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Armchair Matchmaker: UFC 136 Edition


(If Jesse Ventura ever sees this, someone out there is going to get sued. / Props to MMAFighting.)  

As a long time UFC fan, I’ve recently noticed that their marketing team has seemingly taken a break from using corny phrases to label their events. In fact, the last UFC pay-per-view to not be named after the fighters in the main event was back at UFC 125: Resolution, which featured the eventual draw between, you guessed it, Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard. You just don’t see that kind of irony everyday.

UFC 136 was actually able to provide us with closure, however — more closure in fact than any card in quite a while. Not only did Edgar vindicate himself in triumphant fashion, but Jose Aldo proved to many of his critics that his gas tank is not an issue, Kenny Florian proved that he will never, ever, win a title fight, and Chael Sonnen proved that ring rust is for the weak. But now, we look to the future, and more importantly, try to predict it for the weekend’s big winners. So if you think our future match-ups are garbage, be sure to let us know in the comments section below.

Frankie Edgar: There weren’t many of us out there who picked Edgar to finish Maynard in such decisive fashion, let alone with strikes. But with his brilliant come from behind win, Edgar showcased yet another ever improving aspect of his game, and has emphatically earned his spot in the pound-for-pound rankings, though maybe not as high up as Dana would think. Though it seems Gilbert Melendez is destined for the next shot, we think the winner of the Ben Henderson/Clay Guida match deserves it just as much, if not more. Henderson presents many of the same challenges to Edgar as Maynard did, so it would be interesting to see if he would fare any better. And the thought of seeing Edgar and Guida bounce around like they had just tasted sugar for the first time is enough to give us an epileptic seizure.

Jose Aldo: I may be in the minority here, but I wasn’t exactly blown away by Aldo’s performance against “Kenflo” this past weekend. Yes, his takedown defense looked great, but let’s not forget that wrestling has never been Florian’s strong suit. Chad Mendes, on the other hand, has absolutely dominated past opponents with his wrestling, and his stand up is improving by the day. If he can get inside on Aldo, we could be seeing a very different kind of riddle for Aldo to solve. But outside of Mendes and a possible future rematch with Mark Hominick, there don’t seem to be many featherweight match-ups at the moment that spark a lot of interest. Lightweight however, is an entirely different story…

Chael Sonnen: You have to be one arrogant son of a bitch to think that you cannot only hand pick your future opponent’s, but pick the day on which you will fight them as well. Luckily, Chael Sonnen’s arrogance is beginning to take on it’s own persona, and it’s getting harder and harder to disagree with the guy. He dominated a game Brian Stann despite being away from the octagon for over a year, and he made it look easy. Dana White has admitted it would be foolish not to book this rematch, and for once we’re in agreement with “The Baldfather.” Some people are arguing for a Dan Henderson rematch, given he gets past Shogun, but considering that fight is being held at light heavyweight, we don’t really see why the winner would necessarily deserve it over Sonnen, especially since Shogun clearly has no middleweight aspirations. Book it Dana…book it and they will come.

Joe Lauzon: It took “J-Lau” less than a minute to end Melvin Guillard‘s hopes of getting the next lightweight title shot and remind us of why he is one of the most dangerous guys in the division. Though his cardio has long been questionable, there’s no doubting the kid’s killer instinct, and it would be nice to see him put together a nice win streak for once. Giving him a crack at the winner of Siver/Cerrone or Dos Anjos/Tibau would really help thin the herd of potential contenders, and that is one thing the lightweight division could use. Another option, and perhaps the one with the biggest potential for fireworks, would be Nate Diaz. This is of course based on the assumption that Nate Diaz decides to hang out at lightweight for a while, and who knows with that guy.

Demian Maia: Maia’s victory over Jorge Santiago was about as typical as could be expected. It showcased his well known ability to control a fighter on the ground while highlighting the fact that his stand up still has a ways to go. Matching him up against someone like Alan Belcher would really let us know where exactly he stands in the middleweight division, but the grappling fanatic in me would really like to see how he’d fare against someone like Rousimar Palhares, who’s striking is quickly becoming as tenacious as his ground game.

Anthony Pettis: After being wrestlefucked by Clay Guida in his UFC debut, the final WEC lightweight champion seemed eager to prove that he is constantly improving upon his weaknesses with a takedown oriented victory over Jeremy Stephens. A fight against someone equally well rounded, like Jim Miller, would be a nice measuring stick for Pettis, as would a match against the resurgent Sam Stout. Or if we really wanted to see how far his wrestling is coming, we could wake Gray Maynard up and throw him in “Showtime’s” direction.

Oh, and can someone throw Jorge Santiago a fricken bone? The poor guy has had about the worst run of luck in the UFC that I can remember, and I’d really just love to see him pull off one of these again.

We’ll let you decide the loser’s fates in the comment section…choose wisely. 

