I’m not sure how long this stays up, but here’s a few different angles of Edson Barboza’s wicked wheel kick on Terry Etim at UFC 142.
Sometimes, cards that don’t look great on paper turn out to be fun. As a fan, your expectations are lowered and you can just enjoy the action. Let’s hope that UFC 142 is that way because on paper, it looks like a bit of an afterthought.
The big news yesterday was that Anthony Johnson’s body shut down when he was trying to cut weight and he weighed in at 197 for a 185 pound fight. Vitor accepted the fight as long as Johnson didn’t weigh more than 205 this morning and Johnson has to give him 20% of his purse. The fight will go on.
1. Terry Etim vs. Edson Barboza
The first round featured a ton of leg kicks and some nice boxing. Neither guy really got the advantage and while a lot of strikes scored, no one was in trouble. Leg kicks may hurt Etim in the next couple rounds.
Etim started to gain some momentum late in the round, but Barboza’s striking is more varied and he’s landing the harder shots. Etim needs to close out strong to win this one.
Holy cow! Barboza threw a wheel kick and caught Etim right in the face with his heel. Etim went stiff and out.
Winner: Edson Barboza by way of 1st round TKO
2. Carlo Prater vs. Erick Silva
Well, that was fast. Silva landed a right hand, then a knee when Prater buckled and them hammer fists on the ground and it was over. Uh oh. The referee is going to take away Silva’s victory because of shots to the back of the head. There have been many worse occurrences of hitting in the back of the head. Silva got a raw deal.
Winner: Carlo Prater by way of disqualification
3. Mike Massenzio vs. Rousimar Palhares
Surprisingly, fans are giving Yushin Okami more of a chance that I would’ve ever thought. Or maybe, they’re just trying to predict the day that Anderson Silva finally falls atop his perch of greatest fighter alive. In a poll I conducted on the Fight Game Blog Facebook page, Silva was clearly winning the poll, but out of 25 votes, 7 thought Okami was going to win. I’ll update the poll if it changes by fight time.
1. Stanislav Nedkov vs. Luiz Cane
Nedkov is just winging punches. Cane is too good of a stand-up fighter to to not take advantage of the sloppiness. Nedkov started off quickly and aggressively, but after being hit solidly a bit, he’s being more patient. And just like that, Nedkov blitzed him. He hit him with an overhand right and then a left and Cane was out on his feet. His legs were wobbly and he was trying to do the stanky leg. Nedkov then connected again and put his lights out. Wow.
Winner: Stanislav Nedkov by way of 1st round TKO.
2. Brendan Schaub vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Schaub looks a little soft while Big Nog looks a little thicker than usual. Looks like he wanted to have strength for Schaub. Schaub looked like he wanted to test Big Nog early and felt his power and decided to fight more cautiously. He’s trying to land an upper cut. And just like that, Big Nog put his lights out. That’s back to back wows for me.
I missed the Facebook fights, but Gleison Tibau beat Kurt Pellegrino by split decision and Mike Pyle beat Ricardo Almeida by unanimous decision. The first SpikeTV fight is Edson Barboza vs. Anthony Njokuani.
1. Edson Barboza vs. Anthony Njokuani
Barbosa is laying into everything he’s throwing. He’s thrown some nasty kicks to the body and rocked Njokuani with a right hand. He also landed an upper cut which staggered him as well. He woke Njokuani up, though Njokuani took a finger into the eye. The round ended with Njokuani looking more mad than hurt.
Better round for Njokuani as he put Barboza down and if Barboza wasn’t able to kick him off, Njokuani would’ve ended it. Barboza got a takedown, but Njokuani was way more active and Barboza had to fight more defensively.
Barboza has become more of the agressor in the round and was doing a good job at mixing his punches and kicks. He had Njokuani on the defensive. Njokuani threw a nasty flying knee that stopped him in his tracks for a bit, but Barboza stayed on the aggressive. Near the end of the round Barboza threw a reverse kick that landed hard. He’s going to win the decision.
Winner: Edson Barboza by unanimous decision
2. Eliot Marshall Vs. Luiz Cane
This was a weird one. Marshall stumbled and might’ve hurt his leg. He fell backwards after a Cane punch and Cane threw about 100 punches in a row before it was stopped. Marshall did a good job blocking a lot of it, but it was just too long for him to be on his back.
Winner: Luiz Cane by way of 1st round TKO