UFC 100: The Dust Settles and All Is as It Should Be...
The televised portion of UFC 100 went exactly as it was supposed to.
For the first bout, between Akiyama and Belcher, ending as it was supposed to means Belcher got robbed.
The highly-touted "Sexy-yama" won by (in my opinion) a very controversial split decision with one judge scoring all three rounds for the Japanese newcomer.
Mixed martial arts legend Dan Henderson did us all a favor by showing a cocky Michael Bisping what a highlight-reel KO should look like.
Henderson is a legend in the sport and if Bisping is very, very lucky and works very hard, then one day he may find himself with half the accolades that Henderson has earned. To quote the idiom, talk is cheap.
GSP did his thing and defeated Alves in every round, just as predicted. Georges is truly a special fighter and Alves, though big and strong, is simply not on his level. Even with an injured St. Pierre fighting the final two rounds, the result was the same.
Joe Rogan did make mention of the rumored super-fight between Georges and Anderson Silva, much to the pleasure of the Las Vegas crowd, which leads one to believe that such a fight may very well be on the horizon. Silva, of course, first must worry about dispatching Forrest Griffin.
Griffin has been training with Frank Mir, which didn't work out so well for Mir. When Frank first revealed that he and Griffin had been training together, many of us out here in MMA-fan-land were scratching our heads and wondering what the hell he was thinking.
Mir went on to describe how Forrest would be able to throw so many more punches in each training round than Lesnar could ever throw.
And still, many of us kept scratching thinking about the obvious question, which is, "Sure, he can throw a lot of punches, but you're preparing for the largest, most powerful heavyweight in UFC history by sparring a 205 pounder?"
A lot of Lesnar-haters chose to ignore the principles of physics and predicted a Mir victory, but the odds-on favorite was always Lesnar.
He proved why with his one and one half round annihilation of the jits wizard. Mir had no answer for Lesnar in any position and was thoroughly taken to task by the 265-pound land monster.
A brutalized Mir admitted afterwards that he still had a lot to work on while Lesnar, quite full of himself in front of the hostile crowd, went on to make more than one asinine comment. Afterwards in the locker room, away from Mir's hometown crowd, Lesnar was more reserved.
"People paid good money to watch us get in there and go at it. I throw a little salt and pepper on at the end, love me, hate me, whatever. It is what it is, I am who I am, and I'm very happy. UFC 100...it's an honor to be a part of this show.
"I know Frank trained his butt off. I trained my butt off. I knew deep down inside that that first fight that we had, you know, you just feel something. I felt like I gave him that fight and I think he knew it.
"I could see it in his eyes at the beginning of the bout. He was way, way more nervous than I was. He hit me with a knee, I ain't lying, I saw Tweety Bird for a second, but that was all."
He went on to say, "People paid a lot of money to get in those seats and I think I put on a hell of a show all the way around, as a fighter and an entertainer.
"He came after me, I turned around and he was in my face, and I said, 'That's what you get for running your mouth.'"
Lesnar ended his post-fight interview with some semblance of graciousness, however, "I tip my hat to Frank, but in the end you're looking at the right champion."
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