UFC 81 Thoughts

Don't miss Luke Thomas' post show thoughts on Any Given Saturday radio. Man what a great night of MMA! Quick Thoughts: Welcome to MMA…

By: Nate Wilcox | 15 years ago
UFC 81 Thoughts
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Don’t miss Luke Thomas’ post show thoughts on Any Given Saturday radio.

Man what a great night of MMA! Quick Thoughts:

  • Welcome to MMA Lots of WWE fans tuning in to see their first MMA show got a GREAT introduction to the sport.
  • A Jiu Jitsu Showcase The Mir/Lesnar and Nogueira/Sylvia fights were both great introductions to the magic of jiu jitsu in MMA. The WWE kids tuning in for the first time tonight must’ve gotten a comparable mind blowing experience watching those fights as us old schoolers got the first time we saw scrawny little Royce Gracie using Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to win fight after fight.
  • What’s next for Brock? A match between Brock Lesnar and Tim Sylvia holds a lot of intrigue — which fighter can come back from a huge loss? Can Lesnar handle Sylvia’s powerful striking? Can Big Tim sprawl and brawl against a guy his own size? On the other hand, Lesnar’s drawing power could certainly justify Zuffa spending the $300,000 that Cro Cop costs them.
  • The legend of Big Nog comes to America. And with Fedor no where in the picture, Nogueira could enjoy a long and happy title reign. Have to wonder if they’ll pull the rug out from under Werdum and give the first shot at Big Nog’s belt to someone more marketable — like a newly revitalized Frank Mir.
  • Marquart/Almeida? Both guys looked ultra sharp tonight. Putting them in the ring together seems like a no brainer. If Evan Tanner loses to Okami, I’d love to see that Horn/Tanner fight we’ve been hoping to see for 8 years.
  • Tyson Griffin Wins Another Decision And this one was not quite as controversial as his “win” over Clay Guida, but still wasn’t the kind of performance that will get him a title shot in the jam-packed 155lb division. As I thought Tibau’s size advantage was a factor.
  • Tim Boetsch! This guy was VERY impressive. Making a short-notice debut in the UFC is never easy — unless you’re Tim Boetsch that is. Looking forward to seeing how he fares in the packed 205 class. I expect that’s the end of David Heath’s UFC career.
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Nate Wilcox
Nate Wilcox

Nate Wilcox is the founding editor of BloodyElbow.com. As such he has hired every editor and writer to work for the site. Wilcox’s writing for BE is known for its emphasis on MMA history, the evolution of fighting techniques and strong opinions. Wilcox developed the SBN MMA consensus rankings which were featured in USA Today from 2009 to 2011. Before founding BE, Wilcox was a political operative working for such figures as Senators John Kerry and Mark Warner and an early political blogger. He is the co-author of Netroots Rising, a history of the political blogosphere from 2003 to 2007. Wilcox also hosts the Let It Roll podcast on music history for the Pantheon Podcast Network.

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