Re: UFC Discussion
I agree, it's definitely fair for Henderson to get that fight right off the bat... even though there have been mixed signals in the news reports about it, it looks like that is a unification bout with Rampage, so the winner is gonna walk out with both UFC and PRIDE 205 belts. So much for keeping PRIDE as a separate entity... I figured that wasn't going to happen all along though. Takanori Gomi reportedly signing with K-1 Heroes is definitely a signal that they don't plan on running PRIDE even as a Japanese-centric promotion, heavily focused on the Japanese fighters. I thought for a while they'd do that at the very least. Fedor will immediately be fighting the UFC Heavyweight champ in similar fashion, a unification bout, I'd imagine.
Anyway, yeah, the Gonzaga fight definitely demystified Cro Cop to many, especially to the fans who were new to Mirko, the ones whom he was being built up to. But anyone that has known him knows he bounces back well from losses. I wasn't shocked that Gonzaga won that fight, but definitely was shocked with the fashion of winning, a head kick KO right out of Mirko's playbook. Which basically means, yeah, if Gonzaga could do it, then Kongo certainly can too with his kickboxing background. But I bet ya Cro Cop is way more focused.