Regardless, the way he took out Joe Stevenson on the ground, an elite jiu jitsu fighter himself, served to make a point that's been long overdue. You're not safe on your feet against Florian; and you're not safe on the ground against him either. Remember how Sean Sherk dominated him in ground and pound fashion way back when?
Well, that one rather powerful takedown Florian executed against Stevenson on his way to a rear naked choke victory signifies that he's no longer going to be easy to dominate from a wrestling perspective, either. Sure, B.J. Penn is ridiculous in all areas of fighting himself and would be favored over him. Still, Florian is the only guy in the UFC lightweight division that has well-rounded enough skills to hang with him right now.
Looking forward to that fight, if it occurs.
Georges St. Pierre vs. B.J. Penn at UFC 94: We've already talked about this match up to death and will continue to in the future, so we'll leave that out of things (after all, it's early). Still, you've got to wonder what happens if Penn wins. Sure they're saying that he would go down in weight to defend his lightweight title, but doesn't beating a guy like St. Pierre beg for fighting as a welterweight? Imagine the possibilities: Diego Sanchez vs. B.J. Penn, Matt Hughes vs. B.J. Penn III, Josh Koscheck vs. B.J. Penn, Thiago Alves vs. B.J. Penn. . .
And the list goes on.
Brock Lesnar shuts most of the critics up: As an MMA fan and writer, I can't stand the fact that some people are going to view Lesnar's victory over Randy Couture as signifying that a big WWE wrestler can simply come into MMA and do well. Sure it's his collegiate wrestling background, size, and athleticism that netted him a UFC belt, not his professional wrestling background. But the truth is sometimes irrelevant; people will often view things without utilizing the real facts.
None of that is Lesnar's fault, however. The bottom line is that he's proven to be freakishly athletic with awesome wrestling skills. Beyond that, he's knocked down every UFC fighter he's faced with a punch, even if the one against Mir has been called a slip by some. Add in a win over Couture and some very hard work on Lesnar's part and you've got to give him credit. Lesnar has proven to be a serious MMA fighter that can give anybody in the game problems.
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brock Lesnar: Already we're hearing about the whole Brock Lesnar vs. Fedor Emelianenko thing. Don't want to hear it. It's impossible, folks! More impossible than PRIDE vs. UFC bouts ever were (at least those happened sometimes).
So stop talking about the possibility of it!
Kim Couture comes out smoking: At Strikeforce: Destruction, Couture promised to start quickly against Lina Kvokov. After all, in her first professional fight she came out cautiously and got her jaw broken in the first round. She sure did deliver on her pre-fight promises, by the way, coming out of the gate blazing and securing a first round TKO in dominant fashion. The bottom line is that she looked much better her second time around than her first.
And that's a big piece of what this whole martial arts thing is about.
Scott Smith hits hard: Sure, we all knew that Smith hit hard. But just in case you forgot or want some reaffirmation, check out his recent quick knockout of Terry Martin.
Chuck Liddell vs. Randy Couture IV: There's talk that this fight could take place at a future UFC event in Germany. You'd think that you'd get sick of seeing these two square off. But this one would be at heavyweight, and Liddell has been on a somewhat downward trend. Will that make a difference?
Hard to say. But it's still a match up that intrigues you, no?
Where the heck is Tito?: Free agent MMA fighter Tito Ortiz has been rumored to be going everywhere but still hasn't fought anyone since Lyoto Machida. He's not young enough to be waiting around this long. Besides, a match against Renato "Babalu" Sobral or Frank Shamrock in Strikeforce could be a big money event.
Hopefully he gets on board with someone soon.
Lyoto Machida vs. Thiago Silva at UFC 93: This upcoming UFC fight should be a very good one. Looking forward to it in a big way!
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