When Dana White announced he was considering a fight between MMA stars Anderson Silva and George St. Pierre, most people were on the edge of their seats. The best of the best going toe to toe, battling it out to see who is the best in the world. The only problem is it may not be as good as it appears.
Did all of the longtime MMA fans have the thought process backwards? Did anyone else think that the way to introduce people to the UFC was to show them a Chuck Liddell knockout? Maybe show them the vicious ground and pound of Tito Ortiz? Well it turns out, that may have been the wrong approach.
Jon “Bones” Jones showed why he deserved a title shot at only 23 years old. He proved why there was hype surrounding him. He showed critics what he was about. He did not only beat Shogun Rua, he dominated him. Jones showed his dominance throughout the entire fight. Shogun looked exhausted and battered. So if Jones can dominate Shogun, who can beat Jones?
In this growing sport, there seems to be a glaring weakness. Fans immediately turn on a fighter after a loss or two. In every sport, there are times when athletes are not living up to expectations, when their talents are not being showcase to the fullest potential.
Sit tight on Fedor Emelianenko. The 34 year old has time to prove to his many fans that he still has what it takes. Why should people lose faith in a fighter who has gone 31-3-1? Did this man not prove that size disadvantages can be overcome? Did he not defeat some of the best heavyweights in the world? Do two losses cause fans to forget that he went undefeated for more than eight years? Apparently it does.
There has been plenty of speculation about the Heavyweight Tournament since Strikeforce founder, Scott Coker, announced it to the public. The lineup includes the well-known Fedor Emelianenko, former UFC heavyweight champions Josh Barnett and Andrei Arlovski, and the current Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem. With these fighters involved, the tournament should be impressive.
At UFC 126 this weekend, we will have the privilege of seeing two former champions square off in what should be an exciting fight. Rich Franklin and Forrest Griffin have similar styles; well rounded with heart and knock out power. This combination should lead to some fireworks. Read the rest of this page »
After Brock Lesnar was announced as The Ultimate Fighter season, many people began judging the decision. Brock has not had much experience as a mixed martial arts fighter, seven fights to be exact. He became the UFC Heavyweight Champion by defeating Randy Couture by TKO in what was Brock’s fourth fight. He then successfully defended the belt twice before losing to Cain Velasquez.
Fight for the Troops 2 in Fort Hood was another spectacular night for the UFC. Not only did it show love for the Americans who protect our freedom, but it displayed some of the rising stars of MMA. A particular fighter that MMA fans should be proud of actually lost his fight. I am talking about Cody McKenzie.
Assuming Anderson Silva and George St. Pierre win their matches against Vitor Belfort and Jake Shields respectively, UFC fans could witness the greatest matchup in the history of the sport in 2011. A dream come true for the lifelong fans of the UFC. The fight would decide the best pound for pound fighter in the world. This match also has the potential to be the biggest disappointment in the history of mixed martial arts.
The serious fans of UFC and MMA will be anxiously awaiting this amazing matchup, but what about the casual fans? Anderson Silva and George St. Pierre are two of the most well known fighters in the UFC, so of course the casual fans will be eager to catch a glimpse of history. Is this the fight that will convey the brilliance of MMA to the general public? My guess is no. Read the rest of this page »