I think Lauzon would have made the finals if he was not fighting on the show with several injuries. I wanted to see a Diaz vs Lauzon final.
Rudy Valentino from bjpenn.com: "A lot of the real behind the scenes stuff like Joe Lauzon coming in with a fractured hand or having a chipped bone in his elbow after one of his fights were not made known. He went into that fight with Manny with three injuries that I normally wouldn't let guys fight with..."
That fight was kind of weak because of the injury, but Diaz is probably the better fighter anyway so I think he deserves the contract. Not the most articulate guy but I'd want him on my side in a brawl or a war.Man what a horrible fight between Manny and Nate. Manny totally had the first round but then in the second round he totally messed up his shoulder, which he had hurt previously. I don't think Nate should get the contract and all that other crap that came with it. Hell, the guy couldn't even put a sentence together when he was talking with Joe after the fight.
I also thought the no contest was weak. Maynard dominated that fight and Emerson tapped. What does it really matter that Maynard dizzied himself on the takedown other than to illustrate how hard a slam it really was.
The headliner went down pretty much like most people probably expected. Penn was businesslike about controlling the fight till he could lock down a submission. Hopefully this will get him going for some good fights in the near future cause it's amazing to watch this guy work.
Nice list there chris86. Fedor and Wanderlei are great fighters to watch. I've also been a huge fan of Quentin Jackson ever since seeing him pick up Ricardo Arona over his head and KO him with a slam to get out of a triangle choke. Also how bout Mirko Cro Cop. "Right leg, hospital. Left leg, cemetery."