This establishes Thiago as a major player in the WW division and proves that his knockout over Koscheck was no fluke. I'd like to see Thiago get another top WW in his next fight and if he wins that, we might be talking title shot soon.
Sonnen impressed me with his 13 minutes of domination over Marquardt (though the last two minutes were pretty hairy). It's good to have a fresh opponent for Anderson Silva, since I have little doubt he would've wrecked Marquardt again.
If Randy had any striking power left at all, he should've knocked Coleman out in the first minute.
Kirk, crackers are a family food. Happy families. Maybe single people eat crackers, we don't know. Frankly, we don't want to know. It's a market we can do without.
Originally posted by Big Bad I'd like to see Thiago get another top WW in his next fight and if he wins that, we might be talking title shot soon.
Trouble is that doesn't work--Paulo took out Kos and Swick (and Volkmann, but who's counting), but remember, after Kos, he got absolutely dominated by Jon Fitch--who is 3-0 since his shot at the belt. Fitch fights Thiago Alves on the undercard of St-Pierre/Hardy, and if he wins, the next shot should be his. If Fitch gets beaten again, it's probably going to be anyone's game; GSP's only going to have one or maybe two more defenses in him before he abdicates the throne to go train for the 2012 Olympics, and he's moving up to middleweight after that. When/if that happens, there's going to be a huuuuge vacuum at the championship level at 170, and you're going to see a big scramble between Fitch, Alves, Paulo, Kos, Rumble, Daley, and maybe even BJ to figure out who gets to fill it.
Oh, and StaggerLee, just to be anal, Thiago didn't beat Swick by KO--it's only a KO if you punch someone into unconsciousness, if you do it by choke it's a technical submission.
Maia looked immeasurably more comfortable on the feet than he has at any point prior--he didn't really seem to hit very hard, but his arsenal has improved noticeably. Sad to see him abandon the BJJ pacifism, but good to see him become a more well-rounded fighter.
I can't see Serra being a title threat at any point, but as a fellow short, stubby dude and a jiu-jitsu lover, I am always a fan of his, and being as I kind of hate Frank Trigg, that knockout was a beautiful thing.
Sonnen, on the other hand, is a threat. I knew he could grind out Marquardt, but I didn't think it would be that definitive. I don't know that I like his chances against Anderson, but then, I don't really like anyone's chances against Anderson--if Vitor somehow takes Anderson out, though, I could see Sonnen schooling him just like he did Marquardt tonight.
Coleman...really needs to retire. I know Dana has already pulled the "probably the end" talk, but I hope it sticks more with Coleman than it did with Liddell, because he's done. Since returning to the UFC he's looked like a zombie in every fight he's had--now he's not just a zombie, he's a zombie who forgot how to wrestle, which was the one thing he was really good at. A man of his age and his stature doesn't need to be getting beatings like that. Give him an ambassadorship or give him a job teaching wrestling in the UFC gyms, all you've gotta do is look at his old teammate Mark Kerr to see why he needs to retire. It's over.
Originally posted by CarlCXColeman...really needs to retire. I know Dana has already pulled the "probably the end" talk, but I hope it sticks more with Coleman than it did with Liddell, because he's done. ... It's over.
Anyone else think the Ortiz/Coleman exchange was scripted?
Either way, how eager must White be for a Coleman/Ortiz match after TUF?
"To be the man, you gotta beat demands." -- The Lovely Mrs. Tracker
Originally posted by CarlCXI can't see Serra being a title threat at any point, but as a fellow short, stubby dude and a jiu-jitsu lover, I am always a fan of his, and being as I kind of hate Frank Trigg, that knockout was a beautiful thing.
"He called me an angry midget! I'm not angry." Matt Serra in a pref 109 video blog. I really like the idea of Serra VS Penn next before both of them move on to the AKA trio. (Loser gets Swick, winner gets Fitch, Kos being tied up with a Thiago rematch hopefully)
Fitch has shown nothing to indicate his second fight with GSP would be different and Alves has been on the shelf. Whoever takes that one needs one more fight before another crack at the belt.
I like Trigg and Coleman enough to suggest they go cruise for easy paydays in Strikeforce or Sengoku.
A guy from London finished 30th, giving me hope for the future. Raymer finishing 25th is a HUGE accomplishment. Aside from the guys who have won back-to-back (and Chan's 2nd to Hellmuth), has any defending champ ever done better than this?