Thoughts After UFC 85: Bedlam

Ryan WalesSenior Analyst IJune 8, 2008

This isn't going to be a long article, but after watching UFC 85 for the second time, I had some thoughts I wanted to get out of my head.

Bedlam, by definition, is a place or situation of noisy uproar and confusion. In my opinion, that pretty much sums up the event.

The first televised match of the evening was Vera vs. Werdum. As soon as I saw who the referee was, I had a bad feeling in my stomach.

I am a self admitted Vera fan and I will not take anything away from Werdum. He won, and should be the number one contender. But I also feel the stoppage was a bad decision. Fifteen seconds left, Vera was talking and wasn't taking huge amounts of damage. For me, it's all about consistency. If the same ref is going to let Kimbo take twenty elbows in a row to the noggin, there is no way he should have stopped the Vera fight. But that's the fight game and sometime that's the way things shake out.

The Thales Leites vs. Nate Marquardt fight was one of the craziest things I've seen in a long time. Leites is one tough dude. He took a crazy amount of punishment. In my mind, he deserved to win because he made it through all three rounds. There are a lot of guys who wouldn't have made it through that fight. I would love to see a rematch between the two as a possible number one contender match.

Did anyone else catch Joe Rogan saying Herb Dean was now the best in the business after Big John retired? Dean promptly blew an elbow to the back of the head call to cost Marquardt the fight.

Jason Lambert looked like he had never fought a south-paw before and was overwhelmed by Luis Cane.

Bisping has to be put against a top ten middleweight for his next fight. He looked good, but Jason Day isn't top competition. I want to see Bisping vs Leben or Bisping vs. Maia.

Thiago Alves doesn't make weight, then beats Hughes. I'm starting to wonder if Alves is too big to consistently make weight. He has had problems before, he previously was suspended for taking a diuretic to help him lose weight.

I almost feel bad for Jon Fitch. He finally gets a shot at GSP and everyone is going to be talking about Alves vs. GSP.  It may not be such a bad thing for Fitch as we have seen GSP get distracted before. If GSP doesn't come into the Target Center totally focused Fitch, he may have a bad night.

If GSP does get by Mr. Fitch, i'm excited to see Alves vs. GSP. GSP is still my hands down favorite to win, but it would be a very interesting fight.

Welcome back Martin Kampmann! That kid looks like he was never injured. Kampmann is another guy that looks like he is moving up the mountain towards Anderson Silva. I hope that Kampmann gets a big test in his next fight and, if he can win a couple in a row, he should get a crack at the strap.

Finally, Goldie was hyping TUF being controversial several times and I'm intrigued to know what went down. Especially since Dana White is schedule to make a huge announcement on Thursday.

I have no choice but to wait and see.