Sunday, December 14, 2008

TUF 8 Finale: Phillipe Nover was Jinxed!

I thought the TUF Finale was a pretty good show. Anthony "Rumble" Johnson got some sweet revenge with his headkick knockout of that eye-poking Kevin Burns guy. Junie Browning actually looked like a legitimate MMA fighter in his domination of Dave Kaplan, though Kaplan obviously isn't ready for the UFC. And Ryan Bader knocked out BJJ wizard Vinicius Magalhaes to become the TUF 8 light heavyweight winner, pleasing those who viewed the latter as a pretty boy that doesn't like to get hit.

But most importantly, lightweight standout Phillipe Nover lost Efrain Escudero. Not by decision. Not by submission. Not by corrupt judges. Not by lay and pray. It was BY JINX!

During the season, Dana White was pumping Nover up like crazy, comparing him to Anderson Silva and Georges St. Pierre, two of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. And you know the UFC was praying for Nover to win so they could use him as a poster boy in the Philippines, a key new market for the UFC.

The UFC also scheduled the lightweight finale for AFTER the light heavyweight bout, something that never happens. The little guys always fight first! We should also ask, did Phillipe get cocky? Com one, those sunglasses in the picture above make him look just a little arrogant

The UFC was obviously setting Nover up to be a big star but hopefully they've learned that in the wacky world of MMA, you can't plan too far ahead.

Other observations:

-I can't believe the UFC awarded Browning and Kaplan fight of the night. Their match was far from boring, but it was pretty obvious from the start that Kaplan was overmatched. The Johnson/Burns match was far better.

Umm, umm, umm, can't come up with anything else right now. That's it!

1 comment:

Big D said...

Glad to see you back. I agree that Nover was over-hyped, but I think the match was pretty close all in all, Nover almost pulled out that submission. As far as fight of the night, I agree that Johnson-Burns was a barnburner, and Bader-Magalhase was a close second in my mind. Magalhaes was over-confident and looked past Bader I think, and paid.