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November 22, 2009

UFC 106 quick thoughts

*UFC 106 was an entertaining show, especially considering the black cloud that had been hanging over the event. I don’t know what it is about shows like this but while most of the casual fans wrote it off for the lack of big-time fights, UFC 106 ended up being one of the more entertaining nights of fights.

* Forrest Griffin badly needed that win over Tito Ortiz and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a third Griffin-Ortiz clash down the line. Ortiz has a place in the UFC, especially since he’s a big draw, but doesn’t it feel like he’s following Liddell’s path? Still big enough to sell tickets but not good enough to make a run at the title. That being said, I’m sure not too many people would mind seeing Liddell and Ortiz have another go.

* What’s next for Griffin? I’d like to see him fight Randy Couture. I think the rumor now is that Mark Coleman and Couture will be facing each other next, but I think Couture is too good for that fight. Give Coleman Ortiz if anything, because Couture-Griffin would be a better fight.
* If not Couture, I wouldn’t mind seeing Griffin fight Rich Franklin. I’m not sure if Franklin is still looking for time off but that could be an entertaining light heavyweight bout.

* Josh Koscheck had a big win over Anthony Johnson, re-establishing himself as a contender at welterweight. He's still not the No. 1 contender, but I do think he’s a better fighter than Dan Hardy. I think Koscheck should take on Jon Fitch or Thiago Alves next to see who gets GSP after Dan Hardy.

* Johnson is such a huge welterweight and while he didn’t have as much trouble making weight this time, how long will it be before he just moves up to middleweight? I think there could be some interesting fights for him there.

* Antonio Rogerio Nogueira looked sharp in his win and he could be a guy to keep an eye on at light heavyweight.

* Ben Saunders looked sharp as well in his win over Marcus Davis. I think Saunders vs. Dustin Hazelett could be a good fight.

Posted by Andy Knobel at 5:17 PM | | Comments (1)
        

Comments

Griffin won't fight Couture, they are friends and belong to the same gym.

Although Hardy isn't deserving of a title shot yet, who is? Koshcheck isn't and GSP's steamrolled everyone else.

Paulo Thiago deserves a shot at GSP before Koshcheck.

Ortiz vs Couture.. good call.. that's a great fight for two washed up guys. I'd watch it even though I think both of them are already out to pasture.

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