Whew. Things weren’t looking too good at first for Marcus Aurelio when he arrived in the UFC. His initial fight was a dismal decision performance against Clay Guida, and even a solid KO versus Luke Caudillo at UFC78 wasn’t enough to get him out of the dark matches at last week’s UFC Fight Night event. Fortunately it looks like the Marcus we saw versus Ryan Roberts looked more like the Marcus who beat Takanori Gomi than the one who lost to Guida … he pulled off one of the sickest armbars I’ve seen in a while.
Now it seems like he’s back into favor with UFC brass, because they’re looking to match him up against Tyson Griffin at UFC 86. I’m down with seeing that fight, but once again I’m left shaking my head at what the fuck is going on with the UFC’s booking of lightweight fighters. Ram (hehe) over at 5 Ounces had to write a novel comparing all the guys currently in lightweight title contention because there’s so damn many of them. But instead of Joe Silva booking those contenders against eachother to determine a clear cut #1 contender, he’s once again got a guy currently on the outside (Aurelio) facing someone currently on the inside (Griffin).
Anyways, I’m not going to bitch too much because the match really does have the potential to be fight of the night. But it’s still kinda stupid.