Normally, I'm not a huge fan of rematches. I'd rather see guys match up with new opponents, stretch their wings a little. Sometimes, however, a fight just ends inconclusively. Or maybe circumstances conspired against one fighter. Or maybe it was just such a barn-burner, it made you wish there was a fourth round. Takanori Gomi vs. Nick Diaz.
Gomi looked way off his game, and Diaz had his win taken away for a basically dumb reason. Still, this was a Fight of the Year candidate, and I bet both guys want to set the record straight. Diaz reportedly had surgery to clear up some of the scar tissue that was resulting in easy cuts, and Gomi looked pretty sharp against Ludwig. Manny Gamburyan vs. Nate Diaz.
Freak injury. Sh*t happens, I guess. Josh Barnett vs. Mirko Cro Cop.
Barnett had just fought a war with Big Nog and looked totally wiped out. Cro Cop had just punted Wandy's head into the fourth row and looked fresh as a daisy. Paulo Filho vs. Chael Sonnen.
It looks like this is back on, now. Shogun Rua vs. Forrest Griffin
and Shogun Rua vs. Rampage Jackson.
At this point, I guess I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that Rua's career isn't wrecked. Chris Horodecki vs. Ryan Schultz.
They've split two fights, each with a TKO, and a third match - for the belt - looks like it could go either way.