Pretty brutal knockout in the final fight, the guy was way unconscious when he hit the ground. Big country proved you don't have to be a big musclehead to prevail in the UFC.
In other news, Chuck Lidell and Tito Ortiz will be the coaches for season 11. The Middleweights will be the featured weight class in that season.
And, not to be left out, Kimbo Slice has developed a ground game. His fight was a round and a half of dancing, and a round and a half of trying to slug heads off of shoulders. But, he looked okay on the ground and if he can further develop skills, he'll do okay for himself.
After a thoroughly cruddy start, this season actually turned out to be better than awful, save for the theatrics of Rampage and Rashad's poorly acted feud-come-bromance.
Congrats to Roy. I thought he was in a different class to most of the guys on the show and his sense of humour is under-appreciated. Where he goes from here I don't know. The heavyweight division's banged up so they're short on bodies but I wouldn't give him much of a chance against anyone elite. A rematch with Rothwell or sticking him in with Buentello seems most likely in the short term.
Schaub did OK for himself on the show too and in the long run might have the brighter future seeing as he's only 26.
Have to disagree with you on Kimbo though I'm afraid. That fight was dreadful and neither guy has any sort of ground game. The first time Kimbo had him on the ground in full mount and Houston just stood back up, and the second time he was down he just slipped out the back with little difficulty. Neither time did Kimbo do any damage, which is pretty poor given Houston's ground game is roughly on a par with Charles Bennett's.
They'll probably stick Kimbo in with a couple of low end guys on the downswing of their career so they can milk him for what he's worth. I fear somewhere Phil Baroni is locked away on an intensive course of the Roy Nelson diet so he can meet Kimbo at 205.
Overall, nothing special, but an OK show to end an OK season.
Originally posted by dMrOverall, nothing special, but an OK show to end an OK season.
I think this is kinda how I felt about it. I didn't watch an episode of TUF, I'm the casual-est of casual MMA fans (I'll watch it if it's on, and I remember it's on - which I failed to do with the K-1 on HDNet this weekend...twice) but there wasn't anything here to get me to stop multitasking and really WATCH the show.
I'd say Kimbo was exposed but I think that's happened a couple times already, but people want to BELIEVE. Does that make sense? I wish I had a less ignorant way of putting it.
I WILL say that it only took one look from Eric Bischoff to remind me of all the stuff I didn't like about him in WCW. :)
Originally posted by CRZI'd say Kimbo was exposed but I think that's happened a couple times already, but people want to BELIEVE. Does that make sense?
Perfect sense, I just don't understand why people are *so* keen to believe, or why I should care any more about him than I do the next guy.
We keep being told he has scary KO power once he gets his "haymakers" on you, but there's no evidence to back that up unless you count KO-ing a 43 year-old Tank Abbott. The dude couldn't knock out James Thompson. James Thompson! A man for whom fluffly kittens with feather dusters pose a significant knock-out threat.
I have no problem with him being given a couple of cans to crush. As much as I enjoy the technical side of thing, brawls are still a heap of fun. Problem is, that's pretty much the extent of his potential. He's a 35 year-old man with a dodgy knee and a very modest skill base and there's a limit to what you can do with that.
Kimbo and Nelson just made the heavyweight rank into a Toughman Show. Regarding the Kimbo fight, I've never seen a bout end with both fighters grabbing their knees to catch their breath.
I enjoyed my first season of TUF even though Rampage's departure from the cage diluted any tension in the many, many, many staredowns with Rashad. Rashad looked like a more involved coach, and I appreciated his support of Rampage's losing fighters.
Seemed like a bitter night for Dana, announcing Lidell/Ortiz and congratulating Nelson for winning it all. But he shook the man's hand more than once and smiled through the coronation.
I feel for Marcus, but his guillotine must have been pathetic.
"To be the man, you gotta beat demands." -- The Lovely Mrs. Tracker
Originally posted by CRZwhich I failed to do with the K-1 on HDNet this weekend...twice
For shame, sir. For shame. (seriously, watch it, it was the best GP in years)
Nelson continues to impress people who think he's awful when he's really not, the dude still hasn't had a really straight loss in three years--the Rothwell decision was bunk, EliteXC's "ground fighting is for nerds" policy had the referee pulling him off of Andrei Arlovski when he was starting to sink in a kimura, and the Monson decision was an absolute travesty, and almost got an innocent communist-anarchist booed out of the building. He's got a good chin, he's got a good ground game, he's got good power, he's got good cardio. He'll give more people trouble than they'd like to think.
I've come to expect bad things from Houston Alexander, but I never thought they would entail not throwing a single decent punch in a fight. His advantage has always been his aggression and power, so seeing him adopt a "I can't take this guy's hands" approach for Kimbo freaking Slice was sad. That being said, for Kimbo, it still looked like an improvement--I have never expected him to have a ground game of any sort, nor a sense of patience, so points to him for developing those at some point. Still, the fight didn't really answer any of the questions about him, and that's unfortunate.
Liddell/Ortiz 3 is a good fight, as much as I hate to admit it--if both guys have to be fighting, best they be fighting people at their same level. The sport's passed them by. This way they'll be out of the UFC's hair for seven months or so, then they can have their big marquee matchup.
Oh, and despite that very unfortunate ending, good lord, Jon Jones. He deserved the DQ, but he took Hamill apart on his feet a whole lot better than Franklin did, and then took him down so hard that he dislocated his shoulder. Being that good at just 22 years old is insane, and I have to imagine he's got an unbelievable future ahead of him.
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Akiyama needs to drop down to 170. He's just too small for the middleweight division. I don't think the UFC will cut him since he's a big name in Japan, but I can see Dana 'gently encouraging' Akiyama to go to the lower weight class.