What we learned from UFC 111
At some point,
It sounds like a ridiculous question, something a reporter would ask. Of course winning is enough. Better yet, dominance. Overwhelming the opposition has positioned St. Pierre, who Saturday night pitched a perfect game against
Or, it has been.
Will it matter at all that fans might stream out of the building during his fights, as they did tonight at the Prudential Center during a championship match that was scored 50-45, 50-44, and 50-43?
Writing this, it feels like an unfair standard. But the question feels appropriate since St. Pierre often mentions how important it is to him to be considered the best of all time. He's great. Is he exciting enough? Fight fans love finishers, which is probably a big reason why
The win over Hardy (23-7), who didn't have a chance from the opening bell and needed several miraculous escapes to go the distance, was St. Pierre's third in four bouts that went five rounds; he needed just four to pummel
Anyone who paid attention to something other than UFC Primetime knew Hardy, 27, didn't have a shot against St. Pierre. He fought with the wrong style, wasn't any kind of wrestler, and never faced the caliber of opposition that would make one think he could hang. On all fronts he couldn't, save the thing that makes him a fighter. Whatever it is inside Hardy, and many other men and women, that makes him do this for a living was on full display against St. Pierre.
The engineering in Hardy's arms was tested. Somehow they didn't buckle. Somehow he didn't buckle. It's a backhanded compliment when you congratulate a fighter for a loss. But Hardy deserves notice for simply surviving, which is a trait we often dismiss when it should, by all rights, earn a "you're one tough SOB."
Five letters each in their first name. Six letters each in their last. Even in silly little trivia
Many, including myself, felt a third fight between Mir (13-5) and Lesnar would be the biggest money maker for the UFC in 2010. If that's true, then there won't be any let down when Lesnar and Carwin (12-0) end up on a poster together -- assuming there's space.
I've always considered Carwin a poor man's Lesnar (4-1). He has the size. The power. The wrestling. But not the speed, or athleticism. Lesnar is a specimen. Still, Carwin is just the kind of opponent that should bring out the best in the current UFC heavyweight champion, who looks to fight for the first time in a year this summer.
The fact that Carwin is unbeaten, hasn't been out of the first round, and knocked out his last five will make the 35-year-old Coloradan a live dog. He deserves to be. Lesnar's chin hasn't been tested by anything resembling Carwin's wrecking ball of a right hand.
I don't doubt Lesnar-Carwin will do the best business for UFC in 2010. It may do so well, second place could look like Hardy.