In part one we discussed how some pairs of fighters keep coming back for more. Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard were named the power couple aka Brangelina of the UFC(However, the name Grankie, or Ednard is more fitting).
Fighters don't come back to mess around, though. According to fightmetric.com,Matt Hughes has won three out of six rematches, finishing all three. Dominic Cruz has won both of his do-overs. Anderson Silva has had two rematches in the UFC, devastating both men in the second round. Edgar is a rematch beast, having fought three epic rematches since April 2010, with one more on the way. With that draw, though, he is two out of three.
Overall, the top two re-runners are undoubtedly Chuck Liddell and Georges St-Pierre. The Iceman Liddell has won five out of six rematches while his lone kryptonite was Rampage Jackson. St.-Pierre has won five of five. But how do you weigh the two?
Liddell KO'd or TKO'd Jeremy Horn, Renato Sobral, Randy Couture (twice), and Tito Ortiz in rematches. St.-Pierre KO'd or TKO'd Matt Hughes, BJ Penn, Matt Serra, subbed Hughes, and won in a decision over Josh Koscheck.
Rematches are great. Ignore the idea that it's going to be the same fight you saw last year and ignore the notion that the UFC has gone a little rematch crazy, especially in the lightweight division.
A rematch is double the drama, double the suspense, and double the fun. How else can a fighter erase a loss in the eyes of fight fans, and essentially win two fights at the same time. Rubber matches are like triple points!
Running it back with a fighter you've already faced has it's own set of challenges. If you're a renowned MMA strategist like Frankie Edgar or Georges St-Pierre, you've learned from your experiences and you know your enemy. However, if you have the MMA IQ of, say, Tito Ortiz or Ken Shamrock, then your opponents have probably learned far more about you.
Saturday was a good night for Jiu Jitsu tattoos and emotional Brazilians. However, it was a night of horror for testicles.
Striking to the groin. Though technically legal in the very first UFC, this was one of the first actions officially outlawed en route to today's Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts. The low blow is synonymous with unacceptable activity.
And yet, it is probably the most common foul called in the UFC. The fights of 147 underscored that ubiquity. I counted at least seven stoppages for groin strikes in five different fights. As with most nut shots at the professional level, all were deemed accidental with no point deductions. Still, the frequency makes you wonder...