Saturday, July 2, 2011

Pre UFC 132 Thoughts and Questions

1. Is this the final fight of Tito Ortiz' career?

Dana White has already said that if Ortiz loses tonight to Ryan Bader, he is done in the UFC. Ortiz can't go to Strikeforce anymore since Strikeforce is now part of Zuffa.

I don't know how much money Bellator would have to cough up to get Ortiz and who knows if the new Pro Elite organization can afford Ortiz.

No one is giving Ortiz a chance tonight against the younger and stronger Bader. Bader is a -550 favorite in Vegas.

I would like to see Ortiz shock the world but I don't think it will happen. He will probably lose by decision and then thank the troops on this Fourth of July weekend.

White said that Ortiz has not won since 2006 but it's not like he has fought a lot of times and lost. Since 2007, he has fought once a year.

2. Will the main event between Urijah Faber and Dominick Cruz be entertaining and go all five rounds?

Both of these fighters are short and fast. Cruz can be very elusive and hard to hit. Neither of these fighters put on a great performance as far as entertainment value goes in their previous fight before tonight.

There is pressure on both Cruz and Faber to put on a good show because they are the main event. I don't know how much interest MMA fans have in this fight even though Faber is a very popular fighter.

Faber is immensely popular on Twitter with over 99,000 followers but is he a pay-per-view draw? Winning tonight and capturing the bantamweight title would make him more popular.

I don't know how many fans outside California care about the main event. Let's see if Faber and Cruz can give the fans a good battle.

3. Is Dong Hyun Kim a legitimate contender in the welterweight division?

Kim has been very impressive inside the octagon and he faces a stiff challenge tonight when he takes on Carlos Condit. Kim might be one more win away from a title shot if he can beat Condit.

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