First, a few links of excellent fight breakdowns for UFC 87.
CBS Sports has their experts pick the card.
The good people at Five Ounces of Pain analyze the fights.
And, the new fightticker.com has its panel predictions up, including one expert (me) who is simply brilliant.
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson made his first public appearance at the UFC 87 press conference. It sounds like he'll be back in action soon, but I think that could be a mistake. I wouldn't be surprised to see him face Wanderlei Silva in December. It would be awesome, Silva would win, but I just hope Jackson is ready. If he's not, I hope they give him someone easier to deal with.
Moving on to my biggest pet peeve when Brock Lesnar fights...
Brock Lesnar's participation in the UFC has been a hot issue for a lot of media types and for fans. I realize he's a former professional wrestler and he will probably never escape that. I also realize that many people aren't happy with the push Lesnar has been given without "paying his dues." I've talked to two such fighters -- Tim Sylvia and Brandon Vera -- who were unhappy with it. I also realize Lesnar is a huge draw, will help the event break attendance records (since it's his homecoming) and will bring in a lot of pay-per-view buys.
Still, how much longer will we have to put up with things like this?
Here is an interview from SI.com with Lesnar. Most of it is fine, until you get to this brilliant question.
SI: How important is it that you and MMA don't head down the pro wrestling road and, instead, keep it real?
Yep. How important is it that you keep your sport legit instead of fabricating the action. Like Dana White is going to walk in one day and say to Chuck Liddell:
"Listen, this fight thing has been OK, but here's how we take it to the next level. During your fight with Rashad Evans, I'm going to have one of the ring girls distract the official. It should be easy because he is so unprofessional that the mere sight of a female in skimpy clothing will command 100 percent of his attention. At that point, I'm going to enter the octagon and hit Evans in the face with a steel chair. Then, after the fight, I'm going to come in and raise your hand while people shower us with pop bottles and other garbage."
Lesnar handled the question like a pro and I'm sure he has been asked stupid questions before, but how could anyone at a real media outlet pose that question?
Is anyone asking Gary Bettman questions like, "how important is it for hockey to be played on ice? Is it important to keep the game on ice instead of on a field and played no sticks and a ball instead of a puck?"
Lesnar will ultimately be good for the UFC, especially with the heavyweight division falling apart, but this type of thing gets old very fast.