Best Fight: Henderson vs. Guida
Worst Fight: Face Belly vs. Lucas
Watched the facebook steam for the prelims which was in superb quality. The first two fights were kind of meh but the rest of the card was good. Henderson and Guida was a solid MOTY candidate and several other undercard fights were super fun.
I got the international version of the main show so I got to see the Henderson Guida fight again and upon second viewing it was still great.
Thumbs, yet again, DOWN.
Best fight: Alvarado-Prescott
Worst fight: Bradley-Casamayor
First fight was good. Prescott was doing a paint job on Alvarado but Alvarado rallied to stop him with a minute left in the fight.
Then they insult our intelligence yet again feeding the 40 year old Casamayor to the hype Bradley, who takes way too long to stop him, even with his feather fists.
As far as the main all I can say is boxing was cleaner when the fucking Mafia was running it. Marquez did a paint job on Manny. He trained up to the weight the right way this time and he just has his number. I had it 117-111, 9 rounds to 3. I thought they had blown the Billion Dollar Gate till they announced the first card as a draw and I knew the fix was in. Boxing embarrasses itself again.
Thumbs in the middle. Two great fights, two stinkers.
Best fight: Lima-Saunders & Bezerra-Evans
Worst fight: Hollett-Hawk
Bezerra had a thrilling come from behind win over Evans, snatching an ankle lock out of nowhere when he was on his back with his eye all messed up and looking ready for the cleaners.
Hawk-Hollett was just a dull, ineffective fight.
In the MW finals, Shlemenko and Vianna's styles just clashed and made for a bad kickboxing match, with neither effective. Shlemeko dominated the flow of the fight to win.
Saunders and Lima saved the card from being a stinker. Saunders was working effectively and dominating position when Lima uncorked another one punch KO in the 2nd to take the WW tourney. Hopefully he will be able to do the same to Boring Ben Askren, who apparently will lose a decision about the same time Pacquiao does.
UFC ON FOX
Thumbs... on balance, middle. But the good fights were WAY good.
The good fights: Lamas-Swanson and obviously the Fight of the Year to date, Bendo vs. Guida
Worst fight: Rosa vs. Lucas. Lucas stunk out the joint.
KO: Damarques and obviosuly Junior but Damarques if I had to pick one. It was a cleaner punch.
Would make the obvious comment on the stupidity of the programming. Should have been a no brainer to put Bendo vs. Guida, which to anybody who knows anything figured to be both a barnburner AND a fight likely to get in three full rounds, on TV. Especially with the always present danger of a quick finish in a JDS fight. If that fight had been on TV, MMA would have a whole buncha new fans right now. As is, I can see new people looking at the Cain-Junior fight and going 'eh.'
Anyway, Rosa was clearly at his right weight, rather than fat as a hog at HW like he was with Beltran, but the other guy choked badly and the fight stunk. How the one judge had it 28-28 is up there with the judging from the boxing.
Pierce-Bradley was entertaining when they boxed but died when they clinched, so it was a half good fight. Pierce clearly dominated enough to win. Bradley packing too much muscle.
Bruce Leroy drops to 135 and comes into his own with a flawless three round paint job on the very competent Cole Escovedo. Outstanding performance both standing and on the ground.
Peralta vs. Mack was a terrific fight marred by a bullshit finish. Mack was dominating when Peralta dropped him with what the replay showed to be an accidental headbutt, and pounded till the fight was stopped. It SHOULD have gone to the cards, but Peralta was awarded the TKO. McCarthy also made the identical bad call on a card in the DR last week.
Darren U completely dominated Kid Yamamoto for three rounds for an unarguable UD. The game passed Kid by on that long layoff he had, he slowed down and never got it back, simple as that.
Damarques came out like he knew he would end the fight as soon as he landed a punch and that's what happened. He sorta got away with holding the fence for leverage on the followup punches but didn't matter, it was over. Clay maybe needs to look into another line of work.
Lamas-Swanson was great, would have been FotN any other night, with all component skills of MMA on display. Swanson showed no ring rust from the year off and was driving Lamas nuts, but Lamas stayed steady and when he got the opening for the arm triangle did not let it go to waste.
Poirier-Garza was very good also, if not AS good, with Poirier wading through Garza's reach and unorthodoxy to land the cleaner shots and zero in on the D'Arce choke. Poirier is no fluke and at only 22 has a huge upside.
Bendo and Guida, what can you say. One of the best fights of all time, with both guys going for everything from the opening bell and using everything in their arsenals and keeping the pedal to the floor for three full rounds. Wish it had been a 5. Guida has become a finisher of late but Ben just will not be finished and may be the best all round fighter in MMA. Whatever Dana says in public he must be kicking himself in the ass for letting the FOX suits talk him into keeping this fight off TV, and he should be.
The main show, eh. Too much babbling and slick corporate bullshit and I can't believe that was a better way to attract new fans than UFC's usual presentation. Dana was nervous as shit which was kind of funny to see. The rehearsed interchanges between him and Brock were Amateur Night In Dixie and embarrassing. The fight itself, there's not much to say, Cain did seem sluggish and did pretty much roll over and quit when Junior was pounding on him, but if Junior landed that shot on a healthy building, the building would have come down.