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“I can honestly tell you that I’ve never put on an event that I was embarrassed to be at until tonight. I want to publicly apologize to all the fans…. I apologize. I personally apologize for what happened tonight. You guys know, this isn’t what the UFC was built on and this isn’t the way the fights usually go. Listen, any night you can have an off-night. When a guy is that talented and can literally end a fight whenever he wants to, wow.”


















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Post #1   4/19/09 1:41:53PM   

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outside of the Main Event i felt the other fights were entertaining

Post #2   4/19/09 2:34:03PM   

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Posted by Bloodhound

outside of the Main Event i felt the other fights were entertaining



I agreee.

Post #3   4/19/09 2:56:02PM   

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Posted by MMAcca

Dana said “When a guy is that talented and can literally end a fight whenever he wants to, wow.”



Dana has a point... Anderson Silva is so good that he was just toying with Leites (much like he was toying with Cote too). So what it really comes down to is Dana needs to get Silva a decent opponent. Like Dana says when Silva is that good, that he can just fool around in the ring and get away with it, that is a sign that he's getting bored and needs a challenge.

Actually Silva should just move up a weight class. That's what most fighters do when they're looking for a challenge.

Post #4   4/19/09 4:48:32PM   

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Smeone should just remind AS that he was submitted by Ryo Chonan so he should friggin fight.

Post #5   4/19/09 4:57:29PM   

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I can't help but to agree with Dana here.

Post #6   4/19/09 5:01:55PM   

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Dana White owes me $45 for a horrible waste on a Pay Per View. I wonder if he's "sorry" enough to give us the next PPV for free?

That would only be fair.

I thought the whole night was boring. The worst PPV in history, IMO.

Post #7   4/19/09 5:07:30PM   

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I didnt order it. But I almost did. Whew

Post #8   4/19/09 5:08:09PM   

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Really!! I have no doubt that Anderson was screwing around with Cote in their fight because I was there and that ticked me off. However, I don't blame Anderson for what happened on Saturday. Thales Leites threw himself to his back anytime that Silva got close to him. I mean for crying out loud even Joe pointed it out during the fight. I understand if you're a Jiu Jitsu fighter and you want to avoid the striking of someone that good but after the second round Leites barely did anything to actually attack. Trust me it was not the fight I wanted to see but I don't blame Anderson. I don't think Maia is ready for a fight with AS yet but I think he would at least put in more of an effort to get the fight to the ground consistently and not just throw himself on the floor every time Anderson looked like he was going to clinch or punch him in the face. Just my opinion.

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Posted by Bloodhound

outside of the Main Event i felt the other fights were entertaining




Yup, agreed, the main event killed it.

Post #10   4/19/09 5:26:44PM   

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alright GSP vs Anderson for the MW title, anyone????

Post #11   4/19/09 5:40:25PM   

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I'm hoping that the fans will realize that you can't rely on a card being good because of the star power on it or the match ups... you need both.

If you told the uninformed mma fan that chuck liddell and anderson silva were both fighting at ufc 97, they'd first ask if they were fighting each other, but even when you told them that they were in different weight classes, they'd probably still tell you that this had to be the most amazing card that the ufc has ever put on. Unfortunately after they watch the card, they'll realize otherwise. I personally dont think that this was the worst ufc ppv of all times... but I would put it in the bottom 25%. I think that anybody who thinks that it was the worst card of all time is hating on the fact that chuck got knocked out in the first round and was paying far too much attention to the main event.

What this tells us (and hopefully joe silva/dana white) is that you can't bank on your ppv draws for a good card.. you gotta put some serious thought into match making as well. FOTN more often than not is between middle tier fighters and is a result of match making. We've seen amazing cards that obviously needed a little more star power, but most true fans would rather see an exciting fight like guida vs huerta than silva vs leites.

Chuck and Shogun should NOT have been fighting each other at this stage of their career because giving either of them a loss would've been devastating and a win over the other gives only questionable merit. With shogun's win over liddell I'm seriously questioning Liddell's chin.. had liddell won, it probably would've been blamed on shogun's cardio or something else. Both could've fought someone that they matched up well against and seeing both get a solid win on this card would've made the world a better place. I personally think liddell is done.. but I would've liked him to find out another way.

Not the worst card of all time (the miller/stout match and the cane/cantwell matches were both wars).. and i'm sure that the shogun fans will say it was a better card than the chuck fans will, but at least we can learn something from it, and hopefully the ufc did as well.

PS, as disappointing as 97 was, I've been pumped for 98 for a long time... I have a feeling we'll forget about this card quite easily

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Posted by Loot613

alright GSP vs Anderson for the MW title, anyone????




I would love to see it, but I dont think it will happen though. Anderson is going to light heavy.

Post #13   4/19/09 6:12:33PM   

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Are there any thoughts from Silva about his own performance last night?

I don't think you can only blame Silva for a boring to watch fight. Leites wasn't exactly going at Silva either. I don't really blame him though. Who wants to get stuck in a clinch or a stand up war with Silva?

Post #14   4/19/09 6:24:13PM   

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A man retains his belt by whatever means he can and he gets critisized for it. I don't care whether or not Silva was toying with him. Exactly how many UFC championships has Dana White, or any other critics, earned?

MMA is a sport. Entertainment is secondary. If entertainment was the number one priority then they might as well become another WWE. Maybe it's just me but I don't watch fights just for cool looking moves. These are some of the best fighters in the world and it's easy to be a critic when your[/] belt's not on the line.

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