Donald Cerrone And John Lineker Are What's Right With FightingJosh Tucker7/17/14 3:23pmFiled to: the fightsufcmmadonald cerronejim millerjohn linekerfl185EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalink I love body shots. There is a horrible, wonderful noise generated when a professional athlete hits another professional athlete in the torso, a thudding slap of skeleton and meat. It sounds like a Foley artist's garish exaggeration of what you think a body shot should sound like. I love this sound.Advertisement Body shots deflate fighters. Sometimes this is a slow, gradual crumpling, like a helium balloon left hanging around your living room after a party. Over a series of hours or days, you check on it, and watch it wrinkle in time lapse. This happens to fighters over a matter of seconds. Their deadpan slowly contorts into just the slightest of grimaces, their hands inevitably work their way down, and their elbows pinch towards their sides, shielding their cores only half-voluntarily. Their breathing becomes labored and their movement slows. Sometimes this is catastrophic failure; sometimes it's momentary agony. Facial expressions range from agony to disbelief to terror. Fighters fold in half, jackknifing, reeling, or looking as though they may implode. There is a part of me that loves these reactions. Wednesday night's UFC show in Atlantic City was the kind of really good card that the promotion occasionally runs out, seemingly just to show it can. These weren't, for the most part, significant fights, and lot of them were theoretical mismatches, ways to keep fighters working toward the fringes of title contention busy. This wasn't necessarily a bad thing. This card featured a whole lot of body shots, and nearly all of them were great. The UFC has been widely criticized lately for just running too damn many shows, and there are all sorts of abstract reasons why this criticism is generally on point, ranging from concerns over cards padded out with regional-level fights to the difficulties the schedule poses to anyone who wants to track significant fighters across 10 different weight classes.