Weekend big show feedback
Two big cards and not one sub finish. *sigh*
Thumbs up. Way up for the main, and the Ozzie ring girl almost had a butt. Middle-to-slightly for the rest.
Best fight: Hunt-Bigfoot, duh
Worst fight: Jotko-Santos & Bader-Perosh were pretty sleep-inducing
KO: Mauricio Shogun
The weblim was wonky for me, but got the impression the Dominican kid, Garcia, won impressively and fast.
First TV prelim, both Kyrs Jotko and Bruno Santos come in 13-0. Jotko takes the UD with one dubious 30-27. Fight was on and off. WAY impressive UFC debut by Justin Scoggins, completely drubbing the local Richie Vas and stopping him late in the 1st with G&P from back mount, going to 8-0. ATT might have another contender here @FlyW. Lousy fight as Nick Ring seems much more technical but gasses badly and the very crude Caio Magalhaes steals the fight in the last half via 29-28 UD. Horrible local yokel reffing with two standups in the 3rd with Magalhaes on top and working. In a boxing-intensive what would have been FotN most nights, Takeya Mizugaki got out to a wide two round lead over Nam Phan and held him off in the 3rd to take the 29-28X2 30-28 (meaning even 3rdR, which was reasonable) UD. Nam never fights all 3 rounds and he has to at this level or above.
On the top card, late sub Bethe ('Betch' at least according to Pipik) Correia takes a disputable 29-28 SD over Julie Kedzie. I thought Kedzie outstruck her the first two rounds, but it was all close. Julie, who has now lost 4 in a row including three close decisions (everybody forgets she was kicking Miesha around like a soccer ball for 2 3/4 rounds in the other loss a year ago), retires. Seems a shame but she's maybe lost a step, still has her looks and her brains, and a probably secure immediate future as a commentator so good for her. Correia very strong and hits hard.
Clint Hester pulls a mild upset by stopping former TUF teammate Dylan Andrews after the 2nd R due to a dislocated shoulder but legit TKO as Clint actively dislocated it with a block. Same local yokel ref who was in such a hurry to stand Magalhaes up, content to let Dylan lay on Clint for much of the 1st, then threatens a standup the second Clint takes Dylan down in the 2nd. Dylan of course the Ozzie fighter. Clint was dominating the fight in any case and may have the most upside of any of the TUF cast from that season except maybe Kelvin (unless Uriah ever gets his shit together of course).
The much bigger Soa Palelei, himself also a banger, very intelligently takes hard hitting Pat Barry down immediately and finishes the smaller man with G&P. Barry should go to 205 which he could make easily.
Ryan Bader wrestlefucks Anthony Perosh for three rounds. One of those fights you could score 30-0 (or more accurately 3-0). Very boring.
Shogun, looking in shape for the rare occasion, blows away James Te Huna in about a minute, beating him to the punch from the opening bell and knocking him cold with a short left hook. Talk of Shogun dropping to 185 which would theoretically force him to be in shape every time and make that already ridiculous division even more stacked, if he keeps fighting like this. This is the Shogun that blew away Machida.
The main has already been discussed everywhere. FotY candidate and very possibly best HW MMA fight ever. I had Silva one point up, 3-2 in rounds with one 10-8 each, 47-46, but might have given it to Hunt scoring whole fight for the strong finish, and the draw was all in all the right decision. Nobody deserved an 'L'. Total gut check and both guys passed. Amazing to realize Hunt was considered shot three years with 6 losses in a row, 2 to MIDDLEWEIGHTS, AND the last one in his first UFC and against fucking SEAN McCORKLE, and was helpless on the ground, and now he's outgrappling Silva, an acromegalic giant BJJ black belt. Dana said he was gonna buy each guy his own private island---I think Silva wants the one with all those statues of him on it.
Thumbs up, solid card but not their best. Of course they've lost a big chunk of their BW division to UFC, and the canceled SW title fight didn't help the pacing of the card either. Huge downward plunge in commentary with Schiavello replacing Mauro for some reason and Miesha? who has that annoying habit? of ending everything with a rising inflection? like everything's a question? replacing Julie, assumedly because Julie just fought the night before on the UFC. King Mo still in and while he could use a little elocution training, his insights are always right on. Like Bas when he's on, he always seems to call what's about to happen.
Best fight: Torres-Herrig, all for Torres
Worst fight: Budd-Tweet
KO: Anseroff, only one.
On the weblims Nina Anseroff easy win over Munah Holland, doing whatever she wants before finishing with a KD G&P in the 2nd. Another loser from Tiger Schulman Bullshido. Sarah D'alelio gasses after winning the 1st and Tonya Evinger dominates the rest for the 29-28 UD.
Top card, Zoila Frausto Gurgel, no longer being protected, drops her 3rd in a row, to Vanessa Porto via UD with one 30-27. Gurgel's frontrunner tendency will not let her commit to using her physical advantages enough to hold the smaller but more determined Porto off.
