Best match: MacDonald vs. Mills was good as was Hominick vs. Yagin. Had that one 29-28 for Hominick. Wisniewski vs. Clements was also a good fight besides the poor reffing. Jones vs. Evans was a good match although much more even and lasting longer than I would have thought. I guess these two knew each other so well that it was hard to be a one sided fight. I also still wonder how genuine the dislike is between these two. I enjoyed the quicker pace of this show although interviews are nice sometimes. I thought McDonald beating Torres was soft of an upset. Maybe if it was a few years ago more people would agree, but I'm looking forward to McDonalds next fight. It would be nice to have a solid challenger for the light heavywieght belt but I don't know who I wanna see fight for it yet.
BEST FIGHT: Mark Hominick vs. Eddie Yagin
WORST: Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans
Thumbs in the middle show.
The undercard was fun, especially the wins by McDonald and MacDonald, which were entertaining and created new stars. (McDonald's promo post-fight about ice cream and pizza was excellent.) That said, too many decisions on the show as a whole dragged things a bit, and the Evans/Jones fight seemed to lack the immediacy of other recent main event bouts.
- Best match: Eddie Yagin vs Mark Hominick
- Worst match: Mark Boeck vs John Alessio
After a boring match to open the PPV the next four matches varied from great to very good.
Mark Hominick made a great comeback in the third round against Eddie Yagin but not enough to win the fight. Yagin`s face was a crimson mask.
Both Michael McDonald and Rory MacDonald are potential future world champions.
Even though I did not think the main event was that great, Jon Jones` quality of opposition is equivalent to Muhammad Ali`s in his prime. Jon Jones may end up being the greatest mixed martial artist of all time.
Don't care. Didn't watch.
Thumbs WAY up. The babyfaces even won (mostly)!
Best fight: Rogers-Spang (and best fight of the year so far IMO) (okay the babyfaces didn't win them ALL)
Worst fight: none
KO: Gotta go 50/50 Hawn & Spang
Local Brett Weedman advances to the LW finals with the narrowest possible SD over Brazilian Thiago Michel Silva. Really could have gone the other way and probably would have elsewhere. Michel dominated the striking and grappling but Weedman the wrestling.
In the other LW semi heavy handed ex Judo Olympian Rick Hawn frustrates loudmouth nitwit Lloyd Woodard in the first round then knocks him cold early in the 2nd with one clean counter right. Local yokel ref manages to miss two blatant groin shots by Woodard in the first minute of the fight but at least is in place to call the stop. Great comedy as Woodard bitches about the stoppage while still stumbling around the ring, Hawn has to go into the finals favored.
In MW semis, Brazilian vet Maiquel Falcao takes the narrowest possible UD over Russian phenom Vasilevsky. Falcao fights a very smart fight and negates everything Vasilevsky tries from top position.
In the other, local Brian Rogers coming off the highlight reel flying knee KO of Viana has to deal with a late sub for the injured Brazilian grinder Bruno Santos, Swedish boxer.kickboxer Andres Spong. Spong gets off to heel start by shoving Rogers at the weigh in. In an astounding back and forth battle, Rogers staggers Spang but Spang leaps onto Rogers' back and comes very close to getting the RNC. Rogers finally spins and throws Spang down but lets him up to stagger him again but then gets overanxious and misses two flying knees but drops Spang anyway. Spang counters with ankle lock, Rogers escapes, takes back and threatens with the RNC but wisely drops it when he sees he doesn't have it. Spang revrses and finishes the round with G&P. Great round which I scored even. Rogers begins beating Spang to the punch in the 2nd and is landing about as hard as you can land, but Spang goes nowhere. Rogers not used to anybody being able to take that many shots and momentarily falters, which is all Spand needs to explode a left hook off his jaw and knock him cold. Like I said, fight of the year so far IMO. Can't beat it for action and drama. They bring Falcao in for a faceoff and Spang, after having aplogized for shoving Rogers, shoves him too. Falcao is street and does not have a moment's hesitation in balling up his fists and wading in and commentator/fighter Jimmy Smith has to pretty much solo the pullapart. If you missed this, find it and watch it.
