Cub Swanson def Charles Oliveira (TKO @ 2:40 R1) Matt Hamill def Roger Hollett (UD) Michael Bisping def Brian Stann (UD) Demetrious Johnson def Joseph Benavidez (Split decision) Jon Jones def Vitor Belfort (Submission @ 0:54 R4)
I missed most of the prelims but in the interests of completeness:
Kyle Noke def Charlie Brenneman Mitch Gagnon def Walel Watson Seth Baczynski def Simeon Thoresen Marcus Brimage def Jimy Hettes Sean Pierson def Lance Benoist TJ Grant def Evan Dunham Vinny Magalhaes def Igor Pokrajac
This was the PPV that taught us very little we didn't already know.
Cub Swanson has powerful paws. Poor Charles Oliveira stayed upright after taking a nasty shot but crumpled shortly after in less than dignified fashion.
Matt Hamill won but didn't look very good in the process. I haven't seen Hollett before so I might be doing him a disservice but I'd be surprised if we see him again on a main card. In many ways he looked like a throwback to the earlier days of the UFC. A stocky chap with impressive muscles but limited skills. A latter day Phil Baroni, if you will.
Michael Bisping looked like he always does - a well rounded fighter who probably isn't sufficiently great in any area to ever win a title. Less deserving people have had a pop at Anderson however. Bisping did attempt something of a face turn at the end of the fight, asking Stann to "keep in touch" and telling the fans how much he loved Canada. Even got something of a cheer for his troubles. Bless.
Mighty Mouse v Benavidez was probably a better fight than I gave it credit for at the time but by the time it aired over here (5am-ish) I was looking for something a bit less tactical and a bit more brutal.
And finally, Jones v Belfort served largely to confirm whatever you already thought of him. His detractors will argue he came close to losing to a MW who only took the fight on short notice. His supporters will say he showed great heart not to tap to a tight as fuck armbar before spending the better part of three rounds beating Belfort to moosh. I veer towards the second line of thinking. Belfort's strategy of pulling guard on a regular basis arguably nearly paid off (and may have been influenced by a rib injury) but I'm not sure having Jon Jones and Jon Jones' elbows on top of you is ever a good plan.
When the fight was standing Vitor got little joy though, and I was increasingly worried for his right leg the more Jones cracked him with stiff kicks just above the knee (none of which Vitor checked).
Well, last night I witnessed one of the best tennis matches I have seen this year. James Blake beat the almighty Rafael Nadal in 4 sets, and did it not because Nadal was bad, but because he played fantastic.