This is the second of three straight weeks of UFC shows and it is probably going to be the best of the three.
With the Figure Four/Wrestling Observer Convention out in Las Vegas for UFC 175, I’m at Mandalay Bay covering the show live. We’ll have play by play of all the fights including the full undercard. Continue reading
This one has been quite a long time in the making. And it’s finally here. We previewed the show yesterday. Will Georges St. Pierre put himself into dangerous spots with Diaz? Will Diaz be able to get him in those dangerous spots? You know what Diaz is going to say to Georges, “Don’t be scared homie.”
1. Colin Fletcher vs. Mike Ricci
I was only able to see bits and pieces of the fight. Ricci used his jab and good boxing and battered Fletcher a bit to the point of bloodying him around his eye. Ricci was also working the takedown game and won a decision.
Winner: Mike Ricci by way of unanimous decision
2. Chris Camozzi vs. Nick Ring
Really sloppy striking probably because they both are southpaw and not used to facing other lefties. Ring was more varied with his strikes, especially his leg kicks. He’s also the quicker fighter and getting him first. Continue reading
When I started going back through the UFC video catalog after I became a hardcore dedicated fan, there were some shows that seemed left of center. Patrick Cote was a contender for Tito Ortiz’s belt? How did that happen? Vitor Belfort beat Randy Couture? How did that happen. There have been some flukey shows in UFC history. That’s how I feel about UFC 127. It was quite the flukey show.
When new MMA fans go through the catalog, they’ll probably wonder, “Who in the blue hell is Brian Ebersole?” And, “Why did Michael Bisping knee Jorge Rivera right between the eyes when he was down?” Or, “How did George Sotiropoulos screw up his title shot?” The show was just odd, but I enjoyed it for its odd charm. The rest of my FGB crew didn’t like it was much as I did.
Here’s what we thought of the UFC 127:
Thumbs Leaning Down
Best Fight: Dennis Siver vs. George Sotiropoulos
Worst Fight: Chris Camozzi vs. Kyle Noke
There was nothing particularly wrong with this show per se. It just lacked any sense of finality. There wasn’t a clear-cut winner or stand out performance in any of the three major fights on the card. Sotiroploulos/Siver could have been decided on a coin flip. It was a stupid match to make in the first place as I alluded to in the preview. A future main event was lost with nothing gained. I believe the Bisping fight would have finished in much the same way regardless, but the result was tainted by the illegal knee in round one. And then the main event ending as a stalemate really just capped the whole thing off. I thought Penn clearly won the first two rounds before losing the last one big. My card was 29-28 Penn, but a draw was probably a fair reflection of the fight overall.
Thumbs In The Middle
Best Fight: Jorge Rivera vs. Michael Bisping
Worst Fight: None that I watched were any worse than the others
We live blogged the Ion prelims earlier if you missed it.
In my opinion, the story of the night will be if BJ Penn has greatness left in him, or if a wrestler can now just overpower him. GSP and Frankie Edgar are both really good wrestlers, but they didn’t overpower Penn to the ground. GSP used his standup to set up his great shots, while Edgar used his quickness to out-strike Penn, and eventually get him down a couple of times. But Fitch’s game isn’t necessarily to use his strikes to set anything up. He uses his strength and will to stick to his game plan and wear guys out. It’s a good match-up. He’s also probably going to be at least 15 pounds heavier than Penn come fight time.
1. Chris Camozzi vs. Kyle Noke
Camozzi had a nice little combination, but got caught, went in for a clinch, was immediately taken down and submitted in a rear naked choke. It was fast and it wasn’t really competitive.
Winner: Kyle Noke by way of 1st round submission
2. Brian Ebersole vs. Chris Lytle
Ebersole immediately tried a cartwheel kick to start out the fight. Lytle is just loading up his right hand. Ebersole shot in and was immediately stuck in a guillotine. Ebersole flipped over and turned his body to get out of it. Ebersole tried to get out and was put right back in the guillotine. Ebersole fought out of it and ended up on top of Lytle throwing shoulder thrusts into his face. He must’ve cut him with one of them.
Lytle is loading up on that right hand again and not even really setting it up. It’s predictable, but it looks harsh every time he throws it. Ebersole has countered off it a couple times, but not with much on it. He landed a knee on Lytle and Lytle’s legs went out from underneath him. Ebersole went for a D’Arce choke to try and finish him. He had him up against the cage, stuck his head underneath Lytle’s arm and picked him up and slammed him. What a crazy round this is.