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UFC 93 Lineup Close to Complete; Davis/Lytle Stuck on Undercard?

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Nine bouts have been officially confirmed for UFC 93 (January 17th; Dublin, Ireland) — though there are some surprises in the card’s arrangement. Here’s what we have so far:

Rich Franklin vs. Dan Henderson
Mark Coleman vs. Mauricio Rua  
Alan Belcher  vs. Denis Kang 
Antonio Mendes vs. Andre Gusmao
Dennis Siver vs. Nate Mohr 

Marcus Davis vs. Chris Lytle
Jeremy Horn vs. Rousimar Palhares 
Tomasz Drwal vs. Ivan Serati  
Thomas Egan vs. John Hathaway

How you gonna leave the Irish Hand Grenade off the main card in Dublin? It’s blasphemy, especially when he’s already promised the fans a pussy-free slugfest with Chris Lytle. It’s also strange to see Horn/Palhares on the untelevised card, when you consider who actually did make the cut.

First off, Antonio Mendes vs. Andre Gusmao. Both of these guys got owned in their UFC debuts; Mendes was steamrolled by Thiago Silva at UFC 84, and Gusmao was overwhelmed by Jon Jones‘s explosive athleticism at UFC 87 and lost a unanimous decision. So we’re letting them fight each other on the main card? No, this has to be some kind of mistake.

And seriously, Dennis Siver vs. Nate Mohr? My only theory is that Siver is German so they want to give him some exposure among European fans leading up to UFC 99. But he’s also 1-3 in the UFC and has no legitimate future in the lightweight division. Mohr, who has gone 1-2 in the UFC, hasn’t competed since last December due to a knee injury suffered in a fight against Manny Gamburyan. This shouldn’t even be a main card fight for a free event on Spike TV. We have to assume that things will get shuffled around a bit before showtime.

Speaking of Gamburyan, he was just booked to face Thiago Tavares at UFC 94 (January 31st, Las Vegas) in what could very well be a loser-gets-fired match. Manny is coming off a 12-second KO loss against Robert Emerson, while Tavares has lost three of his last four fights in the Octagon. Also supporting the Penn/St. Pierre superfight and Machida/Silva light-heavyweight feature will be Jake O’Brien vs. Christian Wellisch (another match where losing could mean a pink-slip), and TUF 6′s Matt Arroyo vs. TUF 7‘s Dan Cramer.

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Anonymous- December 2, 2008 at 9:05 pm
Mendes streamrolled by Silva? He almost had Silva knocked out he was kicking his ass until Silva took it to the ground.
Anonymous- December 2, 2008 at 8:42 pm
Davis Lytle on the unercard ??? Bullshit!
Bill C.- December 2, 2008 at 4:53 pm
Is it just me, or does it seem that every other month, Lytle, Davis, Kampmann, and Taylor are always fighting each other in some combination of the above?
Hows Taste My PPP- December 2, 2008 at 4:16 pm
I think I have been more excited over WEC cards than this piece of s lineup.
This card definitely needs a Tito Ortiz comeback fight, maybe against Chuck?
Anonymous- December 2, 2008 at 3:15 pm
Coleman looks like the guy off law and order on steroids.
Ramon- December 2, 2008 at 2:13 pm
Rich Franklin vs. Dan Henderson
Mark Coleman vs. Mauricio Rua
Alan Belcher vs. Denis Kang
Marcus Davis vs. Chris Lytle
Jeremy Horn vs. Rousimar Palhares

scott whitt- December 2, 2008 at 2:06 pm
They should have airbrushed Dan's ear. That thing might scare little kids
Posting using the name of Dana or Lorenzo or whomever is not clever. Please top before they kick you out of the Insane Clown Posse fan club.
Dyph- December 2, 2008 at 1:33 pm
If you take the link to the UFC site, it shows Lytle vs Davis on main card.
Jeff- December 2, 2008 at 11:10 am
I agree, that's also how I'd order the card.

Anonymous- December 2, 2008 at 10:15 am
Damn cp i always come here thinking your shit is reliable. Whats going on?
Mescan_Judo- December 2, 2008 at 10:13 am
Geriatric Peon Says:
Tue, 12/02/2008 - 08:16 has the main card posted as


* Dan Henderson vs. Rich Franklin
* Mark Coleman vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua
* Alan Belcher vs. Denis Kang
* Marcus Davis vs. Chris Lytle
* Jeremy Horn vs. Rousimar Palhares
and agrees with that.