Eddie Alvarez and Shinya Aoki rematch in a main event that maybe would have been better done a year ago, as although both have won almost all their fights since the first fight won by Aoki in Japan, both have shown chinks in the armor. Alvarez changes up and goes down to Boca and trains with the Blackzilians and looks in career-best shape and sharper than in the past couple years, and absolutley destroys the sadistic little bastard Aoki. who begins trying to flop about 30 seconds in. Eddie refuses to bite, then crosses Aoki up by knocking him down and this time pouncing on him and battering him with G&P for the stop. Eddie's contract is up like Hector Lombard's, and they apparently both have UFC offers on the table. Bellator apparently has the right to match or top UFC's offers, and now with Viacom having bought majority share of the company, the bucks are there. Eddie makes it pretty clear by calling out owner Bjorn Rebney to 'show me the money' in his postfight. He has already made clear his objection to having to go through a whole new tournament to get a title rematch with Chandler, who deposed him.
Any case, outstanding card.
Thumbs up. Some outstanding performances and some upsets and drama. Horrible crowd who just wanted to find stuff to boo. Wouldn't be in any hurry to go back to Atlanta I was Zuffa.
Best fight: maybe Clements-Wiesniewski
Worst fight: nothing bad here either
KO: M. MacDonald
Sub: Travis Browne by default, but it was good
Maxi Blanco drops to FW and shows very little of his breakneck style from Japan in dropping a SD to a much improved looking Marcus Brimage in the first fb prelim. Both turn backflips and cartwheels after the fight. Might wanna use that energy in the fight, guys.
In the other fb fight, Chris CleMENTS (that's the pronunciation) spends most of the 3 battering the iron jawed Keith Wisneiwski with accurate, offbeat striking (including back elbows while held in body tri, while looking in the tron to aim). Wis never stops countering, and threatens whenever it goes to the ground. the decision which should have been 30-26 is somehow split. HORRIBLE standup in the 1st by Mario's incompetent brother Fernando with Wis hammering from side mount.
Mac Danzig kicks off the FUEL midcard by ignoring a possibly broken ankle incurred via a first-30-seconds Efrain Escudero heel hook to dominate the rest of the fight and earn the UD. Escudero is somehow give a round on one card. Joe and Goldy are being forced to comment on FOX's incredibly stupid stat graphics throughout the fights, and to pimp some bullshit about 'significant strikes'. Why don't they let Rogan teach THEM how to call an MMA fight. Rogan btw very sharp in observation most of the night but sounding very weak. Looks horrible too, with his head shaved. Hope he's okay. He looks and sounds sick. Danzig refuses to even limp until the fight is over. I am not sure why Escudero was called back up.
Njokuani just too quick and versatile for Makdessi in a striking battle and takes the 30-27 UD. Makdessi has a useless fixation on stupid fancy Tae Kwon Do kicks, which do no damage even when they land.
Matt Brown exposes the many limitations of karate phenom Stephen Wonderboy (not such a boy, already 29) Thompson and grounds and pounds him for three rounds to take a lopsided UD, although again the one judge manages to give Thompson a round but al least mitigates it by giving Brown one 10-8. Thompson regardless of his having married into the Machado family has NO ground.
Travis Browne looks easily career-best in wrecking upset specialist Chad Griggs with flying knees, a judo throw and and arm triangle in very short order. If Browne keeps fighting like this, okay.
Veteran John Alessio is called back up as a late sub vs. Mark Bocek and gives a decent accounting, dominating the standup but Bocek's ground game is way over his head and he takes the UD.
