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UFC 101 - Dalmatians and Gump JokesI probably shouldn't even be writing this.
To be completely honest, I only half-watched the UFC last night. I was only really interested in a few of the fights on the card, one of which they didn't even bother to show on the pay per view.
And besides, what can really be said about last night? Outside of what Joe Rogan considered to be an early stoppage on an affable fan favorite, everything either pretty much went as expected, or went at a slow pace. It was almost as if the August heat had gotten inside the Wachovia Center.
So the skinny: BJ Penn is still the king at 155, Anderson Silva chewed up another brawler, and Forrest Griffin inexplicably ran from the cage after their fight. I'm sure at least one dougy-soft webnerd has, by now, made an animated GIF of that last bit; complete with picking the over-ripe, low-hanging-fruit of a "Run Forrest, Run" joke. (And if you see one, please post it because even though Griffin is an awesome guy, it's still kinda funny. Ok, not really.)
Kenny Florian proved he's an A+ level lightweight. It's just that BJ Penn is that kid who never misses a question, despite only starting to study recently. You know, the one who maxed his SAT after a night of heavy drinking (and jumping out of pools). Penn looked focused, but somewhat bored in the fight, and Kenny "The Elbow" (because that's a much better nickname) couldn't seem to land an effective one on the Hawaiian's slippery skull.
Dan "The Tan" Miragliotta's stoppage of the Sadolla/Hendricks fight erred on the side of fighter safety, which is almost always at odds with fan entertainment. Good for him. If you're going to sit against the cage in the pushup position and get hit in the face without moving, it shouldn't matter how much of a nice guy you are. If you're not defending yourself intelligently, and camping out in the front-leaning-rest while someone wings fists towards your pie-hole isn't "intelligent", the referee must stop the fight, no matter how angry it makes the beer-swilling masses in the audience.
Anderson Silva repeated nearly the exact same performance last night as he once did against Chris Leben. This shouldn't have come as a shock to anyone as Forrest Griffin fights very similarly to the journeman welterweight; wide, looping punches, and all heart. Unfortunately for both of them, Silva didn't need to take out their hearts to beat them, just their heads. And that he did, clocking Griffin directly on the jaw with what Rogan may have described as a jab, but was more of a straight with Silva's full weight behind it. A similar punch by Chuck Liddell KO'd Vernon White a few years back, so it shouldn't be too much of a mystery.
The real mystery was why Griffin beat feet out of the cage almost immediately upon coming back to his senses. We could speculate about anything from a "No Mas" moment (if you don't know, don't ask), to Forrest wanting to catch the Saturday night repeat of True Blood. Heck, maybe he really was "shipping up to Boston to find his wooden leg". Speculation like that is almost always pointless though, and we'll leave that to the kind of websites that make up stories about managers being kept out of locker rooms.
Well, Bullshido, what was your take on UFC 101?