Pontificating on Cro Cop, UFC judging and abattoirs
Firstly, a number of people here have called Kongo a B level fighter. I think he may have outgrown that label. There have also been a number of comments on Mirko having lost his heart for fighting and suggesting he should retire. Two successive losses (for any fighter) is only a sign that some things need to change. I didn't see any disinterest in Cro Cop's eyes when the fight with Kongo started. Further, if he stayed in for two more rounds after suffering a broken rib in the first, then I don't think his heart can be questioned. The worst I've ever suffered were bruised ribs (hockey... my left side, the top of the boards, a defenseman who blocked out the sun...). I couldn't rotate my torso without cringing. For six weeks, I could not take a full breath. If anyone made me laugh, my vision would white out from the pain. It would take me 60 seconds to get out of a car. I whined like a school girl to anyone who would listen. Kongo is taller, bigger and showed stand up almost equal to Mirko's. The size difference probably evened things out. An even game put the chances to win at 50/50. What else could Mirko have done to improve those odds? This is where I see a need to change. He has great stand up, and great ground defense (ah oui, yes he does). But I can't recall ever seeing him throw a combination to get inside in order to shoot for the takedown. GSP said it best with his win over Koscheck. He wanted the wrestler on his back, in a position he wasn't used to.. out of his comfort zone. GSP, Fedor and Anderson Silva all represent the complete fighter to me: very good hands, low, mid and high kicks... takedown skills, g'n'p, submissions, takedown defense, ground defense, strength and stamina... everything. If the opponent isn't as well rounded as they are, well, we've seen what happens. GSP has lost twice in the past couple years, and he's used both as opportunities for self examination and improvement. I'd love to see Mirko do the same and add to his game. Deep down, I'd love to see him shoot his next opponent in the first 30 seconds and spend as much time on the mat as Fedor does. While you're looking for the high kick, he's clutching and running you into the floor. Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!
Second, the Hamill/Bisping judging nightmare. I'd love to see at least two out of every three judges be retired fighters. I wouldn't think ex-MMA fighters (could you imagine Ken Shamrock being impartial judging an Tito Ortiz bout?), but guys who have competed in some form of full contact sport. Ex-Olympic judo, karate and greco-roman wrestlers. Ex-world champion contact fighters. Heck, even Chuck Norris (the Earth does not rotate around the sun, the sun rises because Chuck wakes up every morning with an erection). Heck, put Bas Rutten in charge of the officiating. 99% of the referees in the NHL are ex-hockey players that weren't good enough to play at that level. Having played though, they understand the nuances, difficulties and successes for what they are. I'd like to see the UFC shoot for the same thing.
And lastly the abattoir... to even out the awful decision handed to Bisping, I'd love to see the UFC feed him to Shogun next. Just to give Hamill something to tape and watch over and over again.