Alright it has been a few days since UFC 69 and I think most everyone has recovered from the shock. So let's talk about what happens now for each fighter. We'll start from the top
This one is pretty easy. I think the UFC sets up a Serra-Hughes title for the belt. If you watched TUF 4 you know that Serra doens't like Hughes that much and apparently Hughes doesn't like Serra all that much. It's a fight the UFC can sell because Serra is well known now and is talkative and likeable guy who can sell a fight. Hughes gets his quick title shot because he's Matt Hughes and Dana loves him.
Georges St. Pierre
GSP will be back. He's too good and well rounded a fighter to not reclaim the belt. The question is who does the UFC put in against him. Maybe Josh Koscheck? I'm not sure if Koscheck is ready for GSP or if Dana will give Koscheck that fight, apparently him and Joe Silva wern't too happy about that fight. Personally I'd love to see GSP fight Koscheck to see how GSP handles Koscheck's wrestling and to see if Koscheck has what it takes against an elite fighter. Actually I think the UFC will set up a GSP-Koscheck fight since whoever wins will get a title shot.
Like I mentioned above a GSP fight is looming. Even though his fight with Diego wasn't very exciting, whoever they throw at GSP has to be a legit contender only to set up the next fight. For example if they give GSP, Jon Fitch and Jon Fitch wins, the UFC would have to consider giving Fitch a title shot when he doesn't really deserve one and they have one of their stars with 2 ugly losses on his record. Doensn't seem like good business.
What to do with the Nightmare... The UFC can set up a Sanchez-Parisyan rematch. Their first fight was a really good one and it would sell. Plus we haven't seen Karo in awhile. Koscheck's teammate Jon Fitch would be a good opponent as well. Whoever he fights, it is must win for Diego.
This guy was really impressive. He could definitley be a force at 155 that gives Sean Sherk some trouble. It seems though that Joe Stevenson is in line for a title shot. The UFC is doing a good job of building up their 155 LB division and there are a couple good fights out there for Huerta. I think a fight against Melvin Guillard would be a great one. Both guys will stand and bang and there would be fireworks in that fight while it lasted.
Garcia showed a ton of heart in his bout against Huerta and will definitley be a player in the 155 LB division. How about a Garcia-Kenny Florian fight. That could be a good one.
Okami is a tough, tough matchup for anybody at 185 because of his strength. Rich Franklin is next in line for the title shot if he can get past Marvin Kampmann. So Okami has to wait some for a title shot. Maybe throw him in against the loser of Anderson Silva-Nate Marqhuardt.
If you watch Sherdog's post fight interview with Swick, you'll hear him say that he thinks he's too small for 185. But if he moves down to 170 there won't be too many fights for him because he won't fight his AKA teammates(Koscheck and Fitch). If he stays at 185, I think the UFC will set up a rematch with Chris Leban, a fight they wanted to do in December but Swick's hand was hurt.
Very imressive performance from Kendall. I think the UFC will take the same approach with Kendall that they did with Diego Sanchez. Build him up slowly, because he's a very talented and young fighter. I would like to see Grove fight Jason McDonald
Didn't see the fight but by all accounts Herring was impressive in a 3 round decision over Brad Imes. Herring is a big name and an exciting fighter. He deserves to be on the main card of a PPV. How about a Herring-Brandon Vera fight. That woould be an exciting one.
aside for one fight UFC 70 totally sucked balls. 2 idiots acting like bad asses who fought like winnies. and the worst announcers I've ever heard, just as bad if not worse then Hayward. this was my first UFC event and no way this even compares to PRIDE. I don't get the hype that UFC gets. give me Kicks to the head and 10 min 1st rounds!!
But I totally get what you're saying, Pride 34 was SO much better than UFC 69 [/sarcasm]. I do like the 10 min first round, but I am totally not a fan of the kick to the head (on the ground). I was really impressed by Sokoudjou, but other than his performance, I was pretty bored watching that card. And some of their refs should have their eyes checked. Don Frye was f***ing out on his feet for a minute before the ref stopped it. That was totally unneccessary.
Granted, I've only seen 2 Pride cards so far, and the last Pride card was pretty good. But overall, I haven't seen too much to justify all these people, like yourself, who say that Pride by far has the better fighters.
Last edited by OvertimeHero; April 13th, 2007 at 07:34 AM.
Well, now that UFC has signed CroCop(soon to be UFC HW champion), Quinton Rampage Jackson(could very well beat Chuck), and recently Big Nog...they're probably even on talent right now. But back then, these guys had to take a back seat to better fighters like Fedor, Wandy, Henderson...I would say no question that Pride had better fighters. But now, it doesn't really matter like Diablito said.
You'd think if he was all doped up, he would have fared a little better. lolA post-fight urinalysis has revealed that lightweight contender Melvin Guillard tested positive for the banned substance Benzoylecgonine, a cocaine metabolite, following his first round submission loss to Joe Stevenson at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas on April 5th. Guillard faces a possible fine and suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
just a couple of atricles I found
GEORGES ST. PIERRE TAKING LOSS IN STRIDE
thought this was interesting:
There are a few fighters that will give Georges that motivation, namely Matt Hughes. Hughes was caught chuckling and pointing at St. Pierre after his loss to Serra. “I saw what he did and don’t worry, it’s in my mind. I can’t wait to have a chance to fight him. When I knocked him out, I didn’t laugh at him and make fun of the situation.”
UFC president Dana White sends shout-out to Canadian MMA fans
I didn't realize so many of my fellow Canucks were into MMA.
Melvin was on cocaine when he lost to Joe Daddy