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
UFC 112 from the Abu Dhabi is running way early live in the US. The majority of folks won’t watch this until much later, but we’re going to post this for the early risers. If you want to wait until the evening to watch this, don’t read ahead as there will be spoilers.
1. Mark Munoz vs. Kendall Grove
I don’t usually root for a ton of different guys. It’d be nice to see certain guys win though. I think it’d be great to see Munoz fight well tonight.
Munoz got an early takedown and went for another one, but Grove met him with an uppercut and Munoz went down. Grove followed up with some wicked punches as Munoz held onto his leg, some of them looked like they were in the back of the head. Grove slipped a guillotine on Munoz and he tried to roll over the top and Kendall held on. Munoz has crazy heart, but looks very weary. This could be a 10-8 round for Grove.
Munoz came out swinging, but he left himself open. Grove hit him with a knee and they went back on the ground. Grove was high for a triangle. Munoz switched spots and was on top and he started to wail shots down on Grove. Instead of trying to work his way to his feet, Grove sat back and was trying to keep him off with up kicks. Munoz got an opening and just went crazy with the ground and pound, Grove turned to his belly, and the referee stopped it. What a crazy turn of events.
Winner: Mark Munoz by way of 2nd round TKO
2. Rafael Dos Anjos vs. Terry Etim
Thanks to F4W/Wrestling Observer for the details.
Also, AngryMarks.com has information on who had heat at the weigh-ins.
Rick Story (169) vs. John Hathaway (170)
Stefan Struve (248) vs. Denis Stojnic (241)
Roli Delgado (155) vs. Paul Kelly (156)
Paul Taylor (169) vs. Peer Sobotta (169)
Dale Hartt (156) vs. Dennis Siver (156)
Justin Buccholz (155) vs. Terry Etim (156)
Mostapha Al-Turk (236) vs. Mirko Cro Cop (233)
Caol Uno (155) vs. Spencer Fisher (154)
Dan Hardy (170) vs. Marcus Davis (171)
Ben Saunders (169) vs. Mike Swick (169)
Cheick Kongo (230) vs. Cain Velasquez (239)
Wanderlei Silva (194) vs. Rich Franklin (194)
I apologize for this being on the site so late. It’s my fault. Everyone sent me their feedback in a timely manner.
Here are our thoughts on UFC 95, which was a Spike TV special.
The FGB brethren, plus Stevie J from Angry Marks, have some thoughts on the card as a whole.
Show overall rating: Thumbs Up (surprisingly)
Best Fight: Nate Marquardt vs. Wilson Gouveia
Worst Fight: Terry Etim vs. Brian Cobb
D posted an entire column about the show on Angry Marks.
Show overall rating: Thumbs Up
Best Fight: Nate Marquardt vs. Wilson Gouveia
Worst Fight: None
Overall a great night of exciting fights.
This UFC show will get majorly slept on because of the lack of big time main event and lackluster names on the undercard. It’s a blown up Fight Night card really, but sometimes, with these shows, you get a lot of action because there are going to be some hungry fighters trying to either secure their spot within the company, or climb the ladder for a title shot. You can say the main event is a little of both. Diego Sanchez is a pretty big name because of his stint on the first TUF. He’s fought on some big cards and has a quirky personality with an odd charisma. Joe Stevenson is a bit at a crossroads because as shown in his recent fights against Kenny Florian and B.J. Penn, he’s probably closer to the middle of the pack as far as the lightweights are concerned. Sanchez had to drop a ton of weight to get down to 155 and one of the keys is how he bounces back from the weight loss. Though it’s not a big match main event, it’s still an intriguing match to me. If Sanchez wins impressively, I could see him getting the next shot after Florian, even though it might be a bit early. But you could probably sell a challenging Diego Sanchez title fight as a main event or semi-main better than you can a Clay Guida or Tyson Griffin title fight simply because of name value alone.
1. Josh Koscheck vs. Paulo Thiago
Koscheck was looking for the overhand right hand homerun and connected a few times with it. Thiago looked very stiff and almost like a non-athlete. Late in the first round, Koscheck ducked his head to throw a left and Thiago threw an uppercut that was ugly, but effective as it ended the fight. Koscheck went down stiffly, caught a slight left on his way down and the referee stopped it. It was one of those lucky punch knockouts.
Winner: Paulo Thiago by way of 1st round TKO
2. Demian Maia vs. Chael Sonnen