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UFC 100 was held this past weekend. It was being hailed as the biggest event in UFC history. Reigning heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar was defending his belt against a tough opponent in Frank Mir. These two guys don’t like each other and it was quite apparent following the fight. Lesnar beat Mir down in round 2 then taunted him, the fans, and the UFC following the fight. UFC President was not happy with Lesnar’s post-game act.
For those of you that missed the fight, Brock Lesnar taunted Frank Mir as he was still dazed in his corner. Then he flicked the fans the middle finger and made a mockery of the UFC’s official sponsors. I’m sure emotions were running high, but it’s not smart to bash the organization that just paid you $3 million for a fight.
Lesnar issued an apology yesterday after he had a stern talk with UFC President Dana White. He mentioned his past with the WWE and how he brought some of that over into his fight with Mir. There’s no telling whether or not Lesnar would have apologized had White not talked to him. One thing is for sure though, the WWE loves a villain and Brock may have landed that leading role this past weekend.
What’s your take on the fight. Should Lesnar have apologized?
Last night after dinner I was flipping channels and stopped on Spike TV. I noticed they were re-airing UFC 60: Matt Hughes vs. Royce Gracie. This fight originally aired in May 2006, near the height of Mughes career. At the time he was arguably considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world and definitely the top welterweight.
Royce on the other hand was a 40-year old legend, who came out of retirement for this fight. He was 11-0 at the time, but still no match for a much stronger and quicker fighter in Hughes. In round one, Hughes hyperextended Gracie’s arm in a kimura, but Gracie refused to tap and held on with a calm expression on his face. In a later interview, Hughes stated that he purposely let Gracie out of the arm lock because he knew that Gracie would not submit and would rather allow his arm to break. Hughes went on to win the fight by TKO due to strikes at 4:39 of the first round.
It’s always sad to see a legend come out of retirement only to get embarrassed or flame out (Brett Favre are you listening?). I’m not sure if Gracie just needed money or what, but there’s no way he could have thought he would win that fight. I admire his strength and courage though… not many people would let their arm get ripped out and not tap out.
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UFC President Dana White was not happy after the latest UFC 97 in Montreal. A lot of fans were upset with Anderson “The Spider” Silva’s performance. Silva is regarded by many as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. White wanted to make sure he could deliver an opponent that is fierce and aggressive. Someone who will bring excitement into the cage with Silva. Enter ex-light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin.
“It’s a great fight for him and he’s anxious and excited about it,” Soares (Silva’s manager) said. “Forrest is a bigger, stronger guy with a lot of cardio and he’s the full package. The other thing Anderson likes about it is that Forrest is a big name with a huge heart and is a fan favorite kind of a guy. That’s the kind of match that makes a legendary kind of a fight and that’s what Anderson wants.”
Silva vs. Griffin will be the co-main event of UFC 101 in Philadelphia on August 8, 2009. The other co-main event is a lightweight title fight between B.J. Penn and No. 1 contender Kenny Florian. This could be one of the most viewed UFC events in history. There’s a lot of star power to go along with the Silva drama.
Mixed Martial Arts is one of the fastest growing sports across the globe. On Saturday night, UFC 94 was held in Las Vegas. The premier fight was a rematch between two of the leagues best pound for pound fighters, BJ Penn and Georges St-Pierre. Here is the lead UFC.com was selling fans on:
In March 2006, top welterweights Georges St-Pierre and BJ Penn fought for the division’s No. 1 contender’s spot. St-Pierre earned a razor-thin split decision and went on to win the Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight title. Penn dropped to the lightweight division and won the organization’s 155-pound title.
Now they’re about to do it again. But this time, there’s much more at stake. UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn looks to be the first fighter in history to hold two UFC championships at the same time when he faces Georges St-Pierre for the UFC welterweight championship at UFC 94: ST-PIERRE VS. PENN 2, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Millions of viewers tuned in to Pay Per View to watch this fight. In 4 rounds, George St. Pierre was able to defeat BJ Penn by TKO. Penn is now 1-3 lifetime when fighting in the 170 lb class, a weight class he should never climb to again.
GSP’s win has brought about talks of whether or not he’s the best 170 lb fighter of all-time? He boasts an 18-2 record at that weight, but in my opinion needs to win more title defenses to earn the title of “best of all-time.” Matt Hughes may have lost his belt to GSP back in 2006, but he still holds a 43-7 lifetime record.
Who do you think is the best welterweight fighter?