PENN VS SHERK
I and everybody who watched UFC 84 lill will last saturday were stunned by BJ Penn’s knockout win over Sean Sherk that ultimately elevated his career and making him the second fighter in the history of the UFC to win championships in two divisions. "Although he technically already accomplished that feat back in January when he dominated Joe Stevenson at the Metro Radio Arena in England. But there were plenty of critics discrediting his reign with an asterisk after the Stevenson bout since he hadn’t defeated a champion to become a champion. Penn forever quieted those naysayers with his emphatic win over Sherk.The win basically solidifies Penn’s future induction into the UFC Hall of Fame. So, the question is what is next for Hilo, Hawaii’s favorite son? As with all things Penn, the future is tough to predict.
One option is to remain at lightweight for the foreseeable future and try to put together a record-setting run of consecutive title defenses. Matt Hughes and Tito Ortiz currently co-hold the record at five.
Although anything can happen inside the Octagon, it is difficult to imagine any lightweight beating Penn anytime soon, assuming he remains committed to training. The problem, however, is that Penn is a guy who thrives off challenges. He knows that he is far and away the best lightweight in the world, so it isn’t a stretch to believe that he will quickly become bored with the prospects of beating lightweight after lightweight for the next several years.
A return to welterweight is a much bigger challenge for Penn, and thus seems like the more likely path. Plus, he wasted no time mentioning Georges St-Pierre during his post-fight interview. A rematch with his former conqueror would be both a huge event and a tremendous challenge – the sort of challenge that would focus Penn like no lightweight opponent possibly could."(courtesy UFC.COM)
LYOTO VS ORTIZ
Lyoto Machida remains perfect in his five-year mixed martial arts career, including five wins inside the Octagon. His win over former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz was a brilliant display of technique and game plan. In fact, Machida completely outclassed his foe from the opening bell until the action reached its conclusion. But the fact remains that Machida’s defense-first, chess-match style, while amazingly effective, is less than thrilling at times.
"Machida circled continuously throughout the fight, landing effective kicks seemingly at will. Yet, he refused to stand his ground or take any real risks in search of a spectacular ending. Ortiz showed his frustration by repeatedly inviting his opponent to plant his feet and go to war. Those invitations fell on deaf ears, as Machida continued picking apart Ortiz on the outside." (UFC.com)
Lyoto could have stopped Ortiz. He proved that by manhandling the “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” at the end of the first round. When the fight hit the ground, Machida attacked like there was no tomorrow, which ultimately won the fight.
SILVA VS JARDINE
Once this epic fight began, there was no doubt that Silva strictly just meant business in the arena. He planted his feet and engaged in an all-out war, just like he used to do in PRIDE. The dean of mean Jardine came ultra close to dropping him with that right hand scud missile that barely missed its mark in the opening seconds. Had that blow landed, Jardine would probably be in negotiations right about now to face the winner of Rampage-Griffin. But the blow didn’t find its mark, and that was the only opening that Silva needed.
The Brazilian attacked with unabashed ferocity, dropping Jardine with a beautiful left hook to the jaw after a wild combination. Smelling blood, Silva went in for the kill. Forget technique. Forget sports. Silva pounced on his fallen foe like a guy fighting for his life in a prison yard, grabbed Jardine and fired a series of right hands laced with bad intentions that quickly separated Jardine from consciousness.
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