Wish my hotel had sportsnet1 as I couldnt watch the undercard but
sounded really good.
A big thumbs up on the fights.
Best Fight: Matt Brown vs Jordan Mein
Worst Fight: Mir vs Cormier
Best KO: Josh Thompson
Best Sub: nothing on the main card to vote on
Matt Brown vs Jordan Mein-Brown was like the Terminator, he kept
coming forward and wouldnt let Mein establish distance and use his
reach. Mein looked composed as he always does, especially surviving
that triangle attempt. Brown showed a lot of heart as he was totally
hurt with that body shot by Mein. Fight goes to show again though that
accepting a back to back fight isn't good for your record as you cant
peak that well twice in such a short distance between fights. What an
awesome way to start the broadcast! Mein wasnt hurt with the loss but
Brown really upped his standing with this performance and a 5 fight
win streak. That ref had quite the amazing mustache.
Josh Thompson vs Nate Diaz-another really exciting fight here.
Thompson's game plan of utilizing leg kicks played out perfectly as
Diaz was getting pounded and couldn't get Thompson to engage in a
striking brawl. Diaz eating those first couple of head kicks was
awesome and keep coming forward. The final kick was devastating as was
Thompson's aggression on the ground was Diaz started wobbling.
Mir vs Cormier-Mir just couldn't get going and really gassed early, he
looked tired at the start of the 2nd after trying to keep Cormier off
him the whole 1st round. Cormier was relentless and totally dominated
where this fight was taking place. Mir at times looked like he had
problems with his left arm and maybe it was just the way Cormier had
him locked up on multiple occasions as it seemed like Mir just had his
arm limp resting on Cormier's shoulder. Cormier didn't want to take
Mir down and test his ground game and Mir didn't want to pull guard
and get caught with Cormier's wrestling dominance on top.
Henderson vs Melendez-a razor close fight but with Henderson out
striking Melendez I don't think there was any other outcome. No one
had such a significant strike that their opponent was in trouble but
Henderson's leg kicks were doing damage. I think one of these fights
Henderson is going to get caught with a strike as he attempts to fix
his hair. It was almost annoying at times as he was adjusting it every
10-15 seconds. Will Bendo's marriage proposal end up in disaster if
they air a live wedding on FOX?
Next week's PPV has a hard job to follow this.
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I firstly want to thank Dana White and the UFC for putting this show on free Fox. Without a doubt, this card was one I was prepared to fork out $60 for and afterwards would’ve felt it money well spent. Thanks for saving me the trouble. Great Strikeforce Invasion show, although I was disappointed in the crowd who I figured would’ve been more knowledgeable about MMA and not done things like USA chants against a foreigner and their booing of ground work, and particularly Cormier’s domination of Mir in the clinch. I don’t know if they simply couldn’t see that Cormier was punching the crap out of Mir on the fence, or they were expecting a Steiner Brothers type display of suplexes from Daniel or what, but I didn’t get their reactions seeing as how they were pro-Cormier going in. But major kudos to the UFC for not shying away from the Strikeforce origins of these fighters before a gigantic TV audience. It shows they are very secure about their legacy and where UFC stands today, which WWE never did and never would do in the same situation.
On a Pride basis of scoring, I felt Benson Henderson won the overall fight, but I thought Gilbert actually won rounds 1, 2, and 5 technically. At the same time had Gilbert gotten the decision, I think it would’ve been a shallow victory since Ben came off like the champion in this fight. And as “close” as it was, I’m not sure how a rematch would be any different, other than maybe Gilbert could be more aggressive, as he didn’t engage enough in the final rounds? I think both guys showed each other a lot of respect and really understood the high level this fight was going to be at, but at some point Ben loosened up and just went with it and fought, while Gilbert remained tight, and that’s what cost him in the end. I guess the only guy left is for Henderson to fight Eddie Alvarez to decide the true worldwide best lightweight in MMA! I also thought it was interesting that Henderson proposed after the win, as I doubt he would’ve done so had he lost, meaning he was pretty damn confident he was going to win this fight.
I loved seeing Cormier dominate Frank Mir and after about 30 seconds, Mir had this “oh shit” look on his face, like he knew he wasn’t going to be able to do anything. I think the key to Cormier is he turns his “stockiness” to his advantage standing, which seems to defy all fighting logic. His wrestling and control is so strong he closes the distance automatically and then goes to work, but he’s so accurate with his punches and elbows, it’s a very difficult attack to defend. I’m starting to see how Cormier might be the perfect guy to beat Jon Jones!
Josh Thomson had a huge victory to show the “UFC Universe” what he’s about by fighting a strong, smart fight, not showing any “jitters”, representing Strikeforce, and by finishing Nate Diaz for the first time in UFC history. Great foreshadow to a Ben Henderson-Josh Thomson leg kick showdown!
PS. I also think Lorenz Larkin got robbed in scoring, who did great striking while walking backwards and nullified those takedowns despite the incredible reach and size advantage of his lanky opponent. And with all this talk about a cross-weight dream match for Anderson Silva, how about Ben Henderson vs. Georges St. Pierre? How awesome would that be?