Sing this special song. It's just for you. Reasons I love this card:
Technique triumphs power, part 1: Thiago ends up on the wrong end of some proper Kickboxing by Kampman. I like Thiago but winging hooks all day like Leonard Garcia doesn't work against European striking.
Cro Cop finally shows up to fight. Pat Barry rocks a legend, and is an awesome dude, but also learns the meaning of mixed martial arts. And no Joe Rogan, you don't need hooks in when the cage makes it physically impossible to roll into the choking the shoulder to alleviate pressure.
Stupid refereeing can't stop Mac Danzig and Matt Wiman from behaving like adults. Mac was made to seem like a complete tool on the TUF but man was he all zen here, blaming not the ref or Wiman's legitimate request for Yves to check on Mac (not stop him dummy! Man do we need Big John more than ever), but circumstance.
Technique triumphs power, part 2: Evan Dunham uses range to shut down Tyson Griffin on the feet and timing to overcome the anvil sized hips/core of Griffin to take him down repeatedly.
Greg Jackson loses his mind. As result Carlos Condit is inspired like the underdog in every children's sports movie ever and runs through a man who has been kicking his ass for 10 minutes to stop him with five seconds left. I almost started a slow clap. And I was in my room alone.
Ben Rothwell, the Ricky Morton/Paul London/Krillin of the UFC uses a smart gameplan to beat Yvel while the announcers more or less cop to most heavyweights sucking. Rogan's line about how a potential third round would be the saddest in history was hilarious and untrue. Hey Joe, I thought you said you watched the HDNet fights? And clearly he hasn't seen any of Bellator's heavyweights, who make the UFC's heavyweights look like Japanese bantamweights.
Technique triumphs power, part three: Rich Franklin uses crazy head movement and a little luck to put down the Iceman while having a broken forearm.
To be fair Chuck's wrestling looked good, he varied his strikes, and threw the nasty head kick that broke Franklin's arm, doing in one kick what took Cung Li about a thousand to do to Frank Shamrock. And that was Frank's wrist which is much easier snap than a friggin forearm.
It's a shame we never saw Liddell this motivated or technical in his prime as he probably would have been able to fight into his mid forties like Couture and might have handled Rampage both times instead of getting starched.
It's always the UFC's with the undercard nobody seems to care about that rule.
Good show. This was the second UFC to be shown in select theaters, and it was a good choice as I would not have watched the show otherwise. The theater I was at in Voorhees, NJ had about the same number of people as the first show in a theater did, and thus it makes me sad that the audience didn't grow.
Still, it was a fun atmosphere that again made the show better than it would have been. Chuck was over like gangbusters at the theater, so we did not leave happy. I was also personally upset with Pat Berry being too nice with Cro Cop and subsequently getting himself defeated.
Even with my boys losing, the fights were good enough that I enjoyed myself on the whole. I am only sad that the Brock PPV in July won't be on the big screen; that would have been something to see.
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Good for the fighters financially; a 10K bonus (and I'd say the odds of the lighter weights getting the fight of the night bonus is damn high) is nothing compared to the cost of training, medical, and travel, not to mention the higher show/win pay too.