The quarterfinal round of our Greatest Fights in MMA History Tournament has come to an end, and the Elite Eight has been carved down to a Final Four. Before you vote in the semifinals, here are the results from Round 2:
THE ‘COME AT ME BRO!’ DIVISION
- Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar 1 defeated Wanderlei Silva vs. Quinton Jackson 2, with 69.4% of the vote. It’s no surprise to see the tourney’s #1 seed make the semis.
THE MODERN CLASSIC DIVISION
- Dan Henderson vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua 1 defeated Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson, with 64.9% of the vote. To quote Simon Cowell, America got it right this time.
THE LEGENDS DIVISION
- Don Frye vs. Yoshihiro Takayama defeated Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Royce Gracie 1, with 62.2% of the vote. I guess a balls-out one-round hockey-fight is always going to beat a 90-minute war of attrition. Damn kids today and their short attention spans. (But yeah, I voted for Frye/Takayama too.)
THE ‘TAP TAP TAP!’ DIVISION
- Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen 1 defeated Matt Hughes vs. Frank Trigg 2, with 73.3% of the vote. This has to be the greatest upset in the tournament so far. I always thought of Silva/Sonnen 1 as a dark horse in this bracket, yet it blows out another all-time great in the quarterfinals after sneaking by Diaz/Gomi in the round-of-16? Do you believe in miracles?
Vote now, and be sure to come back on Friday when we reveal the two finalists!