Another weekend and UFC event has come and gone, yet the level of fan satisfaction is sub-par in comparison to what has become the norm for post-fight buzz.
Middleweight champ Anderson Silva and challenger Thales Leites lulled the live Canadian crowd and millions watching at home into what was a horrid state of frustration turned disinterest by failing to engage one another. In what turned out to be a lopsided unanimous decision victory for the champ, the sometimes poor match making of Joe Silva was largely contributing factor. I did not openly criticize the title shot granted to Leites upon first hearing of it, however I’d expressed to Tommy H. multiple times that it was a recipe for disaster. Sure enough the BJJ specialist flopped into guard more times than one could count, and the world’s best striker “couldn’t let it go”. For someone who can supposedly finish any fight at any he wants, it begs the question of why he has not done so in his past two defenses.
Looks like Chuck Liddell is now retired after the KO loss to Shogun Rua, according to Dana White in the post-fight press conference, and The Iceman’s response to Joe Rogan inside the Octagon. The man truly helped build this sport into what it is today, and will now have a public-facing job with the UFC.
“The Polish Experiment” Krzysztof Soszynski looked to be in great form in his fight against former WEC champ Brian Stann, Saturday night. Soszynski exploited Stann’s lack of ground skills and secured a beautiful kimura from side control. UFC President Dana White has said he expects big things from Krzysztof.
Will the surging heavyweight Cheick Kongo now receive a title shot before the year’s out? It looks to be that way, with his TKO win over Antoni Hardonk.
Nate Quarry blasts his way to a great win over Jason MacDonald. The American bested the Canadian with vicious elbows and scored a bloody first-round victory that is sure to place him back on the main card of an upcoming event.
David Loiseau seems to still have the problems he once had in the UFC, before being cut from the roster. Although stringing together wins outside the organization before his Saturday return to the Octagon, the hungry Ed Herman was too much for the popular Canadian fighter. It is unknown whether “The Crow” will be offered another fight.
Sam Stout took out a Matt “emo caveman” Wiman via unanimous decision in what became Fight of the Night. Stout’s always exciting and Matt will hopefully learn how to pace himself instead of blowing the gas tank within the first 5 minutes of a match.