I’ve been spending an embarrassing amount of time the past couple of days watching and listening to “It’s Thanksgiving” by Nicole Westbrook on YouTube. On one hand, the song is ridiculous, because Thanksgiving has nothing to do with 12-year old girls being auto-tuned and rapping into turkey legs while a large, unrelated man in a turkey suit prances around the kitchen.
On the other hand, Miss Westbrook is exactly right that Thanksgiving has turkey, mashed potatoes, and you’re going to have a good time with those things, so we shouldn’t be hateful and have to be grateful.
Speaking of grateful, as I said the other night, I am very grateful that Score Fighting Series is being broadcast in the U.S. on Friday night to give me something to do when I finally awake from my turkey-induced slumber/coma.
So, it got me thinking. What about the Score Fighting Series card is most Thanksgiving-like? Unfortunately, I don’t have a lot to work with here, as the promotion, most of its fighters, and the venue all call Canada home. I can check with my future brother-in-law, but I don’t think they celebrate anything special today, because apparently they don’t see the importance in the day that a troop of turkeys got off the Mayflower.
I really wanted to write about how much Rory McDonell and David Pariseau sounds like an attempt to fool Canadians into thinking Rory MacDonald and David Loiseau are fighting on the card, but that just makes me laugh, it doesn’t make me think about Thanksgiving. So I’m just going to mention it in passing here because I think it’s so funny.
Luckily, I found a fighter on the card that embodies everything good I think about when I think about Thanksgiving, and that is co-main eventer Ryan Healy, who takes on Jesse Ronson on the AXS TV-televised main card.
First, nothing says Thanksgiving more than family, and nothing says the Healy family like MMA. Ryan has over 35 MMA fights to his credit and his twin brother Pat has 44. And they are both only 29 years old. That means their parents have given birth to almost 90 MMA fights in less than 30 years. And, for those of you wondering, this Pat Healy is the same Pat Healy that keeps getting his Strikeforce title shot against Gil Melendez pushed back due to Gil’s injuries. So the Healy bros are obviously good at what they do!
Next, no matter how early the stores start discounting stuff for Black Friday, the best part about Thanksgiving will always be the food. When it comes to turkey, mashed potatoes, and pie, I am guaranteed to be stuffed and have a stomach ache by the time it’s all set and done. And, from watching his fights, I get the feeling that Ryan’s opponents generally feel the same way after stepping out of the cage. A disciple of Team Quest and Matt Lindland, Healy loves to fight in the clinch and pound on people from short range with dirty boxing. I have never been dirty boxed, but I get the sense that a lot of short, stiff shots to the body can leave you feeling like you ate a whole turkey, without any of the accompanying satisfaction.
Finally, speaking of turkey, during Healy’s last fight against Paul Kelly, it sounded like the cage was surrounded by wailing turkeys. Apparently the fans had some kind of horns that they kept horning during the three round bout. Even Phil Baroni seemed confused. Watch for yourself here. And, while you’re watching, note how Healy executed his gameplan to perfection against the UFC vet Kelly by frustrating him with clinching, takedowns, and rough-housing. And this was despite of Kelly’s considerable mean-mugging and refusal to touch gloves, in an apparent effort to look tough.
So, the moral of the story is, eat a lot of food, then watch Ryan Healy face Jesse Ronson on Score Fighting Series 7 on Friday night. It should be a great night of fights!