UFC 120 was one of the worst cards they’ve ever put together for the numbered UFC shows, but was a decent line-up for a free Spike TV card.
As you’ll see, there were two cards presented with this show being different in the US version and the international version. The international version saw James Wilks against Claude Patrick, while the US folks didn’t see that fight. The UFC made a quick switch on the US version of the show to put on Cyrille Diabaté vs. Alexander Gustafsson, which according to everyone, was the better fight.
Here’s what we thought about UFC 120:
Thumbs Leaning Down
Best Fight: Carlos Condit vs. Dan Hardy
Worst Fight: Travis Browne vs. Cheick Kongo
The first half of this card wasn’t exactly a barrel of fun. I don’t think there’s anyone on earth who possibly could of cared about Patrick vs. Wilks, and I have seen enough Cheick Kongo fights to last me several life times. Pyle/Hathaway wasn’t terrifically interesting either. I was disappointed in Hathaway. He’s a guy who I thought could cause a bit of a stir at welterweight, but he was well beaten by essentially a lower midcard guy. Now he’s just added to the huge pile of solid 170 fighters, who can’t take that next step up.
The good news is that the big fights delivered. Condit looked great in stopping Hardy. Then the fans got sent home happy with a good, if not spectacular, performance by Bisping. He showed that he still has more left in him than I thought, and I’m now genuinely interested in his climb back towards the top of the middleweight division.
Thumbs In The Middle
Best Fight: Carlos Condit vs. Dan Hardy (had that edge of the seat “someone’s getting KO’d” feel right from the start)
Worst Fight: None (of what I saw)