Before last nights’ events we posed a number of questions to keep in mind during the course of the TUF 10 finale. With the dust now settling on the event, let’s take a look at the answers.
1. Can Roy Nelson put on a performance against Brendan Schaub that will set him up as a major force in the heavyweight division?
Answer: His first round K.O victory in the final certainly did his chances no harm and has highlighted the fact that he is a threat on his feet as well as on the ground.
Bearing in mind that prior to TUF 10 he suffered back-to-back losses to Andrei Arlovski and Jeff Monson I think it would still be wise to reserve judgement on his future until he has fought against one of the bigger names in the current heavyweight division.
2. Can Brendan Schaub keep this fight standing?
Answer: I had my doubts that Schaub would be able to escape if Roy Nelson got him to the ground, but in the end he impressed by doing so effectively early in the first round.
Unfortunately, despite edging the striking for most of the round, Schaub had no answer to a heavy right hand from Nelson that handed him both the first loss, and first knockout of his career.
3. Who’s chin will give out first, Kimbo or Houston’s?
Answer: We are still none the wiser in finding out an answer to this question since the predicted bruising encounter never materialized. Both fighters, particularly Houston Alexander, appeared tentative to stand to-to-toe and let their punches go for much of the fight.
Perhaps a better question would have been ‘Who’s gas tank will give out first?’ The answer to that would of course have been Houston. Perhaps he should have spent more time attempting to fight rather than wasting energy circling around the outskirts of the cage.
4. How much has Marcus Jones striking improved since the show?
Answer: This proved to be the key question in this fight, and the answer was ‘not a lot’. In fact it was difficult to see any improvement at all which ensured that his suspect chin was once again exposed.
After suffering his second knockout in less than a year, this likeable fighter will now have to think long and hard over whether he wants to continue in the sport.
5. Can Jon Jones make the transition from being a eye-catching striker, to being an effective one?
Answer: On the evidence of his fight with Matt Hamill the answer is a resounding ‘yes.‘ His huge reach gave him a definitive advantage over the wrestler, and that is something that is likely to cause problems for his future opponents too.
We’ve had little opportunity to observe his ground and pound ability in his previous fights, but even ignoring the illegal elbows that resulted in his disqualification, he had Hamill in all sorts of trouble and the fight could easily have been finished much earlier.
Despite the unfortunate ending, the buzz surrounding the fighter after the event suggests that he may have a very big future in the sport.
6. Can Frankie Edgar make enough of an impact against Matt Veach to hand him the No.1 contendership in the lightweight division?
Answer: Edgar certainly looked good in this fight, overcoming a shaky start to put on an adept showcase of his boxing, grappling and submission skills to claim his first victory inside the distance for roughly two and a half years.
As far as who is the No.1 contender – much still depends on the result of Gray Maynard’s upcoming fight against Nate Diaz. For now though, Edgar did everything asked of him to become a viable contender for the belt.
7. How much of a ratings draw will Kimbo Slice prove to be in the season finale?
Answer: The Spike TV figures won’t be revealed until Tuesday, but one thing we do know is that his presence didn’t draw a sellout crowd in Las Vegas. Despite that, expectations are still high that he will have significantly boosted ratings for the event, even though his fight with Houston Alexander ended up being somewhat of an anti-climax.
8. Will Rampage Jackson make an appearance at the event?
Answer: Despite stating that he will return to the UFC to complete the remainder of his contract, Rampage was no-where to be seen at the event.
The other coach on the season, and likely opponent of Rampage in 2010, Rashad Evans, was at tbe event though, as was Tito Ortiz who was announced as a coach alongside Chuck Liddell for TUF 11 which begins filming in January next year.