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Observations from My Couch: UFC 144 ‘Edgar vs. Henderson’

A few observations from UFC 144: “Edgar vs. Henderson”:

-The sad thing about Zhang Tiequan losing is that his defeat pushes the date of the UFC event in mainland China back by about three years.

-Really, it’s hard to believe Steve Cantwell was ever the champ of any organization.

-The competition in high-level MMA has passed “Kid” Yamamoto by. All that’s left of the man that once was is a bunch of violent clips on a highlight reel and a bunch of depressing losses.

-If not for an aged opponent many years past his prime, we’d almost be saying the same thing about Takanori Gomi right now.

-Congrats to Anthony Pettis, who, with one smooth knockout, has now place himself back in the mix of lightweight contenders.

-Yes, Hatsu Hioki looked great and showed a lot of promise in terms of his standing in the division, but let’s be clear about something: it was only Bart Palaszewski he defeated. Beating Palaszewski does not mean you’re ready for Jose Aldo.

-Tim Boetsch getting dominated and coming back to utterly crush his foe is the reason I watch mixed martial arts. Also, it’s the reason why I let myself get bitten by radioactive spiders, spend hours in the lab trying to create a Super-Soldier Serum, and blast myself with gamma rays.

-Upon re-watching it, I can certainly see how the judges gave the bout to Jake Shields over Yoshihiro Akiyama. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that Shields isn’t capable of being exciting while Akiyama most definitely is.

-I can’t believe that in the year 2012, Mark Hunt can now be considered a viable force in the heavyweight division.

-Ryan Bader didn’t so much look good as Quinton Jackson looked awful. Great slam, though.

-In my heart I wanted Frankie Edgar to win, but I can understand why the judges gave Ben Henderson the nod. Edgar played his Speedy Gonzalez game and scored liberally, yet in no way, shape or form did he visit upon his opponent the same destruction Henderson visited upon him. However, give the man his damn rematch if he wants it! Lord knows he’s earned it.

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