Sing this special song. It's just for you. George Sotiropoulos needs to fight Gray or Griffin, because that's your next contender right there. Holy GOD he handled Daddy on the ground and landed a TON of shots on the feet. If he works on his punching power he's really going to be something special.
JDS VS. Cain. Make it happen. Also, poor Nog.
Thank you Wanderlei! That is all.
Cro Cop didn't look great. Again.
Bonner's cut came from an unintentional headbutt after two completed rounds so that should have gone to the cards or been a NC at least.
Seriously Sotiropoulos/Stevenson was like BJJ porn. A D'arce from underneath? Rubber guard into an omoplata? Go watch it. Now.
Jardine's one of those guys who's been figured out a little, unfortunately--he's very unorthodox and that's hard to predict, but people have figured out that as a consequence of this, he has no defense whatsoever. Bader, Thiago, Rampage, Wandy and Houston all proved that if you wade through his offense and put a fist square on his chin, he's going down. That being said, Jardine's not a bad fighter; he's solid. He owns victories over two light-heavyweight champions and a former heavyweight contender. He's got talent, he just has issues to go with it. If he tightened up his defense, he could be a serious problem for anyone.
As for the card itself:
A lot of people are calling for Nogueira's retirement, but that seems premature--getting flattened by Cain isn't exactly a declaration of the end of your career, dude's a beast. I love Nog too, but I was afraid for Cain's pseed and power advantages, and it showed itself again. Cain's a serious threat to anyone in the division.
I love Wanderlei and I greatly dislike Bisping, so that fight made me very happy. Wandy actually displaying cardio again (now that he can breathe, presumably) was wonderful, and his almost stopping Bisping cold twice was equally wonderful. There are still some concerns about his capacity for pulling the trigger--Bisping is a guy who wilts under pressure, and Wandy still seemed hesitant, even though every time he got aggressive, he started winning handily. I don't know that I can see Wandy in title contention, but I can see him murdering dudes in the mid-to-upper echelons at 185.
Sotiropoulos surprised me. I knew he was good, but I was expecting Joe to be too big of a step up, and I was really impressed with how well he handled him. Awesome to see a good grappling match in the UFC again, at that. It'll be very interesting to see where George shakes out at 155.
Mirko needs two additions to his training camp: a boxing coach who will teach him to cut off the ring, and a sports psychologist to remind him how to go in for the kill. All respect in the world to Perosh for stepping up, but he pretty clearly had absolutely nothing for Cro-Cop in that fight: all he could do was shoot and circle away, and Cro-Cop had no idea how to do anything about it but sprawl and throw 1-2s. Cut off the ring and throw the right kick instead of the left, for once. You used to do it, man. You can still remember how.
Additionally, Lytle's rolling kneebar was vicious. That's the kind of thing that would get you kicked out of my jiu-jitsu school for intentionally maiming your partner. Not to talk bad about him at all; it's MMA, that's what you do. Still, though, damn.
I'm with Matt Tracker - I'm a new UFC fan. Other than a few random episodes of TUF, this was the first full PPV I saw. Went with some friends and the girlfriend to a bar to check it out. We had a hot crowd.
Now, pardon my ignorance.
I loved Cro-Cop's match. The guy freaking scares me. I also liked the respect and props he gave his opponent after the match.
The entire show...well, I dont' really understand UFC, but I'm willing to give it another shot. I would imagine that it's difficult to plan a three hour show around the set of matches they have. I guess that's why I guess they put an undercard match at the very end of the show since the last of the co-main events went under four minutes.
In our group was a gent who's training for MMA - he's active in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and it was interesting getting his thoughts on the matches and participants. I'm considering catching the next show.
Originally posted by Oliver The entire show...well, I dont' really understand UFC, but I'm willing to give it another shot. I would imagine that it's difficult to plan a three hour show around the set of matches they have. I guess that's why I guess they put an undercard match at the very end of the show since the last of the co-main events went under four minutes.
That's how it is with every UFC card, yeah. On the average card they run 5 undercard fights (110 only had 4, as one was canceled at the last minute), and if the main card fights are ending too fast, they'll show some of the better undercard fights to make up for it. Sometimes you get none, sometimes you see pretty much every single thing that happened that night.
They budget the time of the show for all 5 main-card fights to go to decision--which means they usually plan to show one undercard fight.
Originally posted by Matt TrackerI'm just questioning his (Jardine's) recent success. I consider his KO by Houston to be as significant as Cro Cop's by Gonzaga. I'm a relatively new UFC fan, and I haven't seem him in his glory.
Yeah, he really hasn't been much of a threat to anyone good since folks figured out that he's eminently KO-able if you're willing to eat a shot or two on the way in. People still pay to watch him fight though so he's got some value, and having the likes of Jardine and Baroni take a couple of public pummelings takes away any value they might have for Strikeforce if and when they part ways with the UFC.
Really good card overall IMO. Sotiropoulos v Stevenson was awesome stuff and Wandy showing he isn't completely done at the expense of Bisping makes me happy. Sadly, Mirko probably *is* completely done, but nice to see him get a win.
Originally posted by CarlCXA lot of people are calling for Nogueira's retirement, but that seems premature--getting flattened by Cain isn't exactly a declaration of the end of your career, dude's a beast.
I'm more bothered that Nog's only strong showing in the last couple of years was against Randy Couture who's basically a (late) middle-aged light-heavyweight. Cain's awesome though, so he could still bounce back. To be honest, I've more interest in Cain v Brock than do Brock v Mir or Brock v Carwin, but I'd have no problem with them saving that fight for a bit further down the line.
Originally posted by OliverI'm with Matt Tracker - I'm a new UFC fan. Other than a few random episodes of TUF, this was the first full PPV I saw. Went with some friends and the girlfriend to a bar to check it out. We had a hot crowd.
Now, pardon my ignorance.
I loved Cro-Cop's match. The guy freaking scares me.
If you haven't already you should check out some of his older fights. He's never been what you'd call well-rounded, but the man was beastly back in the day and put together one of the more impressive highlight reels in MMA.
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Plus UFC's dominance, some dreadful marketing, utterly bizarre business models and, more recently, Josh Barnett's apparent affection for steroids. Strikeforce seem much wiser than many who went before them so they may do rather better.