UFC 122 – Yushin Okami Vs. Nate Marquardt

I’m not sure if it’s a good idea to watch this show after watching Manny Pacquiao destroy Antonio Margarito. I already didn’t like the looks of this card, especially the main event, to begin with and after watching such a big event, this seems like a step down. Hopefully the show is good. I’ve been able to stay away from spoilers all day long.

The winner of Nate Marquardt vs. Yushin Okami deserves a title shot. In fact, both guys deserve a title shot more so than Vitor Belfort, but it’s hard to market either guy as a main event fighter. I don’t think I’ve ever been entertained by a Yushin Okami fight and we’ve already seen Nate Marquardt beat by Anderson Silva.

Alessio Sakara isn’t fighting tonight against Jorge Rivera because of flu-like symptoms. Hmmm.

1. Nick Osipczak vs. Duane Ludwig

I don’t think I knew that Ludwig was still in the UFC.

Ludwig looked great for the first half of the round. He was leading his combinations with a kick and following it up with a right-left hand combo. He rocked Osipczak a couple times and it looked like he was going to be able to get him down, but Osipczak caught Bang and got him to the ground. He quickly mounted him, but Bang slipped out the back. Interesting round to score.

Ludwig looked good again early on. He landed another head kick. But then he was busted open by Osipczak. He tried a takedown at the end of the round. But the rest of the round was Osipczak’s.

Oddly, Osipczak is completely out of gas. Ludwig was kicking and punching him at will. But Ludwig is a bit tired too and didn’t have everything on his shots. Osipczak is taking a crazy amount of punishment. Oddly, he went for a takedown to end the round.

Winner: Duane Ludwig by way of split decision

The scores were 30-28, 29-28, and 29-28.

2. Goran Reljic vs. Krzysztof Soszynski

I think both guys are trying to win fight of the night. Soszynski had Reljic running backward, but Reljic started to work the takedown and eventually got it.

Soszynski was on his back again, but working for the submission. He looked very comfortable there. Soszynski had the better of the clinch game after he was able to stuff the takedown.

Reljic is tired and Soszynski is the much more fresh of the two. Reljic went for a takedown, but Soszynski caught his arm and went for a standing kimura. They clinched again and Soszynski looked to be going for the knee. Reljic didn’t want any part of it and fell backwards, but took big shots while on his back. Soszynski ended the fight strongly.

Winner: Krzysztof Soszynski by way of unanimous decision

Krzysztof looked pretty good, but it also seems as if he’ll never get above that middle ground light heavyweight level. Still, not a bad fight if he’s in there.

3. Peter Sobotta vs. Amir Sadollah

Sadollah is the aggressor, throwing more punches and kicks, but Sobatta nearly had his back at one point and was working the takedown. Sadollah came back near the end of the round with some offense to take the round.
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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.