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Fights! UFC Rio edition

Zuffa matchmakers have been busy bees this past week filling out several cards, but for brevity’s sake this Fights! post will stick to the card that’s suddenly filled out like your teenage daughter. Not a girl, not yet a woman. I wonder what her undercard looks like?

Shogun Rua vs Forrest Griffin 2: We all thought Forrest Griffin had balls of steel when he asked to fight Shogun Rua the first time around. This was Shogun’s first bout in the UFC – at the time he was 16-2 and considered the best light heavyweight in the world. He was also rushing back from a complete knee reconstruction. Forrest whupped Shogun for three rounds and choked him out with 15 seconds left in the fight. Now it’s time for Shogun to attempt revenge in front of his home crowd. This may be easier said than done – Forrest took all of 2010 off and looked a lot less raggedy when he manhandled Rich Franklin last month.

Edson Barboza vs Ross Pearson: Ross has been impressing people with his improved striking lately but it’s takedowns he’ll need if he wants to survive his fight with Edson Barboza. The crappy thing about being a TUF winner is having enough name recognition to be fed to an up and coming ass kicker. This is going to be Barboza’s coming out party, and Pearson is the piñata that’ll be lucky to make it out of the cage on his own two feet.

Luiz Cane vs Stanislav Nedkov: A quick mauling of Eliot Marshall isn’t enough to prove to me that Luiz Cane is ‘back’, but he’ll have another opportunity to impress us all against Nedkov. The Bulgarian once needed a split decision to defeat Kevin Randleman. In 2009! That’s seven years past acceptable.

Thiago Tavares vs Spencer Fisher: Neither guys are gonna be competing for a belt any time soon but win or lose they consistantly put on some pretty entertaining fights. Since they’ve both been losing more than winning though, whoever drops this one will probably find themselves out of a job. And Tavares used to be part of the Thiago Triforce of Ass Kicking too…

  • YEAH RIGHT says:

    Now i haven’t watched the shogun/griffin fight since it originally aired, but i distinctly remember feeling as if Shogun was winning, before he got choked of course. I don’t think i thought he was killing him, I remember being thoroughly disappointed (in both fighters, frankly). But, I think i honestly thought he would have squeaked out a decision. Am I remembering wrong? Shit, it has been what, two years? Some one shed some light.
    I know what you’re thinking, why don’t you go rewatch it YR? Because i don’t want to, dick head. That’s why.

  • Reverend Clint says:

    shogun looked terrible but so did forrest until he basically beat on shogun ehough and choked himout.

  • Rodriguez says:

    I had Shogun winning round 1 and scoring round 2 even.


    Not impressed with Cane’s eye gouging abilities.


    Tavares put on one of the shittiest fights of all time against Omigawa a few years ago.

  • Symbul says:

    Just re-watched UFC 76. Round 1 was pretty even, I had 2 for Forrest and the third would’ve been Forrest’s for sure had it gone thirty seconds longer. It’s not out of the question that Shogun could’ve snagged round 1 and 2 on 2/3 cards though.

    On that same card, Thiago Tavares also got straight robbed against Tyson Griffin. Apparently with some judges jiu jitsu counts for absolutely nothing.

  • Jim Harbaugh Scramble says:


    Maybe the judges were just hypnotized by Tyson’s badonkadonk.

  • Redping says:

    a tall guy beating shogun directly after his knee surgery – who would have thought!

    I just hope that doesn’t mean that this is going to be like his Coleman fight and he’s going to be a fatass and somehow knock somebody out while gassed.

    I hope shogun comes back to form, he’s training with munoz and such at a real camp now, hopefully if he has more than that one sweep that requires the opponent to be the same height as him, and an ACTUAL training camp (not spending 2 months preparing for rashad and then 3 weeks training for a gigantic jon jones).

    He’ll be back in contendership within a few fights, I’m sure this will be the start of it. Poor forrest, but this is a step to re-writing some of shogun’s less impressive moments. Regardless of what happens, he will go down as one of the greatest fighters ever to compete