Yep, I said it. And I could care less what anybody thinks. This is "All or Nothing," people. And for some, all or nothing is in a disappointing fashion. But wait!! Who do we have joining us who used to be "pride fighters?" Why, we have Mirko Cro Cop, and we have Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. And we have Anderson Silva taking on Travis Lutter, and that's our main event of the night. Silva was supposed to be defending his title for the first time. Lutter didn't make weight, so it goes from a 5 round title fight to a 3 round fight. That's very disappointing. But what can you do? Lutter still won in TUF 4 over Patrick Cote. And in the first round! He's an amazing competitor. This simply could've been better prepared for.
The UFC uses a new intro. Still has the warrior suiting up for battle, but a little different this time. I liked it. And 3 fights would be featured in this intro. First was Eddie Sanchez, who would be Mirko Cro Cop's first opponent in the UFC. Sanchez came into this undefeated. But nobody DOESN'T know the name Cro Cop. Sanchez would say, "The name Cro Cop? You know, goes in one ear and out the other. It's not really what I'm thinking about. What I'm thinking about is going in there against a really good southpaw kickboxer. And I'm gonna take it to him." REALLY? Cro Cop's take? "I watched a few of his fights. He's a good fighter. But I don't think he can surprise me." WELL, OK! So who will Rampage Jackson be taking on? He'll be fighting Marvin "The Beastman" (ok!) Eastman. Eastman appears more then ready, and says, "I will fight with anybody! King Kong, whoever! Godzilla, I will get down, and I will sling these things. I will put him down." Hey, you don't believe me? Watch the intro! But I personally loved Rampage's attitude about his first Octagon experience against Marvin Eastman. "You guys want to watch one of the best fights you've ever seen, watch this scrap. I'm 'bout to throw down! And then last, and unfortunately, least, is Lutter against Silva. I really wish Lutter would've made weight. He even said it was because of lack of motivation, but there is still the intro. Silva normally talks through his translator. Here's what he had to say. "First of all, he's got to get me to the ground. And once he gets me to the ground, we're going to see if he's going to be able to finish me." Lutter is pretty confident as well, and he gives Silva the credit he deserves, "I think he's an amazing stand-up fighter. But, if I put him on his butt, that doesn't do him a damn bit of good." Well, despite that disappointment, there are some damn good fights, along with a few questionable moments. In saying that, here are the fights!
Dustin Hazelett vs. Diego Saraiva: It was told that Diego submitted a Gracie...YIKES!!! While on the other hand, Hazelett is 6'1" and 155 in this lightweight bout, and no body fat on the boy either. It goes to a unanimous decision.
Lyoto Machida vs. Sam Hoger: Hoger either thinks EVERYTHING is funny, or he just likes to fight with a smile on his face just because Tim Sylvia is in his corner. But he's taking on an undefeated opponent who thinks this is no laughing matter. And it goes to a unanimous decision as well.
Tyson Griffin vs. Frank Edgar: Griffin is one tough little son-of-a-gun, and he's beaten some bad boys. But does Frank Edgar have "The Answer" for that equation? ANOTHER decision, once again unanimous.
Jorge Rivera vs. Terry Martin: Don't blink! 14 seconds?! You gotta be kidding me! Sorry, Tank Abbott, but that's a little more impressive than your debut in UFC 6! Very impressive.
Patrick Cote vs. Scott Smith: This fight should've been over in round 2. I think there is a difference between playing dumb and being dumb. Patrick Cote was just being dumb, quite frankly. But just because you're dumb doesn't mean you can't win the decision.
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson vs. Marvin Eastman: I call this the sad, but continuing saga of Marvin Eastman in the UFC. No, he's never lost to chumps in his previous 2 fights, but the story is the same. Looks tough, paces the ring with this tough look...KA-BOOM!!! The sucker gets floored and the fight gets stopped. An interesting foot-note about this, though. Eastman had previously beat Jackson 6 years prior. Eastman is no can, but he's never been one of my favorites.
Roger Huerta vs. John Halverson: Really quick win, but in controversial fashion. I don't know. Congratulations to the winner? See you next fight!
Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic vs. Eddie Sanchez: Hmm. Imagine Nolan Ryan going down to Howard J. Lamade Stadium to pitch his best in the Little League World Series. To me, that's what this fight was equivalent to. Quite frankly, I'm not taking anything away from Eddie Sanchez. He took a fight against Mario Neto in UFC 63 on 2 days notice, and knocked him out in a decisive manner in round 2! But this was really not much of a fight. This was Cro Cop he was taking on. I think it did go longer than anybody expected. WELCOME MIRKO CRO COP TO THE UFC!!
Travis Lutter vs. Anderson Silva: Despite the hype, this was no main event. It was a decent fight, and it ended in the 2nd round. Unfortunately, in a negative kind of sense, it certainly defines, "All or Nothing." Lutter looks dejected coming into the Octagon. Hopefully he learned a lesson.
I'd simply say don't let the Hems and Haws of this deter you from enjoying it. Sucky, crappy, poopy? NAH! Just a little let down is all. Some great surprises in some parts. Hey, get the snacks ready! Welcome 2 newcomers to the UFC, and cheer them on!! Now, with all that went into this, you look me in the eye and tell me something. WHAT IS PRIDE?!!?! That's what I thought!