Another successful UFC has come and past. I'd have to say this event was pretty good, we got some answers to some questions. Then again, this event caused even more questions to be pondered. What's up with Cro Cop going to DREAM? I told yall Kongo would be a tougher fight for Velasquez than Herring :). That fight just how I thought it would for the most part. Anyways, let's get on to the fights and quick thoughts about each one:
Marcus Davis vs. Dan Hardy-I thought this was a pretty good fight. I thought Davis trying to take the fight to the ground early was smart, as I actually picked him to win via submission. He had a armbar in the second round but couldn't finish it. I think it was a close fight, but I think the judges also got it right with the decision. Hardy did way more damage throughout the fight IMO. Dan Hardy gambled and won in calling out Marcus Davis and winning. I'd love to see him against Mike Swick next. I didn't appreciate Marcus Davis being a sore loser. Hardy was all class afterwards in the post-fight interview...big win for Hardy.
Caol Uno vs. Spencer Fisher-When this fight was first announced, I was like hell yea. However, the longer I thought about it...the more I knew this fight would go to a decision. Both fighters are incredibly difficult to finish and well rouned. Who knew that German fans knew how to Boo so well? Well...good to see the fellow North Carolinian get the win over such a crafty veteran in Uno. Dana and Joe Silva....bring Uno back please.
Mike Swick vs. Ben Saunders-First of all. Mike Swick isn't ready for GSP and I don't know if he'll ever be ready for him. Why did Ben Saunders basically run across the cage....and pull guard to start the fight? First round was pretty lackluster. The second round wasn't much better until the finish. Swick talks about fighting better fighters, but unless he's the type of fighter to rise up to the level of competition he's facing....he could be in for a long night against anyone top 5.
Mirko Cro Cop vs. Moustapha Al-Turk-Come on...this was a gimmie fight for Cro Cop to win. Al-Turk was setting the pace of the fight and actually landing shots on Cro Cop. Mirko did seem to have a little more explosiveness in his hands, but that's about it...not to mention the eye poke. I still think the end was near for Al-Turk...anyways.. Too bad he's a man that doesn't keep his word according to various reports after UFC 99 about him signing with DREAM. This fight didn't prove anything on his behalf...but I told yall that already.
Cain Velasquez vs. Cheick Kongo-Well....this fight went just how I thought it would...except Velasquez wasn't able to finish Kongo. I knew Velasquez would have a hard time if he tried to stand with Kongo...and it showed each time he tried to do so. However, when he stayed with the gameplan I suggested he pretty much had his way with Kongo. We learned that Velasquez needs to work on his standup, and that Kongo has madd heart. For those annointing Velasquez as the next big thing....hold your horses....he's got a ways to go.
Wanderlei Silva vs. Rich Franklin-Well...no dancing to Sandstorm :( it's a loss that Wanderlei Silva can live with I suppose. After all, he is supposed to be moving to the MW division. If he had gotten KO'ed...then I guess everyone would be asking him to retire. The fight went how I though it would with Franklin using his reach advantage to pick Silva apart. Wandy landed a couple of bombs...but that was it and he was visibly tired as the shots and weight cut took it's toll IMO. However, it was a great fight and Wanderlei trying to swarm during the last minute of the last round was GREAT. Well..I'd like to see Rich Franklin matched up against Luis Cane next since he's staying at LHW. I guess Silva will make the track down to MW...he should fight a top contender there IMO...the winner of Marquardt/Maia or Okami. There's no sense in giving him a fluff fight at 185 at this point in his career. BTW, the crowd was great during this fight.
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Post fight videos and full results after the jump.
- John Hathaway defeats Rick Story via Unanimous Decision
- Stefan Struve defeats Denis Stojnic via Submission (Rear-naked Choke) in Round Two
- Paul Kelly defeats Roli Delgado via Unanimous Decision
- Paul Taylor defeats Peter Sobotta via Unanimous Decision
- Denis Siver defeats Dale Hartt via Submission (Rear-naked Choke) in Round One
- Terry Etim defeats Justin Buccholz via Submission (D’arce Choke) in Round Two
- Dan Hardy defeats Marcus Davis via Split Decision
- Spencer Fisher defeats Caol Uno via Unanimous Decision
- Mike Swick defeats Ben Saunders via TKO in Rd. 2
- Mirko Cro Cop defeats Al-Turk via TKO in Rd. 1
- Cain Velasquez defeated Cheick Kongo via Unanimous Decision
- Rich Franklin defeats Wanderlei Silva via Unanimous Decision