UFC 139 Undercard Results With Live Thoughts

While I’m not live at UFC 139, Cactus Jim is and he’s sent in his thoughts of the fights and things we may not discern from watching the Facebook fights.

1. Danny Castillo defeated Sharmar Bailey by 1st round TKO

Cactus Jim says:
Probably about 30 percent full. Good reaction for the first fight. The life pop for Castillo was good especially when he went to the mount and for the finish.

2. Seth Baczynski defeated Matt Brown by 2nd round submission

Cactus Jim says:
Crowd was quite for this fight. Baczynski looked quite a bit bigger and it seemed like like a pretty easy win.

3. Miguel Torres defeated Nick Pace by unanimous decision

Cactus Jim says:
Strong reaction for Torres. Not sure if it’s the Mexican fighter cheer or damn good fighter cheer. Pace was booed. Arriany’s ass looks marvelous. Looks like 30-27 for Torres.

4. Gleison Tibau defeated Raphael Dos Anjos by split decision

Cactus Jim says:
Tibau wins the battle of the entrance music, but probably loses the fight. Dos Anjos made a good showing in round three, but it’s 29-28 Tibau on my card.

5. Chris Weidman defeated Tom Lawlor by 1st round submission

Cactus Jim says:
The crowd loves Lawlor’s entrance. (It was Olivia Newton John’s Let’s Get Physical according to Big Dave Meltzer). Referee Josh Rosenthal was laughing and told Lawlor that his entrance was nice. Filthy Tom Lawlor took a nap. Crowd is about 70% full now.

6. Michael McDonald defeated Alex Soto by 1st round TKO

Cactus Jim says:
Crowd is behind McDonald. Holy shit.

7. Ryan Bader defeated Jason Brilz by 1st round TKO

Cactus Jim says:
Brilz looks to be in the best shape ever. Too bad.

Next up is the PPV portion of our play by play.

UFC 129 – Jake Shields Vs. Georges St. Pierre Play By Play

If you missed the SpikeTV prelims, I wrote them up earlier.

The big question is if Jake Shields can break Georges St. Pierre’s armor. No one has for 30 rounds in a row. GSP is going for Joe DiMaggio. Shields is a severe underdog, and probably deserves more respect than he’s getting, but when you have a fighter who is so much better than his competition, it’s easy to just say that he’s going to win again because it’s just what he does. Shields can prove a lot tonight, even without a victory. But he’ll have to fight the perfect fight if he doesn’t want to be just another GSP victim.

The crowd looks tremendous, and though you can’t really hear it, Joe Rogan seemingly can’t hear himself talk. It must be super loud in there too.

1. Ben Henderson vs. Mark Bocek

They were wrestling up against the cage and were separated. Interesting that they were separated so early in the fight. Henderson’s striking game has more variety than Bocek’s. Henderson is throwing more kicks, but Bocek gets the early takedown. He grabbed one leg and then tripped the other while Henderson was hopping around. Could be enough to give Bocek the round. Henderson was slightly winning the stand-up game, but only landed one real loud shot.

Very good round. Started out as a wrestling match and Bocek had a guillotine locked in. He tried to roll with it and lost it and then Henderson started opening up on him and cut him open. That’s an interesting round to score.

Bocek got another takedown, but once he got on top, Henderson started throwing nasty shots from the top again. Henderson’s huge shots look more impressive than Bocek’s wrestling and jiu-jitsu, but I’m not sure they are more impressive. Bocek got another takedown and I think he may pull this one out. Henderson ended it with a flurry.

Winner: Ben Henderson by way of unanimous decision

Henderson won 30-27 on all cards. Surprising to see that Bocek didn’t get one round.

2. Jason Brilz vs. Vladimir Matyushenko

If you blinked, you missed it. Matyushenko hit him with a left hand, followed him to the ground and it was over. Poor Brilz.

Winner: Vladimir Matyushenko by way of 1st round TKO

3. Pablo Garza vs. Yves Jabouin
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UFC 129 Weigh-in Weights

Here are the weights for the fighters for tomorrow’s UFC 129 from MMA Fighting:

Main Card
Georges St. Pierre (169.5) vs. Jake Shields (169)
Jose Aldo (145) vs. Mark Hominick (145)
Randy Couture (203.5) vs. Lyoto Machida (204.5)
Jason Brilz (204.5) vs. Vladimir Matyushenko (205.5)
Mark Bocek (155) vs. Ben Henderson (156.5)*

Preliminary Card
Nate Diaz (171) vs. Rory MacDonald (170.5)
Jake Ellenberger (170) vs. Sean Pierson (170)
Claude Patrick (169.5) vs. Daniel Roberts (170.5)
Ivan Menjivar (136) vs. Charlie Valencia (135.5)
Jason MacDonald (185) vs. Ryan Jensen (185)
John Makdessi (155.5) vs. Kyle Watson (155)
Pablo Garza (145) vs. Yves Jabouin (146)

*Henderson has officially made weight (156 pounds) for Saturday’s fight.

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:

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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UFC 103 Weigh-ins

Rob Emerson – 155.5
Rafael Dos Anjos – 155.5

Vladimir Matyushenko – 205
Igor Pokrajac – 203

Jason Brilz – 205.25
Eliot Marshall – 204.75

Brian Foster – 170.75
Rick Story – 170

Rafaello Oliveira – 155.25
Nik Lentz – 155

Steve Lopez – 154.5
Jim Miller – 154.5

Tomas Drwal – 185
Drew McFedries – 185.25

Cole Miller – 155 (skinny as all hell and a huge height advantage)
Efrain Escudero – 157 and he has to lose one pound

Tyson Griffin – 155.5
Hermes Franca – 159

Joe Rogan says it was agreed upon to fight at 159.

Frank Trigg – 171
Josh Koscheck – 170

Paul Daley – 170
Martin Kampmann – 169.5

Mirko Cro Cop – 226
Junior Dos Santos – 236

Vitor Belfort – First shot was at 197.5 and his second shot was at 196.5. He took off his drawers and he weighed in at 196.25.
Rich Franklin – 195 and he looks much bigger than Vitor at that weight.

It looks like Vitor has to shave off a quarter pound while Escudero has to get down a full pound.

Update: 6:48 PM

Both Belfort and Escudero made weight. Vitor came in at 196 and Escudero at 156.