UFC 90 news and notes
A few quick things for a dreary Monday.
UFC 90 was, predictably, more bust than boom. I was never enticed by an Anderson Silva-Patrick Cote main event. Tough break for Cote when he injured his knee but he really didn’t have a chance to take Silva out, regardless. There's been a lot of Silva haters out there after this fight, which is sort of perplexing. I don’t think Silva was toying with Cote and I don’t think it’s nearly as big of a deal as some people, or writers, want to make of it. In my mind, Silva did nothing to hurt his standing as the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world in that fight and I believe he would’ve delivered his highlight reel KO in the third round if Cote could’ve continued.
A few other things to take away from UFC 90: Thiago Alves should be the No. 1 contender at welterweight, but he’s not yet in the same class as B.J. Penn and Georges St. Pierre. Fabricio Werdum was jobbed out of a spot in the heavyweight mini-tournament and was knocked straight off the heavyweight-title radar when he was knocked out by newcomer Junior dos Santos Saturday. Finally, Sean Sherk is still going to be one of the top lightweights. No real shock there, either. I would like to see him go up against Kenny Florian again, although I’m not sure we’ll see that anytime soon.
In other news ...
UFC president Dana White has offered Kimbo Slice a slot on The Ultimate Fighter. It will never happen because that would make no sense for Slice. He doesn’t have the time in his career to work his way up from the bottom and he would probably get knocked out of the reality show as well. Slice’s real money is in Japan because they welcome freakshow fighters and that is what Slice has become.
Here's a great column from MMA Junkie for anyone thinking of wagering on the Brock Lesnar-Randy Couture fight
Michael Bisping will be a coach on the next installment of The Ultimate Fighter. The other coach will be the winner of the Rich Franklin-Dan Henderson bout, meaning Bisping's next fight will be against one of those two. It’s rumored Bisping will get a title shot against Anderson Silva after defeating Franklin or Henderson. This sets up some big fights but in reality, things will shake out like they’re supposed to at middleweight. Franklin will beat Henderson and then Bisping. Bisping might have a slightly better chance against Dan Henderson but I don’t think he could beat either. Which makes this a pointless exercise, especially because Franklin could come out of this with two big wins and then .... what? No one wants Franklin-Silva III and that's exactly why Franklin was moving up to light heavyweight. It will be interesting to see how this unfolds.