What a night! Faber vs. Pulver and Torres vs. Maeda

Jen AnianoSenior Analyst IJune 2, 2008

Every mixed martial arts fan that knows anything about the sport knows EliteXC pulled the rug out from under itself. 

The EliteXC was given the opportunity to express the dedication and pride of one of the most challenging and exciting sports in the world and completely failed to do so. 

The first two fights of the night: Brett Rogers vs. John Murphy and Phil Baroni vs. Joey Villasenor deserve no recap or mention because they were that awful.  Seriously Gary Shaw, where did you find these guys and who told you they were a good idea? 

[Not to reader:  I am a huge Central Michigan Wrestling fan—but seriously Phil Baroni, get your act together before you step into the cage.]

Kaitlin Young was the biggest disappointment of the night.  Young was slated as the one to beat Gina Carano. The second that Carano connected with a good hit Young droped her hands in defeat. 

Carano having five fights prior to the Young fight understood that there was an outlet to pound on Young. Young, seriously, who gives up in the middle of the round because of one good knock to the face?  Lesson learned I hope: if you get hit hard do not drop your hands like you are done for the day.

And now Carano still holds her title as "female face of MMA" when really, what evidence has she shown that she is a well-rounded fighter who deserves to speak for all women fighters?  She said herself that she does not have her act together and needs to hit the gym. And the MMA community has slated her as the best there is. That is garbage.

Both Robbie Lawler and Scott Smith believed that the no contest decision they faced was idiotic. They fight for the organization and see the stupidity in that decision.  Not to mention good job EliteXC, because that was the most exciting fight of your night.  And you stopped it.  Intelligent, really. 

And Kimbo Slice lost that fight in the end of the second round when James Thompson had both of Kimbo's arms pinned and his head cornered against the cage.  But in the EliteXC over 20 seconds of getting your head bashed while you are not defending yourself is not good enough to end the fight.  Or really not good enough because the win was obviously rigged. 

Since we all know this there is no point in wasting more space than the rant that just did, the rest should be devoted to the two best fights of this year.  Hands down, no contest.  Thank you Miguel Angel Torres, Yoshiro Maeda, Jens Pulver and Urijah Faber.

Maeda my hat is off to you. Torres is one of the best fighters in the world.  Torres is a solid striker and grappeler and great on the ground.  Maeda hung with him for all three rounds.

If his eye did not  swell as it had, the fight would have continued.  I commend Maeda's submission defense and striking ability and I look forward to the rematch.

Faber, like Torres, is also a proven fighter and one of the best in the world.  And he has proven that he is not only a grappeler, wrestler, and submission artist, but also that he can bang. 

Pulver took punches better than most and delivered some wicked hands.  In the end it was not enough to beat Faber but Pulver gave Faber the hardest fight of his career. I am looking forward to that rematch as well.

Congratulations guys on some excellent fights!