Wrapping up UFC 72

MMA INSIDER

The Kickoff

June 18, 2007|By PRAMIT MOHAPATRA

With UFC 72 in the books, here are some of my thoughts on the event.

Attendance: This was UFC's first event in Northern Ireland and from numerous reports, attendance for the event was a thousand or so short of the Odyssey Arena's 9,000-seat capacity. According to UFC president Dana White, this is the price for bringing UFC to new markets.

Yushin Okami's lost opportunity: If only Okami had been more aggressive in the first two rounds, he might have come out of this match with a victory and a title fight in his next match. Instead, he will have to question his UFC 72 tactics.

Forrest Griffin wins but doesn't finish: Given that Griffin was the more dominant fighter, I would have liked to have seen him finish the fight and not send it to the judges' cards. I just don't know if he showed enough in his UFC 72 fight to be considered a top UFC light heavyweight quite yet.

Lightweight division continues to shine: The lightweight fight between Clay Guida and Tyson Griffin was yet another example of why White's decision to bring back this division was such a good one. I can't remember the last time I saw a boring UFC lightweight fight, can you?

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