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
I’m live at the MGM at UFC 114. I’ll have play by play of the
prelims and then in another post, play by play of the live show.
Be back in an hour when the show stars.
1. Ryan Jensen vs. Jesse Forbes
I missed this fight but was told Jensen won by guillotine.
Winner: Ryan Jensen by way of first round submission
2. Joe Brammer vs. Aaron Riley
I missed much of the first round trying to figure out what happened in the first fight, but my friend DocG says he thought Brammer won the first and noted a flying knee as the big reason.
Riley scored a trip takedown in the middle of the first. Both guys are landing with Brammer landing the cleanest shots.
Riley scored another couple trip takedowns and dominated the pace of the third. Brammer threw some nice head kicks near the end of the round, but Riley blocked them. Close fight, but he wins it.
Winner: Aaron Riley by way of unanimous decision
30-27, all for Riley.
3. Cyrille Diabate vs. Luiz Cane
I thought UFC 106 was a really strong show based on the action and number of fights we were able to see. D was a bit so-so about it, but Cactus Jim and I thought it was strong. It simply might be a case of too much MMA and nothing really standing out, but to me, this show stood above some of the others we’ve seen lately.
Here’s what we had to say about the show:
Thumbs in the Middle
Best Fight: Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin
Worst Fight: Paulo Thiago vs. Jacob Volkmann
To me, this is the fourth numerical UFC in a row that has been ehhh.. just okay. There was some good stuff on the card, such as the ultimate triumph of Little Noguiera, the first two rounds of Ortiz/Griffin, the post fight promo of that fight, but also some bad such as the replaying of the same undercard fights for both the special and for the PPV (I could’ve done without one), Baroni/Sadollah and that awful Thiago fight. Overall, not worth the hefty price tag.
Best Fight: Luiz Cane vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Worst Fight: Josh Koscheck vs. Anthony Johnson
What I really like about this card is that we should get some answers about contenders in two divisions. Is Tito Ortiz still the real deal? Can Forrest Griffin get over two straight losses? Is Anthony Johnson the real deal? Can Josh Koscheck make the leap? I have a feeling we’ll get most of those questions answered tonight.
1. Phil Baroni vs. Amir Sadollah
That was a pretty fun first round. Both guys came out strong. Baroni came out throwing bombs. Sadollah stuck him in the clinch by grabbing the back of his neck and starting ripping up knees. Baroni was also landing uppercuts from that spot. Baroni got a takedown and Sadollah looked like he wanted to grab an arm bar, but nothing happened. As is usually the case, Baroni got tired about half way in and Sadollah took over.
It’s actually pretty amazing that Baroni stayed on his feet for the entire round. Or, Sadollah isn’t a good finisher. Sadollah was all over him for the entire round. Sadollah was using kicks to keep Baroni at bay and digging with knees in the clinch. Baroni had a few nice shots, but you can tell that there wasn’t as much on them as there was in the first round.
Baroni took a beating the likes of very few this year. He was a mess by the time the fight was over. He was getting hit with kicks to the thigh, shin, and body, elbows and punches to the head, and knees to the head. It was really hard to watch Baroni take so much punishment late in the round, but he wouldn’t go down.
Winner: Amir Sadollah by way of unanimous decision
2. Antonio Rogerio Noguiera vs. Luiz Cane
To me, Chuck Liddell vs. Shogun Rua overwhelms the main event. While the UFC would like us to think that Anderson Silva vs. Thales Leites is the main event, it’s truly not what’s going to draw the PPV buy rate. While Chuck isn’t the same draw that Brock Lesnar is right now, he’s still one of the top five draws in the company.
1. Steve Cantwell vs. Luiz Cane
Cantwell was the last WEC light heavyweight champion.
It was all stand-up with Cane as the aggressor. Cantwell took a lot of good shots, but stayed active and moved around. He tried to make it hard for Cane to get comfortable. Near the end of the round, Cantwell started to get better shots in.
This was an awesome round. Cane started off nicely again, but Cantwell took over. His counter strikes were quick and he threw a high kick that would’ve knocked out most guys. He had a few flurries that were vicious. It’s 1-1.
It was another fairly close round, but Cantwell took the harder shots and looks the worse for ware. Cane’s defense is better as Cantwell went to the high kick several times, but it was blocked every single time. Great way to open up the show.
Winner: Luis Cane by way of unanimous decision
Two judges gave Cane the second round. I’m not sure about those scores.
2. Cheick Kongo vs. Antoni Hardonk