Breaking Down ‘Breaking Point’

February 1, 2008

The very talented and knowledgeable John Chandler of stopped by The Park to break down the UFC 81 card. Some of the topics we discussed included:

* Why this is the most expensive PPV in UFC history

* The reasons behind the price increase

* The marketing buzz surrounding Brock Lesnar’s debut

* The underappreciated Tim Sylvia

* Minotauro’s UFC destiny

* The return of Jeremy Horn

* Tyson Griffin’s rise up the Lightweight rankings

We also spoke about the rest of the card and what to expect from some of the key fighters in the future. Take a listen.

John Chandler Previews UFC 81 – 02/01/08

  1. 4 Responses to “Breaking Down ‘Breaking Point’”

  2. I’m pretty stoked for UFC 81.
    The UFC really stepped it up on their Countdown show and its getting more in the direction of 24/7 than an ESPN Ultimate Highlist reel with some interviews thrown in.

    I don’t get why everyone is giving Mir a shot. He hasn’t looked good since 04 and has only looked semi decent against Antoni Hardonk. Everyone thinks Mir’s Jits will nullify Brock on the ground. But I think if Mir is even lucky enough to throw any sub attempts off his back expect him to get Arona/Rampaged into la la land.

    I hope the Big Tim/Big Nog fight is competitive in the essence that Big Tim doesn’t get on his bicycle and jabs his way to a decision.

    I also wish the UFC would’ve dropped the Almeida fight off the televised card for something more exciting considering Alan Belcher dropped off the fight.

    either way. should be a good weekend. Super Bowl + UFC 81 = more fun than a regular weekend.

    By Matt on Feb 1, 2008

  3. Actually, I think Mir has pretty good shot. Ultimately, I predict a Lesnar victory in round 1 but Mir is no Min Soo Kim and you have to respect what he accomplished in the past.

    I think John is right – no chance the Almeida fight makes it live on PPV even though it’s interesting given the fact the Almeida hasn’t fought since ’02. I bet Eastman-Martin or Bradley-Lytle replaces it.

    By Ariel Helwani on Feb 1, 2008

  4. Hey Ariel – Just wanted to thank you again and let you know that I had a blast doing this.

    By John Chandler on Feb 1, 2008

  5. Thanks for doing it and I’m sure we’ll be speaking soon. Glad you were finally able to come to The Park. Feel free to stay a bit and look around.

    (Good job figuring out how to get the player on your site too.)

    By Ariel Helwani on Feb 1, 2008

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