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UFC 132: Five Things to Take Away

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Well people, hopefully you are enjoying a day off with some barbecued animal carcass and a nice cold beer (or some grilled zucchini and tofu scramble, whatever scratches your itch).  Join us as we look back on the action from UFC 132 and what we can take away from a card as wild and unpredictable as this one.  If a story comes out that some guy hit an eleven fight parley, we’re going to track him down and burn him as a sorcerer.  Seriously, there’s playing a hunch, and then there’s invoking demons to influence the reality on our plane of existence.

First, some things must not be spoken of.

Like Wanderlei Silva losing, or Tito Ortiz winning.  Sometimes, great reflection is required to glean the lessons of life from events that at first seem incomprehensible.  Sometimes, understanding must elude us forever.

Come on in and let’s talk five things.

1.  Best card EVAR?

Well, no — probably not.  Wanderlei lost, so it can’t be best card ever.  We might have to do some research to decide which ones were better, though.  The card was ludicrously stacked on paper; even the undercard fights were charged up with  guys like Anthony Njokuani, Melvin Guillard, and George Sotiropoulos ready for action, plus Bowles-Mizugaki was an opportunity for someone to claim dibs on the next bantamweight title shot.  And holydamnshitwow it delivered.  If you were one of those people that complains about lackluster shows before anyone gets their hands wrapped, slap yourself.  Now do it again, but harder.  Between UFC 132 and UFC Live: Kongo vs Barry, we hope you’ve learned not to try to play jaded psychic MMA fan anymore.  Seriously, you look like a tool.

2. Hey, these WEC guys are pretty alright.

Both in terms of carrying the marquee, and in terms of how they stack up in the UFC. Anthony Njokuani got bumped up to the Spike broadcast for Tekkenizing Andre Winner, which we were happy to see.  One-time WEC middleweight champ Chris Leben is working to carve out a top five spot for himself in the division, despite being written off pretty much always.  Aaron Simpson is a WEC vet; he was exciting there.  Plus this Condit fellow with the knee is pretty outstanding.  If MMA followed BJ Penn‘s rules, Carlos Condit would be 26-3 and in the GOAT conversation.  Ok, Shane Roller had a rough fight, but he’ll be back.

3. MMA Judging is …. whatever, man these guys might as well flip coins.

We as much as anyone are willing to complain hysterically about bad decisions, but really, with fights as close as Cruz-Faber or Siver-Wiman, we’re willing to concede that it is possible that judges can turn in scores that are diametrically opposed to our own, without being under the influence of blindness, insanity, mental incompetence, or cash money.  Tiny differences in how individuals see a fight account for total disagreement in who won the bout, and we’re just going to have to resign ourselves to that under the current judging criteria.  (More liberal use of 10-8 and 10-10 rounds could be a relatively low impact experiment, though, right?)

4.  What’s up with Brian Bowles?

People from West Virginia are crazy.  All of ‘em, crazier than Khaos War Machine von Datsik on whatever it was that Rampage was drinking.  Yet even fueled by what we assume to be reality-altering powers of psychoenergy, Bowles didn’t impress with his anything Saturday night.  The former champ is going to need the eye of the tiger to get back to title contention.  Plus, player, did you break your hand again? Someone never took their kung fu movies seriously.  Calcium supplements aren’t on the banned list, are they?

5.  Cue up Cruz-Faber 3.

The casual crowd is still catching on to these lighter weight classes, and chances are they enjoyed the bout.  Why not go ahead and finish the best of three series?  Cruz and Faber are so evenly-matched and so exhaustingly energetic that we’d sign on to watch those two fight three times a year.  The dislike between the two doesn’t hurt either.  Yes, Sean Shelby is talking about maybe Mighty Mouse, who we like, but the rubber match would generate way more interest.  Strike when the iron is hot, people.


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KarmaAteMyCat- July 5, 2011 at 10:49 am
I disagree with that Rematch. It was that close of a fight he needs to beat a couple guys before he gets another fight lets not turn bantam weight division into the Lightweight division.
Fried Taco- July 5, 2011 at 7:26 am
I'd like to see if anyone will sponsor Wiman for his next fight, the way he ripped off his sponsor's clothing and threw it to the floor in disgust.
dranokills- July 5, 2011 at 7:05 am
No nutpuncher you nor THEY have the right say which fight is a good excuse to act like a classless bore. I have witnessed REAL champs lose and not act like that. what your saying is a fucking excuse for pisspoor behavior.
there is no honor in acting like a goddamn spoiled brat.
Nut Puncher 9000- July 5, 2011 at 4:51 am
Just my 2 cents on Wiman. While I agree that storming off may not be the most professional thing, you have to realize that he was riding a 3 fight wins streak, did way more damage, was the aggressor the majority of the fight, and ended the third round with a strong takedown. That should have been his fourth in a row in a division where wins streaks = title shots and now he has to start over. He should be getting a top tier opponent next but instead he starts from scratch. Not to mention that Siver was streaking with a win of G Sot and he(G Sot) was on his way to a title shot at the time. These guys are professional fighters, not politicians that must contain their outrage over what they consider a life/career affecting decision at all times.
WK- July 5, 2011 at 1:16 am
@JCVD as Timecop
Agree. Storming out of the cage while throwing your hat and shirt off as soon as the dec. is read without shaking Siver's hand is stuff we see from kids who lose in high school.

