Frankie Edgar’s lightweight title victory at UFC 112 went almost unnoticed. The Demian Maia/Anderson Silva controversy made much more noise than the belt change in the media. And I have to say that Edgar is the UFC’s most underappreciated champion. Even Jose Aldo from the WEC gets more recognition than him.
I am not sure what the UFC expected when they booked the immediate rematch. The first fight was good without being exciting, and the prospect of a fight between Randy Couture and James Toney – which has been ridiculously hyped as the final arbiter in the boxing vs. MMA debate, which is pointless, especially given each fighter is past their prime – has garnered most if not all of the attention leading up to Saturday’s UFC 118. Even the Kenny Florian vs. Gray Maynard lightweight contender bout is getting more attention.
The only reason why Edgar vs. Penn II is happening is because BJ Penn is the UFC’s spoiled brat of a child.
August 26, 2010 No Comments
On August 1, we will have the opportunity to watch the young talent Jon Jones headline a free UFC card against Vladimir Matyushenko. And less than a week before the event, we are still scratching our heads wondering why the old wrestler was chosen to face off against the sensational new Greg Jackson recruit.
The fight between Jones and Matyushenko doesn’t make sense for many reasons. First, it doesn’t bring Jones any closer to the top of the light heavyweight division. Based upon the last few fights of each fighter, Jones has faced stiffer and more highly ranked competition than his opponent.
July 27, 2010 No Comments