I don't think I have to even say this, but what a terrible night of fights! The UFC basically has told the fans in Europe that they aren't worth putting top tier fighters on their cards live. Not only do some fighters not want to fight on cards that are overseas, it seems as if the UFC doesn't want to put on good cards with good fighters anywhere except North America and Abu Dhabi. Unfortunately the fight I was most looking forward to, Alessio Sakara/Jorge Rivera had to be scrapped due to a last minute illness.
The main theme for the night was unexciting fights and bad judging. Nick Osipczak seemed to me won rounds one and two, only to get dominated in the third lost a split decision that in my opinion could have been a draw (10-8 third), and Kryzsztof Soszynsk somehow won a fight that I thought he clearly lost. How the judges gave Kryzsztof the first round is beyond me, and I also had him losing the second. I wrote about judging last week, and after Saturday night, something definitely has to be done about the judging in mma!
Back to Rivera, reports are coming out that he'll be facing Michael Bisping after his fight with Alessio Sakara was scrapped due to a last minute illness. If I remember correctly, Dana White was quoted as saying Bisping's next opponent would be a top 5 opponent and a major step up...I just checked out the latest MMA rankings, and I don't see Rivera anywhere near the top 25. I'm a fan of both Bisping and Rivera, but this fight does nothing for Bisping's career. A win puts him no closer to a title shot and a loss is a loss against a fighter that isn't even ranked. I don't know what the UFC or Bisping are thinking in making this fight, but it seems like a lose/lose for the UK's biggest star.
Dana White say Nate "the Great" is a choker. He's also said Frank Mir and Kenny Florian are also front runners who choke under pressure. I usually don't have any problem with what Dana says, it is his company after all, but has he not been around the fight game long enough to realize that not only can anything happen in a fight, but someone has to win and someone has to lose. Is he saying that he wanted or expected Nate to win that fight and is disappointed in the outcome? I mean seriously, guys don't get to be top 3 in the world because they constantly choke, they get there because the consistently win! Thankfully we have some great fight cards coming up, so we will be able to forget about this one that much easier!