The show starts with a long intro from Gus Johnson, Mauro Ranello, and Frank Shamrock, but there’s a bed of annoying music playing underneath. It makes everything they say sound so hokey. The little jingle is going to be in my head all day long.
1. King Mo vs. Gegard Mousasi
Mo’s goal was to get the takedown off the bat and he succeeded, but according to the announcers, Mousasi said he wanted the fight going there so Mo could tire himself out. Mousasi’s corner said that Mo was so tired already that they could see his heart beating outside of his back. Whatever that means. Mo won the round as he got two takedowns, but Mousasi looked very comfortable from his back. Mo was aggressive, but never fell into his guard. He was throwing shots from up top and never really got inside.
The second round was very similar. Mo immediately scored a takedown, but he couldn’t do anything from his top position. Mousasi was tagging him from the bottom. But Mo stayed aggressive even though he was eating punches and upkicks. Mousasi got his back late in the round, but couldn’t finish the choke before the round ended.
They started the round on their feet and both guys were getting shots in, but Mousasi’s looked a little sharper and Mo did look a bit tired. The fight went back to the ground with a leg trip from Mo and he kept on it and actually looked like the less tired fight from the top, which wasn’t the case in the first two rounds. Either Mousasi is playing possum or Mo has tired him out. Mo’s up two rounds to one.
This is a pretty interesting fight because of the styles and experience, but I wonder how the casuals see it. I have a feeling they see this as a boring fight. They both didn’t do much this round. Mo got the takedown and Mousasi worked from his back. Neither really advanced their position and they just seemed tired. I’m not exactly sure what Mousasi is trying to do. He’s letting this fight slip away. The announcers are trying to tell us that Mousasi is doing work from his back, but really, Mo is in the dominant position, pushing the pace, and making this fight go the way he wants it to go.
Mo started the fifth with another takedown. Big John docked Mousasi a point for throwing an upkick while Mo was on his knees. I don’t think he even touched him. Mo’s just using his wrestling skill now to push Mousasi around on his back. Mousasi got back up and Mo put him back down. Mo fought a brilliant fight. And he’s going to win it. This is a much more dominating performance to upset a champion than Frankie Edgar beating BJ, but, they did similar things. They both stayed in their lane, forced the fight to their style, and didn’t allow the champion to get comfortable at all.
Winner: King Mo by unanimous decision
Mo won 49-45 on all three scorecards which is exactly what I had.
2. Shinya Aoki vs. Gilbert Melendez