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Not long after his unanimous decision victory against Tyson Griffin at
UFC 90 on Saturday, former lightweight champion Sean Sherk made his
next target known. When Kenny Florian and Joe Stevenson collide next
month at UFC 91, Sherk will have a vested interest in the outcome.“Hopefully,
I get to fight the winner of Kenny and Joe next,” said Sherk, whose bid
to recapture the UFC 155-pound title failed in a technical knockout
loss to B.J. Penn in May.Based out of the Minnesota Martial
Arts Academy, Sherk already holds a decisive victory over Florian. He
earned a unanimous decision against the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt
in a bloody five-round title bout at UFC 64 in October 2006.An
accomplished amateur wrestler, Sherk relied mostly on his underrated
boxing skills in his riveting match with Griffin. The victory, Sherk’s
third in four fights since moving to lightweight, came against one of
the UFC’s young lions and re-established the Minnesotan as a major
player in the division.“The lightweight division’s stacked,”
Sherk said. “That’s the reason I asked Joe [Silva] to fight Tyson. I
know Tyson’s a top contender. Everyone likes him. He’s exciting. I
thought that we’d make a great fight, and I thought the winner of this
fight would hopefully be lined up for another shot at a belt.”Sherk
(33-3-1) -- whose three losses have come against Penn, reigning UFC
welterweight king Georges St. Pierre and future hall of famer Matt
Hughes -- handed Griffin just the second defeat of his career. Using
lightning-quick combinations and well-timed takedowns, he outpointed
the 24-year-old Californian by scores of 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28.“I
thought this was a great opportunity for me to come out and show some
stuff that people haven’t seen before,” Sherk said. “I want to show
everyone that I’m growing as a fighter. I want to show everyone that
I’m three-dimensional, and I thought I did that.”Anderson Silva claimed his eighthUFC victory in as many bouts.Silva answers critics, ties Gracie, FitchMiddleweight
champion Anderson Silva tied the record for most consecutive wins
inside the Octagon with his eighth in a row at UFC 90. What makes the
Brazilian’s march through the 185-pound division all the more
remarkable is the fact that his seven opponents -- he beat Rich
Franklin twice -- have a combined winning percentage of .762.His
latest conquest, however, was by far the least fulfilling, as Silva
retained his belt when Canadian challenger Patrick Cote went down with
an injured knee early in the third round and was unable to continue.What’s
worse, Silva drew criticism from media and fans for his antics during
the first two rounds of the fight. The 33-year-old won those periods
easily but danced, shuffled and moved more than he engaged. Yahoo!
Sports columnist Dan Wetzel questioned whether or not Silva had become
“bored” during his reign and compared his actions to those of Muhammad
Ali. According to Silva, it was all by design.“[Cote] was
lost,” Silva said. “He could never find me. That was the strategy. I
was trying to confuse him. I didn’t come here to play. I didn’t come
here to put on a show. I came here to do my job. I didn’t become a
champion and defend the title as many times as I have [by] not doing my
job. I’m not here to play. I’m here to win.”Silva (23-4) had
not been pulled into a third round since his submission loss to Ryo
Chonan at Pride “Shockwave 2004” in December 2004.Dos Santos Makes Profitable DebutBrazilian
heavyweight Junior dos Santos did more than raise a few eyebrows with
his stunning first-round knockout against Fabricio Werdum at UFC 90. He
fattened his bank account in the process.Santos (7-1) pocketed
a $65,000 “Knockout of the Night” bonus after he landed a devastating
right uppercut and buckled the favored Werdum 1:21 into their match. He
caught the ducking Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt on the chin and
finished him off with unanswered ground strikes.“My coaching
staff and I studied his fights a lot, and I knew I had a better chance
of winning the fight standing up than I did on the ground,” dos Santos
said. “It played out like I expected. I noticed in his fights that he
would duck down once in a while. I threw a jab, he ducked and I landed
the upper[cut]; that’s how it went.”Believed to be among a
handful of elite heavyweights under UFC contract, Werdum -- who
survived earlier bouts with Alistair Overeem, Sergei Kharitonov and
Aleksander Emelianenko -- had never been knocked out previously.Santos was not the only beneficiary of the post-fight cash flow.Sherk
and Griffin received matching $65,000 “Fight of the Night” bonuses, and
lightweight Spencer Fisher banked $65,000 for “Submission of the Night”
after he coaxed a tapout from Shannon Gugerty with a third-round
triangle choke.Photo by Sherdog.comIs GSP next for ATTslugger Thiago Alves?Is St. Pierre next for Alves?Riding
an impressive seven-fight winning streak, American Top Team striker
Thiago Alves declared himself fit for a matchup with St. Pierre or B.J.
Penn in 2009. St. Pierre will defend his welterweight crown against
Penn at UFC 94 in January. Might a date with Alves await the winner?“I
think I’m ready, but it’s up to [UFC President] Dana White and UFC
management,” Alves said. “It doesn’t really matter who it is. Whoever’s
the champion, I’m ready. I don’t want to wait, but if I have to wait,
I’ll wait.”Alves (16-3) cruised to a unanimous decision against
the highly regarded Josh Koscheck in the co-featured bout at UFC 90.
The 25-year-old Brazilian, having established himself as the
most-feared striker in the 170-pound division, wobbled Koscheck with a
left hook in the first round and threatened him with knees, punches and
elbows throughout.“He definitely came to fight,” Koscheck said.
“I think that his takedown defense was very good, and, obviously, he
has a lot of power in his punches and kicks. I have no excuses. He was
just better [Saturday]. He was the better fighter, and he deserved to
win.”This & ThatKoscheck still plans to headline
the UFC Fight Night 16 show against Yoshiyuki Yoshida on Dec. 10 at the
Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C. “I’m looking forward to Dec. 10,
because I’m going to get back on track,” he said. “I’m going to put on
an exciting fight. I can guarantee that.” Yoshida will enter the match
on a nine-fight winning streak … Thales Leites needed just 78 seconds
to submit Drew McFedries in a preliminary bout at UFC 90. It was his
quickest submission win since he forced a tapout from Jason Guida in
1:38 in 2005 … Fisher’s victory over Gugerty was his first by
submission inside the Octagon in more than three years. The 32-year-old
North Carolinian has become almost exclusively a stand-up fighter since
he submitted Alves in his UFC debut back in 2005 … UFC 90 drew 15,359
fans to the Allstate Arena, resulting in a $2.8 million gate.
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