Barnett's shoulder dislocation--or whatever the hell he did--was disappointing. Although CroCop had nowhere to go but up when it came to ground-fighting skill (remember that awful grappling against the Japanese tomato can?), I was still pretty dubious that he'd be able to do much. Evidently, though, he can now snap a joint simply by looking at it.
Props to Hunt for hanging in there and covering up properly. His strategy? "Let the other guy kick my ass until he gets sleepy." Still, someone like Bobish, with such obvious cardio issues, really needs to pick and choose his attacks. Big boys need to do damage on almost every shot if they hope to outlast their opponents.
Jackson and Silva was a solid fight. I was the only one in the room who predicted that it would get past the first round. Was Silva the smarter fighter? I don't know. I do know that he conserved energy while Jackson was busting his ass to finish him (and being well into position to do so before the first round ended). My theory was that after getting kneed into oblivion in the last fight, Jackson's strategy was to rush in and destabilize, while trying to slam. He attempted to do that in the last few seconds, but just didn't have enough gas to do it fast enough.
Those throw/slam attempts take a lot of energy. I think that Jackson would be well advised work on transitioning from sweeps into GnP. Then again, what the **** do I know?
There’s a lot to be said for getting your opponent tired. Evidently, it’s often worth taking a medium-sized beating to do it, as it seems to be exponentially easier to capitalize on their openings when they’re no longer fresh.