Kimbo barely won his match, and was gassed the majority of the fight. He did show a bit of a ground game though, and was able to manhandle a much larger fighter at times.
Robbie Lawler was having a great match when he accidentally poked Scott Smith, his opponent in the eye causing a stoppage. Smith looked out in the first round, and came back in the second and was laying some serious smacking on Lawler. Third round was shaping up as a good back and forth before the poke.
American Gladiator's own Gina Carano beat the hell out of Kaitlin Young. Simply outshined her, although Young had a few good moments in the first round, by the end of the fight, she looked like she was fighting two people.
I guess I'm the target audience for this, never been huge into MMA, and decided to give this a shot.
They need to really, REALLY learn about pacing and scheduling if they're going to keep doing network shows. The block for this was 9-11 Eastern. I was watching the hockey game too, so I set the DVR for this, and to give a little bit of leeway, set the recording to end at 11:30. I flipped to CBS at 11:25 to see what was up, and the main event hadn't even STARTED yet. It's one thing to run a few minutes over, but they blew through the scheduled block by almost an hour.
I would have liked to see more actual fighting, but I really can't complain about any of the stoppages, outside of Lawler/Smith. That was a bit confusing, you could hear the referee clearly say that he had 5 minutes to recover, the doctor came in, and Smith apparently said, twice, that he couldn't see, so the doctor stopped it. All fine and good, but that only took closer to a minute and a half, not five.
I'll give the WEC show on Versus tonight a look, and see if it's worth keeping up with this stuff, but I thought it was a decent show overall.
It seemed to drag on a bit too long with the interviews and backstage segments, especially with the Lawler/ Smith match where they repeated Smith talking about missing his kids three times in a span of 10 minutes. BTW, to go off a slight tangent, I understand you have to sacrifice some time with your family and loved ones to train for the match. But it's not like Lawler kidnapped your kids that you have to use that as an excuse to get yourself hyped up for the fight. I would think going for the title would be enough motivation. I would also think that if you really, really missed your children that much, you could have made time for a visit here and there within a month. Just sayin, those comments irritated me a bit.
Brett Rodgers is dead right, it should had been him instead of Thompson. Especially after that knockout of Murphy, not only do I believe he's the better fighter, I think he can be a more interesting personality to watch against Kimbo.
Baroni is a total joke, which I hate to say since he's a fellow L.I. boy. But outside that really lame wannabe Ric Flair enterance that the announcers kept hyping as "a tremendous charisma", he had absolutely nothing. Here's some advice: retire before you see glitter in your eyes and not just on that robe you wear to the ring.
Carano is exactly what we need to see more of in MMA, either male or female. She's good looking, friendly, personable, makes no excuses and yet still gets the job done decivisely. Young was definitely game, but Gina just destroyed her in that last minute of the second round.
I think the title of 'instant classic' got thrown around way too much in the Lawler/Smith match, it was definitely the fight of the night before the BS no contest call. I had Lawler slighly ahead, but the group I was watching it with seemed to be evenly divided over who was winning. But the match didn't need to be stopped: Smith didn't get anywhere near his 5 minutes to recover and his eye looked fine afterward. Just an awful way to end an exciting fight. If nothing else though, I'm definitely watching the rematch, so XC got me hooked on that, at least.
I'm not so sure if the hype surrounding Kimbo Slice is worth it, but I thought he fought a good match for most of the main event. The bell probably saved him in the secone round, but I was surprised at how much of a ground match it became and how decent kimbo was in reversing some holds. I thought that if he went down, he would be in much more trouble than he actually was. Still, it had a perditicible ending, with Thompson gone after that left ear exploded. I saw that puffed up ear when he entered the ring and I just knew that if he got hit on there, he would be done.
I'll give XC another chance, it looked good enough if they can trim off a ton of the talking in between the matches. But being a casual fan, I think I'll stick to UFC o0n Spike as my fave.
THe guy who reviewed the show for Yahoo just brutalized the announcing, which I actually thought was one of the better parts (except the aforementioned INSTANT CLASSIC which I am sure ESPN has a patent on). Gus Johnson did enough play by play and let the color guys chime in to actually make it an enjoyable show.
Now, if I can only remember to watch the WEC, I can compare the three.
Yahoo article: http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=564&ncid=564&e=3&u=/nm/20050204/ts_nm/boxing_schmeling_dc Pretty interesting article, though fairly short. Is there a Biography or Sportscentury of Schmeling?