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TUF 6 Finale Thoughts

Is this sport fun to watch or what? This card delivered big time and showed why mixed martial artists are some of the best athletes in the world and why the sport itself is so fun to watch. The UFC couldn’t have asked for a more entertaining card on basic cable. The only thing that could have been better for them was if Mac Danzig and Tommy Speer would have fought a bit longer but I think that fight went as expected. The fight between Jon Koppenhaver and Jared Rollins and the main event involving Clay Guida and Roger Huerta were among some of the most entertaining fights this year. We even got to see six fights in their entirety. You’re lucky to get 5 on a pay per view sometimes. Props to the UFC for solid matchmaking and a very entertaining card.

The verdict is still out on Roger Huerta. I’m still not sold on him as the real deal or even a future champion at this point. He was able to finish Clay Guida, which is pretty impressive, but showed a lot of weaknesses in his game as well. Guida was able to take him down at will and keep him down and landed some great ground and pound throughout the first two rounds. Huerta looked pretty good on his feet but Guida held his own until the third round of the fight. I don’t think Huerta is ready for Sean Sherk, BJ Penn, Joe Stevenson, or even Frankie Edgar. His next fight, hopefully against Kenny Florian, should be another good gauge of Huerta’s ability. Did he finish Clay Guida? Yes, and in impressive fashion. Did he also get dominated for two rounds? Yes, he certainly did. Huerta is good, but let’s not start touting him as the best thing since Kimbo Slice’s bread.

Clay Guida needs a haircut. I couldn’t be more serious, either. How does his hair not impair his vision? It honestly looked like sometimes he didn’t even see Huerta’s punches coming because of his hair. Not only that, but he seems distracted by it at times, flipping it out of his face or brushing it out of his eyes. I wanted his corner to tie it up in between rounds so he could see where the damn punches were coming from. Clay, for the love of god, tie that hair back ala Evan Tanner or cut it. It’s doing more bad than it is good.

Mac Danzig is who we thought he was. Danzig took care of business on the biggest night of his professional mixed martial arts career. Tommy was the much bigger fighter, but as is the story of this sport, technique usually wins over strength and size and that’s exactly what happened. Danzig dropping to lightweight adds depth to an already stacked division.

Jared Rollins and Jon Koppenhaver put on a display of gameness. What a fight. Bloodied, battered, and exhausted, these guys continued to give everything that they had. Just a back and forth battle between both fighters and a fight that I recommend everyone see as soon as possible if you didn’t catch it. Koppenhaver’s arms were so tired at the end of the third round that they just hung at his sides Rollins punched him, kneed him, and took him down, yet he still came up with the energy to sweep Rollins and unleash a flurry of hard punches that ended the fight. Both guys’ gameness was battle tested and they passed with flying colors.

George Sotiropoulos did what he was supposed to do. George, the second best guy in the house this season, was upset by Speer on the final episode. So they threw him Billy Miles whom he defeated with relative ease. George has a bright career in the sport and he had Ray Longo and Pete Sell in his corner, so it’s now evident that he is training full time with Team Serra in Long Island, NY.

Ben Saunders is tall. Man, this guy is tall and lanky for a welterweight. While Barrea was able to take him down, Saunders made it damn near impossible for Barrera to land any kind of effective ground and pound. Barrera spent more time just trying to get into Ben’s full guard than landing any effective punches, mostly due to Ben’s lankiness and awkward size. His long legs make for crazy flexibility and jiu jitsu. He’s training with some of the best fighters in the world at American Top Team so he has nowhere to go but up.

Dana White’s big announcement was that Forrest Griffin is one of the coaches on the next seaseon of The Ultimate Fighter 7. Shocker. To see who the other coach is (Rampage), you have to tune into the VGA awards tomorrow. Another shocker. Yet another season of TUF involving a championship belt on the line. Just great.

Overall Thought: Great show for the UFC, especially for a card on Spike TV. Lots of exciting fights and a good show for Average Joe UFC fan to see. Might make them want to buy the UFC 79 pay per view. I will be interested to see what the ratings were, as the end of the Guida/Huerta fight was coinciding with the beginning of the big Hatton/Mayweather boxing attraction. I would give the show a B+.

  • SteveXtreme says:

    I agree with most of what you said except for your thoughts of roger huerta. I think Huerta could beat any of the guys you listed with a possible exception with Sean Sherk, (he’s too strong, i think he could keep Roger on the ground and eek out a decision.) Great thoughts otherwise. You did forget one thing worth mentioning that was overlooked all night, Big John.
    If you don’t miss that guy, then you’re not a fan of MMA at least not UFC. (Generaly speaking, not singleing you out.)

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  • Andrej says:

    Kimbo Slice were did that coment come from? Atleast Roger Huerta has fought better competition right?

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  • Arturo says:

    Even Huerta said in his post-fight interview on is that he hardly trains wrestling and that he is going to do that a lot more for his next fight. I can see Huerta training kind of like Kenny Florian does, you find a weakness in his game one fight and see how much he has improved on the weakness in the next fight. Huerta is the real deal and i wouldn’t be surprised if he were a champion one day.

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  • Ivan Trembow says:

    Look at the tape of the TUF 6 finale two hours and fifty minutes in… right after Huerta-Guida ends and right as Kenny Florian is saying on commentary that one punch or kick or knee can change a fight… Matt Hughes is celebrating Huerta’s win, then someone points him to a TV monitor, and he pulls up his seat to watch. If you pause to look at what he’s watching, it’s the final referee instructions in the ring for the Mayweather-Hatton fight, which was starting at that very moment. The way the timing worked out is that the opening bell of Mayweather-Hatton was less than 60 seconds after the end of Huerta-Guida.

