You can get the entire picture of Saturday Night’s action with this clip. Some of these knockouts turned my stomach, they were so nasty.
Even though pretty much any UFC card is going to be more important than Strikeforce card, I’m more intrigued with this card, simply because of the Paul Daley vs. Steve Smith fight.
1. Ovince Saint Preux vs. Benji Radach
Why is Radach fighting at 205? Mauro Ranello just told us that he doesn’t think Radach is healthy, he took the fight on short notice, and he decided to fight at this weight to not get lost in the shuffle.
Predictably, Radach was worked by the much bigger Saint Preux. Saint Preux sat on his back and was just raining down punches to the side of his head. Incredibly, Radach survived, but it wasn’t pretty at all.
Saint Preux threw a nasty uppercut that knocked Radach backward. He then went right back to his game of sitting on his back and raining down punches. Radach survived again.
Third round was a bit weird. Radach got some shots in, but Saint Preux got the best of it again. But neither guy really went for the finish so they ended up very much like the first two rounds.
Winner: Ovince Saint Preux by way of unanimous decision
2. Mike Kyle vs. Antonio Silva
This fight is intriguing because Kyle is so game, but I just wonder if Silva is too big. Kyle’s basically a blown-up light heavyweight.
Kyle opened up with a quick right hand that landed, and then he nailed Silva with another that buckled him. Kyle went to the ground and tried to finish, but it didn’t happen. Silva is hurt, but definitely has his wits about him and is defending on the ground.
To show the weight difference, all Silva had to do was basically fall on top of Kyle and he was able to take him down. Silva has decided to use his jiu-jitsu game, rather than stand with him. Silva sunk an anaconda choke in, but Kyle got out of it. I thought it was done. Then Silva switched over to the mount and just started throwing nasty shots from up top and ended it.
Winner: Antonio Silva by way of 2nd round TKO
3. Matt Linland vs. Robbie Lawler
Lawler has an epic beard going on.
I was able to record the Strikeforce Evolution post-fight press conference.
Scott Coker hosted the press conference here’s a list of the people who spoke:
Bobby Lashley, Roger Gracie, Josh Thomson, Gilbert Melendez, King Mo, Scott Smith, Jacare, Matt Linland, Cyborg, Marloes Coenen, and Nick Diaz
There were two MMA shows last weekend. Both shows featured men who could lay claims for being the best pound for pound fighter in the world. One show was on PPV while the other was on cable television. One had a huge main event, that if it was marketed by the UFC, would’ve done big business. The other had two guys fighting at 155 pounds in the top position on the card with nicknames like “The Cowboy” and “C-4” (well, Varner has a few nicknames). The FGB brothers have their thoughts on both cards.
Affliction: Day Of Reckoning
Show overall rating: Thumbs In The Middle
Best Fight: Josh Barnett vs. Gilbert Yvel
Worst Fight: None
I’m not sure if anybody really bought this any more than any big TNA show, but entertainment-wise, Affliction: Day of Reckoning really wasn’t a bad show. The big story coming out of the show was the near-fatal knockout of one Matt Lindland by Vitor Belfort. A lot of people are saying “the old Vitor is back” and I disagree. The supposed “old Vitor” comes back every couple of months, then he ends up reverting to the hit or miss status that we’re accustomed to.
Barnett vs. Yvel, while it wasn’t the most technical of the two fights, really was entertaining. Barnett had some troubles finishing Yvel. I completely underestimated the toughness of Yvel. Barnett kept at it and actually looked *gulp* in shape.
The main event was quite the spectacle. Arlovski entered the ring like he was about to yell “SPARTAAAAA” and Fedor, as usual, was cold and lifeless. Arlovski’s new boxing techniques and handspeed were working quite well for him to start. I could clearly see he wasn’t really afraid of Fedor and was actually winning the fight on points. Then he gets Fedor to a corner and goes for a flying knee (which according to big Dave Meltzer, his corner told him not to do, but he didn’t listen) and gets caught with the shortest right hand in the history of God’s green Earth. The shortest right hand may have also been the most powerful, as it dropped Andrei out cold. This was the most unbelievable thing I had seen in quite some time. Fedor waited for Andrei to make a mistake, he made it, and capitalized. It may be damn-near impossible to find a fighter THIS good at Heavyweight perhaps ever.
Overall, if you ordered the show, you got something good, if you didn’t… eh… you didn’t miss enough to make you go “dammit… I wish I’d seen that”.
Though I’d been following the UFC for about a year through newsletters and the Internet, I hadn’t bought a PPV until UFC 43. I was a big Chuck Liddell fan, mostly because my co-worker Jeremiah Miller was a college buddy of Chuck’s. He gave me a signed poster that I still have today and I’ve been a big Liddell fan since. Jeremiah was even named in Chuck’s biography.
I remember buying this show mostly because my then wife was out of town on business and I had two toddlers to watch all weekend. When they went to sleep, I didn’t really have anything to do and figured that because I was a young dad home alone with his two young boys, I deserved to spend some money on an event. But also, I expected Chuck Liddell to win the interim light heavyweight championship in his match with Randy Couture and I wanted to see it happen. Let’s just say that I wasn’t a happy Chuck fan that night.
Couture wasn’t necessarily a set up for Liddell that night, but the fight was there for Chuck to win. Couture was a former heavyweight champion, but he was 38 years old and people were saying that he was now over the hill. He dieted down to make the 205 lb weight limit and looked to have nearly zero body fat. The reason Randy and Chuck were fighting rather than Chuck and Tito Ortiz (who was the champion at the time) was because Ortiz bailed on the fight. After beating Ken Shamrock (which was actually the first UFC PPV I ever saw), Tito seemed noncommittal about fighting Chuck after pretty much saying that he had to take care of Shamrock first and then he’d be ready. When push came to shove, Tito wasn’t there so Dana White and company decided to put Liddell in there with Couture to determine the interim champ. And then, Ortiz would have to face the winner.