UFC & WEC Post-Mortem: The Spider’s Sense, Torres’ Humanity, More
If you’re only as good as your last fight, Anderson
Silva exited the Octagon on Saturday in far better shape than
After two performances that had fans grumbling, the UFC decided to
inflame Silva’s attitude by getting Forrest
Griffin to chase him. Hopefully, Griffin got hazard pay for it:
after looking aimless and ineffectual in the opening minutes,
Griffin walked right into a stiff jab that crumpled his ungainly
frame. Power and size leaks confidence at the first sign of
accuracy -- and Silva is a sniper.
What does it prove? We knew Silva was a far better muay Thai
craftsman than Griffin, so it’s doubtful any eyeballs were singed
tonight. But it was evidence that Silva’s recent appearances at
middleweight were certainly the result of his opponents’ lax
So what now? There’s talk of potential rematches with Nathan
Marquardt and Dan Henderson,
and that’s probably a sign he’s outgrown the division. Leave the
remakes to Hollywood.
The weekend was considerably less bountiful for the WEC’s Miguel
Torres, another contender in the seemingly endless line of
“pound for pound” something or others. After being stunned by an
overhand right early by challenger Brian Bowles,
Torres ate a chopping right that sent him to the canvas; Bowles
followed up by trying to push his head to the particle board
Bowles is tough -- and Torres is still one of the best we’ve got.
You shouldn’t be as good as your last fight. You should be as good
as your last nineteen.
Next for Silva: Only big fights, please, and a laundry list
of rematches at 185 isn’t where they’re at.
Next for Griffin: A game plan that isn’t the equivalent of
challenging Usain Bolt to a sprint.
Next for B.J. Penn:
Sanchez, apparently. And that’s just fine by us.
Next for Kenny
Florian: A better strength training program or a drop to
Next for Torres: 17-2 probably earns him an immediate rematch with
Bowles if he wants it.
Next for Bowles: Torres or Dominic Cruz, who looked like a “Tekken”
character in his win over Joe Benavidez Sunday.
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