Georges St. Pierre when focused and determined is bad news for any welterweight. That is bad news for Jon Fitch. St. Pierre proved that the Serra knockout was a fluke. Perhaps it showed that Matt Serra is good, but not that good. I look forward to the Serra vs. Hughes fight. Again, wow GSP is great when he wants to be.
Rich Franklin looked pretty good and is a class act. He is what MMA is all about. Rich can hang with most middleweights and win, this is his dilemna. He can beat anyone in that divison except Anderon Silva. Rich showed great talent escaping an arm bar and picking apart Lutter.
Travis Lutter, a jiu jitsu great has no cardio. How in the world can you step into the octagon, get paid as a career to fight, and get tired after one round. There is no excuse for that. In my opinion Lutter can submit anyone, but he is not able to hang with strikers. If he wants to fight in the UFC he needs to improve.
Michael Bisping looked great at middleweight, but come on he wasn’t fighting a top ten guy or even a top 20 guy at middleweight. He looked like he was in great shape and he did great. I’d like to see Bisping fight a top 15 type guys maybe Leben, Cote, or Almeida.
Nate Quarry looked fantastic. If this indicates what he will be he will be dangerous. Perhaps Quarry could fight Bisping. He will get a top ten type guy now. He looked fresh though, but he fought Starnes.
I considered Starnes a decent fighter. Now I think he is not so much. I can handle loosing. I can handle a guy getting submitted or KO’s. I can handle a guy getting KO’s bad or quickly, but running is ridiculous. If I was Dana I would can Starnes right now. He may have punched his ticket out of the UFC. By the way Nate Quarry making fun of Starnes, doing the running man and the Screech was stinkin’ hilarious. It made that fight worth watching. How much do you want to bet Starnes’ leg isn’t hurting him as bad as his pride is?
Mac Danzig looked great. After a little bit of a tough round 1 Mac came out and showed his experience and versatility. He ought to get a tough level competitor now. I’d like to see a Nate Diaz vs. Mac Danzig fight. Mac will go far in the lightweight divison. He did great against a good ground fighter.
Didn’t see the undercard fights, but looks like MacDonald will stay near the 3-9 range in the middleweight divison. Goultet earned fight of the night with a great fight and show of heart. That Maia submission was sick, I wouldn’t want to fight him, he is here to stay and he climbed my rankings. Jason Day impressed Dana White and may have earned a chance to hang around the UFC. UFC 83 may have been a coronation of Cain Velasquez as the next great heavyweight, but time will tell. I hear he looked real good. Rich Clementi keep winning and climbing the rankings slowly. If I was Dana White or Joe Silva Kalib Starnes, Charles McCarthy, and Travis Lutter would be done with their UFC careers. Can them and sign someone who will fight.
If any of my readers paid attention, they will see how great I did at picking these fights. I was 10 of 11. I missed the Maia vs. Herman fight and I nearly picked Maia. This is not to brag because i usually am slighlty better than 60% or so. At least for once I picked a card accuratley. Can’t wait till UFC 84!
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