet they keep bringing back the Rock, and Hulk, and now Stone Cold, and Sting, blah, blah. But it seems WWE is incapable or unwilling to pick up the level of their matches. Even the steel cage matches not too long ago that WWE has put on, pale in comparison. And perhaps another time,I can address the poor use of their talent. First, did u catch the end of this weeks TNA, and second, why dont we see that level at all anymore on WWE?
Sorry, not personal, just thought this needed to be said. In my opinion, you should not write another wrestling article in your lifetime. Calling Brie Bella vs Steph the greatest diva match in WWE history (or even top five). Saying that Swagger can't wrestle and isn't over while the crowd chanted USA, We the people and even Let's go Swagger throughout the match. Attempting to be funny. Saying that Jericho should leave so that WWE can focus on new stars, WHILE he is in the process of putting over a new star. Absolutely ridiculous.
You may want to re-configure some of your rankings on the top pound-for-pound fighters with the beating Chris Weidman gave Machida this past weekend. Machida might be able to stay in the top 20-25, but Chris Weidman has to move up and into top 10 after that showing sir. It's odd, in hindsight, how you have The All-American ranked 15, and The Dragon ranked 14 a month before their fight, with now what looks like a much bigger gap in Weidman's favor. You also might want to pump up his striking stats a bit more after out-striking Lyoto, who i'm sure has ever been out stuck to such a degree.
Congrats on the MMA 125 series of articles. Even though I don't agree with all the rankings you did a great job and I am sure it took a lot of time and research.
One more thing I apologize for calling a dumb motherf@#ker on your Gustafsson/Manuwa fight pass article a few months back. Sometimes my PTSD gets the better of my judgment .
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Question for you Snowden. If this list had been made 4 years ago, or even three (By 'this list' I mean your most recent Top 15 MWs). When Anderson had just finished dominating the entire division. Would his number ranking be higher? Like did he have better striking/defense or grappling then, or maybe he'd have gotten a 24 on Intangibles because he beat people before they ever showed up? Or does this mean that Anderson, when you put his numbers in like this, was never as 'good' or 'effective' as Weidman and Machida? Just a little confused because despite his last to KOs I still look at Andy as the GOAT and would think that his overall ranking would reflect that, unless of course, its because he's not as good as he once was (very possible).
Jonathan, I'm a huge fan of your writing. I think you fill a void in terms of the real stories in combat sports. Oftentimes the story is not what happens in a fight, but it's cultural, social or personal significance, and you extrapolate those points succinctly. I'd like to see more MMA pieces, as opposed to wrestling and boxing, but that's just fan talk. Continue doing your thing. I enjoy the reads!