UFC 144 Play By Play – Benson Henderson Vs. Frankie Edgar

In the two big early fights, Kid Yamamoto was tapped out by Vaughan Lee in the first round and Takanori Gomi knocked out Eiji Mitsuoka. I didn’t see it, but it sounds like the building exploded when Gomi put him away.

1. Joe Lauzon vs. Anthony Pettis

Well, the show started with some electricity. Lauzon must’ve been looking for something other than a high kick because Pettis drilled him with one and he went down hard. Pettis followed up with punches and it was over.

Winner: Anthony Pettis by way of 1st round TKO

2. Bart Palaszewski vs. Hatsu Hioki

Hioki was amazing, but so was Palaszewski. Hioki knocked him down early, but it was the submission game that had Palaszewski near close to being finished. Hioki went triangle to arm bar, to arm bar again and it looked like Palaszewski’s arm was going to snap, but he stayed calm and was able to get on top of Hioki. Has to be 10-8.

Much better round for Palaszewski. He was kicking and moving, staying away from being taken down. He and Hioki traded strikes and Hioki went for a takedown, didn’t get it, but moved to the back before the round ended.

Hioki got a strong-man takedown and went right to the ground and pound and much of it from side control. Palaszewski turned over and Hioki immediately got his back. Palaszewski fought the rear naked choke even with Hioki’s body triangle. Palaszewski survived. Really good fight.

Winner: Hatsu Hioki

The scores were 30-27, 29-28, and 30-28

3. Tim Boetsch vs. Yushin Okami
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UFC 144 Preview – Benson Henderson Vs. Frankie Edgar

This is the UFC’s return to Japan since UFC 29, which featured the likes of Tito Ortiz, Matt Hughes, and Chuck Liddell. The main event of this go-around is Frankie Edgar defending his lightweight title against Benson Henderson. It’s also Rampage Jackson’s return to Japan and the card features many Japanese fighters.

We’re going to do this preview a little differently than usual. We have one writer breaking down every fight on the live card.

The FGB crew along with Stevie J from Angrymarks and friend of the website, JP, have all the predictions.

Joe Lauzon vs. Anthony Pettis

Alan: Pettis by decision
Duan: Lauzon by decision
Stevie: Lauzon by 2nd round submission
JP: Pettis by 2nd round TKO
Big D: Pettis by decision
Cactus Jim: Pettis by 3rd round submission
GG: Pettis by decision

Big D says:

Anthony Pettis and Joe Lauzon both have something in common. At one or two times in their career, they were seen as possible serious championship contenders. In 2007, J-Lau went on a win streak before being stopped by Ken Flo. He’s tried to bounce back but stayed in the midcard. Anthony Pettis delivered the kick heard round the world on Ben Henderson and went on to take his title (Ben is ironically getting a TITLE shot on this show). Pettis then went on to lose to Clay Guida and derail his push for lack of a better term. This fight is about redemption. Pettis is the more athletic but J Lau has always been headstrong. He fights til the end. I’m very excited to see if he can withstand Pettis’ speed and creativity in the octagon. I like Mr. J L (Not Jerry Lynn), but J is taking the L here.

Hatsu Hioki vs. Bart Palaszewski
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Cung Le Will Fight In San Jose At UFC 139

Cung Le recently expressed his desire to fight at the first San Jose UFC show. He’s main evented in San Jose many times before in San Shou and with Strikeforce. Dana White had seemed hesitant to bring fighters under Strikeforce contracts over to the UFC, but he did it with Nick Diaz and has now done so with Le.

Le’s opponent for UFC 139 will be Vitor Belfort, who is coming off a recent victory against Yoshihiro Akiyama. The fight will probably be one of the co-main events for the evening. I can’t see this being the only main event.

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The Aftermath – UFC 133

UFC 133 was a pretty low priority for me last Saturday night. In fact, I thought so poorly of the card, I was going to skip my first UFC show in years. It wasn’t until a buddy called me and asked me if I wanted to check it out did I think I was going to watch it. I sure wasn’t going to pay for it.

Rashad Evans is a really good fighter. In fact, he might be underrated. But he’s not a must-see guy unless he’s fighting the right opponent. Tito Ortiz wasn’t that guy. The Tito Ortiz of 2004 would’ve been a fantastic opponent for Rashad. That Tito would’ve probably beaten Rashad. But not in 2011. Thus, I think most people felt similarly about this show. It wasn’t a must-see show. At FGB, only two of us watched it in whole.

Here’s what the Cactus Jim and I said about UFC 133:

Cactus Jim
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Best Fight: Tito Ortiz vs. Rashad Evans
Worst Fight: Matt Hamill vs. Alexander Gustafsson

This wasn’t a great card on paper and it didn’t rise above the expectations I had for it. Half of the fights were fairly entertaining, but there was nothing near a fight of the year candidate on the card. Coming out of the card, the big news was Matt Hamill’s retirement. His performance would lead me to believe that it was a wise move on his part. Rashad Evans situated himself nicely for a title shot. And Vitor Belfort’s dismantling of Sexyama led several people on this site, myself included, to believe that Vitor is probably the best guy UFC could put in with Anderson Silva, despite his recent loss to the champ. If you haven’t seen this show I sure wouldn’t pay PPV prices to watch it. Wait for Netflix or some other method to view.

GG
Thumbs Up
Best Fight: Rashad Evans vs. Tito Ortiz
Worst Fight: Rani Yahya vs. Chad Mendes

With low expectations, this show simply had to be decent for me to not be disappointed. And I think it was. It might’ve only been a 6.5 out of 10, but there was enough excitement that I didn’t feel ripped off paying for pizza at my buddy’s house. Rashad Evans looked great, even though he was fighting someone past his prime. Vitor Belfort looked good in beating Sexyama, but someone has to do something about those shots to the back of the head. He did the same thing against Rich Franklin. It’s always fun to watch Brian Ebersole, especially if you know his background. I was overall entertained, but also glad that I didn’t spend $55 on it.

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UFC 133 – Tito Ortiz Vs. Rashad Evans Play By Play

Can Tito Ortiz shock the MMA world twice? If he can, he’ll be back near the top of the heap at 205. Rashad Evans is in the prime of his career and on paper, should dispose of Ortiz. But MMA is one of the most unpredictable sports there is and even though this cliche is old and boring, anything can happen.

I’m not too happy with the way this show looks on paper. After UFC 132, I was hoping they’d be able to follow up with another hot show, but this just doesn’t seem to be it. Maybe they’ll surprise us. But with an undercard that looks like a Fight Night undercard, I’m not so sure that this is the way to continue to get people to pay for your shows.

On the SpikeTV portion of the card, Chad Mendes beat Rani Yahya in a fairly boring fight, while Alexander Gustafsson knocked out Matt Hamill in a two round slobber knocker.

1. Mike Pyle vs. Rory MacDonald

Pyle came out to Gonna Fly Now. Well, they are in Philly. Rory came out to MC Hammer’s U Can’t Touch This. Rogan said the song sucks.

MacDonald made quick work. He knocked Pyle down with an early shot, but Pyle tried to Werdum him into coming to the ground. It didn’t work. Pyle got him down, but couldn’t keep him down. MacDonald tried to lock in a guillotine but Pyle spun out of it. MacDonald got him to the ground and was a bit apprehensive inside Pyle’s guard, but then just exploded on him with punches and elbows and stopped him.

Winner: Rory MacDonald by 1st round TKO

2. Costantinos Philippou vs. Jorge Rivera

Close first round, but Philippou looked good. He’s quicker and might be stronger. But Rivera landed the better shots.
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