Loyal SI.com readers filed quite a bit of email the past two weeks, which comes as no surprise considering recent news. It looks like we're finally past Standgate (
Sure, Silva was ahead on points. I'll give you that. I've also received several emails from readers saying they think the fight should have been called a no-contest. The knee didn't blow out as a result of anything Silva did. The technical knockout call does seem a bit strange.
As far as Cote goes, he wasn't considered to be among the top 10 at 185 pounds coming into the fight.
You weren't alone with this question. I've said it before and I'll say it now, Fedor's the best fighter I've seen compete in MMA. But he was marginalized over the past three years because of opponents (before
Silva's size makes it a viable fight; He would only give away 15 to 20 pounds. Weight means less the bigger you get.
He also has the length, but I'm not sure who owns the speed advantage. And if they get tangled in a clinch, Silva would get dumped on his head.
But let's get back to reality here. We can't get Fedor vs. Couture. Though I'm sure Silva would do it, there's no way the UFC would risk pitting its pound-for-pound star against the best heavyweight in the world.
If there's ever a non-title fight that deserves five rounds it's this one. But there are numerous questions leading up to it. Can Penn add 15 pounds and still come in fit? His tank has run dry in the past -- most notably in their first fight. Will G.S.P. stand or wrestle? Can Penn catch a sub if it goes to the floor?
In fights like these, it's generally smart to favor the naturally bigger, fitter fighter. That's St. Pierre. Penn can slug, and St. Pierre's chin has failed him before. He's also one of the best submission artists in the world, but St. Pierre has managed to dismantle tough challengers time and again. So I think he's got enough to get past Penn a second time. I appreciate Penn's courage. He's going to be remembered for his belief that jiu-jitsu will carry him through any fight. But right now, St. Pierre is a better fighter.
Losing has lifted pressure on Koscheck to win every time out. Now it's about making an exciting fight. Remember, he's still young in his career. Two years from now, can you imagine how good he'll be? Fights like the one against Alves will only help Koscheck on, and even with the recent loss, his ranking shouldn't slip much. I imagine he'll drop around four or five. Alves should be No. 2 behind GSP, and Sanchez will find himself -- like all welterweights in the UFC -- tested each time out.
Pro wrestlers have a long history in MMA, and you have to expect more will make their way into the sport.