I have seen every UFC tournament ever held since it began in 1993. Many people find this somewhat bizarre. UFC still, I believe, has a negative connotation for many people because it used to be famous for its "the only rules are... there are no rules" type- fights. When it first began, it was a much different sport. Like today, it matched mixed martial arts fighters, but it was not really sanctioned by any of the US gaming commissions. Every event was held in a different state and was sometimes even held outside the US. People such as Sen. John McCain wanted the UFC outlawed, going so far as to describe it as the "human equivalent of cock fighting." It was no longer available for a while on pay-per-view.
A few years ago, the UFC went through some major changes, and some new rules were enacted:
-Commission approved gloves Weight classes
-Time limits and rounds
-Mandatory drug testing
-No head butting or kicking to the downed opponent
-No knees to the head of a downed opponent
-No downward point of the elbow strikes
-No strikes to the spine or the back of the head
-No groin or throat strikes
-State Athletic Commission approval in such major states as New Jersey, Nevada, Florida & Louisiana.
Now in its more regulated form, the UFC has become more intense, more competitive, and more mainstream. Why am I telling you all of this? Because last night's event was the greatest night in UFC history. We went to our friends' house for dinner and to watch the fight on their enormous projection screen tv (the fighters were life size. sweet.). Not only were almost all of the fights great, but they announced that two of my favorite fighters were going to have their third rematch: Chuck Liddel and Randy Couture. Not only was that exciting, but then they announced that two more of my favorite fighters were set to be coaches on the UFC reality show: Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock. I was practically jumping out of my seat.
As a joke, we gave this bottle of wine with a photoshop-ed label to our hosts:
(The label reads: UFC Full Force Vineyards- for the refined pallate- Rich Franklin, Middleweight Sommelier. )
I added in these YO's for the seams - I really like the way they look on her Bad Penny sweater:
I'm having a dilemma though- the purling is doing something very weird to the part where the collar and the front border meet. Both sections are curling back on themselves in opposite directions and it does not look good at all. What do you think I should do with this? I was considering frogging the whole thing and starting over, possibly replacing the entire border with stockinette. My other idea was to keep going and then taking a wide olive colored ribbon and sewing it over the entire border and covering it up completely. Does that sound like it would work or would that look even weirder?
Sorry I've been so stingy with posts the past few weeks- school has been keeping me busy.