Well, what can I say about that? Firstly I got four out of five right, obviously, but also I can’t remember a fight when I’ve traversed the whole spectrum of shouting-at-the-TV so comprehensively. From yelping ‘Head kick! Head kick! Flying knee!’ at Shogun like he was a UFC Undisputed character with an infinite stamina bar in the early rounds, to a series of guttural yelps at the end (with a load of swearing in the middle), that was immense. Even my dinner-party guests - yes, I had dinner-party guest during the UFC - were enthralled. I was in a fugue state so I couldn’t really focus on the scoring, but I thought, at best, it could have been a draw. I don’t mind that it wasn’t, though - I’d rather see both guys move on than try to recreate such a career-shortening fight, and it barely even counts as a loss for Shogun. Best fight of all time? It was more technical than Griffin/Bonnar, longer and less-marred by groin-hitting than Hughes/Trigg and more meaningful than Misaki/Santiago, so I’ll say possibly. I’d have to watch it again, though.
What’s next for both guys? I say let Hendo do whatever he wants, he’s earned it. A shot at Jones would be easy to sell, because there’s always the chance of that H-Bomb landing any time in a fight, and a loss to the big man wouldn’t really derail the Hendo legend. Another defeat against Silva would slightly mar the end of a career that’s peaked late - but if that’s what Hendo wants, fine. Shogun/Rampage 2 would make sense, too.
Silva didn’t look resurgent so much as he looked like Wanderlei Silva: in other words, however much trouble he looks like he’s in, you’d better not make any mistakes or he’ll send you to the rhinoplasty ward. Cung Le might have suffered minor ring-rust, but he suffered more from having never fought a man who wanted to hurt him so badly before. How do you prepare for a fight against Wanderlei Silva, except for telling your family you love them very much? Anyway, I wouldn’t mind seeing either man work the middleweight retirement circuit against Franklin and Belfort now.
What else? Faber looked improved enough to merit another title shot, Story blemished my record by not fighting sensibly, and I will happily watch Stephan Bonnar fight everbody he cares to. Not that any of that really matters on a night where the finale had me momentarily forgetting whole chunks of my vocabulary. That’ll do, UFC. That’ll do.