Thumbs Way Up
Best Fight: Diego Brandao vs. Dennis Bermudez
Worst Fight: None
1) Johnny Bedford d. Louis Gaudinot: Bedford was one of my favorite
fighters on the show and he looked great hear against one of the
toughest guys in the house. Bedford is such a huge Bantamweight so he
will have an advantage in this division. Gaudinot is perfect example
how the UFC needs to get a 125lb division soon.
2) Tony Ferguson vs. Yves Edwards: Good fight, but I had Edwards
winning Rounds 2 and 3. I have a feeling with that the judges gave
Ferguson the second round because of the late takedown, but I don't
believe he did much damage with hit. I thought Edwards connected with
much harder shots in that round and also the third. Ferguson rolling
umaplata was wicked looking and also impressive.
3) Bantamweight Tournament Finale: Johnny Dodson d. TJ Dillashaw:
Both of these guys are good, but Dodson is just too explosive and
amazing athlete. Many picked Dillashaw to win this entire tournament
from the start, but after seeing Dodson a few times he was my
Dillashaw will be successful in this division and the loss won't see
him cut from the UFC. Dodson has a tons of charisma and could be the
face of 125lb Flyweight division in the future. I like Dodson, but he
is really annoying at the same time to where you want to see him lose.
He is definitely a personality the bantamweight division needs.
4) Diego Brandao d. Dennis Bermudez: What a round! This was an
amazing back and forth fight that could get some late votes for fight
of the year. Brandao is going to be a player in the Featherweight
division in the near future. Bermudez also is going to just get better.
5) Michael Bisping d. Mayhem Miller: Though I am always rooting for
Bisping to get KO'd, but Bisping versus Anderson Silva has a chance to
be money down the line. Miller though he lost and didn't look good
against Bisping, really made himself a babyface in the UFC from his
personality on the show. If Sonnen loses to Munoz on the next Fox
show, I could see Silva vs. Bisping in Brazil.
San Jose, CA
My AT&T U-Verse went off during the main, but I recorded the replay and was able to see
the whole fight. FYI.
Thumbs up, awesome night of fights that, due to a great season of great fighters, I was
stoked to see.
Best fight: Go Diego Go!! Probably because I get a hard-on for slick BJJ finishes like
Worst fight: Edwards/Ferguson. Why was this even on?
They have created two new stars in Diego and Dodson. If these guys have any skill to
hang in the UFC they will be fucking HUGE. Dodson you either love or want to hit, and
Diego you cheer for him like a football hooligan during the fight and want to give him a
Hated the result of the main, but it was a great fight, Bisping was able to put the fight
where he wanted and that was that. I think Bisping is a twat but I love him as a
fighter. Mayhem's test will be how he comes back from this.
Seeing as how you had a number of legit 125ers, any chance UFC will open up that division
now, hell you had two of them on the main card.
Best Fight: Diego vs. Bermudez
Worst Fight: Ferguson vs. Edwards
Worst Finish: Bisping over Miller because it was Bisping over Miller
I lost the feed just as Bisping-Miller was starting from AT&T so I can’t comment on specifics. At first I thought the dropped signal was a result of the new Dana-Spike feud, but it was all AT&T cable channels. Had to read the result. Very disappointing that Mayhem wasn’t able to deliver. Maybe he peaked a couple years ago? I still don’t buy Bisping as a title contender, every time he faces a top level fighter he’s lost. Plus he’s an asshole.
Great finish for the featherweight finals, but this fight showed what I suspected, that while Diego Brandao is good, he is not a world beater. Thing is, he’s so amazing at selling this Road Warrior gimmick of being completely unstoppable. He cuts these crazy promos, has great facials, and looks great in squash matches, just like the LOD. So when he fights average fighters, or weaker willed ones like Bryan Caraway, they give up before the bell rings. Yet top fighters, or those that aren’t intimidated can more than hold their own. And as much as Diego was bragging after his armbar finish, Bermudez was kicking his ass. And Bermudez isn’t even that much of a striker. If Brandao faced a top notch featherweight striker, he will fold. That being said, great awareness and presence to snap that armbar in, yet Bermudez was stupid for leaving his left hand perfectly in position.
