I was VERY impressed with Mir. Sure Nog fucked up, but the way Frank recovered and pulled off that sequence right after being face down on the mat about to be TKO'ed was crazy. There are a few refs out there who might've stopped the fight (Lavigne, Mazz, Big John), so it goes to show, you really need to try to give the fighter a couple more seconds.
Machida seemed to gas a little. I don't know if the clinch work and elbows in the second round were the cause, or that the rumors of him being ill were true. That was uncharacteristic of him. Either way, like Rob said, very impressed with both. First time we see Jon lose a round (though two judges didn't agree), first time we see him figure his opponent out and turn it around.
Feel sorry for Krystoff. Guess he peaked a while ago. Sucks. Liked his style.
Hmmm. Jon is a few fights away from effectively clearing out the division. Evans. Hendo. Davis. Machida again. Anderson perhaps? oh boy hahah.
I think he takes Evans, but I do think Rashad can win. The guy's a very good grappler and a BJJ black belt, and I doubt Jon has enough time off his back to counter that top control. Of course that banks on Rashad getting past that reach and changing levels on a guy with sick sprawl leverages.
One thing Jon gets away with right now is plodding footwork. He tends to not look for angles, and moves straight back. Lyoto had the skills and speed to take advantage of that, and I think Shad could too, if only to get Jones into the fence.
Interesting fight, since they used to train together. But realistically speaking, it's a tough fight for Rashad.