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UFC 209 – The Post Fight

UFC 209 played a lot like the season in which it took place, in like a lion and out like a lamb. A main event with so much promise was quite the disappointment, well in comparison to their first fight.

Tyron “The Choosen One” Woodley retained his title against number one contender Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson by a majority decision. In a fight a lot less controversial than the first, some could argue it could have gone the other way, but to many it’s pretty hard to find fault in the decision.

The bulk of the fight we saw Wonderboy controlling the middle of the octagon, pressing forward and Woodley being patient with few moments of flurries and a couple takedowns. Round one went to Thompson. Pretty much the only activity you had was Wonderboy’s octagon control. Round two we saw much of the same, but more a little more activity from the champ. It was the one round that could have gone either way. Round three was easily for Woodley from the takedowns. But Thompson came back to out-point him in the fourth. It was no surprise that the fight would have been decided in the fifth. And another round that could have gone either way until the final seconds where Woodley let loose a barrage of punches. Big John was being a little lenient as this could have easily been called 15 seconds before the bell.

And that was it. At least 24 minutes of inactivity in the 25 minute fight. Maybe one fight was good enough for the two of them.

The Best of the Rest

Just a day day prior to the event we lost our co-main event, Nurmagomedov vs Ferguson. In its place we had two other lightweights, Lando Vannata vs David Teymur, which saw Teymur come out on top. But even in defeat Vannata still seems to impress. Let’s be real, in his only other loss he gave a good beating to Tony Ferguson. Dana White did know what he was doing by putting these two in the co-main event. For two unranked fighters, I really couldn’t take my eyes off them. A couple stars in the making.

Also on the card we saw someone’s dad (complete with body, tan lines and knee brace) beat Rashard Evans in his first contest at middleweight. And another Diaz brother, but a female version, win her UFC debut.

The first match of the pay-per-view saw what could have been a headliner a few years ago, Allister Overeem taking on the Super Samoan Mark Hunt. A couple good knee lifts sent Hunt out and down for the night in the third. Overeem could be looking to take yet another run for a title shot.

Overall, many times you can rate a night of fights by the finale. This one fits right in that form. A lot of “Ehh” moments to make an “Ehh” event. On to Brazil

 

 

UFC Fight Night 105 – The Post Fight

The hangover card after a UFC pay-per-view isn’t going to turn a lot of heads. But Saturday’s UFC Fight Night gave us a couple of highlights and even more to look forward to.

The night cap saw Derrick Lewis with a second round knockout of rank #9 contender Travis Browne.

The fight ended just over two minutes deep in the second round, but very likely could have ended the other way in the first.

An early kick to the body saw Browne take an edge as Lewis was noticeably favoriting an abdomen injury. Browne slowed his assault to the focus area, vying to stay guarded and pace himself. Well, that guard and pace is exactly what he lost shortly after the bell rung signaling the start of the second.

In the second, Lewis caught Browne with several heavy hits, at his guard, through the guard and around the guard. Browne tried to stay with it, nodding to the ref Mario Yamasaki, but the relentless pressure from his opponent would eventually land him on his back, taking more shots, a couple well after he was able to intelligently defend himself.

The right hands from the Black Beast during the fight wasn’t the only shots he dished out, as he took a couple personal shots in the post fight interview. Let’s just say it was a peculiar banter for probable future top five contender.

In our Co-Main Event

We saw the return of Johny “Big Rigg” Hendricks to winning form, albeit in a new weight class.

After the first two rounds that could likely have been 1-1, either round for either fighter, Hendricks made a believer out of himself and many that holding on to the weight from the welterweight class. He willed himself and gave him rejuvenated energy to take several pop shots and dominate the third.

The last time I’ve seen Big Rigg that energized after a fight he had just won a title.

We’ll just have to see where he goes next with his welterweight body frame fighting the giants of middleweight. Will he stack up against the height and reach of some of those top contenders? Any former champ has a history of proving someone wrong.

UFC 208 – The Post Fight

UFC 208 is in the books at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY and we have a new champion.

Having a new champ wasn’t a surprise, but the actual champ may have been surprising to many as Germaine de Randamie had her hand raised in the main event of the card over Holly Holm.

The three judges scored the fight the same, 48-47, giving de Randamie a close unanimous decision, but it didn’t come without controversy. We saw not one, but two rounds end with swings going to Holm’s face after the bell. But yet, no point deduction for either.

Despite the leniency shown from the referee, it still could’ve gone either way. GDR scored several significant strikes (yes, she had some before the bell rung) and Holm, who squarely lost at least the first round, made some adjustments, had a lot of control throughout and looked like the better fighter as it got deep in the championship rounds. In fact, many of those scoring the fight gave it to Holm. However, only the three people who actually mattered gave it to de Randamie.

Now I bring you the post fight talk. Of course a lot of attention was thrust on de Randamie’s next opponent. One Cris Cyborg. It was no secret that this women’s Featherweight Championship division was created just for Cyborg who fights regularly at 145. It’s also no secret that any woman who steps toe-to-toe with her is likely not to succeed, no matter the decision.

So what do you do when you win your first championship, a title that is basically meant for someone else, and the world waits for you to address it? You say you need some time off for surgery? Yes, she said she wants to fight (everyone). Maybe she actually does need surgery, but no one is letting her shine in her championship win limelight for long. De Randanie knows where the next town the circus will end up.

The Best of the Rest

We had a legend in the co-main event and two of the best all around fighters in the two fights prior to that.

Anderson Silva edged out Derek Bronson in another unanimous decision. Judges obviously giving style points to Silva as none of them gave any rounds to Bronson when they easily could have.

Silva, showing signs of Anderson Silva, again having more fun than his opponent and anyone else in a 50 mile radius.

But, fights aren’t won on style and fun. Bronson fought good and hard, should’ve easily taken two of the three rounds, but now with so much promise, finds himself on a two-fight slide. Anderson questionably wins his first fight in five years.

But in the unquestionable easiest and most predictable fight of the night, Jacare Souza taps out Tim Boetsch in the first round. That’s kind of the expected result when you pit a rank #3 against a rank #13. Perhaps a title fight next? That depends on when/if we see a Bisping vs. Romero. Souza deserves to be in the picture.

And speaking of the championship picture, Glover Teixeira is trying to make his way back there. When not looking like a child vs Jon Jones and “One Punch” Rumble Johnson, he’s actually a really good fighter. One or two more wins and he’ll find himself back in a five round fight for the strap.

All around an underwhelming and debatable night of fights. We look forward to the next Pay-per-view.