Loved the card to bits though. Just a shame Rampage-Rashad couldn't happen here. Would've been competely and utterly epic.
Compare it to 108 which looks like one that will bring one of the worst buy rates in a long time.
Watched UFC live for the first time in about seven years last night, and I enjoyed it. Think I'll have to keep an eye on it in future, only problem is that I don't have the channel it's shown on at my house.
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Never been more disappointed, everyone I wanted to win lost and lost hard. Night to forget. The only good thing was Belchers pink shorts and crazy redneck hair. Hilarious.
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Awesome event overall I thought. Am now a fan of BJ Penn after disliking him for quite a while. He was far less arrogant in the pre fight build up, didn't talk any trash and then was humble in victory, and he's one hell of a fighter. Best 155lber in the world easy, there's certainly no-one in the UFC worth fighting anymore really, same situation as GSP and Anderson Silva are in now, taking rematches or fighters new to the company. I certainly don't see Gray Maynard, Tyson Griffin or Frankie Edgar challenging him. Aoki and Alvarez would be good fights though.
Frank Mir looked awesome. He's packed on the extra 20lbs very intelligently and looks genuinely massive now. He claimed in the build up he'd outbox Cheick Kongo and he proved it. He talks alot of trash, but I still like the guy alot, a very intelligent fighter who, like BJ is starting to realise that talent alone doesn't lead to greatness, you need to put the work in. If Frank Mir gets another win under his belt, against a top contender then he'd definitely deserve another shot at Lesnar. I'm quite excited about the HW division now, got some real talent building. Lesnar, Nog, Carwin, Velasquez, JDS, Mir and Kimbo......
K-Flo looked impressive also. He did look a little tentative in the 1st round, but once he got going he dominated Guida. I do like Clay Guida, he puts on a great fight but he's not a top contender in the division, and never will be, but I'm more than happy to see him on the main card if he keeps putting on exciting fights and continues to leave it all in the Octagon.
Gotta give props to DaMarques Johnson as well. Still think he's a douche, but man that was a good performance. Edgar Garcia's no mug, he deserved a decision over Brad Blackburn, but DaMarques outworked him on the ground. He really must have put the work in since the TUF Finale where he was dominated by James Wilks. His stand-up looked alot crisper and the Triangle choke to finish the fight was locked in fast. The way he set it up with the up kick was beautiful as well, awesome job by DaMarques! Was a really good fight.
Just a shame this event is followed by an event headlined by what is at best a Co-Main Event in Rashad-Silva. I'm sure it'll be an entertaining event though, any card featuring a fight between Paul Daley and Dustin Hazelett is going to be worth watching; that's going to be a seriously good fight. If Semtex keeps it standing then Hazelett's going to sleep, if Hazelett gets it to the ground then it's hard luck Semtex, his ground skills will not be able to cope with McLovin's sick submissions.
Damn that's brutal.
Oh, and was the 107 crowd fickle or what? Booing half way through the first round in both Struve/Buentello and in Fitch/Pearce. Didn't get that at all. Struve/Buentello seemed to respond to it though, and I thought Struve ended up fighting a pretty stupid fight.
Takanori Gomi signing with the UFC is pretty big news for me. His stock has fallen since his loss to Golyaev but his last two fights have been very impressive and he is young enough to continue at a very high level. Exciting addition to the LW's for me.
There are still top guys like Alvarez, Kawajiri, Hansen, Aoki out there but it's encouraging seeing guys like Gomi and Akiyami making the move over to show they are serious about really adding to their divisions.
Other than that anyone watch Dynamite 2009? One of the most stacked cards I've seen and puts tomorrow's PPV to shame. Still looking forward to 108 though but it is one of those you'd stream as opposed to buying.
I've seen a couple of the fights on the net, and it seems like it was a decent event. The Aoki victory was savage, just the way you could see Hirota's arm snap as Aoki continued to crank it. Suppose that's what you get when you don't tap, Aoki was within his rights to keep cranking, what he did after the fight wasn't quite as good though. Thought he acted like a complete idiot after the fight, giving both Hirota and the crowd the finger, showing no respect at all, and then laying on one of the least convincing apologies I've ever heard post-event. Complete knob, hoping he comes to the UFC and gets schooled by B.J. even more now.
I'm personally liking a few of the fights on the 108 card. Big fan of Semtex and Hazelett, JDS has been mega impressive in his last few fights and Rashad-Silva will be a good fight, just lacks that 1 big fight to make it a really good card. It's not a bad card really though considering the amount of injuries, think the UFC have done well to keep a good level of fighters on the card. Just hope the injury problems don't continue into 2010.
Rashad Evans vs Thiago Silva - 2nd Round TKO
Dustin Hazelett vs Paul 'Semtex' Daley - 1st Round TKO
Gilbert Yvel vs Junior Dos Santos - Unanimous Decision
Joe Lauzon vs Sam Stout - 2nd Round Submission
Jim Miller vs Duane Ludwig - Unanimous Decision
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Martin Kampmann vs Jacob Volkmann - Decision
Cole Miller vs Dan Lauzon - 2nd/3rd Round TKO
I'm looking forward to the event, seems like it's been quite a while since the last UFC PPV so it'll be nice to have this and then an Ultimate Fight Night pretty close together. Should be a good night of fights, I'm hoping this card'll be like UFC 105 and be alot better than anyone expected it to be.
I just hope he doesn't go the way of a series of other lighter-weight fighters that when they get to a certain stage of their careers they just start to rapidly decline. Names like Jens Pulver and "KID" Yamamoto spring to mind instantly, and I hope Gomi isn't another to add to that list. He was phenomenal in PRIDE, officially going 13-1-0-1 in his 3 year spell in the organisation. Hopefully he'll be able to build on his current 2 fight win streak in the UFC and get back to being the fighter he was in PRIDE.
If he doesn't, then he'll be just another PRIDE star that's failed to live up to his name in the Octagon. Wanderlei Silva, Denis Kang, Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua (although that was mainly down to injuries) and Mirko Cro Cop are probably the main ones; I'm just hoping Gomi has a good spell in the UFC. Would be nice to get the chance to see Penn vs Gomi II if Gomi gets a few wins under his belt. Could be used as a Unification bout of the PRIDE and UFC lightweight titles as well, as Gomi never actually lost the PRIDE Lightweight Title; if the UFC wanted to get some extra hype for the fight anyway.
Paul Daley is a classless douchebag. Taunting a nice guy like Dustin after putting his lights out. **** off bollocks, you're a ****, you're a ****.
Happy for Jds and for Sam Stout though. Sam was a gun tonight.
And now Daley apologises after hearing the boos. Well done dickhead.
EDIT: Too little too late for Thiago, Evans was impressive for the first 2 rounds but the ease in which Silva rocked him when he finally manned up doesn't bode well for when he goes at Rampage. Page by brutal KO imo.
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