First Reactions To A Disappointing UFC 92
First and foremost I want to say this about UFC 92: yuck!
One-sided fights and ugly injuries and cuts were the norm of the night. Cheick Kongo cemented his place as the next heavyweight contender in a convincing win, but the fight was marred by a failure to stop a clearly won fight until Mostapha Al Tur's blood was spraying around the octagon.
We then were treated to an ugly affair of Dan Evensen vs. Pat Barry and in this fight it was clear Dan Evensen was out of shape and is not a UFC level fighter. Then, when Evensen had his full weight on his front leg, Barry landed a clean kick that blew out Evensen's knee in a gruesome fashion.
Wanderlei Silva vs. Rampage ended in an exciting fashion, but Silva was very passive and wanted nothing to do with Rampage's power. When he finally came inside, Rampage knocked him him flat out in likely the most exciting moment of the night.
Perhaps the most disappointing fight of the night was Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Frank Mir, not because of the result, but because of the process.
Nogueira did not show up, plain and simple. He threw few punches, even fewer connected, and a fight between two of the greatest ground fighting heavyweights took place entirely on the feet. That said, Frank Mir showed outstanding boxing, something he has never had much of, and Mir looked like a real champion. But I still feel cheated in not getting to see one iota of Ju-Jitsu in that fight.
Matt Hamill vs. Reese Andy was next. Their strong wrestling background negated each other and the fight remained on the feet and the standup was, in a word: ugly. The fight ended with Reese Andy throwing garbage slappy punches while Hamill finished him off.
By far the best fight of the night was Evans vs. Griffin, which feature a very exciting first two rounds that Griffin won clearly with the same gameplan that defeated Rampage, but as the fight went on Evans began landing crisp combos.
In the third round Evans landed a punch that sent Griffin down, but he clearly slipped a little as well. Evans moved easily through Griffin's guard, and Griffin seemed to be hurt as he was unable to posture up from the ground and he gets pounded out by Evans.
In all the results are very telling: Frank Mir may finally have arrived as a true heavyweight superstar, Wanderlei Silva is not in Rampage's head, Dan Evensen has no right being in the UFC, Evans could be a lasting LHW champ and Forrest Griffin will be back.
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