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It Won’t Be Long, We’ll Meet Again: The Five Most Necessary and Unnecessary Rematches of 2011

(I see trouble a brewin’ on the horizon.) 

Given their frequency within the sport, we oft discuss the rematch here at CagePotato: we’ve mentioned a few that we’d like to see, we’ve mocked the possible occurence of others, and we’ve even gone as far as to predict how future ones would go down. And with 2011 featuring over 10 in the UFC alone, we decided to take a look back at at a year that both showcased and disgraced the awesomeness that is the rematch. Join us on this trip down memory lane, won’t you?

The Ones We Needed to See 

#5 – Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami at UFC 134

(Silva v. Okami, though this image could be from just about any of Silva’s fights.) 

Why it had to happen: Because the first fight marked the last time Silva had lost…at anything, and even if it was by way of illegal upkick DQ, it was enough to convince some people that Okami had his number. Plus, Okami had earned his shot by this point, and we were getting pretty damned tired of debating this old issue.

How it happened: Absolute. Domination. In typical fashion, Silva toyed with Okami like he was wrestling with his 4 year old nephew, letting the audience know that the fight would end when he decided it would. A head kick that rocked Okami at the end of the first round reinforced this belief, and Silva mercifully finished him off in the second. Cut. Print. TKO.

What it proved: That, outside of Chael Sonnen, there are no threats left in the UFC’s middleweight division for Anderson Silva. As with Strikeforce women’s featherweight champion Christiane “Cyborg” Santos, Silva must journey to another weight class if he desires a true challenge. Even DW is coming around to the idea, sort of.

#4 – TIE: Leonard Garcia vs. Nam Phan/Chan Sung Jung at UFN 24 and UFC 136

(Deep in the recesses of my brain, a tiny, red hot little flame began to grow.) 

Why they needed to happen: Because not many believed Garcia beat Jung, and not even Greg Jackson believed he beat Phan.

How they happened: Things didn’t go so well for “Bad Boy” the second time around; after falling prey to Jung’s Submission of the Year earning twister at UFN 24, Garcia would be upended by Phan in a Fight of the Night earning performance at UFC 136. Though detrimental to Garcia’s career, it did restore the balance between the sacred realms that had been thrown into chaos as a result of his previous “victories.” And hey, at least he took it with class.

What they proved: That MMA judging has not followed the sport’s rapid evolution over the past ten years, and perhaps it was time for a change. We’ve already discussed what needs to be done, but are still waiting for our lawyer to draft up the official documents. Anyone else got an idea?

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Rear Naked Poke- December 20, 2011 at 8:57 pm
what about Ken Shamrock calling Royce???
Todd M- December 20, 2011 at 8:39 pm
I liked the article Danga, but I think the Mir/Nog rematch was worth watching because they both are former champs and IMO are kind of just gatekeeping now anyway so the rematch was a fight that they could both get motivated for and damn what a fight we got.
Rampages Conscience- December 20, 2011 at 7:36 pm
Chill NinjaVanish... Faber is a likable character who destroys non-title competition. Plus he loves his mom and always waves to her during his entrance which is just adorable.

Good article and good list (except Edgar/Maynard shoulda been switched with Cruz/Faber).
NinjaVanish- December 20, 2011 at 7:02 pm
Seriously, the constantly having to click through 5 links to finish a story is both annoying, and "lazy journalism for clicks" on your part.

That being said, I'm really displeased that they chose to give Urijah Faber yet another undeserved title shot. I'm sick of watching that kid's face on every card, even the ones he dosen't fight on. Everytime anybody who fought Faber is fighting, they bring up the fight vs Faber, two out of the five commercials on the free shows contain Urijah Faber, etc. Really, for a guy who has dropped his last FOUR title shots its clear he used to be the big guy in a small promotion. Now that the weight classes he fights in have depth, Faber just isnt champion material anymore. Maybe if he stopped with that flashy hand dropping spinning dumbass bullshit, he might actually win one of these title shots that is is unjustly given. Absolute bullshit.
tp24890- December 20, 2011 at 6:58 pm
caption for the tito pic should be:

Rashad: So she fits it in her mouth just like this?! All at once?!
Tito: Mhhmm
bitteralex- December 20, 2011 at 6:43 pm
fuck u danga... stop linking every stupid thought you have... trying to scroll down with my iPhone I must have clicked 3 inane links... seriously.. fuck u
tjbaron- December 20, 2011 at 5:10 pm
Just wanna point out that in the original Men In Black comics, they didn't use mind eraser devices... they just killed witnesses. After Pudz vs Thompson, maybe this approach is more necessary.
Yazloz18- December 20, 2011 at 4:40 pm
Why list Evans/Ortiz? It wasn't the original match-up and in all fairness the first fight was close even if Tito's repetitive fence grabbing kept Hashad from winning
Sopapo- December 20, 2011 at 4:15 pm
Look, im a big Mir fan. But he doesnt have a chin. He will never wear that belt, so i was really happy to see this fight take place and i could even watch a third one. All one has to do to beat mir is put him against the fence let him absorb some damage to the brain and thats all she wrote.
Imagine Dos Santos or even Overeem against him, one sided beating.
phantom151- December 20, 2011 at 3:52 pm
silva sonnen im in
itsgalf- December 20, 2011 at 3:45 pm
ahhhh good times. good times
itsgalf- December 20, 2011 at 3:44 pm
Here's a rematch that needs to come to fruition:

Pedro Martinez vs Don Zimmer
The_Dead_Cow- December 20, 2011 at 2:26 pm
hendo vs shogun
ArmFarmer- December 20, 2011 at 1:58 pm
You know what would get you more page views than hyperlinking away from your site every other word, and putting each paragraph on a seperate page? Having a website that doesn't suck ass and require hyroglyphics and chinese characters to post a comment.
frndlylion- December 20, 2011 at 1:47 pm
I am definitely looking forward to Cruz vs. Faber 3