Thanks to GSP's eye injury and Jake Shields' weak-ass striking (and odd reluctance to try for takedowns), the main event was pretty poor. Other than that, this was arguably the best UFC event I've ever seen.
* The massive Toronto crowd and the Wrestlemania-esque setting
* Machida retiring Randy Couture with a CRANE KICK
* Mark Hominick's heart in fighting back despite the giant hematoma on his forehead
* Rory MacDonald suplexing Nate Diaz around like a rag doll
* John Makdessi's spinning backfist
* Pablo Garza's flying triangle
* Ivan Menjivar's short elbow of death
All in all, just a spectacular show.
"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." --- Bart Giamatti, on baseball
I caught the last three matches. Two of them were amazing.
The Crane Kick was just nasty. I didn't know that really worked.
I've never seen anything like the hematoma on Hominick's head before. At first I was shocked that someone could have something like that on their head, then I was shocked they let him fight with it and most shocking was then he fought well with it.
Shields must not have known how badly GSP was hurt. GSP on the eye after the match...
Originally posted by GSP'I need to go to the hospital ... it is very bad'
... so they ask him more questions. The shot to the eye just looked like a plain old straight jab, but it landed in a way that it could turn into one of those flukey serious injuries. Hopefully, not.
There was a phenomenal article/interview with Schmeling in Sports Illustrated a few years back. Wish I could remember the issue or the writer, but I have a sneaking suspicion it was probably William Nack.