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Fight Critic Part I: Thoughts on the production for UFC 82

For me, UFC 82 was a good show. Nothing great, but nothing terrible either. I didn’t feel like I got more than my money’s worth, but I certainly don’t feel cheated either.

The main theme for me coming out of last night’s show is the brilliance of Anderson Silva. He officially cleaned out the UFC’s middleweight division last night when he somehow managed to finish Dan Henderson with a rear naked choke — something that might never happen against to Henderson.

I would have loved for the fight to have gone a full five rounds because I was expecting a war and was disappointed in that regard.

I’ll have more on the fights later, but I wanted to give my thoughts on the overall production.

First, I’ve got to give credit to the broadcast team. I’ve been critical of Mike Goldberg the past few shows but he was solid last night. My only issue with him last night is that I heard a little too much of “It’s all over!” People bash Mauro Ranallo for using too much hyperbole, but I appreciate the creativity. It would be nice to hear Goldberg add a few new lines into his rotation.

But the star of the night was Joe Rogan on color. Does Dana White give out bonuses to the broadcasters? If so, Rogan earned one last night. His analysis was on point and he was very fluid and concise in explaining everything. I especially liked his analysis during the Heath Herring fight when Herring kept giving Kongo his back while going for an arm and trying to roll into a Kimura.


  • bubbafat says:

    Let me get this straight, you were disappointed that the fight was finished before the last bell? It was a good fight wasn’t it? Or is it that you would have rather seen the same thing happen in the fifth? Has anybody noticed how easy it seems to be for the UFC to DISRESPECT their former champions? Arlovski on the undercard, AND no post fight interview for his KO of Obrian? Mir comes out AFTER Lesnar? This is beginning to tick me off.

  • Sam Caplan says:

    Bubba, Henderson vs. Silva was good action. I would have liked to have seen even more. It’s not every day you get two guys that good in a position where they are fighting each other. But yes, I realize there wasn’t anything that could have been done.

  • d-train says:

    Sam, did you catch the post fight interview with anderson in which he said he possibly might want to move “down” in weight?

  • Daren says:

    “His analysis was on point and he was very fluid and concise in explaining everything”

    I wouldn’t necessarily agree with that. Didn’t Joe say something like “Heath has Herring on the Ground” at one point during the match.

    He runs his mouth so quick that he often puts his foot in it. Sometimes he should stop and think before he speaks.


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