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Old 02-07-2011, 07:38 PM
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Biggest Winner: Anderson Silva
Admit it, when he spent the first couple minutes floating around the cage and blocking invisible punches, you thought to yourself: 'Dear God, not again.' Then he front-kicked Vitor Belfort in the face and you leapt three feet in the air while proclaiming him the greatest fighter to ever live. Such is the rollercoaster of emotions that comes with any Silva fight. Beating Belfort might not be the crowning jewel in his already stellar career, but doing it in action movie fashion can only add to his mythical status. Even if he retires tomorrow he'll be remembered as one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time. Although if he retires before fighting GSP – who, one hopes, won't screw things up by losing to Jake Shields – it will be a minor tragedy.


After he started circling, I not only thought it, I said it out loud!

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Most Hypeworthy: Jon Jones
Can we all finally agree that "Bones" is every bit as good as advertised, if not better? He took on an undefeated contender and made him look virtually helpless. At one point it was as if Jones teleported himself to Bader's back, and you could almost see the former Division I wrestler's confidence draining out of him. After a dominant win like that, the UFC won't have much trouble selling a title fight between Jones and 'Shogun' Rua. At the same time, it's asking a lot of the 23-year-old Jones to turn right around and fight for a title six weeks later. But I guess if he learned anything from seeing what happened to his teammate Rashad Evans over the past year, it's that you've got to seize opportunities as they arise. You never know when the rug can be yanked out from under you.
I agree, so far he's living up to his hype. Blows my mind he's only 23, and from what Rogan said, he's only been at this 3 years.

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Most Aimless: Rich Franklin
He was undersized and overpowered in his loss to Forrest Griffin. It's enough to remind us why he wasn't fighting at light heavyweight for his entire career. It makes you wonder though, was it enough to remind him? Franklin has been a fighter without a home since his brutal losses to Anderson Silva motivated him to find a different kind of work in the UFC. He can still compete and put on a show, but what's the ultimate goal here? He'll almost certainly never be champ at 205 pounds, and probably won't ever even get a crack at a UFC belt again. If he's just hanging around for the paychecks, his fights are going to get harder and harder to sell to fans.
"Aimless Ace"...

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Most Encouraging Sign for WEC 155-ers: Donald Cerrone
"Cowboy" outclassed Paul Kelly (who, coincidentally, can jabber all he wants about how his glove-touch sucker punch wasn't unsportsmanlike, but we know what we saw) and got a win that's a good omen for the former WEC lightweights. True, Kelly is far from the cream of the crop in the UFC, but Cerrone wasn't the best the WEC had to offer, either. If he can come in and whoop up on a guy who's hung around in the UFC for a couple of years, maybe it shows that there wasn't such a significant talent gap between the WEC and UFC after all.
I changed my mind at the last minute in my predictions and went with the other guy. Won't do that again!

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Most Baffling: Antonio Banuelos
I'm not sure what he thought was going to happen when he decided to spend three rounds at the end of Miguel Torres' jab. You'd think that the thing to do against a much taller fighter would be to get inside, or maybe get him to the mat. Banuelos didn't seem terribly interested in either, and instead he got jabbed to death for fifteen minutes. Actually, that's not true. He did come charging in during the last fifteen seconds of the fight. If only he'd started instead of finished that way, he might have had a chance.
I'm sure he was thinking that...afterwards.

Great analyses.
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Last edited by Bonnie; 02-07-2011 at 08:02 PM. Reason: because Ben forgot to credit the source
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