Anyone else stick with this season through to the end? I struggled with it at times mostly because I found myself hating Bisping (and life in general) intensely any time he was on camera for more than fifteen seconds, although maybe that's what they were going for.
Nothing much to write home about on the undercard although Wilks did a surprisingly good job of comprehensively dismantling Johnson inside the first having shown nothing like that form earlier in the season. Pearson v Winner on the other hand was a particularly snooze-worthy fifteen minute hugathon.
The whole night was redeemed though when we got to the awesomeness that was Diego Sanchez v Clay Guida. Just a ridiculously fun fight with something there to please just about everyone. Guida made sure the five people watching who hadn't figured he was freaking insane got the message before things got underway by getting the snot slapped out of him by his trainer pre-fight.
Unfortunately for Clay, Sanchez pretty much carried right on where Guida's trainer left off and just unloaded on him with a flurry of punches early on. Guida got back into it and they start trading punches for a while, until Sanchez UNLOADS with a straight kick that catches Guida flush on the chin and to all intents and purposes should knock a mortal man the hell out. Guida merely stumbled briefly before getting right back into it with Sanchez. The first round ended with Guida merrily skipping to his corner, happily applauding the way life was going.
They spent most of the second round on the floor, with Guida on top trying to work the ground 'n' pound and Sanchez switching between trying to work Guida's arm free and knocking the hell out of him with vicious elbows to the top of Clay's head that busted the hell out him.
By round 3 Guida was just a mess of blood, sweat and hair, but apparently channeling Monty Python's Black Knight decided such flesh wounds didn't bother him and got straight back to taking the fight to Sanchez. The last couple of minutes were spent back on the deck with Clay again trying to work the ground 'n' pound but Sanchez doing a nice job of keeping him in the guard.
Sanchez got the verdict on a split decision, which was probably about right, but Guida has instantly elevated himself to being one of my favourite guys to watch just by being so damn fricking nutty.
I don't know if it's because my expectations were low after the mediocrity of the rest of the card, but for me that was an awesome fight. It really did have everything with some great striking from Sanchez early and then some nice ground work from both men later on. The bloody mess that was Guida made for an awesome visual as well.
If you didn't see it, I heartily recommend checking out a replay or scouring the Youtubes for it. I'm not saying either man will be threatening greatness any time soon, but if you're looking for a flat-out fun fight with two guys going 100% balls out for the win you could do a helluva lot worse.
Great finale, and I would happily pay to watch any Clay Guida fight. You've got to love a guy like that. And Diego is just a nonstop cavalcade of hilarity with his 'YES...YES...YES...' entrance and his insane-man staredown.
I honestly doubt anyone from this season's TUF will do anything significant in the UFC. Pearson doesn't impress me, and I suspect Wilkes looked so good because he was fighting the overrated Johnson.
Kirk, crackers are a family food. Happy families. Maybe single people eat crackers, we don't know. Frankly, we don't want to know. It's a market we can do without.
I guess the big sticking point was that UFC wanted its own announcers and control of the broadcast if it was going to be on primetime. It would basically look like any other UFC show except it would just happen to be on a different channel.