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A Clown, A Vet, and A Broken BJ

UFC 112 was probably the biggest disappointment in UFC history and quite possibly MMA.  It had all the makings of a great card.  On paper it was stacked, two tittle fights and a legends fight.  Unfortunately, It was, well....horrible.
Let's start with the statement from the UFC president Dana White,  “I don’t think I’ve ever been more embarrassed in 10 years of being in this business. It’s the first time I’ve ever walked out of a main event.”  I just wanted to put that out there so MMA fans know that I'm not just being overly critical.
So let's start with that horrible main event.  It looked more like a clown show than a fight.  Most fighters understand that this business is entertainment, but that it revolves around actual fighting and the sport of fighting.  Dancing around, mocking your opponents, slapping the mat and running around in circles for 25 minutes isn't what MMA fans paid big money to watch.  How about actually engaging in a fight next time? Anderson "The Spider" Silva acted like a fool and embarrassed himself, the sport and his employer (The UFC).  Good luck trying to win your fans back Silva!  I'd rather watch his opponent Demian Maia fight over Silva any day.
What was wrong with BJ Penn?  That's a question many fans are asking after his performance Saturday night.  He didn't look like himself.  He looked a little flabby going into the fight.  Was he injured and not able to train?  I'm not making excuses, he lost and that's that, props to Frankie Edgar for being faster and able to get in and out without taking major damage.  Either way, the scoring seemed a little off, but when a fight goes to a decision, the loser can't really be mad because he allowed the fight to get to the judges.
The legends fight between Matt Hughes and Renzo Gracie went as I expected it to.  It was somewhat conservative with neither fighter taking many chances.  I thought Gracie did a good job of outboxing Hughes, but the surprise came in the 3rd round when Gracie seemed to gas and almost seemed to want to give up after some strong leg kicks from Hughes.  Hughes finished Gracie off and definitely made Gracie look like a 43 year old fighter that hadn't been in the ring/cage in a few years.
The UFC usually puts on good cards, hopefully the fighters on the next card learn from this and put on good, exciting performances.  I expect plenty of chingasos next time.