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The Morning After – UFC 145

Decisions, decision, decisions. Following an incredibly slow start to the night, UFC 145 finally got under way, and for die-hard fight fans, it did not disappoint. Most of the decisions on the card were hardly boring, and the fights that ended in stoppages, were so damn violent, I needed a cold shower afterwards. I hope things are considerably clearer in the light heavyweight, welterweight, and bantamweight divisions, but realistically, this is MMA, and everything changes so often, in 2 weeks, UFC 145 will be UFC whatfortyfive? Here’s what I thought when I woke up this morning in my dog bed, smelling of beer and dog food.

-Jon Jones is basically the greatest light heavyweight of all-time. As much as I want him to lose in every bout, he still manages to blow my mind with his skill and progression. While I do find him cocky, he has kind of earned the right to be so. His absolutely flawless destruction of Rashad Evans showed that there may be absolutely no one who can beat him in the 205 pound division. However, if this was a video game, Jon would be approaching the final boss. Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson is on deck, and Hendo is our last hope.

-Rashad Evans went the distance with Jon Jones, an amazing feat, considering the elbow shots that he was blasted into orbit by. Rashad could consider a drop to middleweight, but at the post-fight presser, he suggested he would not do that. Still arguably the #2 205er in the world, Rashad needs top competition. I say, good riddance to Rampage, let’s get Rashad vs. Shogun.

-The wolf was let loose on the piece of meat known as Che Mills. Rory “Ares” MacDonald tore through his opponent with the kind of ease that makes you think the Canadian will be champion sooner, rather than later. With such an impressive performance in the books, it’s time Rory faced one of the top in the division. Johny Hendricks vs. Josh Koscheck is perfectly timed, and fairly relevant. I say Rory gets the winner.

-Ben Rothwell may not have the best gas tank, or skill set, but he flattened Brendan Schaub so quickly, that he had many people talking. While it be due to Schaub’s terrible chin, or the IFL veteran just getting better, he sure staked his claim for a spot in the middle of the pack. I’m kind of bored with the middle of the heavyweight division at this point though, so I don’t care who he fights next. Roy Nelson, Travis Browne, some Strikeforce heavyweight, just make it happen, but not at a high elevation.

-I doubted his chances, but Michael McDonald silenced all critics last night. Needless to say, he did something to Miguel Torres that has rarely been done before, and he did it non-consensually, if you catch my drift. While Renan Barao seems more and more likely as the next title challenger following Faber/Cruz XXXIV, if he gets by Menjivar, and he will, I’m having a hard time fitting McDonald into the division. Maybe he could face the Faber/Cruz loser, to see if he’s ready for a title shot.. or the winner of Jorgensen/Wineland, whatever.

-Following his surprising win over Mark LOLminick, Eddie Yagin clearly has some holes to work on in his game. He got beat up en route to the decision win. I’d like to see him face the winner of Brandao/Elkins, really.

-I never doubted Mark Bocek for a second. If you look at his losses, and how he did in those bouts, it’s hard to deny that he’s in the upper echelon of the lightweight division. While he has a long way to go, he is already very much overlooked. I don’t know who he should face next.. maybe Anthony Njokuani? The division is too stacked for me to make sense of anyway.

I was also impressed by:

-John Alessio, who looked crisp and pretty damn good all things considered.
-Travis Browne, who looked better than ever, even if he was facing considerably lesser opposition.
-Matt Brown, who derailed a hype train before it even started.
-and Marcus Brimage, who did everything he could to get Maximo Blanco to engage.. wait, what?

Who do you want to see fight? Who were your heroes and villains following the event?

Tell me what you think in the comments below.

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