Monday, February 22, 2010

Observations from My Couch: UFC 110 "Mad Max, Men at Work, and Other Australian Things"

    • I don’t understand it.  It was an overseas fight, no one really had to worry about a legitimate post-fight drug test, and his opponent was a scrub.  So why did Mirko CroCop look less than amazing?
    • Keith Jardine sure does get knocked out well.
    • I don’t know where this version of Georges Sotiropoulos came from, but he looked fantastic.
    • See what happens when you stop feeding Michael Bisping tomato cans?  He loses and whines about it.
    • Someone please explain to me why Chris Lytle went through all those knockdown-drag-out stand-up wars when he could’ve been winning via submission the entire time.  Please.  Explain it.
    • Stephan Bonnar and Krzysztof Soszynski… must… try… to… care…
    • Cain Velasquez had a tougher time with Cheick Kongo than he did with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira?  Lord, kill me now.

ROC 28 Postscript

This was one of the best Ring of Combats in a while.  Bellmore Kickboxing’s Ryan LaFlare can now be considered one of the Northeast’s best 170 pounders and should only be facing other top dogs – like Tom Gallicchio, Greg Soto and Matt Makowski.  Edson Barboza’s KO of Nabih Barakat was frightening.  Barboza has clearly come into MMA with a ton of a striking experience.  And TSMMA’s Louis Gaudinot took out a really hot prospect in Tuan Pham, and he did it on the feet, which is where Pham is strongest.  Looks like the only way to beat Gaudinot is via lay-and-pray, and it should only be a matter of time before that chink in his armor is sewn up.