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Fight Critic Part I: Thoughts on the production for UFC 82

For me, UFC 82 was a good show. Nothing great, but nothing terrible either. I didn’t feel like I got more than my money’s worth, but I certainly don’t feel cheated either.

The main theme for me coming out of last night’s show is the brilliance of Anderson Silva. He officially cleaned out the UFC’s middleweight division last night when he somehow managed to finish Dan Henderson with a rear naked choke — something that might never happen against to Henderson.

I would have loved for the fight to have gone a full five rounds because I was expecting a war and was disappointed in that regard.

I’ll have more on the fights later, but I wanted to give my thoughts on the overall production.

First, I’ve got to give credit to the broadcast team. I’ve been critical of Mike Goldberg the past few shows but he was solid last night. My only issue with him last night is that I heard a little too much of “It’s all over!” People bash Mauro Ranallo for using too much hyperbole, but I appreciate the creativity. It would be nice to hear Goldberg add a few new lines into his rotation.

But the star of the night was Joe Rogan on color. Does Dana White give out bonuses to the broadcasters? If so, Rogan earned one last night. His analysis was on point and he was very fluid and concise in explaining everything. I especially liked his analysis during the Heath Herring fight when Herring kept giving Kongo his back while going for an arm and trying to roll into a Kimura.