The Aftermath – UFC 128

UFC 128 was built around one man, and one man only; Jon Jones. Fortunately for the UFC, Jones won, and won big. It was quite a risk building the entire show around him, including putting together a SpikeTV special for him that aired just days before the show. It seemed a bit odd considering Shogun Rua was their champion and he was being dwarfed in the media by Jones, including being a huge underdog with the books in Vegas.

Here’s what we thought of the UFC 128:

Duan
Thumbs In The Middle
Best Fight: Jon Jones vs. Shogun Rua
Worst Fight: Dan Miller vs. Nate Marquardt

A dull show with a newsworthy main event.

Nothing on the undercard really warrants being talked about, so let’s skip straight to what matters. This was a fantastic win for Jon Jones, but people have got wrapped up in hysteria following the show. This is still a really young guy with a lot left to learn. Everybody is going on like he’s the second coming of Muhammad Ali. No pressure kid! It’s absolutely ridiculous.

To bring sanity back to proceedings, let’s recap what I have been saying for the last twelve plus months.
1. The UFC Light heavyweight division is a far cry from what it was in the Liddell glory days.
2. The title belt has been bouncing around like it was booked by Vince Russo.
3. Shogun looked like a champion against precisly one opponent, Lyoto Machida, who he matched up well against. Last weekend he looked a lot more like the guy who was stopped by Forrest Griffin and gassed out after two minutes against a 300 year old Mark Coleman.

Now, I’m not saying that Jones can’t be THAT guy for UFC, but let’s not get too ahead of ourselves just yet. Give him some time to grow into the role of champion first.

UFC’s presentation style is beyond annoying at this point. They have made every single aspect of the show cliche. I’m sick of feeling like I’m watching a three hour long commercial. Look, I don’t care who sponsors Bruce Buffer’s hair, Joe Rogan’s beard or Dana White’s watch. Stop trying to squeeze every miserable penny imaginable. There will still be profit enough.

Alan
Thumbs In The Middle Leaning Up
Best Fight: Kamal Shalorous vs. Jim Miller (no real standout FOTN type matcheson the main broadcast, but this was my favourite)
Worst Fight: Dan Miller vs. Nate Marquardt (not too bad a fight at all, but probably the most boring on the card)

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UFC 128 – Jon Jones Vs. Shogun Rua Play By Play

If you missed our preview to the show, check it out. Most of us have Jon Jones becoming the new light heavyweight champion, though there are two of us (including me) think Shogun is going to successfully defend his championship. But we all think Urijah Faber gets the win he needs for a possible title shot at Dominick Cruz.

1. Brendan Schaub vs. Mirko Cro Cop

Schaub got a takedown, but it was Cro Cop doing more damage early from the bottom by scoring with an up kick and also kicking at right below the knees. But then Schaub timed it right, got on top of Cro Cop and started landing vicious shots from the top. Cro Cop got back up. They worked each other against the cage for the rest of the round. It was Schaub’s round.

The fight is starting to get heated. Schaub got another takedown and was throwing bombs from the top. Cro Cop argued a punch in the back of the head, but Herb Dean said Cro Cop turned his head. Schaub had one point down and Cro Cop hit him with an up kick and Dean warned him. In the clinch, they traded short elbow (Cro Cop) and inside knees (Schaub). Cro Cop isn’t able to get the distance to throw any kicks. Schaub got a point taken away for a punch to the back of the head. Tough round to score, and I’d probably go Schaub in a tight one, but the point deduction makes it a 9-9.

A Cro Cop short elbow caused Schaub’s nose to start bleeding in the second round. Schaub scored a takedown after getting kicked in the plums and Cro Cop was able to kick him off, but he was immediately taken down again. Cro Cop needs a strong finish to get a draw. Cro Cop was looking good striking, but he was ready to throw a kick and Schaub threw a quick, counter right hand to the side of Cro Cop’s head and Cro Cop went out. He hit the mat awkwardly and head first.

Winner: Brendan Schaub by way of 3rd round TKO

2. Dan Miller vs. Nate Marquardt

Miller got an early takedown and also tried to lock in a guillotine. Marquardt switched to the top position and the referee stood them up. Marquardt got a huge takedown to end the round.
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UFC 124 Weigh-In

Here are the weights courtesy of F4WOnline/Wrestling Observer:

(And yes, it looks like Thiago Alves made weight.)

