Yet another blowout win for the man who is arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Dan Henderson (Dan Henderson!) couldn't even last past the second round against Silva.
Yushin Okami, you're on the clock. You might want to find some brass knucks.
“How is it that I am a good actor? What I do is I... pretend to be the person I’m portraying. You’re confused. Case in point: in Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson comes to me and says ‘I would like you to be Gandalf the Wizard,’ and I said ‘You are aware that I am not really a wizard?’ and Peter Jackson said ‘I would like you to use your acting skills to portray a wizard for the duration of the show.’ So I said ‘Okay’ and then I said to myself ‘Mmm.. How do I do that?’ And this is what I did: I imagined that I was a wizard, and then I pretended, and acted, in that way on the stage. How did I know what to say? The words were written down for me in a script. How did I know where to stand? People told me where to stand." -- Sir Ian McKellen, Extras
Anderson Silva is the man. Was watching with some casual fans who were all going for Henderson and when he had Silva on the ground I kept telling them Silva was going to take his time and he'd find a way to win. Had told them before the fight that he trained with the Nogueira brothers and both had submitted Henderson. Nobody believed me and thought Hendo was going to control him on the ground for the win. When Silva finally took him down they all finally admitted that he was pretty good just like I had said. Kind of funny.
The Herring/Kongo fight was interesting. Not sure why Kongo was so scared to stand with Herring. C'mon, how much time has Herring spent preparing for fighters with an actual ground game? Don't know what Kongo was thinking trying to take him on the ground.
Mark Coleman and Brock Lesnar should be interesting, as far as heavyweight fights go. Coleman might be old, but I'd rather see him return than Tank Abbot. And it isn't like Coleman has lost to a bunch of nobodies. No shame in having lost to Fedor, Mirko, and Nogueira.
Rankings after UFC on Fuel 9 - with the card taking place in Stockholm, notice the big influx of European folks making their debut on the voting panel - we'll see if they stick around... Here are the 72 making up the voting panel this time around: