Wednesday, December 16, 2009

UFC 107 - Recap

I finally got some picks right, going 8-3. my thoughts,

BJ Penn def. Diego Sanchez by TKO (cut), rd. 5 - BJ seems unstoppable at 155lbs. I hope this will help Joe Rogen & Mike Goldberg realize that technique beats a 'heavy pace' or 'heart'. Diego is one tough guy, even though his nose was broken, and his bottom lip hanging off he kept coming forward. He probably would've kept fighting even after his forehead was split wide open from BJ's headkick if they would have let him.

Frank Mir def. Cheick Kongo by KO (guillotine choke), rd. 1 - Mir obviously watched some tape on Kongo and saw that he drops both hands to his waist when you try to take him down & he used one of the oldest MMA moves, duck down, fake takedown, while throwing a big overhand and he caught Kongo right on the button which set up a guillotine that knocked Kongo out. If Mir keeps fighting like this he will make a good case for a third Lesnar fight. I don't understand why a guy like Kongo, with great striking but the poorest ground game in the division, doesn't just fight K-1 instead of MMA. I'd love to see how he matches up against Overeem, Badr Hari, or Schilt.

Kenny Florian def. Clay Guida by submission (rear-naked choke), rd. 2. - Kenny has improved once again after losing a titleshot. I think Kenny has solidified himself as the #2 guy in the division ( at least in the UFC). Look for the UFC to make a rematch of Florian and Sanchez & this time, I would think that Ken-Flo would be the favorite.

Jon Fitch def. Mike Pierce by decision - Pierce is gonna be a very good welterweight. He almost knocked out Fitch at the end of the third, and he is only gonna get better.

Stefan Struve def. Paul Buentello by decision - I thought this fight should've won 'Fight of the Night'. It was a great battle & I have a new found respect for Struve. With Struves genetic gifts, he already has a very solid Jiu Jitsu game, half decent striking, & he is only 21 years old.

Alan Belcher def. Wilson Gouveia by TKO(punches), rd. 1

Demarques Johnson def. Edgar Garcia by submission ( triangle choke) -
Johnson was losing but he put together a great upkick into a triangle- choke to win $65 000 for 'Submission of the Night'.

Rousimar Palhares def. Lucio Linhares by Submission (Heel Hook), rd.2

Johny Hendricks def. Ricardo Funch by Decision (Unanimous), rd.3 - I'm looking forward to seeing more Johny Hendricks. He is developing nicely and will be a big deal in the welterweight division.

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