Wow. Wow. Wow. Talk about some exciting fights. Of course I was really bummed about Maia's stunning loss to Nate Marquardt. I was impressed with Todd Duffee's fastest-ever 7-second knockout and thought Jake Rosholt missed several submission opportunities before getting his pillow choke (and it seemed like Leben did tap before he was knocked out cold.) I picked Thiago and Minotauro to win, and Gonzaga (whose fight wasn't televised, alas) but I was very impressed with Randy's demeanor and performance.
Speaking of Minotauro, I had to youtube his match against Ricco Rodriguez, who kneebarred two of my friends Scott and Richard here in Austin at our last tournament. Here's the Minotauro-Ricco match at Abu Dhabi 2000. Pretty sweet!