UFC China feedback
Saturday, 01 March 2014 10:13
UFC FN China FightPass Report
I woke up really early and caught the whole thing. Guess what---GREAT card top to bottom. Barely a dull moment. Thumbs WAY up.
Best fight: Nam vs. Tokudome
Worst fight: Lipeng vs. Sai and it wasn't that bad
Best performances: too many to pick one or two
Mark Eddiva showing no ring rust after 3 years off upsets the outsized Jumabieke Tuerxun, who usually fights one division down, via onesided UD in a near-perfect performance, dominating all areas.
Anying Wang also pretty much flawless battering Albert Cheng throughout the 1st, causing a doctor stoppage due to a closed eye.
Vaughan Lee makes it three in a row hammering Nam Phan pretty much at will for a UD with one correct IMO 30-26. Nam coming up in weight and looked very slow.
Outstanding fight as Yui Chui Nam repeatedly drops and nearly finishes Kazuki Tokudome in the 1st for what I had as a 10-7 round. Tokudome comes back to dominate the entire 2nd from top position for what I scored as a 10-8. The third round is seesaw, back and forth, with Nam although exhausted IMO stealing it late. Standing O, deserved. I had the fight 29-26. The judges went split IIRC 29-28, 27-29, 28-27.
Hatsu Hioki pulls out a close but unanimous 29-28 decision over Ivan Menjivar in another back and forth fight, this one highly technical, holding off a late KD and strong finish from Menjivar, who is also coming up a division.
Matt Mitrione rocks Shawn Jordan late in the 1st and does not let him off the hook, picking his shots and forcing the stoppage with 1s left in the round.
Zhang Lipeng takes a very dubious 29-28 X 2, 27-30 SD over the favored Wang Sai in the TUF China welterweight tournament final. Very close fight but Sai seemed to win two rounds clean. Closest thing to a dull fight on the card.
Dong Hyun Kim who has suddenly become an exciting and even slightly reckless fighter has some problems with his physical clone John Hathaway, taking some shots although landing the bigger shots and TDs to edge the first two rounds, before knocking Hathaway cold with a single Spinning Back Elbow early in the 3rd. Two highlight reel KOs in a row for Kim, who is somehow not in UFC's silly top 10.
Fight Pass starting to look like a keeper.