I meant I completely agree with this person^
Mescan_Judo- December 2, 2008 at 10:12 am
I completely agree. WTF!! UFC!
mmmiles- December 2, 2008 at 9:06 am
You had me worried there CP.
walrus- December 2, 2008 at 9:04 am
thank god
Goat- December 2, 2008 at 8:27 am
As others have already mentioned - Lytle/Davis and Horn/Palharas are indeed on the main card.

You flubbed up CP...for shame!

Dana White- December 2, 2008 at 8:25 am
Alrite you bunch of pussy fuckers,

first of all, i can make the card anyway i want cause i expect everyone on the card to be fucking fighters. their gunna fucking knock each others blocks off or their gunna get fuck fucking fired. this is a dictatorship, and its my business you bunch of pussies.

nuff said bitches, i gotta go work on my pecs...

Dr. Gonzo- December 2, 2008 at 8:19 am
mmamania is reporting the same card^^^
Geriatric Peon- December 2, 2008 at 8:16 am has the main card posted as


* Dan Henderson vs. Rich Franklin
* Mark Coleman vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua
* Alan Belcher vs. Denis Kang
* Marcus Davis vs. Chris Lytle
* Jeremy Horn vs. Rousimar Palhares
and agrees with that.
sodak- December 2, 2008 at 8:11 am
thanks CP for clearing up who those 4 bums were never heard of any of em. I agree with CB Horn should deffinately be on the card and colemans only fighting because he was a hall of famer they figured they owed him one and were gonna let him fight lesnar which made sense, since that didn't happen why not let shogun avenge that bullshit loss.
mayhem420- December 2, 2008 at 7:32 am
If Shogun shows up in the shape that he was in when he fought Forrest than I would have to say that old man Mark has a good chance of keeping him down.
Still going to pick Shogun but Mark (though older now) still is a strong dude with good wrestling.
The reason why I picked Jeremy Horn vs. Rousimar Palhares over
Antonio Mendes vs. Andre Gusmao is due to the fact that both
Horn and Palhares are top level BJJ guys and that alomst always ends in a sub before the end of the first round. If you need an example just look at Horn's last 2 fights and all of Palhares's fights before Hendo (if I recall). Seeing as that one might not go past the first round it would allow the UFC to also show Antonio Mendes vs. Andre Gusmao if the time allows.
filmdrunk- December 2, 2008 at 7:18 am
Dude, does anyone actually think Coleman stands half a chance in this fight?
Anonymous- December 2, 2008 at 7:07 am
Davis Lytle is only fight on this card i want to see, hendo is gonna hold franklin down for 3 rounds, roidsgun is not gonna do anything with rules implace isntead of pride crap that allows druggies and brawler to win

i dont give a shit about anyone on the under card expect davis and lytle.

this may be the 1st ufc since bispig-evans i consider skipping
Ted Nutmeg- December 2, 2008 at 7:02 am
That's a rough-looking poster right there. Coleman's saggy old man chest and Shogun's torso pubic hair are enough to make me wish that somebody on this card had a dick tattoo.
mike`- December 2, 2008 at 7:00 am
what is wrong with the UFC. I wanna see Lytle/Davis. That makes me excited. Not another Coleman vs. Shogun, or half the fights on the main card really.
Denny Kappes- December 2, 2008 at 6:51 am
It would be nice, impossible to expect I guess, if people were just a little bit consistent.

Obviously Davis/Lytle should be on the main card. But Horn is so past his prime that the only reason I can think of for his match being on the main card is to try to rehype Palhares (who I don't think needs it).

The inconsistency that bothers me is the statement "was steamrolled by Thiago Silva" WTF!! I'm a huge Silva fan because of his style and I recall EVERY report of that fight stating that Thiago got lucky, was almost KOed, etc. and yet now Mendes was steamrolled. Again it's the hype machine as Gusmao was expected to win but didn't and probably has a higher salary than most newcomers.

Bottom line is we've seen both one time in the octagon and it should be a much more competitive fight than Palhares subbing Horn in the 1st which would make the telecast anyway.