Post UFC 114: Where Do the Losers Go From Here?
Since one of my colleagues already discussed where the winners of UFC 114 should go (you can check out Joe Schafer's breakdown here ), I figured I'd take a short and sweet look at the losers and see what the future might have in store for them.
Joe Silva didn't give Sanchez a very nice "welcome back to 170" present when he matched him up against the very talented, up-and-coming, British fighter John Hathaway.
The "Nightmare" looked more like the "Daydreamer" Saturday night. Was this because of the move back up to 170? Was Hathaway that much better than Sanchez? Did the beating he took from the hands and legs of B.J. Penn change him forever?
Only time will tell.
What's next: A move back down to 155. Give him the winner of Stevenson-Gomi. That fight should give everyone, including Diego, a good idea where Diego stands at this point of his career.
Now for those who know me (which if you're reading this, odds are that you don't), you know that it takes quite a bit to make me angry.
After Bruce Buffer announced the judge's decision, I got more than just angry.
Two days later, I still can't believe that two judges got this decision wrong. I thought it was very clear that Brilz won the first two rounds and Lil' Noguiera took the third.
But I guess that's what I get for thinking.
I think this is a case of a fighter's stock going up despite defeat. Brilz showed that he's no joke by taking on Noguiera on short notice and giving him everything he could handle.
What's next: Hamill-Jardine winner. Brillz deserves another shot against a named fighter on the national stage.
Hopefully next time around he won't jet jobbed.
Duffee had this fight signed, sealed, and delivered. Or so we thought.
I could count on one hand the number of punches Russow landed through two and a half rounds. It just so happened that the last one of those punches put Duffee down and out.
This just further proves the point that you can never, ever put down your guard no matter how much you may think you have the fight in the proverbial bag.
This was Duffee's fight to lose, and he did just that.
What's next: Joey Beltran. If anything else, it would be fun to watch. You know those two will be throwing down until someone isn't standing.
Will someone please tell me why in the world Miller just completely abandoned his wrestling?
If he had a key to victory against Bisping, it would have been to utilize his wrestling and hope he could keep the fight on the ground.
However, for some reason, he seemed content to stand and bang with the superior striker. This still has me scratching my head.
What's next: With three losses in a row, I would bet that there's a good chance we won't see Miller in the UFC for a while.
Rampage looked, at best, flat against Evans. He can blame ring rust as much as he wants, but what do you think affected Jackson's performance the most against Evans:
Ring-rust or coming into training camp at 250 pounds?
And if he came in to camp at 250, who knows how much he peaked at during his stint in Hollywood. But I digress.
Rashad's utilized his speed to get in, land his shots, and get out, with the exception of the moment he got tagged in the third round.
To this, Rampage had no answer. Even when he was hurt in the third, a hurt Evans was fast enough to keep his distance from Jackson, which enabled him to regain his composure and ensure that he would walk away from the bout with the victory.
What's next: Now this is the $64,000 question. After the fight, Rampage said he wanted a rematch, but who really wants to see that?
Personally, I would question his willingness to continue fighting. Quinton has proved that he could reach the pinnacle of the sport on nothing but sheer athletic ability.
If the A-Team movie is the Summer smash-hit that it is supposed to be, I would expect to see more of Rampage on the big screen than in the Octagon, if we even see him in the Octagon again.
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