Sunday, July 20, 2008

Affliction and UFC Fight Night: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The Good
-Fedor's performance was unreal to watch. Any one that ever saw a young Mike Tyson fight live will know what I'm talking about. When he lunged at Sylvia, it was like a lion going at a water buffalo. Big Tim had no chance.

-As impressive as Anderson Silva's win was, it was not against the caliber of opponent Fedor fought, which is why I have this second on the list. I'm still not sure if I'm sold on Silva being a LHW contender. We didn't see him long enough in the ring to know if he can take the punishment from bigger opponents and if his conditioning will play a factor with the added weight. All that said, he was dominant.

-Andrei Arlovski's boxing looked amazing. When he's motivated, he's a pleasure to watch.

-The Fedor/Couture Staredown. Reminded me of watching the closing minutes of Monday Night Raw with Stone Cold staring down The Rock. Only thing missing was Jim Ross screaming out of the side of his mouth, "Fedor, Couture, Good God Almighty!!!!!!!!" Fade to black then Old Spice commercial.

-Reese Andy came out to "Mama Said Knock You Out" then spent fifteen minutes doing the exact opposite of what the song said.

The Bad
-Brandon Vera at 205 lbs. After the first round, he tightened up and became overly cautious. The announcers talked up the weight cut, but to me it was more about the fact he was coming off of two straight losses and did not want to get caught with a lucky punch. This was one of the worst fights I have ever watched.

-The Affliction announcing crew needs work. Big John McCarthy started to get into a groove as the night progressed. He gave some interesting insight. The other two were horrible. They talked about Frank Trigg 80% of the time. Whenever a fighter was mentioned, Trigg told a story about training with them. Every single time. He must be the biggest training whore in the sport.

The Ugly
-Tim Sylvia's night was about as ugly as it gets. At least Irvin threw a kick before he got pummeled. All Sylvia did was stand there like a tree while Fedor sawed through him. Before the fight, he said he saw himself fighting for the UFC in the future. I'm not so sure about that, Tim. Good luck fighting Kimbo Slice in EliteXC, though.

-The cut under James Irvin's right eye looked brutal. It's a good thing chicks dig guys with facial scars.

-Mike Goldberg knew Brandon Vera's entrance music was the Black Eyed Peas two seconds into the song. Hopefully Joe Rogan made fun of him off the air.

-Mark Hominick's hot pants were absolutely ridiculous. I swear he got them from a late 90s rap video.

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