UFC Fight Night: Shogun Vs. Henderson 2 Play By Play

Shogun vs. Henderson 2 play by play

Sunday UFC? This card comes from Natal, Brazil and really, my only interest in it is the main event. It’s the rematch from one of the best fights in company history from UFC 139 in San Jose.

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UFC On FX 7 – Vitor Belfort Vs. Michael Bisping Play By Play

Bisping vs. Belfort

Photo via Dana White’s Twitter.

This show comes off the heels of the Bellator debut on Spike TV and right before the new season of The Ultimate Fighter and also kicks off several weeks in a row of UFC shows, including next weekend’s UFC On Fox show which will probably get some publicity during this weekend’s NFC Conference Championship game.

1. Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Thiago Tavares

Damn. Nurmagomedov caught Tavares with a lunging uppercut and blasted him with elbows to the side of his head until the stoppage. Tavares probably took 5-10 too many shots there as he wasn’t defending at all.

Winner: Khabib Nurmagomedov by way of 1st round TKO

2. Ben Rothwell vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
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UFC On Versus – Diego Sanchez Vs. Martin Kampmann Play By Play

MMA on cable is good for the soul. I think this card snuck up on people because of it being on a Thursday. It’s pretty close to what you’d expect to a Fight Night card on Spike based on the caliber of fighters. It’s also the first card on Versus since WEC ended.

Smartly, they made the first fight an old WEC fight.

1. Damacio Page vs. Brian Bowles

This fight showed me that Bowles deserves a rematch with Dominick Cruz. Page came out strong, but he was all over Page. He throws his right hand with ferocity. He was landing punches and kicks, rocked Page with an uppercut and then choked him out with a guillotine. It was an impressive victory.

Winner: Brian Bowles by way of 1st round submission

2. Todd Brown vs. Igor Pokrajac

Brown looked good early on with a strategic game plan of hitting and then clinching so he wouldn’t get hit. But a head kick by Pokrajac turned the fight around. A knee to the head against the cage at the end of the round dropped Brown and though he lasted the round, he couldn’t get up and the fight was stopped.

Winner: Igor Pokrajac by way of 1st round TKO

3. Chris Weidman vs. Alessio Sakara
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UFC 119 Post-Fight Press Conference Notes

Bonuses:
– Submission of the night – CB Dollaway
– Fight of the Night – Two were issued to the competitors involved in the Sherk-Dunham and Mitrione-Beltran fights
– Even though Mir got a knockout, there is no knockout of the night.

I caught the press conference a little late.

Matt Mitrione:
– He made a lot of mistakes in his opinion.
– He’s as serious as he can be, but he likes to have fun. He loves his job.

Chris Lytle:
– He hit Serra as hard as he could, but he wouldn’t fall. His hands hurt.

Melvin Guillard:
– He pleased his coaches.
– Stephens was tough, but he was a better fighter and better wrestler. He’s grown up and grown up with the sport and has integrity now.

Dana White:
– Chris Lytle is in the mix with his four wins in a row.
– Doesn’t want to expand into more divisions because it would be hard to find guys in the division.

Frank Mir:
– Could’ve pushed the pace a bit more. Velocity of Cro Cop’s left hook slowed him down a bit. He’s not happy at all about his performance.
– He’s surprised he didn’t huff and puff at all so he thought he was in great shape. (Um, should he have been tired in that fight?)
– He should’ve closed the distance and fought a boxing fight rather than a kick boxing fight.

UFC 119 Live Prelims – Joe Doerksen Vs. CB Dollaway

I like the fact that TUF guys get a chance to showcase their stuff in front of a decent sized Spike TV audience before the main PPV card starts. However, if they don’t see this as a gift, then they don’t understand the game. The Spike TV fights should be the most inspired and crazed fights on the show because their job is to get people excited and then to add late buys to the PPV. Think Leonard Garcia and the Korean Zombie. Think the opposite of Nik Lentz.

1. Joey Beltran vs. Matt Mitrione

Mitrione’s offense looks quick. He’s not just throwing one shot at a time and he’s also mixing in leg kicks too. But all it took was one big right by Beltran to put him on the defensive. Beltran then got a takedown, which actually might’ve been good for Mitrione because he looked a little nervous after being hit like he did. Well, for two and a half minutes, this fight was good. Beltran held him down on the ground, getting in north/south position and Mitrione kept trying for the triangle rather than trying to get back on his feet. It will be interesting how they score this round.

Beltran doesn’t seem to fear Mitrione’s power at all. He’s just putting his head down and taking Mitrione’s punches to give his own. But he took one too many as Mitrione tagged him and Mitrione thought he might’ve had him and closed in. Then he threw an idiotic and off-balanced right uppercut that left him open and he was tagged. Sometimes I’m appalled at how little boxing these guys have, no matter how hard they hit. Mitrione started to use his reach advantage to stay away, but then got stuck against the fence and took some shots. With his reach advantage and quickness, he shouldn’t ever be really hit by Beltran. Mitrione closed strong and he won the second.

Mitrione did a much better job at controlling the stand-up. He mostly peppered him with shots, but it was effective. The last two rounds were all Mitrione.

Winner: Matt Mitrione by way of unanimous decision

All of the scores were 29-28.

2. Joe Doerksen vs. CB Dollaway
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UFC 119 Weigh-In Results

Here’s weigh-in results for UFC 119:

Sean McCorkle (263) vs. Mark Hunt (265)

Julio Paulino (170) vs. TJ Grant (170)

Waylon Lowe (154) vs. Steve Lopez (156)

Pat Audinwood (156) vs. Thiago Tavares (155)

Joey Beltran (239) vs. Matt Mitrione (253)

Mitrione was wearing a shirt with Marvin Gaye’s face on it that said, “Let’s get it on.”

Joe Doerksen (186) vs. CB Dollaway (186)

Jeremy Stephens (155) vs. Melvin Guillard (155)

Guillard got right up in his face with his hands down at the stare down.

Evan Dunham (156) vs. Sean Sherk (155)

Sherk looks a little bit smaller than I expected.

Chris Lytle (171) vs. Matt Serra (170)

They goofed off at the stare down with Serra trying to look taller and Lytle shorter.

Ryan Bader (205) vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (205)

Bader looks jacked and lean. Rogan called Lil’ Nog by the name of Minotauro.

Mirko Cro Cop (227) vs. Frank Mir (252)

Cro Cop looks small. Mir looks big, but not as big as he’s been of late.

Cro Cop says he feels good and it’s just another fight. Mir says he’s not underestimating Cro Cop and he’s going to look to take him out quick.