Jul 7, 12 23:19
First UFC PPV I've bought in quite a while....kind of a soft spot in my heart for Tito & that + Cung Le + Silva = win.
Re: UFC 148 - Silva v. Sonnen [JSA]
Cung Le at 40, and somewhat fat, was a fun fight to watch. Cote, who could have been a World Champ if he had actually ever trained 10 years ago when the pickins were ripe, was game but had serious rust issues.
Tito: I wanted him to win, so my views are biased, but knock opponent on his ass 2x, take him down 3-4x, but lose? Since when did MMA become about compu-box #s? This was a bit of a stain on the sport---Dana White chasing down FG to convince him to come back to the ring (and Forrest KNEW he lost that fight---hence the usual loss meltdown)---showed me that this was "somewhat" fixed. That being said, Tito (and Forrest) were perfect for MMA 10-12 years ago, but they are hopelessly outclassed now. Its been obvious for 5-6 years that to stop Tito all you had to do was hit him in the face 2-3x and he would stop coming at you. Forrest? I dunno--hardest head in the biz, but he has never beaten a top contender at their prime (sorry, modern contender).
Silva/Sonnen: I had 3-4 friends over & I said this pre-fight: "it could be over in 1 minute or 25---how "good" the fight is will depend on how long it lasts". Seriously, I thought if AS had 30 secs in the middle of the ring he would destroy Sonnen. I've never seen him in this good of shape--the usual softness was gone. Once AS had distance in the middle of the ring he hit CS 5-6x & it was downhill from there. The missed 360 spinning reverse hammer was just the coup de grace. I watched the 2nd round 3-4x and I'm telling you CS was wobbly before missing & falling down. Two of AS punches were so fast i could barely see them on slow motion review. Maybe now Sonnen will quit running his mouth for once.
I'd love to see GSP vs Silva at an in-between weight. I don't disagree that AS is the best fighter ever in MMA......but GSP is pretty damned close. Except for two small miscues, both brutally avenged, his record would be close to that of AS.
If GSP won't fight AS, and I were AS, I would simply fight for the title in the weight classes below + light heavyweight above. I have zero doubt that he could hold 3-4 titles at the same time. Zuffa would never allow it though.
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(This post was edited by mopdahl on Jul 8, 12 6:58)