To take part in the anniversary celebration, the crew at FGB decided to share their favorite fight from the numbered cards. Continue reading
Why am I up at 6AM to watch UFC? I’m not exactly sure. This is the first ever UFC event in China and while Cung Le isn’t Chinese, I guess he is the closest thing the UFC has to someone who channels Bruce Lee’s spirit.
1. Jeff Hougland vs. Takeya Mizugaki
Mizugaki escaped a submission attempt and ended up in the top position and was throwing wicked shots from the top, going for broke. Easily his round.
It was a very similar round to the first. It lasted on the feet longer and Mizugaki threw a nice right hand that seemed to stagger Hougland, but he may also have been playing possum because after looking like he was hurt, he came right back with a right hand of his own. Round was to Mizugaki again.
Mizugaki couldn’t put him away, but he dominated round. He busted Hougland open with an elbow from the top and continued to pound away. Mizugaki should win this unanimously.
Winner: Takeya Mizugaki by unanimous decision
One judge gave it to him 30-25. If you were a generous judge, I could see that. But Hougland wasn’t even close to being stopped.
2. Jon Tuck vs. Tiequan Zhang
Duan and Big D are of the opinion that there is simply too much MMA on TV. Cactus Jim and I are of the opinion that as viewers, we can pick and choose what is important to watch and thus, more MMA isn’t necessarily a problem. However, when it comes to B-level shows, I’ve noticed that I’ve been choosing to either skip entirely or watch later on my DVR more often than not. In that way, MMA is becoming far more like WWE than I’d hoped it would. And when I say MMA, I really do mean UFC since I’m not even going to bother with Bellator if I can’t keep up with the UFC.
– Dana White likes to say that Ben Askren is boring, and there’s definitely an argument to that. However, I think I’d rather watch Askren own someone at a game he’s really good at than watch two really good wrestlers have a sparring match, which was pretty much what we got with Gray Maynard and Clay Guida. I was super interested in the fight, but found myself bored entirely except when Maynard couldn’t take it anymore and just dropped his hands begging Guida to engage. Guida was once a must-see star on the rise. Now? Well, I’ve found his style much less interesting of late. It’s one thing to be in and out with your boxing. But he’s often more out than in.
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.