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Aftermath – UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun

UFC 104 will be remembered not for any particularly stand out performance or fight, but rather for the controversial scoring of the main event. Ultimately this card did very little to shake up the UFC rankings, and the consensus amongst the Fight Game Blog crew seems to be that the show was a disappointment. The full FGB team weigh in with their thoughts:

Thumbs Down
Best Fight: Velasquez vs. Rothwell
Worst Fight: Tibau vs. Neer
I suppose, although there were three fights all around that standard.

Boring show for the most part.

Big D
Thumbs In The Middle, leaning down
Best Fight: Cain Velasquez vs. Ben Rothwell
Worst Fight: Chael Sonnen vs. Yushin Okami

A bit of a lackluster show that will be remembered for it’s controversial finale rather than being a good top to bottom fight card. The main event was a fun kickboxing exhibition turned screwjob (we detailed this on our recent edition of FGB Radio), but the most entertaining moment was Velasquez annihilating Rothwell. Everything else was ehh… just there. Keep this on the bottom of your DVD wish list.

Cactus Jim
Thumbs slightly down
Best Fight – Valasquez versus Rothwell
Worst Fight- Neer versus Tibau

There wasn’t much noteworthy about the show. Anthony Johnson showed up
WAAAAAY over weight and destroyed his opponent. Cain Velasquez is
starting to look like the guy the UFC has been hyping him to be. Shogun
got the short end of the stick on the decision. Other than that, it was
plodding fights with no real meaning outside of Okami being removed from
a title shot after his loss to Sonnen. Not worth the replay.

Thumbs way Down
Best Fight: Nothing worth noting
Worst Fight: A toss up between Tibau vs. Neer and Okami vs. Sonnen

For my money, this was the worst UFC show this year. A terrible card both on paper and in execution.

Thumbs in the middle
Best Fight: Cain Velasquez vs. Ben Rothwell
Worst Fight: Chael Sonnen vs. Yushin Okami

This was basically a blown up fight night card. I wrote that the only reason this was “must see” was because of Machida, and he turned out to be not so must see. This is the Machida that everyone was tired of just two years ago before his convincing knockouts of late. It was “point karate” Machida all over again. I admit that Shogun looked good and should’ve received the decision, but in no way did I see it as he dominating Machida. He just scored a few more points. Thanks to Cain Velasquez, we did get to see something pretty fantastic.

November is set to be a big month here at the Fight Game Blog. We have Pacquiao vs. Cotto, WWE Survivor Series, and not one but 2 UFC cards. So be sure to check back soon.

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