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  • 07-18-2006, 02:44 AM
    tj31atr
    That was it?? I think it's safe to say that most of us already knew this was Hughes next fight, just didn't know when. It just stuck me as wierd, I may sound crazy, but as I was watching 2 things kept going through my mind:

    1. There was supposed to be something announced in addition to Hughes/GSP, but either fell through or wasn't solidified in time.

    2. ESPN is finally figuring out how big MMA is and wanted them on, so Dana being a smart businessman agreed to make 'a big announcement' and then basically made a fairly small one, espcially when you consider the Wandy/Liddell fight.

    It almost seemed like he was taking a shot ESPN, in a subtle way, plus he surely doesn't want to piss off Spike.

    It was great to see both Hughes and GSP get interviewed though, and I thought they represented the sport extremely well.
  • 07-18-2006, 02:09 AM
    domin8
    ok i agree now that i am watching it agian GSP did give a good fight and it was quite good so strike one me for that one haha. as for professionalism they were but i just think GSP pussy footed around and sounded like he didn't think he could win agian. and matt hughes though a GREAT FIGHTER and one of my favs could have given the worst interviews ever 2 sentances and done. I am used to him talking shit and letting people know he will put the stomp on him there he didn't. but many valid points in the rebuttles
  • 07-18-2006, 01:54 AM
    supermark21
    Quote Originally Posted by NinjaShogunRua
    Nice big announcement. A fight we've all known about for a couple of months.
    everyone here knew about it for months but most of the viewers of espn arent ufc fans. this was a great marketing ploy but that means that this fight will have to live up to the expectations that the new guys will
  • 07-18-2006, 01:13 AM
    Matt Boone
    I'll have the full video clip of this segment available for download in the Pics & Videos thread in a little bit.
  • 07-18-2006, 01:11 AM
    Kimuras"R"Us
    The fact that the announcement wasn't anything big makes the segment that much more important. If ESPN is going to make a "big announcement" that we've all known for how long now, it shows that MMA is being recognized and that fights such Hughes/GSP are worth ESPN's time to talk about... This was a huge day for MMA.
  • 07-18-2006, 12:56 AM
    Clint
    It's not a groundbreaking announcement but why give a groundbreaking announcement to an audience that largely doesnt watch MMA. I'm just glad they are talking about the UFC on ESPN.
  • 07-18-2006, 12:46 AM
    STPG
    Wasn't exactly ground breaking news. I've only seen clips of the original fight, looked pretty close. Who do you think has the better chance this time round??
  • 07-18-2006, 12:43 AM
    yumitree
    ...now where's that mma disappointments thread?
  • 07-18-2006, 12:41 AM
    NinjaShogunRua
    Nice big announcement. A fight we've all known about for a couple of months.
  • 07-18-2006, 12:12 AM
    STPG
    Awesome,
    Might be able to get a Ortiz/Shamrock 3 on the same card!!
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