My Thoughts on Affliction: Banned

Let me share the negatives first:

  • The fights went as expected.  Out of the 9 fights that I predicted I got 9 right.  There were not any upsets
  • The announcers were sub par to say the least
  • I did not like that fights were cancelled last second like the Aleksander Emelianenko fight, it seemed to show some disorder
  • I thought the fights were slow paced, but the last 3 fights were good as was the Nogueira fight and the Belfort fight.

The Good:

  • Fedor.  Let the debate begin as to who the number one pound for pound fighter is.  Only two names are in the discussion (Anderson Silva and Fedor Emelianenko).  In my opinion, both guys helped plead their cases for that title last night.  Fedor crushed Silva.  I didn’t expect that bad of a beating.  I picked Fedor, but I thought it would last more than one minute.  Fedor beat Sylvia easier than he beat Hong Man Choi.  He punched him and dropped him.  He did what Randy could not do and that is finish the fight with Sylvia.  Fedor was the highlight of the show
  • Josh Barnett looked great.  I know many people want to see Fedor vs. Couture next, and Randy was even brought into the ring to hype that fight, but Josh Barnett may be deserving of that fight.  The next card may feature Barnett vs. Arlovski and Couture vs. Fedor with the winners squaring off on the third card. 
  • Arlovski looked imrpessive as well.  He looked better than he had previously in the last few fights in the UFC.  His boxing looked crisp and good.
  • Vitor Belfort is back.  He looked great at 185.  I’d love to see Lindland vs. Belfort at 185.  Affliction has said they will likely use the winners of these fights on their next card, that fight is very possible.
  • Congrats to Paul Buentello, Babalu, Matt Lindland, and Mike Pyle who also won as expected. 
  • Apparently they sold out with over 13,000 people in attendance.  The crowd was loud at times.

If Affliction is going to use winners of this card to set up match ups for the next card the card could look like this:

  • Fedor Emelianenko vs. Randy Couture
  • Josh Barnett vs. Andrei Arlovski
  • Matt Lindland vs. Vitor Belfort
  • Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Renato “Babalu” Sobral
  • Tim Sylvia vs. Ben Rothwell
  • Paul Buentello vs. Aleksander Emelianenko
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