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Afterthoughts on UFC 134

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Brazil's Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, right, hits Forrest Griffin of the U.S. during their light heavyweight fight at at UFC 134 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rua won by first-round TKO. (Aug. 27, 2011) Photo Credit: AP Photo/Felipe Dana

Instant afterthoughts while watchin UFC 134 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil . . .

- The biggest threat to Anderson Silva in the middleweight division is when he wins a fight, stands on top of the octagon and then jumps down. This time, after a TKO victory over Yushin Okami, Silva landed on his feet and fell backward. Other than that, Silva barely even got touched.

- It's not so much about is there anyone left at 185 to challenge Silva for his title, and more about Was there really ever anyone? I suppose Chael Sonnen will get his rematch if he beats Brian Stann in October.

- If I ever get a sit-down with Silva and he drops his hands, I'll just fall to the ground and prevent him from knocking me down,

- When a fighter takes a beating such as the one Mauricio "Shogun" Rua received against Jon Jones last March, it's always interesting to see how they respond. Rua left no doubt with a knockout of Forrest Griffin 1:53 into the first round. Shogun will need another fight before he gets a shot at the title again, so in the meantme, might we suggest Phil Davis? Otherwise, who else is a sellable fight while Rua awaits the Jon-Rampage Jackson winner against Rashad Evans?

- Let's hope we can attribute Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira's knockout victory of Brendan Schaub to Minotauro finally being healthy again and not just an adrenaline-fueled win in front of his hometown crowd in Rio.

- Schaub's loss to Nogueira, a fighter most figured was just about out of gas in his career, shows that although Schaub is talented, he's still very raw in the sport and likes to stand and bang a bit more than maybe he should.

- Lightweight Edson Barboza has a wealth of talent, but the way in which MMA media (myself included) write and talk about him, you'd think he'd be finishing fights left and right. Not so. Yes, Barboza earned a split decision victory over Ross Pearson but the point is this: It should not come down to that. With the hype behind Barboza, he shouldn't have a pair of decision wins in three UFC fights. Perhaps we need to slow things down when it comes to Barboza, at least for the next fight or two.

- One of these days, Rousamir Palhares will figure out when a fight is stopped, when to not complain to the referees and when to actually continue fighting until someone other than himself calls an end to the fight.



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