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Sports Illustrated burns UFC 78

Haha, fucking wicked:

UFC returns to New Jersey — a place the promotion hasn’t been for over two years — this Saturday for UFC 78. It’s fitting that the event is being held in Newark, just off I-95, because it could easily be called “UFC 78: E-ZPass.”

UFC 78 features no title fights, no grudge matches, and no transcendental marquee names. Instead MMA fans are presented with what amounts to a night of undercard fights and will have to wait six more weeks for UFC 79 — a monster event that does have fans buzzing.

  • frickshun says:

    I can’t believe a guy that worships scarabs & knows so little about the sport gets to write for a legitimate sport mag/site. He claims Evans proved his rasslin against Ortiz? It looked like he had NO wrestling in that fight. Then he said Bisping “neutralized” Hamill’s GnP? Hamill might as well have been scratching his head the whole time he was on top. He has zero clue what to do on the ground. Also, he looks like the Indian version of Mos Def.

  • Pontus says:

    I actually really like the 78 card.
    Sure there’s no really big main event but other then that its has a lot of really good fights.

  • stellar53 says:

    I think it should be a really great night of fights…..someone always has to be negative…..unfortunately, there have been a lot of writers with horrible columns about mma…..It is a brutal sport and I think we are just going to have to get used to uneducated people putting their two cents in on the sport…SI are trying to scare people away from the fight this weekend and it just may turn out to be one of the most exciting UFCs of the year…..


  • Xavier says:

    This writer has never heard of Karo, obviously.

  • Dru Down says:

    “SI are trying to scare people away from the fight this weekend and it just may turn out to be one of the most exciting UFCs of the year…..”

    Exactly. The mainstream fan will never become “educated” as many pundits try to claim. Think about other sports- just because they’re mainstream, it doesn’t mean that the fans are knowledgeable. Most of them don’t know jack shit about strategy and technique, and the same will be true of MMA.

    When I look at 78, I see a card packed with talented fighters. Almost all of them are extremely hungry for wins and recognition, and something else that can’t be overstated is the fact that they are nearly all UFC vets. Frankly, I would be shocked if any of the fights on this card were boring.

    Also, LOL at the Indian Mos Def

  • Michaelthebox says:

    Jeez, Frikshun. Bad analysis much? Evans avoided being put on his back while spending most of the fight in the clinch against a much bigger fighter who has made a career of wrestling and ground and pound. How in the world can you take that as evidence of lack of wrestling?

  • godzirra says:

    UFC 78 is pretty f’n stacked from top to bottom, impressive card.

  • Teufel says:

    Ultimate Fight Night: The PPV.

  • frickshun says:

    Hey “Michaelthebox”, maybe you should watch that fight again. Considering Evans supposed wrestling pedigree, he got manhandled by an Ortiz who claims he wasn’t even healthy (as always) & looks like his better days are behind him. I happen to be a big fan of his & while I’m sitting ringside watching this wknd (thanks to my boss), I’m hoping he’ll stop The Count the way he stopped Lambert. One more thing Big Brain Box, watch his fight against Salmon again & forget the kick. Watch the 6 minutes that led up to it. Salmon was having his way with him in the wrestling department. I want to see Evans continue to develop (& not give guys like Ortiz too much credit b/c it hurt him in rds 1 & 2). But you need to realize his wrestling is overrated. Also, you’re fucking corny. But if you ever want to hook up in NYC to watch an event, 1st beer is on me!

  • that’s the fightlinker way: “Fuck you, now lets drink!”

  • Asa says:

    If I curse you out can I get a free beer tomorrow you stupid Evans-loving choadbag?

  • Mr. Theplague says:

    HAHAHA! Yeah wicked dood!! It’s great to have the biggest sports magazine in the world propogating shitty news about my favorite sport. w00t! Let’s hope they do more of that shiznit so no new fans will want to tune in!!! Rad!

  • frickshun says:


    I like your style.

  • Jemaleddin says:

    You know, if you’re not going to have a noteworthy main event, the least you could do is SHOW ALL THE FIGHTS.

  • jazzn says:

    Who cares about marquee names, titles fights (usually boring) or grudge matches (phony horse-shit most of the time anyway). What we are after is seeing guys bludgeoning each other in to unconsciousness. The guy clearly has no idea what MMA is about.

  • TommyD says:

    You can always tell a Johnny-come-Lately to the sport and who is watching for the spectacle of MMA and not for the love of MMA and grappling.
    I don’t care what that guy says. I am buying the PPV Saturday Night…..

    Besides, I want to see Chonan tossed by Karo for that cheap move he pulled on Silva in PRIDE..

  • marshal says:

    Two words. “Best Card Ever!”

  • Vee says:

    It’s Sports Illustrated after all, so that’s that. I’m really interested in Ryo vs. Karo and Houston vs. Silva.

    Why? Ryo has an impressive resume and every one knows Karo’s judo is the best. I think that will be the grudge match – the best fight of the night!

    There’s a chance of Houston Alexander getting knocked out! Or there’s a strong chance of the fight going the distance! I’m not sure about Sakara, but Jardine and Thiago Silva are no push-overs.

    Those two fights alone make UFC 78 good. Note, not all championship fights or marquee names make great fights.

    I just hope Bisping or Evans ends the fight in the 1st, or 2nd round. Just a wish!

  • Vee says:

    What bars are definitely showing UFC 78 in NYC?!?
    I much rather watch the fight at home, but I need to save some bread.

    . . . the UFC tends to hype up some fighters skills. I have yet to see Rashad’s Evans wrestling skills manifest, repeatedly taking down Bonnar and doing nothing simply does not count.
    2nd example, Chuck Lidell’s kick-boxing background is often touted but rarely seen.

    Now if you hear about Spencer Fisher’s Muy Thai and striking, Kit Cope will definitely cosign.

  • frickshun says:


    Go to the UFC site for this event & click on the link for “Sports Bars”. The most important thing though is to call & ask if there’s a cover. I called for the last event & 90% were charging!! 1 or 2 bars had no cover but I forget which. By the way, fingers crossed for Spencer staying off his back. I hope he can throw as impressively as he did against Stout. Only problem is that Spencer wasn’t worried about the takedown in that fight.

  • marshal says:

    Lots of big players trying to keep the UFC from getting mainstream. Just another example.