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Posted on October 11, 2011 by John Petit
Most UFC fans, and definitely the UFC themselves, were happy the way the card went on Saturday night. The night had a little bit of something for everyone. After all of the under card fights went to decisions I was nervous we might be in for a long night. We were almost on par to tie UFC 94 which had the most decisions in one card for the UFC. Don’t get me wrong, a decision is perfectly good way to win a fight, but fans seem to really like finishes. This card sparked plenty of interest in my readers, and I was flooded with questions from across the world. I try to answer all the questions I get on my twitter ( http://www.twitter.com/scream13 ,) and I pick the best ones and run the mail bag piece. Here is what you guys were pondering!
Question: At the post fight press conference Dana White said that Frankie Edgar was the number 2 pound for pound fighter behind Anderson Silva. I think many agree with me when I say Georges St. Pierre is number 2, and that’s if you don’t have him at number 1!
John Petit: I didn’t expect many of the things I saw at UFC 136, and I certainly didn’t expect to hear that from Dana White. That said, I know the argument quite well, and I know exactly where you are coming from. I happen to be in the camp that understands exactly how subjective things like rankings are. As an analyst I am asked questions all the time about “who I have where,” but I don’t do much ranking at all anymore-publicly anyway. However, I do have Anderson Silva as the clear P4P fighter on the planet.
I wasn’t shocked with what White said, and I can see where he is coming from as well. Edgar showed an incredible amount of heart, and his ability to keep calm and focus are the exact type of thing you see in the worlds most elite fighters in all combat sports. Its amazing he was able to do it, and do it twice against an undefeated fighter. Lets face it, the first one was a lot of pressure for Edgar, but the second one was the definition of a pressure cooker situation. To perform like he did, was an absolute pleasure to watch. If you ‘put a gun to my head’ for a top p4p top 4, I would go Anderson Silva, Georges St. Pierre, Jose Aldo, and then Edgar. (Note: In my opinion, I think its way to early in Jon Jones’ career to add him, although i expect him to grace that list fairly soon at this rate.)
Question: Is Joe Lauzon for real? Do you think Guillard looked past him? What a great fight, and no one expected him to handle Melvin Guillard like that.
JP: Joe Lauzon is for real. Joe has really aggressive Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and I am a firm believer in really aggressive and smothering BJJ. It wins fights, and it can be just beautiful and violent as a one punch knock out. In fact, I find myself jumping out of my chair when I see BJJ like that more so then when I see KO’s. In five words: Master Helio Gracie WAS right!
Joe has been showing this type of focus over his last few fights, and he really seemed to turn a corner in his career when he fought Gabe Reudiger. At points in that fight I was scared for Reudiger, and I was trying to imagine being locked in the Octagon with J-Lau. It’s a frightening idea to say the least. That’s how I know he is for real. Lauzon is a very humble fighter, who will tell you himself that he will always want to improve, and he is showing an excellent evolution of style and technique. The punch that dropped Guillard wasn’t even his best left hook, he threw a much better one a few second earlier which would have put Melvin out but it missed. With 7 fight night bonuses now, you can’t argue with him being one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC.
Did Guillard over look Lauzon? Yeah, I think so. In fact, had I seen that Melvin was signing autographs the day of the fight at the expo, and was acting the way he was, I would have put money on Joe Lauzon. Fight day is not the day to get your ego pumped up on a convention floor with fans wanting pictures and autographs. Then I heard his comments from the open work out, and he was disrespecting Lauzon in my opinion. I mentioned on twitter how eloquently Joe handled himself at the presser, when asked about Melvin. Many fighters would have said things like ‘thats what happens,’ and ‘he had it coming for over looking me.’ Lauzon commented to me saying “there is no reason to kick someone while they are down.” That is the stuff I love to hear from fighters.
Question: What did you think of Chael Sonnen’s comments after the fight?
JP: Chael fought a great fight, and made Brian Stann look awful. That’s impressive stuff for someone coming off of a drug suspension and 14 month plus lay off. As for the comments after the fight, this was the question I was asked the most. I don’t like that stuff. Not even a little. I don’t like when Josh Barnett does it, I don’t like when Sonnen does it, and there are a few others who try to walk that line as well.
I really like watching hockey, and many fans like me watch it because we like to see to teams compete at the NHL level. Sometimes it doesn’t even matter what teams are playing, because if there is a game I am going to watch it. That’s where I would like to see happen in MMA. No one will care about the trash talking and B.S, because two elite athletes are competing in a great sport. Sonnen continues to cross the line, and he is pushing buttons that he won’t be able to un-push.
Chael recently made comments about Anderson Silva’s wife, and ending with “I’ll slap her on the ass when she cooks my steak right.” The rumor before those comments were that the Stann/Sonnen winner was headed for the title fight with Silva, but Anderson is furious with those comments and seems to be pulling rank. Ed Soares from Blackhouse, Anderson Silva’s manager, said after UFC 136:
“First the guy gets in trouble for fraud, then he tests positive for steroids, and now he wants to kick in someone’s door and slap their wife in the ass? This guy should be in jail; he shouldn’t be fighting. Chael is not the person that’s going to determine when [Silva] is going to take the fight. When he’s going to take this fight is when his shoulder is completely healed up, and he’s ready to start his training camp for the fight…It’s not because Chael says he wants to fight in February. Who is Chael to determine that? Chael needs to take a number and wait his turn. He got his opportunity, and he tapped. It’s not the first time he’s tapped, and I guarantee you it won’t be the last.”
Sonnen may have already gone to far because its hard to argue when you look at it from Silva’s perspective.