The real gem for the UFC is going to be John Dodson. I didn’t see his win as an upset at all. He is the real life version of Rey Mysterio’s pseudo-gimmick in the late 90’s/early 00’s where his diminutive size actually gives him an advantage. Dodson is too tiny and squirelly to wrap your arms around to clinch. If you try to use your reach advantage to outstrike him, he’s too small a target and bouncy to hit with a punch. And if you get too close he’ll pepper you with fifty uppercuts before you can push him away. And then while you’re trying to figure him out, he bounces around and hits punches from the side. And if you are able to actually get a takedown, he’s so damn bouncy, slippery, and small, he gets right up again. It’s along the lines of why Darren Sproles is so tough to tackle in the NFL. Right now, I think the only guy with a shot to beat Dodson is an experienced technical striker with a game plan like Dominick Cruz. However if they fought next week I’d pick Dodson because it’s going to take a few fights for people to figure him out, sorta like how people are still trying to figure out Jon Jones. The other thing is, because of his size, EVERYONE underestimates him and can’t believe it when he’s kicking their asses. I’d pick him over just about any bantamweight right now. As for his intangibles, he’s a great unique personality with an interesting look, and reminds me of my five year old son after eating ten bags of Skittles.
To show that being small isn’t the newest trend for domination, take in point Louis Gaudinot. He’s near the same size as Dodson which only proves how good Dodson is. Gaudinot is an idiot who fights like he’s 6’ 250 pounds. Problem is he’s 5’2” and 80% of the UFC is bigger and stronger than him and easily overpower him. He’s not quick and thinks being a firey brawler can beat anybody. Instead of being quick to evade, he gets in there to brawl and gets overpowered and mauled every single time. Note Johnny Bedford was zapped to death by the smaller Dodson in the semis, yet Gaudinot tried to stand toe to toe with a giant and Bedford had his way with him.
Ok win by Tony Ferguson, but he just proved to be the typical Ultimate Fighter winner who just can’t seem to finish anybody. The other highlight was the trailer for Gina Carano’s “Haywire”. I can’t wait for that.
Best fights: Ferguson/Delorme and Brandao/Bermudez
Worst fight: Miller/Bisping
This card was an excellent showcase of lighter weight classes and their potential for amazing bouts. It also was a showcase in what happens when marketing trumps a fighters' ability.
The first round of Ferguson/Delorme was so much fun. It's not often one sees such a battle of wills on the ground as that extended triangle choke attempt by Delorme. So much brilliance going on in such a subtle environment as jiu-jitsu made an excellent contrast with the later savagery (that ended with slick jiu-jitsu) of Brandao/Bermudez. These fights were both exhilarating from start to finish.
And then there was a main event. Rogan can go on about adrenaline dump all he likes, but Miller has been fighting on big stages too long to blame a loss on jitters. Yes it's the biggest stage, but he's been a professional too long for that. He looked like a rank amateur against a very talented, elite level guy in Bisping. Mayhem Miller looked like he had no business in the same arena as the Count, let alone facing him in the cage; and certainly not trying to stand with him. Bisping was a man who collapsed at the end of the fight from kicking his opponent's ass almost non stop for two rounds. I've been a fan of Miller's for quite a while (ever since he got handled by GSP, in fact) but if he returns in the UFC it should not be against anything more than a mid-level gatekeeper type. He has a lot of ground to make up after tonight.
THUMBS WAY UP!
Best fight: DIEGO BRANDAO VS. DENNIS BERMUDEZ
Worst fight: MICHAEL BISPING VS. JASON MILLER
Those last three bouts were memorable for different reasons.
John Dodson has all sorts of talent and crazy charisma. Heel? Face? I don’t care – I just wanna see him fight again!
Brandao and Bermudez are awesome talent, too. That match left me breathless. I was stoked to see Bermudez get the knockdown and pound on Brandao, but I was equally impressed with how Diego turned it into a submission. Just a sensational fight.
I didn’t see much of the prelims but Bisping vs Miller gets worst fight almost by default. We all knew how this fight was gonna end but the real disappointing aspect was how unimpressive Bisping looked against a journeyman fighter living off his charisma. Despite Joe Rogan’s bullshit, no-one can make me believe Bisping has a snowball in hell’s chance of troubling Anderson Silva.
And I think Bisping would be the first to admit it after tonight’s effort. As for Miller, what do you do with the guy? Send him to Strikeforce maybe.
All in all, another sensational show by UFC to follow up on their first FOX special.
I gave the card a thumbs up, a great night for free TV