As UFC 106 wrapped up last night the infamous quote from former Arizona Cardinals coach Dennis Green kept repeating itself in my head.
"They are who we thought they were."
A very true statement about the majority of fighters on the UFC 106 card.
Tito Ortiz still needs to take his opponents down and pound on them to inflict damage despite his training with Freddie Roach. He's still more flash than bang, but that's not necessarily a bad thing for the UFC.
Forrest Griffin can still throw down, take punishment and fight through it. Even when he clearly wins, he questions himself. The affable goof act isn't an act; that's just who he is.
Anthony Johnson is a raw talent who needs a little more experience before he takes on the top of the division. It's not a slight on Johnson, just the reality of MMA.
Josh Koscheck is a game fighter who insists on demonstrating his stand up skills even when taking it to the ground is a better game plan. He's still cocky and arrogant, but that's okay, too.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira adds immediate depth to the light heavyweight division. He's fought on enough big stages to be unaffected by his first fight in the UFC.
Luis Cane, long considered a dark horse of the division, believed too much in his chin. Being able to take a shot isn't reason enough to take them. Like Johnson, he'll only improve with more experience.
Amir Sadollah can take a licking and keep on ticking. If he weathers the early storm, he takes over and either wears out his opponent or catches them when they make a mistake.
Phil Baroni brings it like few others can. For the first two minutes of the fight. Then he slows down and becomes a human punching bag for the rest of the fight.
All in all, a decent event considering the original main event was removed from the card. While no huge upsets occurred, the fights were largely entertaining and went with the grain for once rather than against it.
Essentially, UFC 106 was what I thought it would be.
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