1. Anderson Silva's Last Fight
I was real sketchy about this matchup from the get go. First, I wasn't fully convinced that Patrick Cote even deserved a title shot against the baddest man on the planet.
Sure he put together a string of nice wins (I guess), but other than the Kendall Grove match, which he won by ref stoppage, his other fights were'nt all that impressive or exciting.
I thought, well anyway, I'll get to see him destroyed at the hands (or knees) of "The Spider."
So I convinced myself against my own good judgement to pony up the dough and order. From the outstart of the fight it was apparent that Silva was'nt in his usual "seek and destroy" mode. He seemed quite showboaty, something I wasn't used to seeing "The Spider" do.
I was wondering, waiting, "Is he gonna explode at any second? Sure, he has to," I told myself. But round after round, it was the same thing. A couple of quick strikes and dancing.
"Maybe he's respecting Cote's punching power or chin," I thought, but still, nothing...until it happened.
Cote, in a weird sort of movement, came towards Silva and then fell to the mat in pain, but nothing was exchanged!!!
Then I saw Cote grabbing his knee and the ref waiving the fight off. "Dear God," I said, "it can't end like this!" But it had, and I along with probably every other fan in attendance and around the world was shocked and gazed at the television with a blank stare of disappointment for about 10 minutes.
After about 30 minutes, I came back to my senses and started saying, "Dana and the UFC will make it right," thinking back to the controversial Tito vs Shamrock early stoppage.
For sure we'll get the real Silva for free on Spike; I'm sure of it. The UFC will gladly want to make this up to the numerous amounts of fans who feel they were cheated out of a main card Championship fight. But sadly, that prediction never came to fruition.
2. Thailes Leites
This will be short, but can anyone think of why Leites is the most deserving of the shot against Silva? I for one, can not. Sure, he has some great ground skills, but I seriously doubt the chances he has of taking "The Spider" to the mat.
Nate The Great gave Leites more than he could possibly handle in their match. Nate completely dominated him, and if not for some ridiculous point deductions, that one goes down as a loss for Leites.
Sure, he stands "a chance," but what are the odds he'll even give Silva a serious run for his money? I'm having those same feelings about this matchup as I did with the Silva/Cote match.
3. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua
Sure, Shogun has been a great fighter in the past. Widely regarded as the most dangerous 205 pounder in the world.
But in the last couple of years, he has been less than impressive; well, we'll call it mediocre. Upon coming into the UFC, it was evident he hadn't given much thought to Cardio training.
In his first fight in the octagon, he was gassed completely by the second round. Then Forrest proceeded to put a clinic on until submitting Rua in the last remaining seconds before the end of the fight.
His will was completely broke. He did'nt look like the Shogun of old I was so used to seeing back in his pride days. In his fight with Coleman, although he won, it still looked like he had not dedicated himself to be in the best shape that he could.
The win was not impressive, especially if you take in to account that Coleman is an old man in MMA terms. Will we see the new and dedicated Shogun this time around. I sure hope so, but am I willing to take that chance?
I really don't know.
4. Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell
In his hay-day, chuck was a killing machine. Putting to sleep a who's who list of victims, including, White, Randleman, Sobral, Ortiz, and the man himself, Randy Couture, Twice!
But as of late, his performances have many concerned including myself. Losing three of his last four bouts, two that were in the most brutal of fashions. By God, I thought the man was dead the instant Rashad Evans laid him flat out.
I just sat there with my mouth opened for five minutes like "what just happened"!
Ask yourself this, would any other fighter that suffered three out of four losses, especially the last one, be getting on as the co-main event. I think not.
Now, I'm smart enough to know that to casual fans, he is still the "ICEMAN" and the UFC wants to still make some bank off of his name and image, but to all of us who are educated fans, maybe Chuck, it's time to put your career on ICE...MAN.
Really, I'm not a huge fan of Chucks, but I still would hate for him to further tarnish his legacy or maybe worse, not wake up one of these times.
Maybe I'll be wrong and we'll get a really exciting co-main and main event on that night, because despite my second thoughts, I'll probably end up ordering UFC 97. I'm just asking...UFC, can we please get a break on this one?