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UFC fighter cringes while reliving brutal knockout from Anthony Pettis

Published: 21/Mar/2020 12:59 Updated: 21/Mar/2020 15:19

by Andy Williams

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UFC superstar Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson looked back at his brutal Fight Night 148 knockout at the hands of Anthony Pettis during a Twitch broadcast.

The UFC boasts an extensive roster of some of the most gifted mixed martial artists in the world, showcasing their talents in front of millions.

Fighters at the highest level often come into fights sporting a bloodthirsty mantra, in a bid to scaremonger their opponent before they even step foot in the octagon.

Conor McGregor at the Aldo vs McGregor press conference for UFC 189.
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Conor McGregor was dethroned as UFC’s posterboy by Khabib back in October 2018.

Indeed, the stakes were just as high as both Thompson and Pettis were set to lock horns as two of the best Welterweight strikers in the division. It was always a matter of when (not if) we’d see either fighter land a devastating blow.

Given Thompson’s proficiency in karate and Pettis’ knack at taekwondo, plenty assumed it would be a kick that’d turn the tide in either fighter’s favor. Although it ended up being an audacious superman punch from Pettis that ultimately sealed the deal.

During his Wonderboy Thompson Takeover on March 20, the 37-year-old relived what it was like to be on the receiving end of such a lethal punch.

In the build-up to Pettis’ punch, Wonderboy could barely watch while reviewing the footage. “Here it comes,” the fighter repeated before stating how his body completely “stiffened up” in response to the blow.

After looking back at the footage, Thompson explained how Pettis’ momentum off the cage helped him generate the power behind his ‘superman’ punch.

Wonderboy then went on to say how it was the two strikes that were landed on him while on the ground that ended up hurting the most. “Somebody needs to put a meme of my soul rising up out of my body,” the fighter joked.

Many fighters would struggle to recover from such a traumatic knockout, especially since his face was quite literally “crushed” as Thompson aptly put it.

However, Wonderboy bounced back at UFC 244, as he seemed to be on top of his striking game once again — dominating Vincente Luque with his insane strike rate through all three rounds.

Looks like Thompson has well and truly learned his lesson, after he gave Pettis a little too much room in the octagon!

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Shroud claims Twitch streamers should “unite” to overturn DMCA rules

Published: 25/Oct/2020 3:59 Updated: 25/Oct/2020 4:44

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek has claimed streamers should have taken a “united front” on the new DMCA rules to try and force Twitch to overturn them, and “could have won” if they did, after thousands of streamers deleted their old VODs to avoid being taken down, some dating back nearly a decade.

Twitch has ramped up its efforts in cracking down on streamers using licensed music. Streamers around the world have been rattled and rocked after receiving DMCA takedown notifications, with a massive wave sweeping across the platform on October 20.

It happened because most streamers play music in their streams, which means it’s also included in their library of video clips and VODs.

It’s a controversial issue that has happened in the past, but the latest ‘DMCA Bloodbath’ has been the biggest one yet. Hundreds of partnered streamers have been forced to take down and delete years worth of content, and it’s sparked a lot of outrage from streamers and viewers alike.

Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek mulled over the issue in his latest stream, and he came to the conclusion that streamers didn’t play their cards right. He believes they should have taken a “united front” on the issue and “hurt themselves” by not doing it sooner.

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Shroud believes Twitch streamers needed to be on a “united front” to tackle the DMCA crackdown.

The first point shroud made was that, even if streamers obtained a license to skirt around the DMCA issues and play music on their stream, it wouldn’t solve the issue. 

“If I was to get a license to play music on my stream, Twitch would not know,” he said. “Therefore, their Twitch music… algorithm that mutes VODs would still mute my VOD even though… I legally can do it.”

“So even getting a license right now doesn’t matter,” he added. “Because… you’re still going to get cucked.”

Shroud went on to describe the whole situation as “strange” because playing in silence for a moment.  Then, he had another flurry of thoughts, which brought him to his final point that streamers should have been more united.

“If we as streamers took a united front and we didn’t just make rational f**king decisions and just start deleting sh*t, we actually could have won,” he said. “But now we hurt ourselves, so that sucks, but it is what it is. We folded. We’re a bunch of bi*ches.”

Shroud is referring to the fact that practically every streamer has been outraged by the decision. However, they ultimately succumbed to Twitch’s demands and deleted their VODS to avoid potential issues.

Many people will believe his frustration is warranted. However, at the same time, nobody can really blame other streamers for adhering to Twitch’s demands. After all, their livelihood depends on it.

The key takeaway, however, is that streamers could take shroud’s opinion on board in the future. If anything, partnered streamers are all pillars in the community. It couldn’t hurt for them to unite on matters when they really have to.

At the end of the day, workers in the ‘real world’ have associations, bodies, and unions to support them. So why should it be any different for streamers?