1. Georges St Pierre (170) vs. Josh Koscheck (169)
2. Sean McCorkle (264) vs. Stefan Struve (253)
3. Mac Danzig (156) vs. Joe Stevenson (155.5)
4. Thiago Alves (171) vs. John Howard (171)
5. Jim Miller (155) vs. Charles Oliveira (153.5)
6. Joe Doerksen (185.5) vs. Dan Miller (184.5)
7. Mark Bocek (155.5) vs. Dustin Hazelett (155)
8. Jesse Bongfeldt (185.5) vs. Rafael Natal (185)
9. Sean Pierson (170.5) vs. Matthew Riddle (170.5)
10. Ricardo Almeida (170.5) vs. T.J. Grant (170)
11. Pat Audinwood (156) vs. John Makdessi (155)

UFC 118 Weigh-In Results

Per Bryan Alvarez from F4WOnline/Wrestling Observer:

Amicar Alves 171
Mike Pierce 171

Nick Osipczak 171
Greg Soto 170

John Salter 185
Dan Miller 185

Andre Winner 154
Nik Lentz 155

Gabe Ruediger 155
Joe Lauzon 156

Mario Miranda 185
Demian Maia 184

Nate Diaz 171
Marcus Davis 170

Gray Maynard 156
Kenny Florian 156

James Toney 237
Randy Couture 220

BJ Penn 154
Frankie Edgar 154

There didn’t seem to be any buzz coming out of the weigh-ins. Toney is still way too heavy in my mind, but at this point, it probably wouldn’t matter. It’s skill set and “know how” that’s going to win that fight, not who’s the most in-shape. And you really can’t out in-shape Randy Couture. Sounds like BJ Penn may have been seen as the biggest star by the crowd.

Update:

Ariel Helwani’s weigh-in video is up.

The Aftermath – UFC 114

Well, after what was labeled as the biggest grudge match in the history of the UFC, Rampage and Rashad Evans didn’t necessarily put on the slam bangingest fight of all time. I actually thought it was better than I expected, but when you sell a fight so hard, and it’s a one-fight card, the main event has to deliver. And according to most of the FGB crew, it didn’t deliver.

Here’s what we thought about the show:

Duan
Thumbs In The MIddle
Best Fight: Diego Sanchez vs. John Hathaway
Worst Fight: Todd Duffee vs. Mike Russow

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UFC 114 – Rampage Jackson Vs. Rashad Evans Live Play By Play

I covered the entire prelims in the post right under this.

Diego’s first fight back at 170 is up first.

1. John Hathaway vs. Diego Sanchez

Sanchez tried for a takedown early and didn’t get it. Hathaway timed a knee to the head perfectly and nearly separated it from his neck. Hathaway spent three minutes trying to finish it. Sanchez took a lot of punishment. Could be a 10-8.

Diego got a takedown, but took too many clean shots. He also landed a few, but he lost another round. He’s leaving his head out there to be destroyed.

Hathaway kept it on the feet and stuffed every takedown attempt. He made Diego look amateurish on the feet.

Winner: John Hathaway by way of a unanimous decision

One judge gave Hathaway the first round 10-8.

2. Jason Brilz vs. Antonio Rogerio Noguiera

Brilz is waiting for Nog to engage and the he’s looking to shoot. He took Nog down and made Nog work. Nog wasn’t able to set up his left hand.

Brilz got another takedown. Nog sunk in a guillotine and so did Brilz. Brilz held it for at least 30 seconds. Nog can’t set up his punches because Brilz is waiting to shoot and grab a leg.

Both guys are tired. Brilz is shooting at will. Nog looks more fresh, but he can’t stop the desperation shoots. Nog crucifixed his arms with a minute left but Brilz got out of it. Great transitions and reversals and escapes in the round. Could be 29-28 Brilz.

Winner: Antonio Rogerio Nogueira by way of split decision

The crowd heavily booed the decision after cheering for Nog the entire fight.

3. Mike Russow vs. Todd Duffee
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