UFC 88: Breakthrough — quick results, analysis

Rashad Evans defeats Chuck Liddell via KO Round 2
Rich Franklin defeats Matt Hamill via TKO Round 3
Dan Henderson defeats Rousimar Palhares via Unanimous Decision
Nate Marquardt defeats Martin Kampmann via TKO (Strikes) Round 1
Dong Hyun Kim defeats Matt Brown via Split Decision
Kurt Pellegrino defeats Thiago Tavares via unanimous decision
Tim Boetsch defeats Mike Patt via TKO (Strikes) Round 1
Jason MacDonald defeats Jason Lambert via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 2
Ryo Chonan defeats Roan Carneiro via Split Decision

The news of the night is obviously Rashad Evans’ HUGE KO of Chuck Liddell who was out for a good three minutes in the middle of the octagon. Evans could’ve hit him with a fucking sledgehammer and we wouldn’t have known the difference, folks, that’s how much power was behind that shot he dished out.

What does this mean for the division and the two fighters respectively? Well, obviously Chuck lost his title shot with Forrest Griffin at UFC 92 in December, that is clearly off now. Where Chuck goes from here, it’s hard to tell right now. I’m sure Dana and Joe Silva will give him some time to recover and get his head straight. Perhaps a fight with Franklin (who won his 205 return against Hamill tonight and looked damn impressive in doing so) makes sense, perhaps Anderson Silva down the line. I don’t think he fights till ’09 though, that’s for sure.

As for Evans, he takes a monster step up the light heavyweight rankings that’s for sure. There are a couple possibilities for him right now and he certainly needs to fight more often than he has been recently. My first thought is to give him Thiago Silva who has recently pulled out of his match-up with fellow undefeated LHW Lyoto Machida due to a back injury. Silva should be ready to train again in a month or so and the reason why he shouldn’t stay scheduled with Machida is Machida should now be bumped up to the title shot against Griffin at 92. Fact of the matter is, Griffin needs to put his title on the line then and Machida deserves it the most.

Other quick notes: It’s good to see Hendo getting back in the winning circle again, very nice win over the tough Palhares who is no joke at all. Palhares is one dangerous mofo. Also, Marquadt and MacDonald both looked very good in their wins. I could see a Marquadt/Henderson bout happening in the near future, maybe 92, maybe 93. Somewhere around there for sure. Tim Boestch continues to impress as well. I’d like to Boestch beat the fuck out of Stephan Bonnar personally…

Well that’s it for now, let me know what you guys thought. over and out from the general

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