Rashad Evans def. Chuck Liddell by KO in round 2
Rich Franklin def. Matt Hamill by TKO in round 3
Dan Henderson def. Rousimar Palhares by unanimous decision
Nate Marquardt def. Martin Kampmann by TKO in round 1
Dong Hyun Kim def. Matt Brown by split decision
Jason MacDonald def. Jason Lambert by submission in round 2
Tim Boetsh def. Mike Patt by TKO in round 1
Kurt Pellegrino def. Thiago Tavares by unanimous decision
Ryo Chonan def. Roan Carneiro by split decision
Fight of the Night: Kurt Pellegrino vs. Thiago Tavares
Submission of the Night: Jason MacDonald
Knockout of the Night: Rashad Evans
My Predictions: I went 6 of 9 (I missed the Rashad Evans vs. Chuck Liddell, Martin Kampmann vs. Nate Marquardt and Kurt Pellegrino vs. Thiago Tavares fights)
My Thoughts on UFC 88:
- Rashad Evans was impressive as heck. I was utterly shocked. I thought after round 1 Chuck would finish it. Rashad looked good all round 2. He was winning that fight even before the KO. By the way, that was one of the most vicious KO’s I have ever seen in one punch. That will be a highlight reel KO for years to come. That will be knockout of the year candidate. Rashad Evans showed he was no joke. I don’t know if he deserves the title shot he was granted in December, but I won’t complain about it too badly. I still think Machida deserves it.
- Rich Franklin is back. I love Rich Franklin. He is a class act fighter. He is super talented and always improving. His striking is world class. He is a threat in the light heavyweight divison. There are some guys he would lose to, but I think he would beat Forrest or Rashad right now. I am glad to see him back on track.
- Matt Hamill looked good in the loss. He showed he is improving his striking. I think he still needs to rely on his bread and butter more of take downs and ground and pound, but he wants to show his striking. Rich was just too experienced for him and found a weakness in his game and exploited it. Hamill will be back and in my opinion he is still a top 15 light heavyweight.
- Dan Henderson looked alright, but nothing special. I think that is because Palhares is that good. Palhares has a solid chin and superior submissions. Keep his name in mind because he will be back too.
- The most impressive performance to me was Nate Marquardt. Nate has always had excellent grappling and submissions, but he showed versatile and skilled striking against a dangerous Kampmann. He looked crisp and solid. He is in the top heap at 185. I’d love to see him fight Dan Henderson or Michael Bisping with the winner getting a title shot. However, it may be that after Cote, Silva will get Okami. Then Bisping is likely the next guy in line. Then perhaps a re-match with Marquardt or Henderson.
- Some people think Matt Brown should have gotten the decision over Dong Hyun Kim, but I don’t think so. I think Kim won round 1 due to submission attempts and a near finish and I think he won round 3 due to the take downs and big elbows out the end. I think Kim looked really good against a tough as nails Matt Brown who showed some improvement. Kim is a contender at 170 and though many people think he shouldn’t have won, and though I am sure he would have rather finished the fight, a win is a win and he will climb the ladder.
- Tim Boetsh looked impressive against UFC newcomer Mike Patt, and I think if he can gain some cardio he can be a contender at 205.
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