Silva's coming off two straight(and more dramatic) losses as well; I see he and Chuck still going for December as a billed 'redemption' match.
My overall thoughts:
Forrest, Forrest, Forrest!!! I was yelling through a good portion of that fight:keke: Shogun has a habit of gassing, and I feel it's unfortunate that he didn't prepare a little more for his debut. Although it probably didn't help that Forrest practically gave him a fetus on the left side of his head:dunnodude: All and the same, Griffin's finish was an awesome cap to an incredibly surprising fight. Forrest really validated himself in it; everyone remember that slick omaplata he nearly finished Shogun with? His countless spin-outs to Shogun's attempts to pick a leg? Standing and on the ground, he's come a long way since TUF1.
Fitch should've had a unanimous nod over Diego, but a win's a win. Snachez looked intense as crap from the start, but I feel having his original rush and takedown stuffed really shocked him. He kept throwing his legs in his guard and Fitch made him pay every time with those side-stradles and viscious face shots. Diego looked to be in excellent form, and he was, but Fitch is simply a better fighter. Hat's off to both of them though
Tyson Griffin is still a maniac. That is all
Machida has been railed for not being able to put Nakamura away, but the lame masses(Rogan definitely included here) don't realize that top Asian fighters routinely eat concrete in order to make them nearly IMPOSSIBLE to knock out. Lyoto landed some horrendous shots, and considering Nakamura's background as a judoka fighter, he displayed an amazing amount of fortitude. Machida is still a top-notch fighter, and I really hope we see Nakamura again soon.
Jardine's win was a little quizzical to me, but it was a win all the same. That's why I hate judges in MMA(Cecil Peoples especially)- Keith won the second round on the fact that he dropped Chuck for about three seconds, whereas Chuck's dominance of Jardine throughout the rest of the round(and near finish of him to boot) was quickly forgotten in the face of a semi 'highlight' moment. The way that Rogan kept saying it should've been a 10-8 round made me want to shove a piece of rebar through his skull Such. An. Idiot. The way I saw it, it was Chuck easily in the first and slightly in the second. The third was all Jardine, and his kicks were viscious throughout. I'd have the split for Chuck, but such is uneducated judging. Seriously, a homeless-outreach program could do a better job of calling the action than most of the judges Zuffa finds.
All and all, it was an excellent event. Chuck's loss was the only smudge for me, but it was minor in the face of Fitch and Forrest dominance