UFC 102 was undoubtedly one of the best cards of the year. We saw the battle of legends as Antonio Rodrigo Minotauro Noguiera proved that his loss to Frank Mir may have been a fluke as he won a unanimous decision over Randy Couture in a war. Besides that, Thiago Silva resumed his winning ways, Brandon Vera continued to bore us, Nate Marquart shut his critics up and we caught a glimpse of what could be the future as Todd Duffee and Jake Rosholt made huge impacts with stellar victories, the latter an unprecedented 7 second knockout. Let’s see what the FightGameBloggers had to say…
Best Fight – Randy Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo Noguiera
Worst Fight – Brandon Vera vs. Krzysztof Soszynski
A really good main event to round off a solid night of fights. I said going into this show that I felt both Randy and Nog needed to retire, and nothing I saw tonight has changed my perception on that. Both guys really gave it their all and it turned out to be a super dramatic fight. However, I still thought they both looked really old in there. I share Alan’s concern about one of them getting hurt. The movement just isn’t there, reflexes are gone, and they are worryingly easy to hit. These are not things that can be fixed, and I am not eager to see either one matched up with a top young fighter.
I have always thought that Marquardt has the best chance of beating Silva out of the current crop of 185 pounders. He has come on a lot as a fighter since his last title shot, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what he can do differently this time around.
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I’m back with the play by play of Episode 4.
Dana White shows the guys UFC 84, which I attended live in Las Vegas.
Krzysztof Soszynski (he needs a nickname by the way) says that Junie and Shane hit the wine bottle and the tequila and then start riling up the red team. Junie throws a glass at Kyle and cuts his arm. Junie thinks he’s gone for throwing the glass. But then he says that he doesn’t care because he’ll beat anyone who wins if he doesn’t.
Shane starts challenging all the 155’ers on the red team and starts pushing people. And he’s way drunk. Together, they start breaking stuff and throwing furniture in the pool. Krzysztof has enough of it and gets in Junie’s face. He then put Junie’s clothes in the pool when he decided to take a swim. Junie pushes him and Krzysztof calls him a bitch. Bader throws his clothes back in the pool and Junie tries to pull him into the water. He then kicks one of the guys down who is trying to control him. He breaks down and tries to sober up.
He says he’s destined for failure and calls himself a screw up.
Dana calls him a punk and possibly an alcoholic. He calls Shane a drunken retard. But he’s not kicking anyone off. He tells Junie to be a fucking man.
Big Nog chooses Efrain against Shane. In the house, Shane tried to challenge him and now he gets his opportunity.
Efrain says he came into the house undefeated and he’s going to leave the house undefeated.
Junie says if Efrain beats Shane it will be boring because all he will do is take him down and hold him. Junie and Efrain talk mess to each other and Junie gets heated again. He tries to get Efrain to submit him in the house. This had to be just a day after Dana told him he had one more chance.
Mir says that Shane is a purple belt under BJ Penn and he thinks it’s a good match-up for Shane.
Shane Nelson vs. Efrain Escudero
Week two means more fights. Let’s get it on.
Wesley Murch, who is a lightweight out of the UK and also has a star shaved into his haircut, is taking on John Polakowski. Polakowski is a hugger.
Wesley Murch vs. John Polakowski
John P. looks quicker, but Murch seems stronger in the clinch. Murch went for a heel hook while Frank Mir was screaming at him not to, and then when he tried it, he said, “Well you better get it.” That’s Coach Mir for you. He didn’t get it by the way. Big Nog probably won’t really be impressive until he starts beating ass in training as he’s not one for sound bites. Murch hurt his shin and at the end of the first round was grimacing in pain.
He goes out for the second round, even though it seemed that he wouldn’t be able to. He went for a flying knee, came down on his feet and seemed to be in immense pain. He turtled and it was stopped.
Winner: John Polakowski by way of 2nd round TKO.
Big Nog said he liked to hug too. Mir didn’t seem so comfortable.
Light heavyweight Shane Primm says he’s going to be here for a long time. He’s fighting Sean O’Connell who says that Forrest Griffin is his favorite.
Shane Primm vs. Sean O’Connell