-Danga 

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Duh Ogre- October 11, 2011 at 3:57 am
That was by far one of the best and funniest interviews I have ever seen. I was waiting for chael to lose it after some of those, but like a typical politician he kept a straight face through the entire thing.
RwilsonR- October 10, 2011 at 7:48 pm
Edgar should fight the winner of Guida/Bendo, and Gil Melendez should have to fight Maynard, or someone even lower on the LW food chain to earn his way up.
RwilsonR- October 10, 2011 at 7:42 pm
All the original guys from Team Questosterone seem to be hitting their peak about the time they start on their TRT. Still, I want to see Chael wrestlefuck Anderson right out of his belt.
Waldizzle- October 10, 2011 at 6:55 pm
I was barracking for Chael - mainly because the lead up for Sonnen/Silva will be hilarious and it's only a matter of time before Chael pisses hot again.
ccman- October 10, 2011 at 2:49 pm
Dana did a q&a for VIP pass holders, arianni Had 10 security guards surround her who literally knocked 5 people including a friend of mine) to the ground for just being in her path. we did not even see her coming since we were chatting with the korean zombie. And sorry but Bas, Don Frye (came damn close to talking him out of leaving his booth for a bar), and Court Mcgee were the coolest guys there. Tito was obnoxious enough i told him no for a pic, Chuck and Mayhem were so swamped i mostly skipped, and Mir spent 45 min out of his 2 hours texting and then just walked the second the clock struck 2. sucked since i was a fan.
points of interest, Bisping, no show, Mayhem literally was somewhere both days at all times, and Bedford only current Ultimate fighter to show even though unannounced.
fatbellyfrank- October 10, 2011 at 2:41 pm
Sonnen v Silva II has to happen,everyone wants it, its a fight that would sell out in minutes, this one's been on the cards since the final bell of their last fight, but if Sonnen fucks it up again with positive PED the Baldfather will show no mercy.
RSparrow- October 10, 2011 at 2:03 pm
I'll admit it... I thought Stann was going to bring the fight to Chael. I was wrong. However, I've been wanting to see the rematch between him and Silva more than any other fight since UFC 2. This dude is for real, and I too saw the look in Silva's eyes when Chael won. The expo was cool, but way too many fucking lines. If you ever go to something like that in the future, I suggest going to the hotel and partying in the lobby with some friends. You can get to know everyone on a personal level, taking Pulver home was a trip. Amir, Pulver, and Goldberg were by far the coolest people, for some reason Sam Stout was a cock. Maybe cause he doesn't appreciate some fucking humor. CP, why no booth at the expo? Dana wasn't even there, fuck it.. ??
KarmaAteMyCat- October 10, 2011 at 12:11 pm
Chael Sonnen is the funniest thing I've ever seen next to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson during his Fued with Billy Gunn, but seriously thats some funny shit. He looked Ariel in the face and said "Did he really?" He was genuinely amused by the thought of Anderson dancing with Bieber he'll be using that for Material later on for Pre-Fight Interviews. This shits going to be the funniest Lead up to any fight ever in MMA which is going to be hard considering the shit he said leading up to their previous bout.
IronClad- October 10, 2011 at 11:22 am
@ CCMAN
Gray walks around 170. I dont know wtf Goldberg was smoking when he decided to exaggerate Maynards cut but Joe Rogan's response was hilarious, "Reaaaally?!?". Joe Rogan actually trains with these guys, he knows everyone personally and Goldberg on the other hand might give a fighter a high five passing them in the lobby or even read MMA threads to do his HW. Plain and simple, Goldberg gets a little excited at times and embellishes the truth. There's no fucking way Maynard cuts 45lbs and if he did we would of known about it long before Goldies little white lie.
HandsofGold- October 10, 2011 at 11:16 am
Im just waiting for all you ladies to speak up that was talking about how Brain was going to knock chael the fuck out? Where are you now. Oh thats right probably drinking a monster, eating cheetoes and playing ufc on xbox pretending to be one the characters on the game.

WAR CHAEL
Fatty McDickbutts- October 10, 2011 at 11:07 am
BITCHES BEST TAKE NOTICE: SHIT JUST GOT CHAEL
dim mak- October 10, 2011 at 11:03 am
Chael looked impressive, but is he clean? I'd like to see him randomly tested multiple times leading up to his next fight, whether it's Anderson or anyone else. even if he had "won" the fight against Anderson, he would've had the belt stripped and been nc'd for pissing hot, right? it'd be a public relations fiasco if something like that happened again after their rematch. it also calls into question how good of a fighter he really is--the synthetically fueled muscle sure comes in handy when going for that power double-leg.
giordanpayne_- October 10, 2011 at 10:40 am
Edgar v winner of hendo guida, maynard v loser of hendo guida, guillard v stout, lauzon v diaz, aldo v melendez at 155, stann v belcher, sonnen v John Cena for a shot at the title, phan v garcia every 4 months for the rest of their lives because none of them will actually be in title contention so might as well live off FOTN' 75k every 4 months, and florian v mike goldberg for a job beside Rogan.
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entisgood- October 10, 2011 at 9:56 am
if henderson beats shogun he gets a middleweight title shot. if shogun wins he gets a lhw shot. not that complicated and kind of makes sense
ccman- October 10, 2011 at 9:38 am
Sonnen can sell anything, the Toyota center was electric during his interview, and we had a clear view of Silva and he buried his head in his hands the second Sonnen won. One thing i saw that i did not expect was live Sonnen looks soooo much faster than on tv.
Agree with DW on Guillard, saw him at Spencers about 3 hours before his fight and certainly did not look like an athlete about to compete. He looked like he was already celebrating, He looked past Lauzon.
Maia was only boring fight from spike foward.
Edgar Wow'ed me, plain and simple. Still want to know if Maynard actually cuts 45 pounds.
Deathb4tapout- October 10, 2011 at 9:38 am
Is it just me or does it seem like Chael is trying out for the WWF (Old School) in this interview? I mean dont get me wrong I think its great how he has done a good job marketing himself but come on Chael.. life after the UFC? I thought you sold houses bro.
skeletor- October 10, 2011 at 9:30 am
Chael VS Danga - Loser leaves CP match
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Eat a dick, Danga
Morningwood- October 10, 2011 at 9:17 am
boy that Chael has really grown some at least normal sized balls! Thought it was a little over the top with the posing and the stares into the camera.
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