I believe several questions arose in wake of UFC 90. I will post the questions in poll form so my readers can voice their opinions.
Personally, I think it is a mix of a few things and none of them involve anything Cote did. I think Anderson Silva was trying to confuse Cote. Part of me feels he was playing around and trying to get in a groove. I really feel that a KO was coming. He showed flashes of it. I was highly disappointed with the fight, but stuff happens. Silva had a game plan and we don’t like it because Cote’s knee blew. Silva didn’t know that would happen. Perhaps he planned on becoming more aggressive. Anyways, as Dana White said, I would hate to be Silva’s next opponent. I have a feeling he will be fighting sooner than later.
Here is my take on it. I think Thiago Alves is for real. I was not on his bandwagon, but I think he is a very good strike, however I see two problems. He is very predictable. He loved the flying knee and superman punch. A good striker could give him problems too. Also, I don’t know how he would do off his back. I do not know if he could beat either GSP or B.J. Penn. I am leaning towards Penn winning the super fight on January 31, and I think if B.J. can get Alves down to the ground he can submit him and pound him. I think style wise both Penn and GSP are tough matchups for anyone. So, I say he is for real, but he cannot beat GSP or Penn right now. GSP was impressed with Alves and thinks he may see Thiago after Penn, but Georges better not overlook B.J.
I am not quite on the bandwagon, but I think he could be a solid fighter. He needs to prove himself more. I do not know if he is that good or if Werdum just underestimated him. He has great training and could be a star, but I’d like to see one more fight before I jump on the bandwagon. I seem to remember a few guys like Houston Alexander and Sokoudjou coming out of nowhere with a couple of big names KO’s and then disappointing. I don’t think Dos Santos fits into that mold because I think he will be a more well rounded fighter and trains with some of the best.
I think several impressed. I guess I would have to say that I was impressed with Thiago Alves the most. He looked very sharp. I also was impressed with Josh Koscheck in his loss. He is tough as nails. I thought Sherk was impressive and showed good stand up. Of course Dos Santos was impressive as well. I enjoyed the Miller vs. Horwich fight and think that both are solid fighters.
My answer depends on how literal you take this question. Most disappointing to me was Anderson Silva. I expected a KO. However, it wasn’t all his fault. The Cote injury was disappointing, but that wasn’t his fault either. I really expected more out of Aurelio as well.
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