The Aftermath – UFC 120

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:

Duan
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.

Alan
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)

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UFC 120 Play By Play – Michael Bisping Vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama

The UFC rarely loads the free Spike TV UFC shows and UFC 120 is no exception. Michael Bisping in a main event? Usually, I’d think about passing. However, the booking is strong on this show, especially in the top three fights. Bisping faces Yoshihiro Akiyama who is more show than go, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing on a show like that. Also, when you get to see Carlos Condit try to push the pace with Dan Hardy in a battle of 170 pound contenders, I don’t think you can really complain. It should be a good fight. So while you’re not going to get anything that’s can’t miss based on hype, it should still be a fun night of fights.

1. Cyrille Diabate vs. Alexander Gustafsson

This fight wasn’t originally on the main fight card, but they added it. Maybe they’ll go overtime if they need to. Wait, what am I thinking, this show is taped. They obviously have the time to fit it in.

Gustafsson is cocking his right hand like he doesn’t even plan on jabbing. He dropped Diabata with a straight right and left hook combination. On the ground, he couldn’t do much, but that’s probably better for the fight. Gustafsson went for a weak attempt at a takedown, but hit Diabate with an uppercut that dropped him again. Gustafsson is super accurate with his punches. Diabate walked through a punch and then started unleashing some shots of his own and pushed Gustafsson back against the cage. Easy round for Gustafsson.

Diabate’s bloodied from punches. Gustaffson got a takedown and sunk in a rear naked choke. It looked like Diabate was going out, but Gustafsson’s hold was either slipping, or he didn’t have it sunk in correctly. He punched Diabate in the face and then put it back on, but again, didn’t have it on perfectly. He punched Diabate again, put it on, and Diabate tapped. Really intense, albeit one-sided fight to start the show.

Winner: Alexander Gustafsson by 2nd round submssion

2. Travis Browne vs. Cheick Kongo

Browne has an interesting strategy. He takes what looks like an outside shot, but instead of going for the takedown, he rushes in with wild uppercuts and really wide hooks. It wasn’t working early on and it looked like Kongo was going to catch him. He hit him with a nice left and looked to rock Browne a bit. But then Browne caught him a couple times and Kongo was on the defensive for the rest of the round. Browne’s round.

The second round turned into a clinch-fest against the fence. Kongo caught Browne in the jewels as he’s wont to do from time to time. He was doing a better job at trying to control Browne, but Browne is the bigger and stronger guy and took Kongo down, throwing him to the ground. Browne gets another one.
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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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UFC 99 Weigh-in Results

Thanks to F4W/Wrestling Observer for the details.

Also, AngryMarks.com has information on who had heat at the weigh-ins.

Undercard

Rick Story (169) vs. John Hathaway (170)

Stefan Struve (248) vs. Denis Stojnic (241)

Roli Delgado (155) vs. Paul Kelly (156)

Paul Taylor (169) vs. Peer Sobotta (169)

Dale Hartt (156) vs. Dennis Siver (156)

Justin Buccholz (155) vs. Terry Etim (156)

Live Show

Mostapha Al-Turk (236) vs. Mirko Cro Cop (233)

Caol Uno (155) vs. Spencer Fisher (154)

Dan Hardy (170) vs. Marcus Davis (171)

Ben Saunders (169) vs. Mike Swick (169)

Cheick Kongo (230) vs. Cain Velasquez (239)

Wanderlei Silva (194) vs. Rich Franklin (194)

UFC 93: Franklin versus Henderson Play by Play

Chris Lytle versus Marcus Davis

Round 1 – Lytle opens up with 2 big rights that send Davis backpedaling. Davis recovers quickly and they begin to circle and paw at each other. Both guys seem a bit tentative and looking to counter. Landing a few random shots and kicks, but nowhere near the war they were both promising. The fight went down for about 2 seconds and then Davis backed off to stand it back up. Close round with neither guy having a clear advantage. I guess I’d give the round to Marcus Davis based on kicks and his takedowns/throwdowns of Lytle. The horse faced Edith is back as a ring girl.

Round 2 – Lytle comes out banging again and rocks Davis. Davis responds to Lytle’s body with kicks and Lytle drops and Davis tells him to get back up. Looks like Lytle is feeling the effects of the body shots. He’s slowing a bit, but still swinging for the fences when he does swing. Davis is getting the better of the exchanges. Both guys are landing single shots and trading a bit, but very few combos or real exchanges. Lytle looks tired. I’ll give round 2 to Davis.

Round 3 – This round opens with a Davis kick instead of a Lytle haymaker. Lytle is definitely feeling those kicks. Davis is slowly dismantling Lytle with jabs and kicks to the legs and midsection. Lytle needs a knockout to win this. They turn it up with 10 seconds left, Lytle is not able to put him down. These guys were promising a fight on par with Griffin vs. Bonnar. This fight didn’t deliver on that promise, but was entertaining nonetheless. I have it 30-27 for Davis, but possibly 29-28 with the first round to Lytle. 29-28 Davis, 29-28 Lytle, 29-28 Davis. Davis is your winner by split decision.

Denis Kang vs. Alan Belcher

Round 1 – Kang lands a couple straight shots and then takes Belcher down and lands in full guard. It’s a position game on the ground with no offense. Belcher gets back up. Another Kang takedown to Belcher’s guard. Belcher looking OK on the bottom. Kang looking for a kimura, but lets it go. Kang’s round.

Round 2 – Round 2 pretty much the same as round 1. Kang with a few shots and a takedown into Belcher’s guard and then a position game with little offense, but enough movement to prevent a stand up. Ref finally stands it up. Crowd is booing. Belcher pulls guard, catches a guillotine and Kang taps. Very unimpressive debut for Kang. Too bad. Belcher by round 2 submission with about 25 seconds left in the round.

Jeremy Horn versus Rousimar Palhares

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