The guys over at 15rounds.com have a laundry list of quotes from various Dana White interviews post UFC 73. The guy does a damn good job of keeping the MMA rumor mill churning.
“I am very confident that we’ll have an HBO deal very soon.”
“Cro Cop said if he beats Cheik Congo he wants Nogueira”
“Would like to make the Wanderlei Silva vs Chuck Liddell for September”
“Gurgel and Surata was fight of the night”
“Hayato Sakurai is joining the UFC. We’re ready as soon as he is. He’ll fight at 170.”
“BJ Penn is next for Sherk. In November”
“Hope to have Fedor fighting in the UFC at the end of 2007 or early 2008”
“Henderson vs Rampage will be for both belts. It is a unification bout. Undisputed champ.”
“Nogueira is one of the best fighters in the world. We’re going to put him in with someone very exciting”
“Silva is a killer. Marquardt is very good, but Silva came down strong.”
Saw this posted first on FiveOuncesofPain
Looking at this picture you’d never guess that Minotauro Nogueira was the fighter that was nearly KO’d. Herring’s face is a disaster!
Reading the some of the message boards for post fight comments/opinions, I’m really surprised by a lot of the Herring/Nog reaction… why are so many fans giving Heath Herring so much respect?!? He hit Nog with a lucky kick that Nog ducked into (and it was NOT a high kick, it was waist level). In 3 UFC fights, Herring shows me NOTHING. He shows no killer instinct.
There are message board posts saying the ref should have stopped the fight… here’s how to stop a fight, jump on top of a downed opponent and pound away. That’s the only way to guarantee the ref will jump in there and stop the fight. Don’t stand back and ask the ref to make a judgment call. Awful. Herring should spend less time on his hair coloring and more time sharpening his jab.
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UFC.com did a nice job getting some quality post-fight interview videos up quickly. (they also got YouTube and DailyMotion to remove most of their copyrighted fight footage pretty quick too)
Check out Sean Sherk, Tito Ortiz, Stephan Bonnar, and Frank Edgar for some good post-fight banter. Click to view the UFC Video Gallery.
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Champ Anderson Silva beats Nate Marquardt – TKO (strikes) Rd1.
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Champ Sean Sherk beats Hermes Franca – unanimous decision.
Tito Ortiz vs. Rashad Evans – DRAW
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Antonio Minotauro Nogueira beats Heath Herring – unanimous decision.
Kenny Florian beats Alvin Robinson – tapout (strikes) Rd1.
Jorge Gurgel beats Diego Saraiva – unanimous decision
Stephan Bonnar beats Mike Nickels – tapout (rear naked choke) Rd 1.
Chris Lytle beats Jason Gilliam – tapout (triangle choke) Rd 1.
Frankie Edgar beats Mark Bocek – TKO (strikes) Rd1.
Minotauro Nogueira vs. Heath Herring – B
Nog has beat Herring now for the third time (twice in PRIDE). Good. Herring could have stunned his critics (that includes me) and finished off Minotauro in the 1st round following a HUGE kick to the head. Rogan gave it the ole “right on the button”. Instead he decided to pull of and let the ref stand it up. Nog had no idea where he was, let alone the ability to stand under his own power… why did Herring back off?!?! How bad does it look like Herring threw this fight? He came in at a portly 259lbs. Geez man take a few laps and act like you care. Minotauro deserves big props for taking one hell of a shot to the face (think Sean Salmon) and regaining his composure to pull out the victory.
Sean Sherk vs. Hermes Franca – A
Franca got OWNED. Sherk displayed the true meaning of “to break his spirit”. The only time Franca was walking to and from his corner. Sherk showed incredible control over his opponent. He ate some of the biggest knee strikes you’ll ever see, and did so willingly b/c each knee to the face led to a takedown.
Poor Franca got a raw deal b/c not only did he ROCK Sherk 3 times with big-time knees to the face, he also caught Sherk deep in guillotine chokes… Franca put together a highlight reel in this fight. Too bad Sherk’s dominance lasted 24 minutes and Franca’s highlights spanned about a minute of time. The only way to get this belt from Sherk is for a striker with GREAT takedown defense to step in to the cage.
Tito Ortiz vs. Rashad Evans – C+ (click to watch this fight)
Are you kidding me? This was the fight the was promoted so heavily by the UFC? This was the result of all that buildup, all that smack talk, all that BS self promotion by Tito? And they actually want us to be hyped up for Tito/Rashad II?!?!
Two VERY SIMILAR fight styles. At certain points several minutes lapsed without a single punch throw. They jockeyed for double-leg takedowns for at least half the fight. Tito: where was the dirty boxing? Where were the nasty elbows, the dominant ground-n-pound? Rashad: didn’t you watch tape of Liddell beating Tito down? Didn’t you realize the guy hates getting hit with multiple shots?
This was a step back for Ortiz and a small step up for Evans.
Anderson Silva vs. Nate Marquardt – B+ (click to watch this fight!)
Would have liked this to go to 3 rounds to get our money’s worth from these two. Nate did a lot of talking in his UFC Countdown piece, only to get shut-up by Silva’s fists. We were really looking forward to seeing Nate take him down. And really looking forward to seeing some crazy knees from Silva. Entertaining none the less. (I hope Heath Herring was taking notes on how to finish a fight).
Spider Silva has deadly accuracy; Rogan is right, the man is surgical. He darts those fists straight into your face – Rock’em Sock’em robot style.
