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UFC 123 Post-Fight Thoughts

-I scored Quinton Jackson vs. Lytoto Machida 29-28 Machida with him slightly winning the first round, losing the second and winning the third. Fight Metric has the fight a draw. While it’s not an unforgivable judges decision, it’s still pretty damn bad. Oh and real men need to fight 5 rounds at all times so we don’t have this nasty judging going on.

BJ Penn and Matt Hughes are still who we thought they were. While it was really impressive we all know that Penn has maybe the best boxing in the sport and no one will mistake Matt Hughes for Ray Leonard. I really don’t think we learned anything new from this fight about either guy except the reactions from a lot of people will be “Hughes is done” and “The old BJ is back”. When really neither one is something we can say for sure and is an overreaction.

-The rate at which Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis has taken to submission grappling is staggering. The guy is a natural and can invent positions on the fly smoothly, it’s stunning to watch.

Mike Lullo deserves an “I’m a Man” bumper sticker for lasting as long as he did against Edson Barboza. If my mind could manifest violence, Barboza would appear. Hey Cecil Peoples, leg kicks CAN win fights I guess.

-Commentary, meh.

Joe Lauzon always slows down after the first round and George Sotiropoulos has superb top control, but George’s standup leaves a lot to be desired.

Maiquel Falcao is a Chute Box fighter who has a nasty sprawl and all around some good defensive wrestling. Ladies and gentlemen we have found the Unicorn.

-Note to the commentary booth: Gerald Harris‘ stance isn’t “awkward” or “strange” it’s a real stance that Cuban boxers have used for decades.

Brian Foster is a ridiculous offensive fighter. The guy shows great instincts and has a high fight IQ, loved every second of it.

Dennis Hallman continues a late career surge in which he should be 3-0 in the UFC if it weren’t for a bogus standup in the John Howard fight. The stoppage wasn’t great, but clearly Karo Parisyan still has some problems. Dennis Hallman and Mike Pyle are borderline contenders, who would’ve thought? Just goes to show you that late career surges can be sublime in combat sports.

-The number of times Dana White says “I tell these guys all the time, you can’t leave it in the hands of the judges” later tonight and through the week? Over 9000.

-The sky is blue, water is wet and MMA judges suck.