Tuesday, November 18, 2008

11/18/08 News

  • Anderson Silva is not even close to being SI's Sportsman of the Year, despite what Josh Gross says. Defeating Dan Henderson, James Irvin, and Patrick Cote makes him a great fighter. It does not put him any where near the top of the list, though.
  • Jim Ross does not think Brock Lesnar will ever earn the full respect of MMA diehards because he was a pro wrestler. I think he is completely wrong. Lesnar has been largely embraced since his debut against Frank Mir. There were certainly critics along the way, but it was not a large amount by any means. Whenever any fighter comes into MMA with hype surrounding them, fans are suspicious. Lesnar's former job as a pro wrestler was never really the issue. It was just that some fans felt like Dana White and the UFC was shoving an inexperienced fighter down their throats. They wanted to see him prove his worth before proclaiming him an MMA God.
  • Lyoto Machida and Thiago Silva will fight at UFC 94 on January 31. Their fight was originally scheduled for UFC 89, but Silva was injured. A lot of people think Machida has the inside track for a title shot, if he defeats Silva. Some how I do not think he will end up with the next shot after the Griffin/Evans bout. The winner of Wanderlei Silva and Quinton Jackson will be hard to pass up as a suitable opponent for whoever is the Light Heavyweight Champion after UFC 92. This is especially true if Jackson wins and Griffin retains the title. Machida might be the best pound for pound fighter in the world, but he lacks drawing power at the gate and on PPV. Personally, I want to see Griffin and Jackson fight again. I'm a big fan of series and it's about time a new Light Heavyweight feud began.

1 comment:

Landon Tucker said...

Jackson v Griffin was one of the best LHW matches I have ever seen. I'd be more than down to see both of them go at it again.