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  • Gavin says:

    I don’t think that Forrest and Rampage as coaches means that Forrest is getting a title shot, or even that it will be “tied up” necessarily. Hughes and Franklin coached season two and didn’t fight each other at the end. I think the UFC realized they have two fighters with made-for-TV personalities are trying to capitalize on that. I think this allows them to promote the show in a way other than “the coaches hate each other so there will be drama!” which is quite tired. Rampage and Forrest will make for a hilarious show almost every week, and make the show worth watching for entertainment’s sake. I recorded the episodes this year and fast-forwarded through most of them. There is no way I’ll do that with Rampage and Forrest.

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  • Sam Caplan says:

    I hope they let Forrest and Rampage interact with the fighters a lot outside of the gym. That’s where we could see the real humor.

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  • MoreThanUFC says:

    Dana said last night that Forrest would fight the other coach, who is obviously Page.

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  • MusicCityBeatdown says:

    After watching the tape of the Hatton vs Mayweather. Now I know why I will never go back to boxing. I am glad I didn’t pay for that BS. On the other hand look at what I got for free at the TUF finale. Two of the most entertaining fights of the year. All heart no BS.

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  • MMAStation says:

    Spike messed up Dana’s big annpuncement when they showed a preview of Griffin and Rampage standing next to each other at the VGA’s. Everyone knew it would be them.

    Sire note, Guida losing totally ruined my weekend!

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  • Sam Caplan says:

    Guida should get credit for improving his music.

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  • mike wolfe says:

    Last night was a wake up call for Huerta. Every fight with the top lightweights will be like that. Clearly he has the skill to fight with the best, but every one will be a war. Great division and I love the pace of the fights with the lighter fighters.

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  • Paul Balsom says:

    Quick Notes:

    – Spike also ruined the announcement for anyone owning a Tivo or DVR, as the announcement was made like 10 minutes after the broadcast was scheduled to be over.

    – Sam, you can’t knock the Alkaline Trio (Clay’s old entrance music).

    – “Music City Beatdown…” How you defame the Cashville, man. Floyd executed an unbelievable gameplan last night during the bout with Hatton, you can’t deny that. You just switched to MMA because of your A.D.D..

    – If Koppenhaver and Rollins had bigger names (not literal), or this fight had any sort of relevance in the welterweight division, this would easily be considered fight of the year. But alas, it had none of that, so it was just a lot of fun.

    – I’ll end with a question: Who would you like to see Mac Danzig matched up with for his UFC lightweight debut?

    p.s. If jaydog reads this… that chili is biting back today…. yikes.

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  • Shawn says:

    Roger Huerta is ready for the top of the division. Last night, despite losing the first two rounds, the guy fought back from adversity and finished the fight. It was absolutely amazing. I don’t even think they’re going to match him up with Florian; I think they’ll probably match up Guida with Florian actually. I see Sherk fighting Huerta and the winner fighting the winner of the interim belt fight, tournament style.

    Forrest-Rampage absolutely fucking awesome.

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  • Adam Morgan says:

    Sherk will use Huerta.

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  • George says:

    Did I read that correctly, “The verdict is still out on Roger Huerta?”, what? How many more hoops does the man have to fly through to get his well earned title shot? He passed this is second hardest test (next to a then perfect 8-0, World Class BJJ Master) with flying colors. Florian is 6-2 in the UFC, Edgar has but 8 fights total, even Sherk is 5 and 1 in the UFC. Huerta is 6 and 0 in the UFC, and has won 16 (sixteen), YES 16 in a row. Have the guys that are beneath Huerta, (like Florian duke it out with Crane or Guida, or have Edgar fight Guida), before even putting him on the same level as Huerta. For perspective, you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone with the heart, champion spirit, charisma and record (not to mention consecutive victores) of Huerta in the UFC except for Fitch. You critics will never be silenced, and to answer your question the verdict was read loud and clear if not on the Crane fight then last night – and the Jury finds for Huerta to fight the winner of Penn\Stevenson after he gets his degree, and they put the Title Match on hopefully in Mexico.

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  • Paul Balsom says:

    I don’t know if you got the memo, but it’s not an interim title fight anymore… straight up title fight, since Sherk doesn’t have the title anymore.

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  • jaydog says:

    George, sounds like you’re a Huerta fan. Me too. I am sold on his composed strikes and scrambling, the latino demographic agenda, the heart-throb angle, and now the heart to pull out a come from behind win. However, I have to agree that Huerta doesn’t look like a natural #1 contender. The fight with Guida exposed too many holes in his game (light strikes, lack of take-down defense, slow starter, etc). You just have to catch that frustrated look on his face that kept coming up when he was taken down repeatedly. Personally, I never wanna see Huerta lose. But, it’ll probably happen soon if he doesn’t adjust his game.

    Paul, Mac Danzig would like me to tell you that it serves you right about the ill effects of the chili. Personally, as long as I’ve got cilantro and fresh jalapenos in the pot, then the chili’s gonna burn at both ends for me… and I’ll love every minute of it.

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  • Marc says:

    If the Huerta who showed up in the 3rd round came out in the 1st round, that fight would have been over very quickly. The problem is, Huerta coasted for the 1st two rounds, almost looking like he was just trying not to get knocked out (which he almost did, at least twice, once seriously). If a fighter who can actually finish fights had been in there, Huerta would have been done. Huerta is both, and so I understand both arguments. If Huerta fights with intensity every round, not just the last round, then he is ready for the big show. He also needs to be careful of eating too many counter punches. Every time he hit Guida, he got hit twice himself.

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  • Da Twin says:

    Why didnt Mac get anything? they usely get a watch one season they got a car. i would be piss if i was mac! they just resently started having 1 weight class so that means 1 winner, the beging season had 2 weight classes and they gave both winners prizes. they could afford 1 watch WTF?!?

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