UFC was a fairly bland show, and disappointing based on the expectation level. The card was loaded with interesting fights, but the outcome wasn’t as fulfilling as expected. It was a show that will be remembered for two things, one of which was a spontaneous moment in which Jon Jones became the number one contender at light heavyweight. The other was Anderson Silva putting his foot on Vitor Belfort’s chin and knocking him out.
Here’s what we thought of the UFC 126:
4 Thumbs Down
Best Fight: Nothing
Worst Fight: Jake Ellenberger vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha
A really disappointing show. The main event never got a chance to warm up. Griffin/Franklin felt like a fight I had already seen play out a thousand times. Ellenberger vs. Rocha should have never made TV in the first place. And Jones’ destruction of Bader, while impressive, was nothing to write home about from a viewer’s perspective.
The biggest let down for me though was the bantamweights. This was a huge stage for these guys and I think everyone was expecting them to come out and let fly. That’s the reason people loved WEC, but that’s not what we got. Let’s just say that I’m not convinced there is huge money to be made off a cautious, safety first version of Miguel Torres. Not worth the three hours, let alone the PPV bill.
Best Fight: Jon Jones vs. Ryan Bader
Worst Fight: Miguel Torres vs. Antonio Banuelos
It seems like forever since New Year’s Day when we saw UFC 125. Even though there weren’t a ton of people who bought that fight, there seems to be a buzz for the UFC again, though not like they’ve lost their roll or anything. But in the last few days, the hype for this event has been amazing. I hope it lives up to it.
I live blogged the undercard already so if you missed the fights, you can check it out.
We’re opening up with Banuelos/Torres.
1. Antonio Banuelos vs. Miguel Torres
Well, that wasn’t exactly how I thought this fight would start. They kept their distance and Torres used his length to frustrate Banuelos. Torres could do that all night and easily win the fight. Banuelos needs to close the gap.
The round was similar to the first. Banuelos just can’t get inside and Torres is treating it like a sparring match. Near the end of the round, Banuelos took a shot to give a shot and it was the best flurry of the fight.
Banuelos looked upset after the third round, which was another round in which he didn’t really press the action at all. I get it. He knew if he was going to close the distance, he was going to take some shots. Torres was really just too long and accurate for him.
Winner: Miguel Torres by way of unanimous decision
2. Carlos Eduardo Rocha vs. Jake Ellenberger
Ellenberger got a strong man’s takedown and then in trying to stop a takedown, seemed to slip and Rocha was on top. Rocha was going back and forth between side control and north/south position and then transitioned into the mount and then back to north/south. Ellenberger transitioned into a standing guillotine. That was nice. Rocha got him back down and had a kimura that looked like it was going to be a possible finish. And this was after Ellenberger had the better position. Rocha is sick.
I decided to do this preview slightly differently than usual. Rather than talk about the top one or two fights, I wanted everyone’s thoughts on the main card. However, I just wanted their prediction for the winner and prediction for the finish. We’ll see how this works out.
I was able to get more people to participate, which was the main reason I wanted to do it this way. Other than the FGB crew, we have predictions from Ryan Frederick, Big D, Stevie J, and JP.
Antonio Banuelos vs. Miguel Torres
This is the first fight in the UFC for both guys and it will probably open the show, and wow, what an opener. The fight should be fast-paced and both guys will be looking to start off their careers in the UFC on a good foot. While Banuelos is more than likely going to be shorter than everyone he fights, Torres is pretty tall for the division so it should look almost freak show-like.
Duan: Torres by 2nd round submission
Alan: Torres by 2nd round submission (rear naked choke)
Ryan: Torres by 2nd round submission
Big D: Torres by 2nd round submission
Stevie J: Banuelos by decision (split)
JP: Torres by 2nd round submission
Cactus Jim: Torres by 2nd round TKO
GG: Torres by 3rd round submission
Ryan Bader vs. Jon Jones
With Frank Mir in training for his upcoming fight at UFC 100, Kenny Florian is joining the announce team for tonightâ€™s show.
Josh Grispi Vs. Jens Pulver
Jens has been on a 3 fight losing streak, and has lost 5 of his last 6. He needs a win tonight to remain relevant by any stretch of the imagination. Grispi is 12-1 with a lot of early submissions. Let’s see if Jens can keep it standing.
Round 1: Both guys come out swinging and kicking. Jens goes for the takedown and Grispi catches him with a deep guillotine. Jens holds on for about 20 seconds and taps.
Grispi by way of another first round submission.
Understandably, Jens is very upset. He says this will probably be his last fight. Crowd gives him a great ovation.
There’s some Brian Bowles versus Miguel Torres hype for their fight on Aug 9. Both guys are interviewed at ringside. Not much to it.
Jeremy Roenick, Keith Jardine, and Jamie Varner are at ringside.
Donald Cerrone Vs. James Krause
Two tall 55’ers in this one. The Cowboy is 9-1 with 1 no contest and Krause is 10-0. Continue reading
Thanks to AngryMarks.com and MMAWeekly.com.
Both Mike Brown and Urijah Faber came in a pound and a half light for their title bout. That’s interesting because Faber had mentioned that he was working harder with weights to build up his strength.
Mike Brown- 143.5
Urijah Faber- 143.5
Cub Swanson- 144
Jose Aldo- 144.5
James Krause- 155
Donald â€œCowboyâ€ Cerrone- 155
Josh Grispi- 145.5
Jens Pulver- 144
John Franchi- 145.5
Manny Gamburyan- 144
Kyle Dietz- 134
Rafael Rebello- 134.5
Anthony Pettis- 156
Mike Campbell- 155
Antonio Banuelos- 135.5
Scott Jorgensen- 134
Noah Thomas- 134.5
Frank Gomez- 136*
Seth Dikun- 136
Rolando Perez- 135.5
*Frank Gomez initially weighed in at 137.5 pounds, but made weight on his second attempt at 136 pounds.
We’ll have play by play (live or delayed, I’m not sure yet) on the site later tonight.