Okay, so Luke Thomas didn’t take me up on my bet, but he shouldn’t feel that bad: the other thousands of visitors to the site during the run-up to UFC76 didn’t have the balls to challenge me on the issue either. So I’ll call the results of this fight thusly:
- Fightlinker : 1
- Everyone Else : 0
Well, I guess Jon Fitch gets a point too because he had a little to do with this victory as well. Does Diego Sanchez get a point too for giving the bout away? I think he should, considering he was so busy jiu-jitsuing Fitch that he forgot to uuuuuuuh beat the shit out of him and win! With, I dunno … fists and elbows and stuff. I hear that works sometimes. Especially with someone like Fitch who’s no Karo Parisyan or even Joe Riggs on his feet.
Here’s what happened to Diego: he switched training camps and forgot a part of what made him good. He remembered the whole ‘hunger’ thing and the whole tiger or lion or whichever member of the Pantherinae subfamily shit. What he didn’t remember that it was his aggressive striking game that’s worked for him since he hit the UFC. When he moved to San Diego (ya know, to re-establish that rough ghetto environment he had earlier in his career), he fell in with the Ribeiro brothers and seemed like he was spending more time doing jiu-jitsu than proper MMA training. To me, that was what I saw as he was out-positioned and out-scored. But what do I know … I was three flags to the wind watching this show, so my opinion should hold about as much weight as Cecil People’s.