UFC 93 news and notes
UFC 93 was a decent card and a fine show. But upon closer examination, it wasn’t all that great.
The Marcus Davis-Chris Lytle fight was terrific. Denis Kang was a letdown, in my opinion. I was disappointed with Rousimar Palhares as well, as that fight wasn’t that great. Mark Coleman was exactly what we thought he would be: a guy past his prime that tried to cut too much weight and wasn’t effective. What made that fight painful is that it was clear Coleman wasn’t on his game but Mauricio Rua looked even worse in my eyes.
Rua is on pace to be another Pride-to-UFC flop. He’s a younger guy, so he could turn it around and I know he was coming off an injury, but he was fighting a guy that shouldn’t be able to hang with a top 10 light heavyweight. What’s even more disappointing is the rumor that they will try to push Rua vs. Chuck Liddell as a main event fight coming up soon. At least we’ll get to see Liddell with another KO.
The Rich Franklin-Dan Henderson main event was a fine fight, but a little too sloppy. The accidental head butt, the eye poke and just too many other little things took away from the bout. I also thought the judging was messed up. I think you can certainly make a case that Franklin won rounds 1 and 3. Henderson was given too much credit for takedowns and then gassing. Even still, how does one judge give Franklin all three rounds?
And the most disappointing thing to come out of that event is the announcement that Rampage Jackson will be taking on Keith Jardine in Columbus, Ohio at UFC 96. What sense does that make? Rampage is already thought to be the No. 1 contender for the light heavyweight belt. Why make him fight Jardine? Would Jardine get a title shot against his friend, Rashad Evans, if he wins? He certainly doesn’t deserve one. Very confusing.
Almost as confusing is figuring out what's next for Rich Franklin. I’d like to see them move him down to 185 and be the ultimate gate keeper for the title. Any contender has to take Rich down to get a shot at Anderson Silva, which saves us from Patrick Cote vs. Silva and Thales Leites vs. Silva. That frees up Anderson for more big-money fights (Georges St. Pierre? Liddell? More light heavyweight fights?) before he retires, if that’s still his plan.
Otherwise, I’d like to see Franklin fight the loser of the Lyoto Machida vs. Thiago Silva fight at UFC 94.
What did you think of UFC 93? What do you think should be next for Franklin?