Tuesday, February 5, 2008

10 Things I Learned from UFC 81 Breaking point

Its become tradition to write one of these after every UFC pay per view.

10. Tim Boetsch is one of my new favorite fighters. That throw that sent David Heath flying like a little girl was amazing and I always love a fighter that uses the front kick, one of the most underrated attacks in MMA.

9. Referee Yves Lavigne has amazing guard defense as exhibited in the shortest fight of the night-Kyle Bradley vs Yves Lavigne! Bradley was so out of it after the fight he held the ref for a good 20-30 seconds.

8. It seems the fans are finally starting to give Tim Sylvia some love. His fight with Noguiera was a great fight and he was very classy after losing.

7. Steve Mazzagatti may have took a point away prematurely, but stopping the fight was the right call. The rules for hitting in the back of the head are the same as groin shots, the fighter gets as long as he needs to recover.

6. How many pro wrestlers have abandoned their plans of getting into MMA?

5. I can't remember if it was Goldberg or Rogan but after Nogueira won they said "Mir and Nogueira, the 2 best heavyweight jiu-jitsu fighters ever." I have to argue that Fabricio Werdum has better Jiu-Jitsu than Frank Mir. Also Goldberg said before the Lesnar/Mir fight that Lesnar was facing "one of the best of all-time", come on.

4. Nate Marquardt is a very good fighter, but Anderson Silva is probably a guy he'll never catch up too.

3. Tim Sylvia vs Antonio Nogueira-worst biased commentating I have ever seen and thats all I'm gonna say about that.

2. Brock Lesnar's next fight should be Eddie Sanchez, don't give him another BJJ black belt like Fabricio Werdum or Gabriel Gonzaga. Eddie Sanchez is the perfect match to get him on the winning track because he has the potential to be a good but not great MMA fighter.

1. Antonio Minotauro Nogueira has amazed me once again with his ridiculous chin, unmatchable heart, incredible technique and amazing transitions. I really thought Sylvia was gonna finish him after he dropped him in the first round, shame on me. Minotauro's name should be in the dictionary next to "Fighter".

And A big congrats to Eli and the New York Giants!


Geoffrey said...

Brock's next 3 opponents should be:

1. Eddie Sanchez
2. Cheick Kongo
3. Tim Silvia

In order, a litmus test/confidence builder against a decent striker with little ground game, then a 2-in-1 test for Kongo's ground game against an elite wrestler and for Brock's standup against a top 5 striker, and finally a fight against a good striker with better reach, little sub game but superb takedown defense.

I think if Brock wins those 3, then you put him up against another sub specialist or two to gauge his title shot chances, especially with Nog holding the belt.

Anonymous said...

good post...when i think of nog, i don't think fighter, i think warrior.

Anonymous said...

youur no.6 doesn't make sense?