Wednesday, July 7, 2010

UFC 116 - Lesnar vs Carwin recap

UFC results & thoughts: Brock Lesnar def. interim champ Shane Carwin via submission (arm-triangle choke) - Round 2, 2:19 (becomes unified champ) - I thought it was pretty fun to watch Carwin beat the crap out of Brock for most of the first round. I'm disapointed that all the speculation about Carwin's cardio was true. Once Carwin hurt Brock he should've spent some of that effort securing top position and picking his shots, in the same way that Brock did in his rematch with Mir. Brock on the other hand, is making a great progression into MMA, and he's doing it while being the #1 ranked Heavyweight and UFC champ, which makes it all that more impressive. When I saw Carwin come back out of his corner to start round 2, I knew it was all over for him. He looked exhausted and I knew he'd be too tired to stop Brock's takedowns now. I'm definitely more impressed that Brock finished with an arm-triangle choke than stopping Carwin on strikes. He may not have tapped anyone with a half decent guard but it was still pretty to look at.
Brock Lesnar went from being the prototypical pro wrestling 'Heel' to coming back from adversity (in life and in the octagon) to win over the crowd, be humble, and 'turn Face'.
Carwin can look at what he did wrong, work on his cardio issues and make another title run. And to be quite honest, after Lesnars performance saturday night, I truly believe Cain Velasquez (the #1 contender) has the better striking, grappling & cardio to put Brock away.

Chris Leben def. Yoshihiro Akiyama via submission (triangle choke) - Round 3, 4:40 - Akiyama needs to fix his cardio issues. Maybe he needs to drop to 170. I t was very cool to see Leben get hurt and still come at Akiyama like a zombie.
Chris Lytle def. Matt Brown via submission (armbar) - Round 2, 2:02 - This one went down pretty much how I though it would. Great grappling from both guys. Lytle always makes it harder on himself than it needs to be, but in the end, he was the better fighter. George Sotiropoulos def. Kurt Pellegrino via decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) - Again, this is exactly what I thought would happen. Sotiropoulos hustled Pellegrino and 'Batman' had no answers.
Stephan Bonnar def. Krzysztof Soszynski via TKO (strikes) - Round 2, 3:08 - At least Dana White can now justify keeping Bonnar on payroll.Brendan Schuab def. Chris Tuchscherer via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 1:07
Ricardo Romero def. Seth Petruzelli via submission (armbar) - Round 2, 3:05
Kendall Grove def. Goran Reljic via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
Gerald Harris def. David Branch via knockout (slam) - Round 3, 2:35 -
Harris is steadily improving & should get some main card love hopefully. I want to see more from Branch as well. I'm always excited to see a guy who will try a flying triangle or flying guard, even if that was his undoing against Harris.
Daniel Roberts def. Forrest Petz via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Jon Madsen def. Karlos Vemola via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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