Now that everyone has had a chance to digest the happenings of UFC
93, it’s time for me to step down from the clouds (read: roll out
of bed) and tell you exactly what to think about things you already
have an opinion on. I sense there is a chance for some disagreement
With that in mind, let’s jump in and take a closer look at the
winners and losers of UFC 93, including the man with two nicknames,
a math teacher trapped in the Hodge Conjecture (look it up) and a
Brazilian who thinks he’s a Japanese military commander.
All that and more from your favorite MMA writer, not counting all
those other writers you actually like.
Hollywood Rules Ireland
Thanks to some favorable judging and that permanently cocked right
hand of doom, Dan
Henderson walked away from his main event match with Rich
Franklin sporting a fresh “W” on his record and a chance to
earn a second title tilt with pound-for-pound impresario Anderson
First, though, Henderson has to make it through a season of
coaching borderline sociopaths on “The Ultimate Fighter” with his
sanity intact. Assuming he doesn’t end up in a rubber room, he
still has to take out Michael
Bisping before getting another crack at the Baryshnikov of
The Irish Hand Gre … whoops! I mean, The Celtic Warrior
Remember when everyone had a good laugh at Marcus Davis
for saying he had the best hands in MMA on “The Ultimate Fighter”?
Well, it looks like the greatest punch line in SpikeTV history has
more than a bit of truth to it. Davis showed uncommon boxing acumen
in utterly outclassing Chris Lytle on
the feet for the bulk of 15 minutes. With another win to his name,
it may not be much longer before Davis starts forcing the issue on
a title shot.
While no one should be doubling down on a future title reign for
Davis, let’s not forget that Matt Serra
proved Andy Warhol right with his brief run as welterweight
Anyone Nicknamed ‘The Hitman’
It was all aces for both Martin
Kampmann and John
Hathaway at UFC 93, as they notched impressive and important
wins on the undercard. For Kampmann, it was his debut as a
welterweight, and against Alexandre
Barros he quickly showed that the weight cutting had done
nothing to snuff out his livewire offensive arsenal.
With all that pressure, at least Kampmann wasn’t a Brit fighting an
Irishman in Ireland. That distinction belonged to John
Hathaway, who rose to the occasion beautifully in his UFC debut
by sending hometown hero Tom Egan to the
pub for some counseling.
Considering the success these two had, I’d like to announce I shall
be known henceforth as Tomas “The Hitman” Rios.
The Irish Fighting Championship
Another overseas show and what looks like another overseas success
for the UFC. While building inroads all over the map, the UFC has
managed to cultivate a rabid following throughout the United
Kingdom by bringing some of the best they have to offer across the
pond and shining a light on local talent.
With the upcoming season of “The Ultimate Fighter” set to shine a
light on this vintage fistic rivalry, expect for the UFC’s future
forays in the U.K. to be an even bigger spectacle than what we saw
this past weekend. If the UFC is smart about this, officially
branded kilts will be the fashion must-have of the season.
Living on a Belch(er) and a Prayer
Sometimes it’s better to be the smarter fighter than the better
fighter, and that was exactly what Alan
Belcher had going against Denis Kang.
Despite being behind on the scorecards against a far more
experienced opponent, Belcher did the smart thing and waited on
Kang to have one of his inevitable mental malfunctions. When the
time came, Belcher was ready and quickly capitalized on Kang’s
One of these days, Kang is going to make like the Predator and lie
on the mat laughing maniacally as his self-destruct timer ticks
away and Arnold Schwarzenegger runs frantically for cover. The best
part is that wouldn’t even crack my top-10 list of surreal MMA