Total fight card for UFC 68 and OFFICIAL discussion thread.

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Beenosworld
1/30/07 6:03:28PM
Tim Sylvia vs. Randy Couture
Matt Hughes vs. Chris Lytle
Rich Franklin vs. Jason MacDonald
Jon Fitch vs. Luigi Fioravanti
Mike Swick vs. Yushin Okami
David Heath vs. Matt Hamill
Martin Kampmann vs. Drew McFedries
Joe Stevenson vs. Caol Uno
Assuerio Silva vs. TBA
Rex Holman vs. TBA*
Lambert vs. Sobral
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nate22
1/30/07 6:09:43PM
Now we hard the final card up, can we attempt to keep the majority of the discussion for the event in this thread.

What's the general opinion about the card? It looks pretty deep, alot of fighters we need to see more of to get a better idea about peoples position in their respective division.

Great to see Randy in the octagon again, very happy.
zephead
1/30/07 6:12:12PM

Posted by Beenosworld

Tim Sylvia vs. Randy Couture
Matt Hughes vs. Chris Lytle
Rich Franklin vs. Jason MacDonald
Jon Fitch vs. Luigi Fioravanti
Mike Swick vs. Yushin Okami
David Heath vs. Matt Hamill
Martin Kampmann vs. Drew McFedries
Joe Stevenson vs. Caol Uno
Assuerio Silva vs. TBA
Rex Holman vs. TBA*




Steveson and Uno could be a great fight. Swick and Okami could be good. Franklin and MacDonald might be the sleeper of the night. As much as I like Lytle, I think Matt is to strong for him.

Randy, why didn't you stay retired. I love ya dude, but damn. You couldn't take Chuck down, but for some reason, you're gonna be able to clinch and then takedown someone who is 7 inches taller and 40lbs heavier? You think Chuck hits hard, imagine what it fels like to get hit by someone 6'8", 265lbs.

I'd like to see who Silva is fighting. Kampmann/McFedries might be decent
ElGuApO91
1/30/07 6:15:38PM
the thing i dont like about the ufc is that once a fighter is hyped up and u would think they get a title shot they get a fighter a step below. like mike swick just got through a victory over loiseau and now they give him okami i dont agree with it. and forrest griffin getting jardine after he basically defeated tito. i hope swick doesnt underestimate okami.
hippysmacker
1/30/07 6:18:40PM
Gotta love Mcfedries chin in his last fight. I don't know how skilled he is technically, but he's got heart. I wish Randy had stayed retired too. He's my favorite fighter, and I'll be pulling for him, but I don't think he'll pull it out. Still, I think that will be the fight of the night. Randy always comes to fight, win or lose, and Syvia has to feel the pressure to finish him. I think his best chance to win is to go for a sub, which he rarely does. A lot of mismatches though. It reminds me of Prides first US card. A lot of guys you want to see, but very few competitive fights.
waylon_o
1/30/07 6:26:53PM
Why the hell does Chris Lytle deserve to get to fight Matt Hughes? What the hell did he do that makes him a top contender?
thelastking
1/30/07 6:32:36PM
Swick Okami and Uno Stevenson are the only fights that seem interesting. Other than that not all that great
gspfan31
1/30/07 9:14:46PM
okami vs. swick is gonna be the fight of the night
roadking95th
1/30/07 9:26:42PM
I don't understand the Hughes/Lytle matchup either. This isn't a tune-up fight. If anything, Hughes might get over confident striking with Lytle and get his ass KO'd by GSP again. A Diaz fight would have been great tune-up, but I guess we won't see that now.
thelastking
1/30/07 11:04:47PM
I agree the hughes match up is pointless
aceprone
1/31/07 12:35:38AM
It should of been Matt Hughes vs. Jon Fitch. That would of been a war! I do think jason and rich is going to be a good fight. I know Mike won the fight agaist David, but it wasn't that impressive. Nothing in that fight said to me, he can take Anderson. But we'll see.
ac_gi
1/31/07 12:37:01AM
I think the Jon Fitch vs. Luigi Fioravanti fight will be an awesome standup war.

The Stevenson vs. Uno fight will be just as awesome, but on the ground.

To be able to watch so many stars... Hughes, Franklin, Big Tim and Randy is going to be a treat. I think this is a great card.
OB_Juan
1/31/07 1:59:26AM
I hope Kampmann gives McFedries a schooling. Swick/Okami and Uno/Stevenson should both be good. Fitch will pound on Luigi. Good to see Randy back but I'm not looking forward to seeing Tim give him a nap. I think J-Mac will give Rich a pretty good fight for a little while.
OB_Juan
1/31/07 2:01:51AM

Posted by waylon_o

Why the hell does Chris Lytle deserve to get to fight Matt Hughes? What the hell did he do that makes him a top contender?



Hughes just got his ass whooped. Nothing wrong w/ building him back up. GSP beat Matt a helluva lot worse than Serra got by Lytle. This is like a runner up match for the title and TUF 4.
thestaton
1/31/07 11:07:47AM
any idea who Assuerio Silva is fighting? I'd like to see Kongo back or Gonzaga again.
D-Boy
1/31/07 12:04:14PM
I'm glad that Caol Uno is back in the UFC now been too long for Uno he's a great fighter.

