Another weekend and another successful UFC in the books. UFC 99 from Cologne, Germany appeared to be a big hit for the 12,000 plus in attendance as the UFC went to Germany for the first time ever. Some items were learned from this weekend.
1. Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy is a smart man and a better fighter than most gave him credit for.
After weeks of trash talking back and forth between him and Marcus Davis, Hardy admitted days prior to UFC 99 that he was just trying to suck Davis into signing the contract and that “Marcus shouldn’t have signed to fight me. He should be fighting guys in the top 10. I thought if I called him out enough, he would sign.” Davis did and it worked. Hardy is also alot better than most were giving him credit for. He was strong on his feet and his ground game was impressive Saturday night. The decision could have gone either way, but Hardy got the nod this time. If he keeps improving he be will a top 10 guy before we know it. Someone better alert GSP of this master plan when Hardy starts making fun of the French.
2. Wanderlei Silva should not retire.
Silva put on an impressive performance against Rich Franklin Saturday night. It was another razor thin decision that could have gone his way, but it didn’t but that didn’t seem to matter. What mattered was that Silva put on a great show for the fans and he stood and banged it out with one of the best fighters in the history of the UFC. (Say what you want about Rich’s struggles against Anderson Silva, but he has been dominant against almost everyone else).
Silva showed a great chin, some of his usual aggression and if he can find a home at 185 lbs he still could be challenging for Anderson’s title sometime in the future.
The Axe Murderer isn’t done yet. Not by a long shot.
3. Terry Etim and Justin Buchholz is an early candidate for Fight of The Year.
The UFC is keeping with their tradition of awarding Fight of the Night to one of the more publicized fights, and accordingly, FOTY at UFC 99 was given to Franklin vs. Silva, but if you have a chance to watch Etim vs. Buchholz you’ll see a tremendous comeback by the Brit and a gutsy performance from both of them. Early Fight of the Year Candidate right there.
4. Pushing your opponent at the weigh ins = Bad Karma.
The weigh ins at UFC 99 were more heated than usual with two sets of stare downs ending with fighters being pushed. 5’11 Denis Stojnic decided he would push Stefan Struve, (who is a full foot taller than him standing at 6’11), which almost knocked Dana White off the stage. Next up was Roli Delgado and Paul Kelly. Kelly got too close to Delgado who decided that he too had seen enough and he shoved the shorter Brit away. Both Stojnic and Delgado lost Saturday night. Can someone tell these guys that pushing at the weigh ins will only lead to a possible injury and then no one gets paid? And Karma has turned it’s back on the ones that push as well.
Let us know what you learned from this weekend’s fights.