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Nate Marquardt Vs. Anderson Silva
This fight will be a good title fight for the middleweight class. Silva is very dominant with his strikes and control in the octagon. Nate is a seasoned veteran though and has won every fight in the UFC thus far. Nate said in a recent interview that he thought his stand up was better. He didn’t sound arrogant or of someone being smart, but he said it matter of factly. I hope he is as good as he is confident because he will need it against this KO monster with the last 5 out of 7 of Silva’s fights ending in a TKO/KO. Nate has been doing good lately, but most of his fights going to the judges which can be an indicator of a cautious strategy. This is going to be a tough one to call with Nate’s experience and Silva’s tough hands/knees. Unless Silva makes a mistake and gets submitted by Nate I think the champ will end up winning in the end by way of decision.
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Rashad Evans Vs. Tito Ortiz
I can’t wait for this one. Tito hasn’t really fought anybody or won in a good way for sometime now. He TKO’ed Ken Shamrock twice, a 43 year old and other than that he has either lost to Chuck or eked out split decisions with Forrest Griffin and Vito Belfort. I really think Rashad is going to make Tito pay for any trash talk he will bringing into the public the week before. You can also bet Tito will probably pull some sort of stunt at the weigh-ins. In my opinion these guys have similar fighting styles so it will be fun to see those styles clash together in the octagon. I am going to go with Rashad Evans in the third round by way of TKO.
Hermes Franca Vs. Sean Sherk
This is going to be another awesome fight I think. Franca is a loose cannon in the Octagon and is a little sloppy. None of his opponents has been able to capitalize on any of his standing mistakes yet and Sherk probably won’t be able to do it since he isn’t the fastest on his feet. The George St.Pierre fight still haunts me with Sherk because he just seemed to let go once Pierre landed a few punches on his head. Franca is a sloppy bomb swinging for the fences striker so Sherk better go in like a dozer and scoop this guy up and try to keep it on the ground. Even though Franca is no slouch on the ground I think Sherk will take him down control some of the fight and Franca will probably bust loose and TKO Sherk with a little ground and pound in the second or third.
Heath Herring Vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
This will be another neat fight. Even though Heath hasn’t showed much in the showmanship category with his last few fights it will be cool to see two ex-PRIDE guys duke it out in the heavyweight class. If Herring trains hard and really wants it bad enough I think he will put on a great show and duke it out with Nogueira. I think there will be a little ground movement, but for the most part it should be a striking war going to the judges. After three round I believe it will end up like they did last time they fought with Nogueira the”Minotauro” getting the decision.
Alvin Robinson Vs. Kenny Florian
I know there is a lot of talent on this card so a lot of good fighters will not be on the main card, but I can think of a few that should be in place of this match. Not that Kenny isn’t a killer but I think he is going to walk though Alvin probably with a first round submission
Mike Nickels Vs. Stephan Bonnar
This will probally be a 50/50 good striking with a ground war also between two good submission guys. Both of these guys are tough so I don’t think either of them will go down, but I think Bonnar will eventually overwelhm Nickels and get a submission after Mike makes a mistake. I will have to go with Bonnar going to war, but getting a submission on Mike in the second round.
Mark Bocek Vs. Frank Edgar
I think this fight is gonna be fast. These two are super fast fighters with lots of speed. Frank has gotten through the first time UFC jitters and has a very powerful ground game. Mark is also strong on the ground and has been cross training as of late at none other than the great, “Greg Jackson’s” in New Mexico. I hope nothing rubs off on him because I think Frank Edgar is going to catch Mark making an early and land a Guillotine ending this one early in round one.
Thanks to Billy Gamble of Billy’s MMA Blog for contributing the post.
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UFC 73 is “Stacked”. Nearly every fighter on this card has a sick highlight reel. I wish this event was tomorrow, that’s how pumped I am to see these guys throw down.
Anderson Silva (Champ) vs. Nate Marquardt – Nate is a tough SOB but Spider Silva is a freak. Ask Rich Franklin what its like to be in a Muay Thai clinch and catch Silva’s knees with your kidneys. Marquardt is in for a war.
Sean Sherk (Champ) vs. Hermes Franca – Franca’s hands are so wild, if he catches Sherk this thing could be over in a flash. The guy literally throws punches from out of his ass. Sherk should fight a more technical fight and remain champ.
Tito Ortiz vs. Rashad Evans – This is gonna be a great fight. Evans has looked awesome, dominating his last two fights with KO’s. Not that he needs it but he’ll have plenty of extra motivation going into this one as Tito has been running his mouth yet again. Best part is Tito can back it up. Ortiz reminds me of ARod; he’s arrogant as hell yet so f-ing talented. You want to see his amazing skills yet can’t wait for him to get cracked in the mouth.
Heath Herring vs. Antonio “Big Nog” Nogueira – Lock of the night, “Big Nog” all the way. Herring beating Brad Imes at UFC 69 is not that impressive. Now he’s facing one of the best MMA heavyweights in the world in Nogueira. Herring’s got a punchers chance, it would be a HUGE upset win for him. That’s not too likely to happen.
Kenny Florian vs. Alvin Robinson – Chances are Florian puts on a clinic to newcomer Robinson.
Stephan Bonnar vs. Mike Nickels – Bonnar’s looked lost in his last few fights. Bonnar needs a big win here against season 3 TUF fighter Nickels. You know Dana White is just waiting to promote the hell out of this guy, make him the next UFC poster boy.
Drew Fickett vs. Chris Lytle – Pulling for Fickett here. Dude showed huge heart in his 3 round loss to Parisyan, and more recently went another 3 rounds to beat Keita Nakamura.
Frank Edgar vs. Mark Bocek – Both unbeaten at 155, UFCtakedown is rooting for Edgar in this bout. We gotta represent for the kid from da Jersey shore!
Jorge Gurgel vs. Diego Saraiva – Two Brazilian lightweights facing off. Gurgel talked mad junk while on TUF, but didn’t back it up. With all the scheming and plotting he was doing, he would have been better off on The Real World.
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