There's going to be a few beatdowns (Lytle - Hughes) and some ? fights (MacDonald - Franklin and also Uno - Stevenson) so this is going to be a good card to see who the next upcoming contenders are going to be.

Stickan
1/31/07 12:17:50PM
Yay Fitch and Kampmann are back!
Fitch will win without much problem and hopefully my fellow scandinavian Kampmann will do the same.

Btw. What happened to Babalu - Lambert? Fell through?
Jeffanori-Gomi
1/31/07 1:08:49PM
Its sure nice to bring Caoul Uno back after hes past his prime in order to be a can for Stevenson...I hope uno wins that one!!
Gogoplata
2/2/07 8:25:27PM
I am unbelievably stoked for this Pay Per View. Firstly, I will be live and IN ATTENDANCE in Columbus! Hell yeah, so stoked. Will be my first MMA event live. Plus the added fact that I get to see TWO fighters from my hometown in Rich Franklin and Matt Hammill. PLUS I get to see a living legend in Randy Couture and he is fighting for the heavyweight title! Unreal card lined up, some of the best names in the UFC. I would say on paper that this card is one of the best so far for UFC.

As for the fights, I think one of the most interesting fights on the card HAS to be Franklin v. McDonald. This will be a serious test for Franklin on his road back to Anderson Silva. And it's a great opportunity for McDonald to blow up to the next level of UFC popularity. Very interesting dynamic, but deff. rooting for Franklin.
GladE8R
2/2/07 8:32:44PM
Being new to THIS forum, I am going to go out on a limb and make what may be a very odd and UNPOPULAR prediction for this fight.

I have been an MMA fan forever...literall saw UFC 1 live...and yes I am an old guy...36.

I hate to say this, since Couture is one of my all time favorite fighters...but Tim is probably going to beat him. Don't get me wrong, I dont want it to happen, quite the opposite. I just se Tim coming with the same gamplan he had with Monson. Another boring 5 round snoozefest. If I was Tim, that would be my plan against Couture, it aint pretty, but he keeps the belt.

The only saving grace in it not being a snoozer, is the fact that Tim is the most hated MMA fighter I can think of with his "fight to not lose" mentality. Maybe he will throw down with Randy....and there in lies the problem...Tim is better standing with his ridiculous reach advantage against a 43 year old wrestling god and GNP specialist.

I know...I hate it as much as you do, but its true.
Gomiera
2/2/07 9:30:20PM
I heard Swick and Okami has been moved to UFC 69
-NewBreed-
2/2/07 11:46:26PM
This is a very interesting PPV with many interesting bouts. The return of Hughes, Franklin, Babalu, and Couture from losesin championship bouts and many other great fighters who are quickly making names for themselves in their respected divisions.

I see a lot of entertaining fights here. I think they have to give Swick Okami because their both on winning streaks (granted Okami's is far shorter and not quite as impressive) while Frnaklin is just coming off a loss. I think it would make more sense and would come off as a great bout if Swick and Franklin both win and then fight each other. These four guys are kind of in must win situations here and a win could secure a title fight next for either one of them.
Kazmierz21
2/3/07 2:27:09PM
Uno and Stevenson should be hot - been a while since I have seen Uno in a fight. I hope that Franklin can bounce back against the Athlete - I basically don't like McDonald just cause of his nickname - Franklin is usually good for an exciting bout so I hope he builds himself back and then brings it to Anderson Silva a little bit tougher the next go-around
corpsegrinder
2/3/07 7:45:42PM
With so many possible upsets how could you not want to see this event
shawneth
2/4/07 12:48:50PM
I afraid the UFC marketing technique is working on me. So many big names....I.. I gotta watch this event despite the one sided matches.
Manfred
2/5/07 6:17:24AM

Posted by thestaton

any idea who Assuerio Silva is fighting? I'd like to see Kongo back or Gonzaga again.



Might be Gonzaga. Kongo is likely going to be next for CC.
Violentcuv
2/5/07 12:31:44PM
I agree with you on that one. Especially coming to Ohio for an event it's nice to be able and see alot of the big name fighters on this card. I am looking forward to seeing this card live.
Lay_N_Pray
2/5/07 3:21:32PM
I'm excited for Kampmann fighting, if he continues to steadily improve he could be a force.

Fitch and Luigi should be a hell of a fight and as much as I enjoyed watching Uno I really think Matt is just to physical for him at this point in his career. All in all a great card. So far 2007 has been excellent for MMA as far as matchmaking.
shawneth
2/5/07 7:24:48PM

Posted by Lay_N_Pray

I'm excited for Kampmann fighting, if he continues to steadily improve he could be a force.

Fitch and Luigi should be a hell of a fight and as much as I enjoyed watching Uno I really think Matt is just to physical for him at this point in his career. All in all a great card. So far 2007 has been excellent for MMA as far as matchmaking.



Yeah, Kampmann really impressed me in his last fight, the guy he fought was suppose to be an up and commer. This is gonna be such a war with McFeddries. I dont know if its even possible to knock that guy out.
AkiraTheDon
2/5/07 7:40:29PM
I have alot of love/hate with this card/ Im excited to see randy back but i want to see hughes fight someone worthwhile. Nothing against Lytle but hes clearly not up there with hughes.
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