Competing among a company of hopeful fighters, some of whom could lay claim to more seasons in the NFL than rounds in pro fights,
Carrying the physique of an upright Buddha, the 33-year-old Nelson (14-4) stepped into SpikeTV's
He entered the reality show reeling from consecutive losses in 2008 (a KO against
With his biggest rival,
Nelson's victory over Schaub, a good athlete with fast hands who had not lost in four official fights prior to meeting Nelson, said plenty about the quality of fighters featured this season. A project like Schaub, 26, may improve with time. Same with
The bout marked the first time Nevada State Athletic Commission officials used replay to render a decision. They should have rewound to Jones' electric takedown of Hamill (9-2) earlier in the opening round because it was then that fight really ended.
It was also at this point that Jones (9-1) took over by mounting and unloading punches and elbows. To Hamill's credit, he defended well and most of the attacks were deflected. But he wasn't going to come back.
The lanky Jones displayed why so many consider him to be one of MMA's best prospects. If Jones meets Hamill again, he'll win. Though that could be true of almost anyone he would meet him right now.
Oh, and if the elbows weren't the reason Hamill couldn't continue, why did Nevada call the final result a disqualification instead of a no-contest?
Leave it to
It was slow. Sloppy. Even amateurish. It was the kind of bout that UFC president
I scored it 29-28 Alexander, giving him slight leads in the first and third rounds. The second clearly belonged to Kimbo, who unkindly tossed Alexander to the floor and gained advantageous positions. The decision doesn't bother me so much as the fact that immediately after the fight both men rested their hands on their knees -- and their pace was anything but frenetic.
Slice has a long, long way to go. I suspect the next time the UFC promotes him, you may be asked to pay for the privilege.
We now know that
"The Answer" is the answer.
Despite his top-10 ranking at 155 pounds, Edgar's best days may reside in the featherweight class. Yet as it stands now, Zuffa doesn't promote the division inside the UFC, relying instead on its sister organization WEC to handle bouts at 145 pounds and under.
There are more cons than pros for Edgar to make the move right now -- smaller paydays, less exposure and prestige -- but if he can't get to the top at 155, there wouldn't be any shame in taking a shot at 145.
Pitting Edgar versus WEC champion