Mike was a HUGE disappointment. Matt landed the first jab and Mike just quit. He was practically begging for Matt to end it. He looked like a turtle just trying to retreat to his shell. What the hell was all the talk of being a tough as nails street fighter and taking on multiple guys at one time? Judging by the fact that he had no scars or anything to show for it I figured he was either full of crap or one bad mofo. Guess we know now.
Last night was the second time I felt bad for Shamrock. Granted I want Team Punishment to win every fight but with last night's fight and the Josh/Tait fight Ken was trying to give his fighter excellent advice but they JUST WOULDN'T LISTEN. In the Tait fight he kept telling him to sweep and take Josh to the ground. But he never even really tried. Last night it was knees and front kicks. The one time Mike threw a real knee last night it caught Matt right in the chin, just as Ken said it would.
I was also pretty disappointed with Matt. True he did dominate the entire fight but he also had dozens of opportunities to end it and never converted. Not being able to be coached during the fight is a bit of a drawback. But in the real octagon I don't think that will be an issue.
The last few fights have been shining examples of just what it really takes to be at the level of an Ortiz, Arlovski, Hughes, or Liddell. The Ultimate Fighter guys wouldn't last a minute with any of those guys. And most average joes wouldn't last a minute with any of the Ultimate Fighter guys.
I haven't really been impressed with any of the fights I've seen (but I didn't start at the beginning of the season). Of the fighters I've seen thus far only Bisping has impressed me as someone well on his way to having what it takes to step into the real octagon.
Regarding the previews for next week...