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Forrest Griffin Drops by ‘UFC Tonight’ on Fuel TV 02/28/12
Fans are still debating who they think won at UFC 144 and who should get first crack at the new lightweight champion, Ben Henderson. The "UFC Tonight" crew offered their insight on the Tokyo show and previewed the big weekend coming up. UFC on Fx 2 features Thiago Alves vs Martin Kampmann and four flyweight fighters battling it out, tournament style. Ariel Helwani said, "In Sydney, if either of the flyweight fights end in a draw, they'll be doing a sudden death round."
There are not one, but two major Zuffa events this weekend: UFC on FX 2: Alves vs Kampmann from Sydney, Australia on Friday, March 2nd and Strikeforce: Tate vs Rousey on Saturday, March 3rd.
If Fuel TV is not available to you—or if you missed the show, the best quotes regarding the topics discussed are listed below.
Somewhere Tito is saying, "Speak for yourself, Forrest."
Author and UFC fighter, Forrest Griffin gave his thoughts on a possible rematch with Tito Ortiz. "We're both the biggest names—with the smallest talent. I'm not sick of fighting him. There's a comfort knowing what he's going to do. And he knows what I'm going to do. I want to have a couple more of those entertaining, good fights that people talk about. I've got a couple more in me."
I'm sure Tito would appreciate facing off with Forrest again, but I don't think he'd agree with the "smallest talent" comment.
Check out Forrest's approach to reading self-help book jackets and "then saying it better" as his way to write books. video
But first, my opinion
Benson Henderson almost had an Anthony "Showtime" Pettis flashy kick, highlight reel moment, after Frankie Edgar—ate the low kick, then caught Henderson's leg. Bendo didn't miss a beat. He twitched and flip kicked Frankie with his other leg, barely missing Frankie's head. That would have been horrible and awesome both at the same time. Ben did land a devastating up kick that connected with Frankie's face and knocked him backwards.
Speaking of Anthony Pettis, after his $65,000 Knockout of the Night kick to Joe Lauzon's chin, he might be first on the list of contenders to face the new UFC lightweight champion, Ben Henderson. video
I didn't think there was any question that Ben won the fight. He was confident, aggressive and moving forward the whole time. Almost every time Frankie caught Ben's leg (post-kick), Ben adjusted his balance and dropped punches on Frankie. Frankie gained no advantage by holding onto Ben's leg. Ben's striking did damage and that's what stood out for me.
FightMetric results show Henderson landed 87 significant strikes to 68 for Edgar. Frankie's face paid the price for coming up on the low end of that comparison. Hopefully, his $65,000 Fight of the Night bonus helped ease the pain.
But that's only my opinion. Here's what the experts had to say.
"UFC Tonight" Analysis of UFC 144
"UFC Tonight" Analyst, Kenny Florian on UFC 144 Edgar vs Henderson said, "It was a controversial fight. A lot of the action was controlled by Frankie Edgar. Then Henderson would land something that would steal the round at the end, like a good kick. Edgar had a lot of damage. I think the judges saw that. Henderson showed a lot of swagger. He was very calm. It's difficult to cut up and bruise Henderson…I think with all the rematches that Edgar had to give BJ Penn and Gray Maynard, they should give Edgar one with Henderson."
"UFC Tonight" Insider, Ariel Helwani on Frankie Edgar moving to 145 said, UFC President, "Dana White wants Frankie to go to 145, but I just spoke to his manager and he says he doesn't want to go down in weight. He wants to stay at 155 and work his way back for a title fight again. They think they deserve a rematch for the title."
Dana White thought Frankie won, but he acknowledged that judges score on damage and added, "(UFC matchmaker) Joe Silva had this fight scored for Ben Henderson by a landslide." video
Florian's thoughts on Pettis vs Lauzon: "Pettis was very impressive. He knocked out Lauzon in the first round. That's what he had to do to make the case to get the next fight against Henderson for the title shot. He's very dangerous and matches up well against Henderson."
If there is to be a rematch between Henderson and Pettis, it might happen in a new locale for UFC fans. Ariel reported, "I spoke to UFC's Asia Managing Director, Mark Fischer, a few days ago, and he told me UFC is targeting a return in November. They're targeting China, the Philippines or South Korea. That's where new Lightweight Champion Henderson would like to go because his mom is from there."
Florian on Jackson vs Bader: "I think we saw a different Ryan Bader. He was mixing it up with his striking. His wrestling was on. It was a masterful performance by Bader."
Florian on Rampage Jackson's future: "It had to be the injury that was the problem with him not making weight. Rampage has always made weight. I knew there had to be an injury, not allowing him to make the cut. He'll be back."
UFC on FX 2: Alves vs Kampmann
From Tokyo to Sydney: next up is UFC on FX 2 featuring Thiago Alves vs Martin Kampmann.
Main card starts at 9 pm ET / 6 pm PT. Prelims will be shown on Fuel TV starting at 6 pm ET / 3 pm PT.
Florian on Alves vs Kampmann: "These are two very aggressive, dangerous and technical strikers. Alves is heavy striker. Kampmann can tag you when he's going backward. Nobody wants to face these guys because they're so dangerous. This is an important fight. This welterweight division is so stacked. The winner will be pushed to contender status and the loser will go far down in the rankings. Alves will win if he can get his leg kicks in. Kampmann can do it—if he can counter Alves and get out of the way."
Florian on the Flyweight Debut: "Finally, we're getting a division where guys like Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson, who were contenders at 135, are now in a weight class where they should be. To see them at 125, they'll be very devastating. With the lighter guys, it's non-stop action. These are very technical fighters."
Watching "UFC Tonight" on Twitter with Ariel Helwani
Fans like to watch the show and tweet their thoughts. Scott March sent a message, "Alert: no one has Fueltv and UFC shows are being viewed by 20% of what they used to be."
Ariel responded, "Lemme guess: you don't have it so you are bitter. No one had Spike 5 years ago either. Relax." and "You'll have it this time next year. Mark my words."
To quell any rumors, Ariel tweeted, "As just reported on #ufctonight, Edgar's mgr @AliDominance says even if FE [Frankie Edgar] isn't granted a rematch, he is absolutely not moving to 145 next."
Source: Twitter and "UFC Tonight" on Fuel TV show notes
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Cheryl Ragsdale started out boxing and has added kicks and BJJ so she can practice MMA. She trains with Keith Florian and UFC Fighter Kenny Florian at Florian Martial Arts - follow @thatgirlisfunny
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