Like Big Brown, the Favorites go down at UFC 85

posted by cradick on June-9-2008, 8:10am

For those of you that watched or listened to the Belmont Stakes, you know that in a stunning development the favorite Big Brown didn't even finish the race. Much like Big Brown, most of the favorites at UFC 85 failed to reach the winner's circle.

I have to believe that Matt Hughes was a big favorite going into his match against Thiago Alves. In the second round, Alves landed a knee that sent Hughes to the mat seemingly ending his career. I don't believe he is done fighting, but everybody else seems to think so. I still want to see him fight Serra.

In the biggest upset of the night, Thiago Tavares was stunned by Matt Wiman. Most people, including me, already had Tavares penned in as the winner of this fight. Congratulations to Wiman who is suddenly a contender in the lightweight division.

In the matchup of Ultimate Fighters, Mike Swick once again proved why he is a force in MMA. He systematically broke down Marcus Davis for three rounds. Having doubted him as a legitimate contender, he scored big time with this latest win. The most impressive part was his ability to go three rounds, as opposed to his usual flash knockout or submission win. Expect a huge matchup for Swick real soon.

Finally, in a questionable stoppage Fabricio Werdum defeated Brandon Vera. The stoppage seemed a tad early, but I doubt it would have affected the eventual outcome. Werdum secured the mount position and was reigning down punches. Vera was defending himself, but the ref disagreed and stopped the fight. With this win, Werdum surely should find himself in line for a title shot.

All in all, the fights were entertaining, but the event lacked the usual buildup that one comes to expect. One can only imagine what this event would have been if Chuck Liddell had faced Mauricio Rua. Maybe next time.

tags: Brandon Vera, Fabricio Werdum, Marcus Davis, Matt Hughes, Matt Wiman, Mike Swick, Thiago Alves, Thiago Tavares, UFC 85

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