MMA: Five Things I Learned from UFC 95

Ryan WalesSenior Analyst IFebruary 22, 2009

First, I would like to thank Bryan for keeping this alive while I was gone. I have decided it was time to start writing again.


1. We all know Joe Rogan is a BJJ Homer.

Yes, we all know Joe Rogan has a slight preference to Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. He likes BJJ almost as much as the medical marijuana he lovingly refers to as "Trainwreck." But it is to be expected.

If you had Teddy Atlas as a color guy he would gush over the hands of Anderson Silva and Andrei Arlovski. Rogan will always love BJJ and the rubber guard, let's just deal with it.


2. Confirmed: Demian Maia is in fact a stud.

While Maia looked like the baddest BJJ player on the planet tonight, I don't think it was enough for a title shot. He has to go through Nate Marquardt to get it. More on this further down the article. Cliffhanger . . . got you hooked don't I?


3. Diego Sanchez looked good, but won't make a huge impact at 155

Sanchez looked good enough to beat Stevenson but I'm not convinced he can hang with the best at 155 yet. Before I jump on the bandwagon for Sanchez VS. Penn I want to see Diego against at least one more elite lightweight. I'm intrigued by a possible Sanchez Vs. Sherk match up in the future.

If Sanchez beat Sherk convincingly I wouldn't hate the idea of Sanchez getting a shot.


4. Is Junior Dos Santos for real?

I actually didn't learn anything at all in this fight about Dos Santos. I really don't know if this guy is for real, but if he is, it only does good things for the heavyweight division.

Another exciting fighter in a division that desperately needs it. Maybe not really that desperate. It's being really drunk on a Saturday night, not wanting to go home alone, then lowering your standards desperate.

But again I would like to see him take a step up in competition. Let's really see what he has.


5. Nate Marquardt earned himself a No. 1 contender match with Demian Maia.

He looked really sharp against Gouveia tonight. Couple that with a total decimation of Martin Kampmann (and I am a self admitted Kampman fan) and it's hard to argue against him.

The guy deserves a shot at another shot. He gets Maia, then the winner of that match gets the winner of Silva Vs. Leites.

I know someone out there is secretly hoping and praying for Marquardt vs. Leites II. You know who you are . . . and shame on you.

Well, that's it for the comeback piece, I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I enjoyed writing it!