UFC 117 Aftermath
Well UFC has come and gone, and I have to admit, I was very entertained in 4 out of the 5 televised fights.
185 lbs.: Anderson Silva (184.5) vs. Chael Sonnen (185) – Silva via Submission
170 lbs.: Ricardo Almeida (170.5) vs. Matt Hughes (170.5) - Hughes via Submission
265 lbs.: Junior Dos Santos (240) vs. Roy Nelson (263) – Dos Santos via Decision
170 lbs.: Thiago Alves (171.5)* vs. Jon Fitch (170.5) – Fitch via Decision
155 lbs.: Rafael dos Anjos (156) vs. Clay Guida (156) – Guida via TKO
The Long n’ Dirty:
Fight #1 – Junior Dos Santos vs Roy Nelson
This fight was all Dos Santos, as he smashed the melon of Roy Nelson for a full 15minutes. The scary part in all this was that Nelson was the one moving forward towards JR the entire fight, even after absorbing more damage then any of JR’s previous opponents. Unfortunately for Roy, his striking just simply isn’t at the level of DoS Santos, and the hand-full of takedowns he attempted were all stuffed with relative ease. Dos Santos should be an interesting fight against Lesnar or velasquez. Can he stop the takedowns and survive the nasty ground and pound that is Brock or does he give up too much weight and strength? Does he end up fighting Cain, where we’ll see two very good strikers exchanging in the centre of the octagon? Either way, this is probably a fight we’ll see in January or February of 2011.
Fight #2 – Matt Hughes vs Ricardo Almeida
The fight started off with Almeida striking away at Hughes from the outside, but a big left by Hughes dropped Almeida to his knees. Hughes, seeing the advantage, dives in on Ricardo who was on all fours with a nasty looking north-south headlock. After about 5-6 seconds, and some slight repositioning by Hughes, Ricardo goes out before he can even tap. Good job by the referee to see Almeida go limp, and he pulls Hughes off him.
Fight #3 – Rafael dos Anjos vs clay Guida
Guida can’t sit still for more then a 5 seconds, as even the referee outside the ring asks him to stop bouncing around on his feet as they try to apply some vaseline and check his mouthguard and junk cover. Yikes. Anyway, as for the fight, Dos Anjos wins the first round easily due to his striking, while the second round did see Rafael on his back, Guida, in typical fashion, did absolutely no damage at all. Mostl likely that won the round for Guida (have I stated enough times that points for Lay n’ Pray drive me insane?). The third rounds starts much the same as the first round, but again Rafael ends up on his back. After Guida pushes Dos Anjos into the cage, we see a tap from Dos Anjos from the bottom. No strikes landed, but on review we can see that Clay’s shoulder is in the jaw area of Dos Anjos and a big grimace of pain. The referee stops the fight and Guida wins by TKO. The camera manages to pick up that Rafael’s claiming his jaw is broken, which ties into an odd conversation in Dos Anjos’ corner after the first round where the cornermen asks Rafael if he can bite down or not. Rogen confirms that a punch from Guida in the first round appears to have broken the jaw of Rafael dos Anjos.
Fight #4 – TV Filler – Struve vs Morecraft.
Morecraft comes out and batters Struve, who gets taken down early in the round. Morecraft postures up and starts dropping huge bombs on Struve, and bloodies him up early. The referee almost comes in to stop the fight, but allows them to continue. Struve attempts a couple of triangles from the bottom, but for his efforts, eats another series of punches. He’s bleeding now from the mouth, and continues to get slammed with huge punches. Morecraft temporarily gets the mount and continues to smash the face of Struve before the round mercifully ends. Between rounds, the doctor comes in to check on the lip of Struve which is pretty grotesque. The camera picks up the doctor saying “You should be okay if you’ve got a good surgeon”. Definitely not what a fighter wants to hear. Round 2 starts off with both fighters going toe to toe and Struve lands three big shots on the jaw and Morecraft goes down. Another 7 shots by Struve on Morecraft, and the ref jumps in to stop the fight. Good start for Morecraft, but in the end, his eyes were rolling back like a shark biting it’s prety.
Fight #5 – Thiago Alves vs Jon Fitch
Not much to say on this fight. Typical boring 15 minute fight as Jon Fitch does what he always does…. sucks his opponent to the ground and controls him while doing little to no damage whatsoever. I’m pretty sure Alves could fight again next week (doubtful he could make weight), as I’m not sure he had a single mark on his face. As for Alves, he couldn’t get anythign started on his feet, and Fitch never appeared to be in any danger, even when Alves temporarily reversed a bad position on the ground. Even the fans started booing during the end of round 2 and for a good portion of round 3. Poor Dana who’s basically stuck putting this kind of fight on the main card, when they are unbelieveably predictable and boring, because these guys are fighting for the #1 contender spot. Even more upsetting as this now means GSP could be looking at fighting two wrestlers back-to-back who really don’t try to finish fights, but instead prefer to simply grind out a win through octagon control. Of note Rogan mentions that Alves was only off making weight by a half pound, but apparently decided not to try to loose that half pound in the 2 hour period allowed. He figures Alves was too drained to make the attempt, and instead gave up 20% of his fight purse, which largely played into the way this fight turned out. I’m not sure if it was due to a time restraint, but the post fight interview with the winner was completely cut off and instead a pre-fight Sonnen/silva package is shown.
Fight #6 – Chael Sonnen vs Anderson Silva for the Middlweight title
This fight was ridiculous. The crowd started off chanting for Silva and finished chanting Sonnen. This fight was all about Sonnen and his ability to put Silva on his back and continuously pound on him. I’d have scored the first round 10-8 as a big shot by Sonnen while the fighters were standing up, put Silva down, and then nasty ground and pound ensued. Rounds 2, 3 and 4 were very similar, with Sonnen taking down Silva pretty much at will, and while not necessarily landing massive damaging shots, he landed continuous shots that both hurt and kept Silva on his back. There were a few attempts by Silva to pull of a submission from his back, but Chael shrurgged off most with ease. Silva did catch Sonnen with one elbow while he was on his back, and the cut was nasty, but was controlled by the cut-man between rounds. Round five saw Silva come out like a man possessed, and he finally manages to tag Sonnen and inflict some damage. Sonnen actually wobbled at one point, but eventually did what he does best, and that was put Silva down on his back again. So with only 2 minutes to go in the fight, and a dominating performance by Sonnen, the unthinkable happens to the wrestler. From a full guard position where Sonnen is postured up but sitting on his heels, he moves in to land another shot to Silva`s face with his left hand. Silva`s left leg shoots up and over the right shoulder of Sonnen and before you can blink, Silva has sunk in a triangle! Sonnen tries to escape, but Silva grabs his right arm, and although the triangle is deep, Sonnen taps to the armbar. a bit of controversy insues, as Sonnen only tapped once, and the referee and fighters seemed to be a bit confused if it was a stoppage or not, but the replay confirms Sonnen tapped. To Sonnen`s credit, he doesn`t really complain about the single-tap, which I`m sure a lesser fighter would have done. Post fight interview, Anderson mentions that he hurt his ribs a week ago, and went against the doctor`s advice in fighting that night.
Like I said earlier, a very good card with the exception of the Fitch vs Alves fight. I hope we see Belfort take on Chael or Mardquart and okami take on Silva in the next series of fights. In my opinion, they could put Belfort in for a title fight, but that leaves some question marks as to what fights the UFC would set up for the number one contender position.
Hopefully UFC 118 can be just as exciting at the end of the month!
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