Okay lets go through all the rematches Dana is setting up in order from ‘good idea’ to ‘bad idea’:
Good Rematch: Mikey Bisping vs Matt Hamill
While the majority of the universe saw it as a total screwjob, the match was still close enough to warrant a second go at it. The fight was also pretty good … I enjoyed watching Bisping bounce all over the Octagon getting chased by Hamill. His fits at the end of every round were pretty entertaining as well. All in all I wasn’t too hyped for this the first time around, but now I’m chuffed to see a rematch, preferably in Hamill’s backyard this time. Fortunately for all of us, both Hamill and Bisping have agreed to a fight, so we might get to see this before the end of the year.
Who Cares Rematch: Gray Maynard vs Rob Emerson
This is the one that ended with Gray knocking himself out at the same time the ref stopped the fight. This was ruled a no contest, but everyone knew Gray won this fight. He pounded mercilessly on Emerson for two rounds … the fact that he accidentally knocked himself out doesn’t swing karma back towards Emerson somehow. I’m willing to let the ‘No Contest’ ruling stand … on a techincal level it makes sense. But a rematch between Maynard and Emerson will go the exact same way the first fight did … only hopefully Gray will keep his head up on the slams.
Dumb Rematch: Tito Ortiz vs Rashad Evans
Here’s another case where just because the result was a tie, it doesn’t mean the fight was worth re-doing. The only reason Tito didn’t win this on the scorecards was because he grabbed at the fence for no apparent reason. Ask anyone with half a brain who ‘won’ the fight, and they’ll tell you Tito took it. To make matters worse, this was a total dog of a fight. At least with the other two rematches above, the fights were worth watching. Ortiz/Evans 1 is the kind of thing you make suspected terrorists watch over and over to mess with their brains. And now we have the rematch scheduled for UFC78 in New Jersey. At least I know I’ll have a 15 minute window to take a dump or go get more beer before the main event.