FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2013 (PART II)
UFC: JOHNSON VS. BENAVIDEZ 2 THOUGHTS + GIFS & PHOTO BY @ZProphet_MMA (The most respected GIF artist among mixed martial arts fans & MMA journalists with permission)
UFC on Fox 9 was originally one of the greatest cards in combat sports history, on paper. The card has since been plagued with injury after injury. But even with the card being shuffled around the show was phenomenal.
– Turkish grappler Alptekin Ozkilic made an impressive UFC debut with a win over a game Darren Uyenoyama.
– Abel Trujillo absolutely obliterated Roger Bowling. If an incompetent referee like Kim Winslow or Steve Mazzagatti was the official, the fight could have ended a lot worse. Trujillo got going, the leather started flying and Bowling was viciously stopped by “Killa”.
– Sam Stout came into his fight willing to fight. Unfortunately, his opponent Cody Mckenzie came into the same fight ill-prepared and quite possibly intoxicated. Note the tag on Cody’s shorts. Apparently, he was also without mouthguard. Where was the athletic commision? Stout won, obviously. The fight meant nothing. Neither guy looked impressive.
– Zach Makovsky was no bum (Makovsky had 16 wins prior to his UFC debut), but to think that he would take it to a tough vet like Scott Jorgensen in the way he did and actually hurt him? I was shocked. Good fight. Other than the first round, the fight was a seesaw battle. Good fight.
– Bobby Green’s body and head movement and lightening quick boxing was unreal in his gruelling contest with experienced mixed martial arts grinder Pat Healy. Green got the decision, but it was pretty close at certain points.
– Danny Castillo hit Edson Barboza like a bullet train in the first round with a barrage of strikes. Somehow Barboza not only survived the round, but came back stronger to take it to a depleted Castillo. Barboza would end up clearly winning the second round and taking the final round, though I thought the first round was a definite 10-8 for Castillo, so this should have been a draw. This was Edson’s biggest win to date, all controversy aside.
– Ryan LaFlare is a talented and well-rounded fighter, this is no secret, but what was unexpected was LaFlare outworking notorious workhorse Court Mcgee. Close fight, though.
– Joe Lauzon took on Mac Danzig and won the decision. The fight had it’s moments, Mac dominated on the feet and Lauzon controlled the bout on the ground, where most of the fight took place.
– Chad Mendes looked good in the first round against Nik Lentz, but he quickly wore down. Joe Rogan kept suggesting that something might be wrong with Mendes, and I’m inclined to agree with his assessment. Still, Mendes won the unanimous decision. This was not the charge ahead and take your head off Chad Mendes, this was a more reserved and gun shy Mendes. This moment was really cool, though.
– I predicted that Michael “Mayday” McDonald vs. Urijah Faber would be fight of the night at UFC on Fox 9, and the fight started with a takedown and not much happened. The second round put all the talk of a “boring fight” to rest as Urijah Faber took it to the kid and scored the guillotine choke submission victory and the crowd responded by figuratively blowing the roof off his hometown arena in Sacramento, California.
– The main event was for the UFC flyweight championship, as Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson defended his world title against the man he defeated to become the champion Joseph Benavidez. “Mighty Mouse” shocked the world by doing what many thought Benavidez would do, scoring the victory by a clean knockout. In my humble opinion, Demetrious Johnson is the number one pound-for-pound fighter in mixed martial arts today.
Overall: I had fun. The show was memorable and gave fans a lot to talk about over the weekend and at work on Monday, and that’s what really matters to viewers. UFC fighters put on a very good show.