These are just my views on UFC 112. You don't have to like them or agree. Please only reply if you have been a fan of MMA for longer than a year. Thanks.
1) Anderson Silva is the greatest Middleweight champion of all time. You might not like how he acts, but you can't agrue that he doesn't have the talent. I'm sort of half hearted on his performance tonight. Usually I dislike when a fighter disrespects his opponent in and out of the ring. But, when Silva was playing with Maia tonight, I had to cheer and clap along with the rest of my local sports bar. I mean, the way he was literally PLAYING with Maia as if he was fighting a small child with the dancing, air guitar, running, getting on his knees, etc. How could I not cheer for the most dominant fighter in the history of the UFC? I give props to Maia though, when he finally got pissed in the 5th round, that was some of the most instense moments I've ever had the pleasure of watching, especially while he throwing left and right hooks from his knees.
2) Dana White, I'm starting to like you more and more. Tonight you showed that you were a true MMA fan by storming out of the arena. I enjoyed watching Silva's childish but highly entertaining antics, but I can see where your coming from when you say that you want to see a champion fight like the professional he is and not spit on the sport that is already being called the new level of **** fights.
3) Frankie Edgar was the better man tonight. I don't want to hear "There was something wrong with Penn before the fight" and "He looked injured in the locker room". Well guys, guess what? Penn is a professional damn fighter. He knows when he can and can't fight. If there was something wrong, he should have said something and canceled the fight. It would have been disappointing, but better than taking the chance of losing his belt. I admit that I thought Penn would tear through Edgar, but tonight Edgar showed that he has the skills to be champion. He took down Penn twice, something that Sanchez or Florian couldn't do, and even beat him in striking through most of the fight. I had Edgar winning 2 rounds and one round being a draw. He had great head movement, controlled the cage, picked away at Penn with jabs and combos, utilized his leg kicks, took Penn down twice, and kept up the pace all five rounds, while Penn mostly stayed in one spot and tried to counter punch. Penn looked gassed halfway through the second round. Train for five rounds or prepare to lose. If there was something actually wrong with Penn, then he needs to talk it over with Dana White, and if it's valid let him have a shot at the title after two or three wins. (No Urijah Faber with one win against a nobody and recieving another shot at the title) Until then Penn needs to throw his plans of moving up to Welterweight aside.
4) The Gracie name just doesn't seem to be what it use to be. After watching Royce Gracie getting pounded by Hughes, followed by the disgrace of Rolles Gracie at the hands of Joey Beltran at UFC 109, and finally ending with Hughes knocking out Renzo Gracie, it seems that MMA's oldest family are losing their credibility. It seems to be that Renzo was the last hope for the Gracie family since his very talented brother, Ryan Gracie (5-2), died back in 2007.
5) Great win, Hughes. But, you should look into retirement pretty soon. Your a sure in for the UFC Hall Of Fame.
6) Why does everyone keep doubting Mark Munoz? His record is currently at 8-1 with his only loss to Matt Hamill at UFC 96. This guy went 2-0 in the WEC both by (T)KOs before joining the UFC and currently at 3-1. Munoz is a deadly striker with very heavy hands.
7) Tonights biggest disappoint to me was that Paul Taylor wasn't cleared to fight. I always love watching Taylor and get excited for any card Joe Silva sets him up on. As my favorite Lightweight gone Weltweight, I was looking forward to another FOTN from Taylor.