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UFC 82 Post Fight Notes

Anderson Silva– What can you say?  He dominates everyone that is suppose to beat him.  Henderson should have given him fits on the mat, but Silva handled it fine when Hendo got him down.

Dan Henderson– Was unable to do much with Silva even though he should have had advantages in both wrestling and strength.  Losses to Silva, Rampage are nothing to be ashamed of but his win over Wandy is somewhat suspect considering how easily Wandy was handled by Chuck.  Its hard to say if age is catching up with Hendo, but for now, he’s a little shaky.  Especially if he shows up as a big favorite next time.

Chris Wilson– gave Fitch all he wanted.  Wilson was a little tenative and allowed Fitch to stalk him.  Maybe Wilson likes to counter, but I don’t think so.  Wilson should get some love in his next fight, but i don’t think he’s got the ability to beat any of the top guys.  His striking is pretty good, but that’s not a secret anymore.

John Fitch– Had some trouble with Wilson’s standup, but adjusted and overcame.  Kind of a blah performance, but he was effective and got in three good rounds of competition.  Certainly he improves from this fight, but if Wilson can touch him whats going to happen when he faces GSP?

Evan Tanner– Okami was a terrible matchup for Tanner to come back against.  Tanner showed rust and was a sitting duck. Didn’t really learn much about Tanner.  Unbettable at this point.

Yushin Okami– Stays sharp, showed a little more versatility is his game, but he was not threatened and in his comfort zone.   Active, strong, and healthy.  Picked up the nickname Thunder somehow.

Heath Herring–  Unimpressive win.  He was taken down easily and often.  His punching is sloppy and he gets hit a lot.  Kongo gave him the win.

Cheick Kongo–   Disgusting loss.  His takedowns were very good, but is that what he really wants to do.  Kongo needs to use his physical advantages like he did against CroCop.  How’s he going to fight? Underdog play only.

Chris Leben– Nothing new about Leben.  Bad body, slugger.  Anyone willing to trade shots with him is taking big risks. Leben fights are like video games.

Alessio Sakara-Not enough boxing talent to be effective consistently.  He lost several standup shootouts where he’s just a little behind.

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March 4, 2008 Posted by | Alessio Sakara, Anderson Silva, Cheick Kongo, Chris Leben, Chris Wilson, Dan Henderson, Evan Tanner, Heath Herring, John Fitch, Yushin Okami | 1 Comment