4.5 Stars...They Can't All Be Perfect
Wolfe Moffat | Franklinville, NY | 08/08/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was one I was looking forward to. Main Event and Co-Main Event delivered a promise that this would be a night to remember. And it was! But that doesn't mean it was memorable entirely in a great way.
The Main Event featured a striker fan's dream match-up, or so it appeared. Anderson Silva, striker of all strikers, the best of the best, was to have his work cut out for him. That was because he was taking on Patrick Cote, a man who's never been knocked out, only submitted twice. And despite a split decision over Ricardo Almeida, Cote earned a shot against the man, Anderson Silva!
The Co-Main event looked amazing as well. In the beginning, Diego Sanchez was set to go up against Thiago Alves, but injury said otherwise, prompting Diego to move down to Lightweight, like he'd been thinking about anyway. So to take the place of Diego Sanchez was Josh Koscheck. Koscheck's record speaks for itself. A man who was merely a wrestler in the original Ultimate Fighter has turned himself into one of the most well rounded match-ups in MMA. Could Koscheck take the stand-up of Alves?
There were a total of 10 fights on this line-up. They are listed below
Josh Burkman vs. Pete Sell: Burkman used to be a beast! Sell always comes to scrap. A good bout that goes to a unanimous decision.
Hermes Franca vs. Marcus Aurelio: Teacher vs. student, and they don't like each other! Unanimous decision.
Dan Miller vs. Matt Horwich: This is one great fight that all submission fans will enjoy time and time again! Unanimous decision.
Spencer Fisher vs. Shannon Gugerty: Well, Gugerty won his first fight in the UFC. Is he good enough to play KING of the octagon? Great fight that ends with a submission in the 3rd.
Thales Laites vs. Drew McFedries: Hmm...Drew wants to slug it out, Laites knows better, and in ends within a minute and a half!
Sean Sherk vs. Tyson Griffin: Two wrestlers that LOVE to throw the hands! This went to a unanimous decision, and it wasn't fight of the night for nothing!!!
Fabricio Werdum vs. Junior dos Santos: All I can say is WOW!! Check out this first round knock out!
Rich Clementi vs. Gray Maynard: Hey, Clementi will fight anybody, but will Gray Maynard BULLY him around like he has his other opponents? A unanimous decision answers that question real quick!
Thiago Alves vs. Josh Koscheck: Both fighters show they deserve to be there, but one of them earns a title shot for UFC 100! Unanimous decision...this is a great fight!
Anderson Silva vs. Patrick Cote: This, unfortunately, is where a lot of fans said YUCK! Silva defended his title all right, but he didn't fight like he was fighting Rich Franklin or Dan Henderson. The ending sucked, and fans expected better. I hope Anderson Silva returns to greatness and stays the champion that UFC fans love.
The DVD is great, the countdown is awesome, and like I said, MOST of the fights are worth it as well."
Anderson Silva is bored
Tyler | United States | 03/18/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
No disrespect to Patrick Cote, I think he does stand a chance against Silva and could possibly beat him, but Silva seems to be bored with his reign. This is because he is head and shoulders above most other MWs. It is almost time for him to consider taking a few fights at LHW to see how he fairs there. Koscheck and Alves engage in an epic WW war that is pretty much a battle for a title shot. Maynard, while possessing many skills, always seems to play his fights safe and goes for the decision win, not really trying to finish. There is a shocking upset on this card and a few other great battles.