Sunday, 19 January 2014 08:56
UFC FN 35Thumbs up. Terrific card, solid, plenty of upsets and near upsets. Point of interest, during one fight, forget which one, the audience starts going whoo unrelated to anything in the ring. I think 'Flair must have walked in' and sure enough after the fight they cut to him. Jonny Pipik and Florian just continue to get worse. They should just put 'fastly' and 'beautiful' on an audio loop and trigger it randomly. Be less annoying.Best fight: Romero-BrunsonWorst fight: nothing reallyKO: RockfishSub: Dariush
The weblims are now on fightpass. Charlie Brenneman ceoms back off 4 wins in the minors, drops a division, but gets blown away by the very impressive debuting Beneil Dariush, who drops him with a punch and quickly secures the RNC. Vinc Pichel, who had to drop from TUF due to injury a few seasons back, dominates Garett Whiteley for a onesided decision in an active grappling-intensive scrap.
On the TV midcard, 22 year old FlyW phenom Louis Smolka makes a stunning debut with a onesided pasting of the feared Alptekin Ozkilic and moves directly into the contender mix. Ozkilic did well to survive the distance. The more experienced Trevor Smith outworks the more athletic Brian Houston for a SD that didn't look that close. Elias Silverio lays a total drubbing on Isaac Vallie-Flagg, dominating all aspects for a 29-27 UD, getting docked an unjust point by the local yokel ref for a knee actually to the chest. The redneck seemed to get annoyed at Silverio not understanding him and then took the point. Something needs to be done. Ramsey Nijem looking like a different fighter battered Justin Edwards with disciplined striking for a card sweep UD.
Cole Miller opens the top card with a career best performance, outstriking powerpuincher Sam Sicilia, dropping him and finishing quickly with RNC in the 2nd.
John Moraga takes an very dubious SD over Dustin Ortiz, who seemed to clearly dominate the 1st and 3rd.
In a total stunner, Derek Brunson took Yoel Romero to school for 2 1/2 rounds, but Romero's incredible punching power and athleticism again pulled the fight out as he dropped Brunson in the 3rd and finished him with elbows to the body. Very late stop from the redneck ref. Romero is baffling. He has the best wrestling pedigree of any MMA fighter but he disdains using it, not even defending takedowns, and relies solely on striking. He is pushing 40 and has to make his move quick but his style makes for dramatic fights and in the current MW division that spells d-i-n-e-r-o.
T.J. Dillashaw puts a three round drubbing on Mike Easton. The improvement in all the AM guys striking is just amazing. Easton's best offensive move was as usual complaining to the ref about imaginary fouls. Talented but a whiner.
Brad Tavares executes a perfect fight plan keeping Lorenz Larkin back on his heels for the entire fight and taking an impressive UD over a very talented opponent.
Rockfish put on the show he should have put on vs. Vitor if he hadn't been so unnerved, taking dirty fighter and loser Costas Philippou apart. You could see Phillipou start to dog it almost immediately as Luke was nailing him pretty much at will, scoring a quick flash punch TD and then drilling him with kicks. Phillipou was looking for the soft spot on the canvas and Luke obliged him with a liver kick. Luke moves into the MW mix where he belongs and Phillipou should be future endeavored after two wimpouts in a row. Althogh Luke made a very telling comment in the postfight, that he wanted a Vitor rematch in the States. I don't blame him, but if he has a weakness, it's that he got used to fighting at home himself in Strikeforce where all the cards were in the same place as his gym AKA, San Jose, and he totally choked in Brazil. He had home field in this fight, being in Georgia and Phillpou being a ya know furriner, but he has to commit to winning on the road to deal with the competition he's facing. He has a win over Jacare and has the skills to compete with anybody including Weidman.