Artwork via Anton Tabuena at Bloody Elbow. Nicely done, as usual.
Well, I guess I can write some more. Mad props to Matthew Roth, our currently incommunicado leader, and Brent Brookhouse over at BE - I always looked at live blogging as something anyone can do, but it's a grind. I don't know how I did tonight because, despite thousands of views, we don't have a single comment on anything. Feedback is key, people. I WILL say that it's infinitely more difficult than I thought it would be, especially splitting your screen between stream and post. And the editing. Oh, God, the constant editing. Well, onto the reflections.
- What. A. Card! Maybe it's just amplified by the recent stinkers we've all endured (some with more stoicism than others), but man, does it feel nice when a good night of fights comes together. You had technical striking, sloppy ass brawl striking, quality grappling matches, divisional relevance (always a favorite of mine) and blood. No matter what your "thing" is (unless your "thing" is being an Yves Edwards fan), it got tickled by something on the card tonight. By the way, I could really get used to this "six hours of MMA" thing. It's like a Japanese megacard without the God damned intermission.
- For all the crying I've done (and will do) about the perils of live blogging, if you're ever going to begin doing it, do it on a night where you're 12-0 in picks. When you even get the decisions right that most people disagree with (more on my scoring of Elkins/Omigawa and how stupid everyone thinks I am after the jump), that's a good evening.
- I'll get to the individual fights one by one below, but overall, there needs to be some kind of way to shame judges into cleaning up. If the AC's aren't going to do it, than professional whiners such as myself need to step up and mobilize the court of public opinion into action. Almost every decision tonight, while correct (in my view), were marred by an indefensible scorecard on a round by round basis. The fact that these egregious errors happened to fall on the same side of the ledger as the other two judges should in no way mitigate their atrociousness. Bad judging is bad judging, and I want to hear some answers from some judges before they travel to yet another locale and judge yet another UFC fight without so much as explaining how they do their job.
- It's always nice to hear a good "Boston sucks!" chant, no matter the context (unless it's being chanted by Yankees fans. I'd root for Satan's Army over the New York Yankees).