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Hello and welcome to the Check Please! Big Bang 2017! 

This is the second blog for this bang because after trying to get in touch with the original mod for over a month we decided that we had to start planning it on our own. For a longer and more detailed explanation make sure to go to this page on our blog. With that said, we’re very excited about this bang moving forward and giving the fandom a lot of new wonderful fics and fanart!

Now, some important info, even for those who’ve already signed up: we need everyone who wants to sign up or continue participating in this bang to fill out the forms below, even if you’ve already done it once before.

Artist sign-ups are open until September 15th and beta sign-ups are open as long as people are still writing. But if you haven’t signed up as an author before this, I’m afraid it’s a bit too late for that now. We’re trying to stick to the original schedule and we can’t change it to fit new participants. When it comes to all the authors who signed up but never received a reply though, you’re more than welcome to fill out the form. 





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Unorthodox is the New Black: the Future of Striking in MMA

Until fairly recently, the highest levels of MMA striking was ruled by highly skilled simple yet aggressive Muay Thai/Kickboxing. Renan Barao, Jose Aldo, and Chris Weidman are all examples of dominant champions with similar styles of striking that have one major thing in common: they all got absolutely creamed by trickier, more complex strikers in the last 18 months. 

MMA is a young, rapidly evolving sport. As it continues to grow, the level of skill continues to increase as there is more money available to attract better, more skilled athletes. Fighters that dominated the sport in the past can easily lag behind as younger athletes from other disciplines move into the sport and raise the bar. Tito Ortiz , for example, was considered to be a dangerous, well-rounded fighter in the early 2000s, but by the time late 2006 rolled around the sport pretty much decided to completely leave him behind. This skill increase has been much less apparent in grappling than it has been in striking however, as MMA was mostly dominated by grapplers in the early years due to the fact that wrestling and BJJ don’t pay all that great. The bar was set high early on by wrestlers such as Olympic competitor Mark Coleman and Olympic alternate Randy Couture (not to mention a host of high level BJJ athletes). 

In contrast, not many high level strikers were on board in the early years, and those that did had mixed levels of success. High level K-1 fighters such as Duane “Bang” Ludwig and Mark Hunt initially struggled to adapt to new ruleset where they had to account for takedowns. There was however one school of striking that got in  on MMA early. Brazilian Muay Thai. MMA existed in the form of Vale Tudo in Brasil long before the UFC introduced it to America and the rest of the world, and Brazilian Muay Thai was involved from the start. As such, up until fairly recently this style was very much dominant at the top levels as seen in former champions Renan Barao, Jose Aldo, and Muricio “shogun” Rua, as well as current champions Rafael Dos Anjos and Fabricio Werdum. The fact that Brazilian Muay Thai got to the top first does not mean that it is the be all and end all of striking when it comes to MMA. Nothing made this fact more clear than the first fight between T.J. Dillashaw and Renan Barao in 2014.  

To put it in simple terms, Dillashaw spent the better part of five rounds doing this:

Dillashaw was a decent wrestle puncher that ended up getting rapidly knocked out in the TUF 14 finale by John Dodson. Than he started training with Duane Ludwig. And thus, a new breed of fighter was born: a man with the technical skill of a high level kick boxer and the takedown defense to allow him to really cut loose and dance. To put it simply, TJ Dillashaw is the future of MMA striking. 

I know I haven’t mentioned Dominick Cruz at all yet, but I honestly think that Dillashaw’s showing against Barao and Soto is far more impressive thanany one of Cruz’s wins. Either way though, this isn’t the last I’m writing on this. Up next: Conor McGregor and how he fits into this whole mess.

  • Lardo: You’ll never guess what just happened.
  • Chowder: You went out in the hallway, stumbled into an inter-dimensional portal, which brought you 5,000 years into the future, where you took advantage of the advanced technology to build a time machine, and now you’re back, to bring us all with you to the year 7010, where we are transported to work at the think-a-torium by telepathically controlled flying dolphins?
  • Lardo: No.
  • Chowder: Awww.
  • Lardo: Shitty kissed me.
  • Chowder: Who would ever guess that?