The big news coming from UFC 162 is obviously the demise of Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva, however the card had several notable fights that saw a former champion get back on the winning track in Frankie Edgar, as well as saw as many as three relatively big names likely fight their last UFC fight. Frankie Edgar, the former Lightweight Title holder who had dropped three in a row, got back on the winning track in a three round bout where he beat a very game Charles Oliveira. The titlist at Featherweight, Jose Aldo, is currently booked to face the Korean Zombie, and a win there will surely bring up talk of a move to the Lightweight division for Aldo again. If that is the case, Edgar’s next big fight should be against Chad Mendes or Cub Swanson, who beat tough Dennis Siver (video below). The looming challenge and eventual big fight there would be against current Bantamweight Renan Barao, who is assumed to be Featherweight bound upon teammate Aldo’s exit. Edgar’s win keeps him right there in the title picture, though a rematch with Aldo is not that interesting. Punching their tickets out of the UFC were likely, and hopefully, Chris Leben, Dave Herman and Roger Gracie. Not to wish anyone loses their job, but Leben has returned to being the awful fighter that he was on ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ reality show (he was 0-2 on the show, but got a contract anyway). Though it was a split decision, Leben’s failure to take out a newcomer in Andrew Craig in a prelim match is his 3rd loss in four fights. We may yet see Dave Herman again, despite his 4th loss in a row, because Heavyweights that look decent are hard to come by. Herman had under :20 seconds of fight in him against another burnout case in Gabriel Gonzaga. Dave Herman is more suited to revolutionizing the job of Walmart greeter, as they could potentially transition from the elderly to younger people, but he is not and never has been a UFC level fighter. Finally, we get to Roger Gracie, who did nearly nothing against Tim Kennedy. Gracie, who fights roughly once a year and is notoriously hard to deal with, lacks the killer instinct that made uncle Renzo so great. Gracie should stick to grappling and Jiu Jitsu, because if he can’t beat Tim Kennedy, he is going to get hurt. The bottom line is Gracie can’t get to welterweight, and he has washed out of the three weight classes he has tried, so good bye to Roger Gracie as a UFC fighter.
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