I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the open workouts that precede every UFC event – where the fighters come out and hit pads and maybe grapple a little before a few hundred fans – are a total “dog and pony” show that serve no purpose other than to let those who show up say “ooh!” and “aah!”
Which is fine. I mean, it’s a dog and pony show, but it’s our dog and pony show.
Today, the UFC on FOX 23 open workouts went down, with Valentina Shevchenko, Juliana Pena, Donald Cerrone, Jorge Masvidal, Andre Arlovski and Francis Ngannou doing their best impressions of fighters who live for the adoration of the fans. (And who knows, maybe some of them do live for that.)
You can watch the highlights of it all below, but if you’re looking for some insight deeper than how they hit a focus mitt, well…