UFC and WEC jump started a fight-filled month in MMA
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There are a lot of fights to discuss from this past weekend. UFC 101 was held last Saturday and WEC followed with a show on Sunday. I attended UFC 101 and surprisingly made it back in one piece from the city of brotherly love. Philly fans are nuts. At two previous UFC events I had yet to see a crowd fight, here there were three. The cat fight between two drunken women had potential to win the ‘fight of the night’ bonus. Declaration was a decent show. For the most part the preliminary and undercard fights didn’t feature anything special. A big surprise came when Amir Sadollah was TKO’d in 29 seconds by Johnny Hendricks. This stoppage caused a bit of an uproar as it appeared Amir was attempting to get to his feet when Dan Miraglitta stepped in. Controversy or not, Hendricks wins and after waiting about a year to fight Amir losses his PPV debut. Other fight results were:
Jesse Lennox def. Danillo Villefort via TKO (cut) – Round 3, 3:37
George Sotiropoulos def. George Roop via submission (kimura) – Round 2, 1:59
Matthew Riddle def. Dan Cramer via unanimous decision (29-27, 30-26, 30-27)
Alessio Sakara def. Thales Leites via split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)
John Howard def. Tamdan McCrory via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Kurt Pellgrino def. Josh Neer via unanimous decision (30-27 Across The Cards)
Ricardo Almeida def Kendall Grove via unanimous decision (30-27 Across The Cards)
Aaron Riley def Shane Nelson via unanimous decision (30-27 Across The Cards)
The two big stories coming of out the event were Anderson Silva humbling Forrest Griffin and BJ Penn retaining his title against Kenny Florian via 4th round rear naked choke. Many predicted Silva would defeat Griffin but I don’t think anyone expected such a one-sided beating so quickly. A majority of the fans loved Forrest pre-match and were vocally against The Spider. Oh how things changed. The middleweight champion made the former light heavyweight champion look like a lowly peasant. Logical thinking would have suggested Griffin attempt a takedown early. He did not and tried to exchange, NOT SMART. The Spider seemed to land just about everything strike he threw, dropping Forrest twice before delivering a counter straight right hand to end the fight.
I’m sure by now everyone has seen Forrest “go Gump” and take off running from the octagon post fight. Long story short, Forrest doesn’t deal well with losing, especially in the 1st round. Miraculously after destroying Griffin, The Spider was the most popular man in Philly. He was cheered like Rocky wearing an Eagles jersey, a Phillies hat, and eating a cheese steak. Those of us in the crowd didn’t have a clue what Silva said in the post fight interview but popped for every word of Portuguese he spoke. Anderson Silva, world beater! Up Next for Anderson is a rematch with Dan “Hendo” Henderson for the 185 pound title. For Forrest, who knows? If Chuck Liddell returns to fighting early next year that could be an interesting matchup.
As for the Prodigy and Kenflo, the fight showed that as good as Florian is, BJ is just better. Kenny went with the strategy of wearing down Penn then taking advantage in the championship rounds. A solid strategy in theory but the lightweight champ appeared to have plenty left in his gas tank as the fight went on. In the 4th round Penn aggressively took Florian down, passed his guard, rode him like a circus donkey, then choked him out. As this wasn’t a bad showing for Kenny, I don’t believe he’ll drop far in the talent-rich 155 pound division. The champ, BJ, will take on Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez next for the belt. Diego could present some interesting challenges but right now BJ looks to be focused on keeping the belt for a very long time.
WEC 42 followed up 101 with a show on Sunday headlined by Brian Bowles challenging the bantamweight champion Miguel Angel Torres. I, along with many others, felt the champion was virtually unbeatable at this weight class. WRONG! After being rocked by a flurry Bowles dropped Torres with a big right hand then ground and pounded him into unconsciousness. This has to rank as one of the biggest upsets of the year.
Most WEC shows are action packed from top to bottom. This was no different. Here’s how the show went down:
L.C. Davis def. Javier Vazquez via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Diego Nunes def. Rafael Dias via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Rani Yahya def. John Hosman via submission (north-south choke) – Round 1, 2:08
Ed Ratcliff def. Phil Cardella via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Shane Roller def. Marcus Hicks via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Cole Province def. Fredson Paixao via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
MAIN CARD RESULTS:
Leonard Garcia via split decision (29-28 Garcia, 29-28 Massouh, 29-28 Garcia)
Takeya Mizugaki via split decision (29-28 Mizugaki, 29-28 Curran, 29-28 Mizugaki)
Danny Castillo via RD2 (4:15) TKO
Dominick Cruz via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Dominick Cruz appears to be the next contender who will change the new champ Brian Bowles. After his loss, Torres will need to win a rebound match before getting another crack at the strap.
I’m calling it quits for this edition of the 2nd Round Submission
Out like George Roop tapping to a George Sotiropoulos kimura
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Written by Martin Foster
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