UFC 92 Impressions

I think this was a great card.  Three huge main events, all three delivered a decisive finish, and all of the boring fights were on the undercard.

If Rampage can get his legal stuff taken care of, I would love to see him fight Rashad.  People are surprised by Quinton's style every time out now, but he has been a counter-puncher ever since moving over with Juanito.  He would have finished Forrest the same way if Forrest hadn't found his weakness in leg kick defense.  The reason I picked Rampage in this fight is because his crisp boxing and ability to throw short hard punches while avoiding oncoming stuff is unparalleled in the UFC, and it is perfectly suited for Silva's striking style.  I really think that if they fought 10 times in 2008 Quinton would win the vast majority of those fights.

I don't think Wanderlei Silva is done.  Who among us would say he has no chance against Rashad Evans, Forrest Griffin, or Thiago Silva?  He also survived one hell of a beating from Chuck last December.  I think the only story coming out of this is that his wild style can be picked apart by a great striker, but we already knew that.

Frank Mir and Antonio Nogueira was one of the oddest fights I've seen in a long time.  Nogueira is actually quite a good boxer, which made it all the more puzzling that he couldn't handle a lead uppercut followed by a left straight over and over.  The uppercuts were coming from far away too, Mir was wide open for a left hook, but Nogueira just never was able to pull the trigger.

All that being said, Frank Mir deserves a huge amount of credit.  Nobody can ever take it away from him that he was the first to stop Nogueira.  His comeback is an incredible story, and he obviously found a way to win.  I still think it made sense to predict Nogueira, even Mir thought he would lose.  As much as Mir annoyed me last week, his interview was amazing and he obviously proved me completely wrong.

The main event was a great fight; I got the feeling that Evans was going to have to win in the third round or the kicks were going to start wearing him down.  Forrest had a good game plan and fought well for two rounds, but he took way too many shots upon going down.  The stoppage was also way late in my view.

There's a lot coming out of the show, most notably Mir/Lesnar, Couture/Nogueira, and potentially Rashad/Rampage if the legal stuff is straightened out.  Forrest Griffin broke his hand, so he will probably be out a while because he will have to wait to start a new camp.  Personally I think Forrest/Jardine 2 is a match that makes a lot of sense at this point.

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