Something's wrong with Mark Hominick. He's never been Anderson Silva but he's fighting now as if defense was a foul. He paid zero attention to Eddie Yagin's offense, focused only on his own, and allowed the short, telegraphing Yagin to land EVERYTHING he threw and take a (ridiculously) split decision. Yagin dropped him hard in the first two rounds and should have gotten at least one 10-8. Hominick was the better conditioned and landed enough on his own to make the fight a bloody war, but he just wasn't right. Yagin was handled easily by the very ordinary Junior Assuncao in his previous fight.
20 year old phenom Mike MacDonald outboxed former BW champ and consensus P4P candidate Miguel Angel Torres before knocking him cold with a pair of right uppercuts late in the first. Mike looks like the real deal and Torres is shot and badly needs to retire.
Ben Rothwell comes in in something resembling shape but frontrunner Brendan Schaub staggers him immedaitely anyway. Schaub runs in to finish and Rothwell, flailing in desperation, accidentally clips Schaub on his pure porcelain chin and the fight is over. Fun while it lasted if you like this sorta thing. They really need to bring in Barnett and Cormier.
The other MacDonald phenom, 22 year old Rory, destroys hard hitting Brit Che Mills with a 2nd round G&P stoppage. Rory has already almost beaten Condit and used Nate Diaz for a rag doll, and Mills although competent was a huge step DOWN in competition for him.
In the main, Jones takes a lopsided decision over Shad. Shad lands a couple good shots that Jones felt, but basically Jones did whatever he wanted and Shad, although still opportunistic, was basically in survival mode from the second, when Jones rocked him with a series of elbows. on. Jones could not get the stoppage although to his credit he tried right up until the last 10 seconds, when he pulled guard just for the hell of it. Two judges somehow gave Shad a round.
Some decent fights but the whole evening felt a little stilted. Crowd was weird. In a lot of ways, this felt like a show from 2006, when everything tended to focus on the main event and the undercard felt meaningless. I love MacDonald, but everybody could tell he was just knocking around a tomato can. He has too many holes to be a superstar. Rothwell/Schaub got nobody over. I had Yagin 29-28 against Hominick, who might be my least favorite fighter.
Prelims largely sucked. I especially hated Brown/Thompson, because both could have finished and neither did. Thompson looked terrible because he lost and Brown didn't get over because he couldn't finish a guy who clealy has a ton of holes in his game.
The main event was fine, I guess, but it never looked like Jones was going in for the kill. I like his fights because he always seems to sense a finish, and he had Evans hurt a few times. Evans looked confused and disoriented. The worst thing that ever happened to that guy was his knockout of Liddell, because it convinced him that he was a great stand-up fighter. He's not.
Not sure who the next opponent is for Jones, and I have no idea what to do with Evans. Maybe Shogun? Forrest?
Name Withheld, please
Best fight Matt Brown vs Steven Thompson
Worst fight Mac Danzig vs Efrain Escaudero
Best KO Ben Rothwell
Best Sub Travis Browne
-the bar I was at was more full than usual and heavily pro Evans
-I love Chad Griggs but he needs to move down to LHW
-the squash match seemed to work as the bar was going nuts for Rory McDonald after the fight
-so happy to see Ben Rothwell in great shape and knocking out glass jawed Schaub
Best Fight: Matt Brown - Steven Thompson
I love Rashad because he does such a great job of hyping a fight, but he's got such a sports background when the fight starts that it grinds to a halt and the fight is never as exciting as the build-up. I was literally falling asleep during the main event.
Big thumbs down.
Best Fight- Evans v Jones just for the drama and intensity.
Worst fight- Danzig vs Effrain
I believe the Fox deal has ruined UFC especially on PPV. Instead of having Diaz vs Miller, Koscheck vs Hendricks on this card they have to split it and instead we are left with a Fight Night on Fuel card with a great main event. I believe this ppv will do bad numbers because of it. It's easy to track down one fight and watch it online. If you added those fox fights to this card it would have had potential to be one of the best cards, and probably much better butyrate. The fox deal has also killed The Ultimate fighter, but that's a different story for a different day.