In boxing, knockout artists like Mike Tyson have always fascinated fans and pundits alike. In MMA, there are also strikers who can end in a fight in the blink of the eye, but just as satisfying is the submission artist, the master of human chess.
For awhile it looked like “Promotion of the Year” would be the UFC by default for decades to come. After Elite XC, the IFL, BoDog, and Affliction all fell by the wayside, fans were just happy someone else had the cajones to promote on the national level.
As much as we love the antics outside the cage, the Countdown specials, Dana White’s periodic meltdowns, and everything Bas Rutten says and does on Inside MMA, it’s what goes on in the cage that matters.
It’s a wide open field for Fighter of the Year, with no one man clearly standing head and shoulders above his cohorts. Brock Lesnar seemed to be a shoe in after a dominant win over Frank Mir at the legendary UFC 100, but an intestinal illness kept him out of the cage for the rest of the year.
The curse of UFC 108 will not go away. Steve Cantwell is the latest (and hopefully the last) participant to pull out of the show due to injury. Cantwell was scheduled to face long-time UFC star Vladimir Matyushenko.
“Countdown to UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva” will debut tonight at 11 p.m. ET on Spike TV. The central focus of the show is the main event bout between Rashad Evans and Thiago Silva.
If you believe in the ancient Mayan calendar or the recent big-budget John Cusack movie that received mixed reviews, than you believe that roughly two years from now, the apocalypse could begin.
The UFC’s injury woes continue. Josh Koscheck, who was scheduled to face Paulo Thiago in a rematch at UFC 109 in early February, was forced to pull out of the fight after suffering an undisclosed injury.
Matt Serra and Frank Trigg won’t face off until February, but the welterweight fighters aren’t wasting any time in creating anticipation for the bout.