Sunday, September 7, 2008

UFC 88:"Breakthrough" Review

UFC 88 did not disappoint  as the main event between Rashad "Sugar" Evans and Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell  ended in a knockout by Evans.

Evans shocked the world by knocking out "The Iceman" in the second round.

Liddell was going for an uppercut when Evans connected with an overhand right which knocked Liddell out cold.

Most fans expected Liddell to win because he was the better striker of the two.

Liddell pressured Evans throughout the whole fight while Evans patiently waited for an opening.

Evans was dancing the whole night. He danced before the fight, during the fight, and after the fight.

Some people are turned off by Evans' dancing and consider it to be nothing more than showboating.

Fighters such as Matt Hughes have been turned off by Evans' so-called showmanship.

Unfortunately for the Evans' bashers,  Evans danced all night long on Saturday.

Evans was a big underdog but if you looked at the match-up more closely, Evans had a very good chance to win.

The undefeated fighter from Niagara Falls was a lot faster and more athletic than the older Liddell.

Liddell was never able to catch Evans with a lot of good  punches due to the speed and great footwork of Evans.

Round one was very slow-paced as both fighters were feeling each other out.

The second round was much like the first round until Evans connected  and ended the fight.

Evans should get a title shot against UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin.

As for Liddell, he will have to probably win two or three fights in order to get another title shot.

The media asked him if he was going to retire and he said no.

Why does the media always ask fighters if they are going to retire after a tough loss? It is ridiculous.

Liddell shouldn't retire but he does need to keep his hands up instead of dropping them so low that a fighter such as Evans can easily connect.  

Maybe Liddell needs new trainers and sparring partners as well to keep his training fresh and get new ideas from other trainers and coaches.

If Randy Couture loses to Brock Lesnar in November, you can bet the media will ask  the 45-year-old Couture if he plans to retire.

In other fights, Dong Hyun Kim defeated Matt Brown by split decision. 

Kim clearly defeated Brown and dominated the first and third rounds of the fight.

The biased UFC commentators, Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan, kept on insisting that Brown won the fight even though anyone with a unbiased opinion knew that Kim had won the fight.

Kim had a few takedowns in round three and also cut Brown. 

In round one, Kim almost finished the fight with a standing rear naked choke.

The crowd in Atlanta was very racist and booed Kim throughout the fight. 

The disrespectful fans and UFC commentators  were all over Kim after the judges awarded the decision to him.

The South Korean was very gracious after the fight and displayed nothing but class despite all the hostility thrown his way.

In another exciting fight, Nate Marquardt defeated Martin Kampmann by TKO in the first round.

Dan Henderson defeated Rousimar Palhares in a dull match. Palhares kept on going for takedowns which Henderson defended throughout the three-round fight.  Henderson won by unanimous decision.

In the co-main event of the evening, Rich Franklin moved up a weight class to fight Matt "The Hammer" Hamill.  Franklin won with kick to the liver which dropped Hamill. Franklin started to rain down punches on Hamill and the referee stopped the fight.

Overall, this was a good UFC pay-per-view. There were five fights on the main card and three ended  by TKO. 

The next UFC show will be on Spike TV on September 17.

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