There were a few knockdowns but Cruz got up as soon as he hit the canvas. Even the takedowns were unscorable because either they got straight back up or they kept sweeping each other on the scrambles. Cruz outstruck him, pushed the pace, back Faber up. The judges had to score it with what they were given.
JCVD as Timecop- July 4, 2011 at 10:41 pm
@Get Off Me
Not to mention Wiman's blatant chin gouging and headbutting on the ground. Siver was dominant for 85% of that fight, and I think Wiman's reaction at the decision was not only childish but extremely disrespectful.
The crowd booing didn't help anything either.
Wallly- July 4, 2011 at 9:58 pm
"Not a nut hugger" i don't think he deserved the win. but split des. loss. possibly draw. not 50 - 45 or whatever. either way should be rematch. dazed yes. little cleaner punch = ko .. almost ko;d
macreadysshack- July 4, 2011 at 9:55 pm
LOL @ Crybaby neoformans. Did you read what Rex wrote or did you just start crying and screaming as soon as you read the caption? "with fights as close as Cruz-Faber or Siver-Wiman, we’re willing to concede that it is possible that judges can turn in scores that are diametrically opposed to our own, without being under the influence of blindness, insanity, mental incompetence, or cash money."
Sorry for being so tough on you, man. I'm drinking some beers.
HateKozJustCuz- July 4, 2011 at 9:03 pm
At NO point was Cruz almost knocked out. Faber dazed him a couple times but Cruz was right back up and into the fight. Don't know how all of these Faber nuthuggers (Wally, etc.)can possibly think that Faber did anything to deserve a decision over Cruz.
Wallly- July 4, 2011 at 8:49 pm
Sorry WK. but there some significant shots, faber almost knocked cruz out. i'lladmit cruz hit him more. but with no damage whatso ever. thats what comes from a guy like the desionator. atleast faber marked up cruz's face. damage should play a factor and other things these judge's ignore. and i will continue to complain about it until satisfied. So go fuck your hats
Cryptococcus neoformans- July 4, 2011 at 8:20 pm
*too *completely
Cryptococcus neoformans- July 4, 2011 at 8:16 pm
Nutpuncher, I thought the same thing, but was too lazy to research and to scared to be completly wrong about it. Kudos to you, mi amigo. The only thing I thought Leben ever did was get peed on on national television
xxoddus- July 4, 2011 at 6:48 pm
Being from West Virginia I take great pride in the fact that you think we are all crazy. Now who wants to try this skunk roadkill BBQ I made?
WK- July 4, 2011 at 6:14 pm
Why are people still complaining about the judging?

If we're judging Siver/Wiman from the damage, then we're doing the Sanchez/Kampmann all over again. Thought we learnt from that, guys.

And all I gotta say for Cruz/Faber is Octagon control and aggression, since nothing significant was landed the entire fight.
Nut Puncher 9000- July 4, 2011 at 5:35 pm in one fight in the WEC, you beat up Swick, and you earn a title...I take back my questioning of that. I am apparently an idiot.
Nut Puncher 9000- July 4, 2011 at 5:08 pm
...didnt he have only like one fight in the WEC like WAY fucking back? Was it for a title? to research
dranokills- July 4, 2011 at 5:07 pm
the ONE thing I took away from this card was Wiman is a crybaby whining ,bleeding ,pussy.
Him and Forrest Griffin should practice more on how to be an adult than how to throw a fucking tantrum and run from the ring.
I hope wiman loses his next 2or3 in a row and gets fired.
Nut Puncher 9000- July 4, 2011 at 5:04 pm
^was he?
Nut Puncher 9000- July 4, 2011 at 5:04 pm
I did not know LEBEN was a WEC champion. oh wait..he wasnt.

"One-time WEC middleweight champ Chris Leben is working to carve out a top five spot for himself in the division, despite being written off pretty much always."
Bearded Beast- July 4, 2011 at 4:50 pm
Here's what I learned from UFC 132: we need to see a Leben/Guillard fight at Welterweight. Those guys are both beasts.
TIME_TRAVELER_FROM_THE_FUTURE- July 4, 2011 at 4:44 pm
budsellers - UFC 92 wasn't that great.

UFC 100 had some great fights
Lawlor's sick choke a min in
Hendo nearly decapitating Bisping
GSP out-kickboxing Alves
Belcher & Akiyama's war, jumping off the cage superman punches & all.
Lesnar mauling Mir in his last pre-diverticulitis fight.

Or what about UFC 83
it had the legendary war between Kalib Starnes & Nate Quarry ;`D

UFC 52
Hughes legendary slam & RNC of Trigg after he had been kneed in the nuts.
GSP comes into his own against Miller
Couture vs Liddell for the first time

UFC 32
Penn's 10 sec KO of Uno
Hughes' slam KO of Newton
Tanner's armbar in under a min
Couture's use of the fence as a tactical advantage

UFC 1 & 4
Obvious reasons
Bare Grappler- July 4, 2011 at 4:40 pm
Ben is always favoring's a Jewish thing.
Wallly- July 4, 2011 at 3:42 pm
Really bad judging. i mean everyone sees a fight different but if a fight looks like either man could have won the score cards should show that too.

as far as im concerened wiman and cruz barely sqeaked by and both should be rematches. i think wiman won that fight but faber and cruz was a draw. how do you get to be a ufc judge. i bet i would make a good one. i can flip a coin just like anyone of those ass clowns. gimmie a job beetch
budsellers- July 4, 2011 at 3:27 pm
best card ever was ufc 92

2 title fights and 8 of the 100 fights ended in ko/tko

unfortunately, it was before the spike prelims
FightZen- July 4, 2011 at 3:08 pm
No Rex! You are clearly hugging all over Siver's bavarian nutsack! This sort of biased journalism will not be tolerated! How dare you!?