Juila Budd wrestlefucks Charmaine Tweet for 3 in another of those 30-0 type fights. Budd has completely rejected her MT roots and has turned into Ben Askren. Well, Ben''s a little prettier. Probably smart because her biggest natural attribute is strength and conditioning but she's gotten dreadful to watch.
Joanne Calderwood has more trouble than she should with Katja---( can't even C&P this last name. Kaakaaakaaaaaakaaaaaaaakaaaaaaaaaa or something. Finnish. Jojo wins the 1st easily but can't keep Kat from taking her back from then on, although she does avoid the TD in the 3rd and scores her own to ice the fight, and has to settle for a 29-28 UD. Might be in deep shit with a better grappler.
Ticia Torres has a coming out party, putting a showcase whipping on Felice Herrig in the most entertaining fight of the night for a onesided UD. She's just at a different velocity level. Wish the UFC ring girls had the behinds these two got, btw. Interesting: Ticia, in the midst of a whirlwind promo, says she thinks she's in line behind Joanne for a title shot---then the champ, Esparza, whose fight was scrapped when the challenger got sick after the weigh in, came in the ring and called out Ticia for the next title shot. In any case I think Ticia is the best fighter in the division and the future star of the promotion. 954rePrEseNt11111111
Lauren Murphy upsets multi-MT-champ Miriam Nakamoto for the vacant BW title (why weren't these two at the TUF tryout?) Nakamoto wins the first two rounds, even seeming to dominate the inside fighting, but Murphy perseveres to a TD in the 3rd and Miriam comes up limping at then end of the round, and her knee collapses when she comes out for the 4th. Replay shows it went on the TD, so legit TKO. Rematch probable.
Barb Honchak extremely impressive taking the 49-46 UD over the much bigger Leslie Smith to defend the FlyW title. Smith only able to impose her usual volume game for one round. Honchak beats her to the punch and takes her down pretty much at will the rest of the fight.
Best match: Tomohiro Ishii & Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Yujiro Takahashi & Masato Tanaka
Worst match: Gedo & Jado vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Strongman
Probably not as good as Fukuoka, although still better than Korakuen Hall. After a lackluster start, which picked up two matches before the interval, the second half kicked the show into gear, although the main event let it down to a degree.
Tiger Mask & Yohei Komatsu vs. Taichi & TAKA Michinoku: Technically sound, if a little uninspiring. There's something about Komatsu that makes me lose my concentration. He doesn't stand out and lacks a severe amount of presence.
Gedo & Jado vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Strongman: This would of been much better with a Benny Hill soundtrack. Just a slow, average comedy that went way too long.
Rob Conway & Jax Dane vs. Tomoaki Honma & Yuji Nagata: Another average match that ended before it really got going. Conway and Dane look to be improving on every show.
Prince Devitt & Bad Luck Fale vs. Togi Makabe & KUSHIDA: Great to see KUSHIDA and Devitt squaring off. KUSHIDA's such a good worker as was demonstrated when he sold his hand after chopping Fale. Nothing resoundingly remarkable, entertaining nonetheless.
Tetsuya Naito, La Sombra & BUSHI vs Satoshi Kojima, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Jushin Liger: Tenzan worked a lot more than in recent shows. Everyone played their part perfectly. In the end, a good exhibition.
Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows vs Minoru Suzuki & Shelton Benjamin: This had a real good feel going in with two mean factions colliding. A fairly good match. The highlight being Minoru and Anderson's exchanges. A future singles contest will be electric. Also looks like Suzukigun will be taking on Komatsu and Tanaka. Quite frankly, I couldn't care less about that.
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Captain New Japan vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Lance Archer: A superb match contested at a frenetic pace. The Captain and Tanahashi made KES look strong and KES reciprocated, especially when it came to the Captain.
Tomohiro Ishii & Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Yujiro Takahashi & Masato Tanaka: Before hand, this was a mouthwatering proposition with two teams that are almost mirror images of each other and have award contending credentials in the "Best Brawler" and "Most Charismatic" categories (I'll let you work out who's who). The methodical early stages were thoroughly engaging and it built to an excellent, explosive crescendo with some great false finishes. Probably the best match of the tournament I've seen.
Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI vs. Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka: This was the antipode of the previous match. Seeing Iizuka so high on the card made me groan. He's like Ultimate Warrior, after the entrance it's all downhill. But, when the match started, Yano became the problem. All the stalling got tiresome relatively quickly. I just wanted to get this ordeal over with. Following the obligatory spots we see in every Iizuka and Yano match, this was pretty decent when they actually worked. Saying that, I was happy when it finished.
That Big Foot VS Mark Hunt fight was amazing. If you judged it by pro wrestling psychology, it was better than almost any wrestling match that I seen this year or in years. Comebacks, near blood stoppage, Hunt's leg almost going out, double juice, swings at exhaustion.
All I can say is Hunt vs. Silva is an instant classic.
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