The Aftermath – UFC 134

UFC 134 was a very good show. It was one in which Anderson Silva continued to establish his dominance on the sport of MMA. It’s getting so bad that there were people I was watching the fight with who thought the fight resembled pro wrestling because of how easy Silva had it. He’s just that damn good. There was also little better in MMA this year than seeing Big Nog win a fight he was supposed to lose in front of all of his fans in Rio.

Here’s what Big D and I thought about UFC 134:

Big D
Thumbs Way Up
Best Fight: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Brendan Schaub
Worst Fight: None

UFC Rio was an interesting show because it managed to satisfy the hardcore, old-school fanbase (specially PRIDE fans) as well as the home town crowd by having the Brazilians win the top 3 fights. The Silva outcome was expected, and even though there was a tiny speck of doubt about Okami, I knew Silva would destroy him and I liked how he took his time and didn’t rush things to finish him off. Shogun’s win was also one I was hoping for, but wasn’t sure about, and it definitely answered a lot of questions about his future. I was shocked he was able to dispatch Forrest so fast. The BIG shocker though, was how a guy who everybody thought was finished, Minotauro Nogueira, was able to defeat Brendan Schaub. I’ve been a huge Nog fan for a long time, but even I admitted he was done, but apparently he’s still got some fight cause he went in and showcased the Nog of old, pounding away at Brendan’s face. Was a great moment. Overall – the show was AWESOME and surprisingly ended at the 2 hour mark, which is WACKY!

GG
Thumbs Up
Best Fight: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Brendan Schaub
Worst Fight: Forrest Griffin vs. Shogun Rua

UFC Rio was quite the spectacle. With all of the PPV fights featuring Brazilians fighting in Brazil, you had a clear crowd favorite in every fight, and the Brazilians went 3-2 on the PPV card. Anderson Silva was fantastic as usual. Big Nog was inspiring. And Shogun Rua was all about business. It’s just too bad that Forrest Griffin didn’t really come to fight, even though he had his reasons. They should probably do a Brazil themed MMA show every year.

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UFC 134 – Yushin Okami Vs. Anderson Silva Play By Play

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.
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UFC 134 Preview – Yushin Okami Vs. Anderson Silva

This is the first show after the huge Fox announcement and who better to main event their latest show than the best fighter in the UFC, Anderson Silva. Silva is facing Yushin Okami, the man who holds the last victory over him, albeit by disqualification. It’s a loss that Silva doesn’t even recognize.

On the undercard is a rematch between Shogun Rua and Forrest Griffin. Griffin beat him in an upset in their first fight, and both guys really have a lot to gain from a victory. Both are former champions who are kind of in limbo in the light heavyweight division. Big Nog faces young tiger Brendan Schaub in Nog’s first fight since the blitzing he received at the hands of now heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.

The FGB crew has predictions has predictions on all three fights.

Brendan Schaub vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

Duan: Schaub by 3rd round TKO
Alan: Nogueira by 2nd round submission
JP: Schaub by 2nd round TKO
Stevie J: Schaub by 1st round TKO
Cactus Jim: Nogueira by 2nd round submission
GG: Schaub by 2nd round TKO

Duan says:

This is really a test of how far Nog has fallen. If he can’t win at this level there really is little point in him fighting on. He’s done everything he could have done in the sport and for me at least, the time has come for him to bow out. I don’t really believe Schaub is a great fighter, so it will be kind of sad if he is to go out on this note, but I think that’s what is going to happen. Physically, I just don’t think it’s there anymore.

Alan says:

I give Schaub a good bit more credit than Duan. He has a lot going for him – he is really athletic, he’s big, he’s young and he trains at one of the better camps in the sport. He has shown improvement in every fight and at his stage, that’s probably the most important thing. He’s far from the finished article though and gives up a big edge in experience to Nog. The experience factor, and what should be a partisan crowd, are the two biggest things Big Nog has in his favour in this fight and I actually think they might be enough to see him through. He has to be real careful on the feet as Schaub has shown good power, and Nog has a dodgy chin at this point. I think he’ll be careful enough to stay out of trouble and use his guile to get Schaub in a bad position on the ground.

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FGB Radio – UFC 134 Preview

Jason, aka @dadrrtywhyteboi and I are back after a short time away with a new episode of FGB Radio.

We talk about the UFC’s move to Fox and what kind of fights they’ll have on their prime time network TV shows. And then we move into talking about UFC 134 and whether or not UFC shows have become skippable. We go in depth on the SpikeTV fights as well as the main card, which features Anderson Silve and Yushin Okami in the main event.

Check it out and let us know what you think.

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