JORDAN BREEN: "I think most people are content with Evans winning because Rampage looked so blasé but I thought to me it was another of those fight that reflected, I mean... if Evans was the better man, I think he probably would have won those next rounds and if Rampage did have the ability to knock him out, I want to see it. It just seems like another one of those fights that reinforces, these are guys that should be fighting five rounds in total especially where one of the narratives going into the fight is, ‘Oh, Rashad's breaking down Rampage." Well if he's going to break him down, I want to see him break down. Give me rounds four and five. It seems a bit weird to have a fight this big... Dana White made it explicit that the winner, now Rashad Evans, is going to fight Mauricio Shogun Rua later this year. It seems just wrong to have this be three rounds. It seems anti-climatic and all too entirely short for a fight of this magnitude."
MARC LAIMON: "Yeah, I agree. I mean, I kept making the mistake thinking this was a five round fight and I was like, oh man they're getting close on time. And I was like, it was only three rounds and I was like, oh man. Yeah, I did feel kind of jipped. You know like I kept thinking this was a five round fight, five round fight, and I was like, oh no, it's only 15 minutes. It's... I really would have liked to seen what would have transpired those last two rounds."
JORDAN BREEN: "Yeah, and obviously there then comes the issue and this is the thing that I brought up with Keith Kizer basically said, well when we go back and look at changing things in Nevada we're going to sort of allow these promotions to petition us and say we would like this to be a five-round fight and then we know that there's always going to be an issue of what fights become five round fights and you know where do you draw the line. And again with Zuffa, this is a card where the main event on a UFC card is still normally a title fight and this ended you know basically five minutes before you know five to seven minutes before they would have gone off on PPV. So, I mean there are time considerations for PPVs but it seems like absolutely, a title eliminator that Dana White explicitly says the winner's of this fight is going to be fighting a title, surely that has to be the most appropriate step down from an actual title fight. I mean, it's the natural step below it, surely if anything that's the kind of fight that we can get behind for 25 minutes."
I felt far less frustrated by this three round main event than I did by the UFC 108 Rashad Evans vs Thiago Silva fight because I felt the outcome had been more definitively decided. Rashad's knock down of Rampage in the first and his ability to not only survive the big punch in the third, but end the round with another take down told me that he was the better man. That was far less clear against Thiago Silva.
Either way, put me firmly in the camp that strongly favors five round headliners for major events, regardless of whether it's a title fight or not.