April 19, 2009

UFC 97 Thoughts

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– Shogun took a solid step in the right direction.  He looked much better, more comfortable, and properly conditioned for this fight with Chuck. I’d like to see him match up with Vera or Jardine.

– Chuck is done as far as being considered a contender for a title is concerned.  He has had an incredible run, and has the right to retire on his terms.  I don’t think he’s at the point where he’s endangering himself, but at the same time, I don’t know what meaningful fight is out there for him.

– Luiz Cane is a dangerous competitor, and will give anyone some trouble.

– It’s unfortunate about the Leites/Silva fight.  The flamewars have already started, and everyone is entitled to their opinion.  Some are calling the fight boring, some question Silva’s possible P4P ranking, some blame Leites for flopping, some are saying that it should be considered a stalemate, and so on.  I was entertained.  I saw things I had never seen before, I saw a champ fighting a challenger who wasn’t a match, and I saw a challenger crumble at his inabillity to threaten any damage.  Thales Leites is a solid fighter, but he made some mistakes in this fight.  Anderson Silva is a great fighter who simply evaded, slipped, and defended Leites’s attacks.  The fight made me hungry to see him fight GSP.  GSP has a huge test against Alves coming in July, I say let Silva defend against Yushin Okami, and if things fall into place, then setup GSP/Silva as a superfight this holiday season.


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