Like many fight fans on Saturday night I found myself flipping back and forth from HBO’s boxing card and UFC 148. As a life long boxing fan I never cared much for MMA, but found myself intrigued by the Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen rematch as well as Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin III. Luckily the invention of Tivo made it easy for me to watch both events.
Here are five random thoughts from the night:
5: Kelly Pavlik will never be the same.
It’s true Kelly Pavlik is once again dedicated to the sport of boxing and he may even be training harder than ever before. But against Will Rosinsky it was clear that he’ll never be as good as he once was. Rosinsky may be a respectable opponent, but that doesn’t make him a good opponent. In other words, the Pavlik of four years ago would have ended this bout in six.
Pavlik seems slower than he used to be and his reflexes just aren’t there anymore. That’s not to say he can’t make for some entertaining fights at super middleweight – I actually think a fight against Carl Froch could be a fight of the year candidate – just don’t expect him to beat any of the elite fighters in the division.
4: MMA undercard fights are boring as hell.
Sorry MMA fans, but up until Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin, the undercard bouts of UFC 148 were horrible. Pavlik vs. Rosinsky was far from being a fun fight to watch, yet I found myself enjoying it way more than the MMA undercard fights. That’s kind of sad considering boxing was free and the MMA fights ended up costing fans around $50.
3: Nonito Donaire needs a new trainer.
Can we please never hear the Donaire-Pacquiao comparisons ever again? Watching Nonito throw one punch at a time against Jeffrey Mathebula was absolutely pathetic. Mathebula was obviously out-talented and had no business being in the ring with someone as talented as Donaire. But for some reason Donaire and his trainer Robert Garcia felt the need to make the fight way harder than it should have been.
If he would have went to the body more, or thrown more combinations, Donaire would have easily knocked Mathebula out early in the fight. Instead he chased the South African around the ring trying to land just one punch at a time. Either Donaire is dumb or Robert Garcia is a horrible trainer. Your call.
2: Chael Sonnen is not the best trash talker in the history of combat sports.
Is MMA being serious when they say Chael Sonnen is the best trash talker in the history of combat sports? Surely they’re joking, right? Not only were Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson way more intimidating and more clever in their trash talking, they also backed it up with their fists. The last time we saw Sonnen he was curled up like a little baby with Anderson Silva on top of him. To make matters worse, Silva never even connected with a flush shot.
Best trash talker ever? Ha. Nice try.
1: Boxing > MMA
UFC 148 was supposed to officially kill the sport of boxing. Yeah, that didn’t happen. The most entertaining fight in the octagon on Saturday night was Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin III and both of those fighters are washed up! The rematch between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen was a joke. Sonnen didn’t get hit with a clear punch, yet somehow we’re supposed to believe Silva destroyed him? Riiiiiight.
I’ll stick to watching boxing. After all, real men fight with fists.