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    Channeling my best Georges St. Pierre I was not impressed with EliteXC's performance.

    - Gus Johnson was a little raw around the edges, but I still thought he was phenomenal. He got excited at the right times, and he let Mauro and Shamrock do their thing at the right times. I thought it was a good call having him conduct the after the fight interviews. He does need to clean up on some terminology, but he's new at this.

    - Mauro irritates me, and he always has. Frank Shamrock did a good job, in my opinion it would have been a better booth with just him and Gus.

    - The intros, and the dancing ramp whores were ridiculous. I've always been a fan of the more understated UFC entrances anyway. If you're going to make the entrances WWE esque at least go the whole way like Pride did and don't try and split the difference like they did tonight.

    - Save for the stoppage, and the idiot fans who constantly booed the Lawler v. Smith fight was the highlight of the night. Smith and Lawler were about the only two fighters on the card who looked like they could have some success in the UFC. Both of the first two rounds were close, I think Lawler won the first round, and Smith did just enough to steal the second. Before the thumb to the eye Robbie was winning the third. I can't fathom why the ring Doc didn't give Smith his five. His eye wasn't even red.

    - Carano was the only other fighter on the card that impressed me. She more or less beat Kaitlin Young's ass. The gogo attempt was pretty cool in the first round, the announcers of course missed it. She did a nice job picking her apart with the jab, and inflicting damage with the front kicks. If she decides that she actually wants to be a professional fighter (and this entails making weight) she can definitely do a lot for the sport.

    - My DVR cut out before the main event so I had to Youtube it I didn't expect much, and it didn't disappoint the fight was ugly. Dana asserted this week that BJ Penn would beat Kimbo, dude is right. A fighter with better GnP than Thompson's pitter patter would have finished the fight. As far as the ending goes the stoppage was poor, Thompson definitely got rocked by the flurry, he probably wasn't done yet but between that and the ear whatever. The fact that I couldn't have cared less about who won the fight probably contributes to my "whatever" attitude about the stoppage. Thompson needs to come in prepared, he can't have his ear blown up like that.

    - Bring on Faber v. Pulver, and UFC 85.
    Last edited by JensenS; 06-01-2008 at 10:40 AM.

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    I agree almost word for word with Jensen. I wasn't too keen on the idea of Gus Johnson, but he is a professional and handled himself well. Obviously he needs more time watching MMA, but he was good.

    Some of the hardcore Pride fans you'll find on sherdog loved the pomp and circumstance surrounding Pride's event and ring entries. I never cared for that stuff and think UFC is cool.

    What mystified me about the Smith stoppage was the explaination. Smith said "he couldn't see right now". Of course, thats why the fight was stopped, if he could see he would be fighting. That's why you get five minutes to recover. I guess that doc was never poked in the eye before.

    Overall, Dana and Zuffa shouldn't be worried at all. I'm sure the fight got big ratings just because of the curiosity and hype surrounding it. The big key will be, how many people watch the next EXC event. These other non-UFC affiliated companies are also going to have depth problems. You have some talented fighters but once they fight each other what happens??
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    I posted this on the MMA board over at themat.com too.

    I basically lost interest during Jimmy Lennon Jr.'s verbal hummer of Kimbo during the fighter introductions. Honestly, what a farce. The shock value of a broken eyesocket on a YouTube video is one thing, but just when you think MMA is going to fully infultrate the networks, something like this ... just disgraceful.

    How about what Thompson was doing, it was all "Kimbo this, Kimbo that, Kimbo learning well, Kimbo defending," and nothing about "Thompson taking it to the inexperienced blah blah blah."

    This one left a bad taste in my mouth. I liked what EliteXC was doing ... but this ... yuck.

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    Yep, yep, and yep. My mother happened to flip on the fight when she wanted to catch the news (how was annoying was the fact that they went over?), and she said "I can't believe they stopped the fight because that guy's ear popped. It's cauliflower ear. It happens."

    That's right - my mother said that.

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    Dana had a short spot on SportsCenter. He basically said MMA is ok for primetime, but what happened last night was not good. So obviously it seems like he watched it. I would have loved to been in the room with him and the UFC bigwigs watching.
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    I wasn't too put off by most of it, but the Main Event was a joke. The stoppages throughtout were kind of early, but they were on mainstream network....the last fight though.....farce and fixed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ISU2008 View Post
    Dana had a short spot on SportsCenter. He basically said MMA is ok for primetime, but what happened last night was not good. So obviously it seems like he watched it. I would have loved to been in the room with him and the UFC bigwigs watching.
    Here is the clip of Dana on ESPN. He is arguing with some reporter from STL about whether MMA should be on TV.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4586aWw5xyw


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    Quote Originally Posted by bluestater View Post
    Yep, yep, and yep. My mother happened to flip on the fight when she wanted to catch the news (how was annoying was the fact that they went over?), and she said "I can't believe they stopped the fight because that guy's ear popped. It's cauliflower ear. It happens."

    That's right - my mother said that.
    It was ridiculously unprofessional by JT to come in with his ear looking like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JensenS View Post
    It was ridiculously unprofessional by JT to come in with his ear looking like that.
    It wasn't like that at the weigh-ins, so it appears to me something happened between then and fight time. I guess he didn't want to have a procedure that close to the fight, no matter what.
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