Internet sensation Tommy Toe Hold joined BJPENN.COM’s Fist-Ta-Cuff Radio show this past Sunday, June 16, 2013 to discuss his rise in popularity as well as his thoughts on the current happenings within the world of mixed martial arts.
The previous night, UFC 161 took place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and received criticism from a number of fans that labeled the event a bust. Despite the backlash, Tommy believes that the criticism of the event may perhaps be too harsh.
“I’m pretty easily entertained, I love the sport,” Tommy began. “Here’s the thing: fight promoters- Dana White- they can’t control what’s going to happen. They’re going to make the fights, the fights are going to happen. If they suck, they suck, it happens occasionally. There were definitely a few fights on that card that were not exciting, but I thought overall I had fun.”
Plagued by injuries, the card lost two fights featuring Renan Barao defending his interim-UFC Bantamweight championship against Eddie Wineland and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua facing off against Rogerio Nogueira, with Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson being promoted to main event status as a result. A less-than-stellar showing from both men, Evans pulled out a split-decision victory.
When the dust settled, many questions were posed regarding both men and their future in the UFC. Evans previously held the UFC Light Heavyweight title before losing it to Lyoto Machida, and came up short in his most recent challenge for the belt against Jon Jones. Despite rumors of a possible move to the middleweight division, Evans said that was not on his radar following his victory over Henderson.
Tommy, however, disagreed with “Suga” and his decision to stay at 205 pounds.
“I really think Rashad is a 185’er personally, I don’t know why he didn’t move down,” Tommy said, noting that a potential rematch with Jones would, in his opinion, have the same result. “There’s really not a lot of roads for him to take in my opinion. Like I said, I don’t see him beating Jon Jones and if he did go to 185 and start winning fights, I don’t really see him beating Anderson Silva, so I don’t know. It’s got to be tough for a fighter when you’ve got opponents like that as champions.”
The potential of a Rashad Evans fight against fellow 205’er Glover Teixiera did seem to intrigue Tommy, who labeled Evans as a “sphinx” that you could not get a read on when asked about his future. Though many believe Evans seems to be only fighting for a paycheck at this point, Tommy asserted that he could not imagine “Suga” retiring without suffering a devastating loss.
Speaking of retirement, the call for Dan Henderson’s seems to be growing thanks to two consecutive losses for “Hendo” to both Machida and Evans. Despite Henderson’s age, and the rest of his opponents’ youth, working against him, Tommy believes the call should be Henderson’s alone on whether or not to retire, so long as he’s deemed healthy enough to continue fighting.
“People always say athletes should have went out when they still had some skill left, like people always give Michael Jordan shit for that time he spent with the Wizards. But, you know, the dude wanted to play basketball and [if] there’s a team willing to play him, I say do it,” Tommy said of the NBA great who played professionally well into his forties. “If he [Henderson] really wants to keep fighting and they’re going to give him fights, then I say best of luck to him. As far as championships and things like that, I don’t really see much of that in his future but if he wants to continue I’m totally cool with it.”
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