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Affliction: Day of Reckoning – recap

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Dan Lauzon  vs. Bobby Green

A really good, exciting fight, when they were actually fighting.   This may have been the longest 5-minute round in history, as action was interrupted three times due to Green kicking Lauzon in the balls, and Lauzon opted to took a good amount of time to collect himself after each time.  Lauzon showed good ground work at the end and choked Green out just before the round ended.   Could he have held out for five seconds???

Final CompuBox BallStat(tm) numbers showed that Green connected with Lauzon’s balls three times in the fight, hitting two of Lauzon’s balls each time, for a total of six balls. The fight lasted 4:55, so this comes out to an average of one ball hit by Green every 49 seconds.   Impressive stats for the youngster.  I predict big things.

Winner: Dan Lauzon by submission (rear naked choke) Round 1

 

Paul Buentello vs. Kirill Sidelnikov

“Baby Fedor”?   Fuck that.  You need to do a lot more before getting annointed with a name like that.  Like beating somebody higher up in the food chain than Kim Jong Wang?  Buentello completely picked him apart.  Sidelnikov did prove one thing – he’s really tough and can take some serious punishment.  However, he did basically nothing to Buentello the whole fight.  I think his offensive repertoire is lacking.  For example, not once did he attempt a swift kick to Buentello’s junk.  Ah, he’s a kid…  he’ll learn.

Winner: Paul Buentello by TKO (doctor stoppage) Round 3

 

Renato Sobral  vs. Thierry Sokoudjo

Solid win for Babalu.  Once you get Sokoudjou on his back, it’s basically over.

Winner: Renato Sobral by submission (anaconda) Round 2

 

Matt Lindland  vs. Vitor Belfort

Is the “Old Vitor” back??!   No, not really.   But the move down to 185 should do him some good at this stage in his career.  As the commentators said, his power will be an asset.

Winner: Vitor Belfort by KO Round 1

 

Josh Barnett  vs.  Gilbert Yvel

This was a totally one-sided fight.  Yvel managing to survive for so long from mounted positions and various other horrible predicaments was impressive and made the fight interesting.   Gotta give Yvel credit for fighting his ass off,  but he was just totally outmatched.

Winner: Josh Barnett by submission (strikes)  Round 3

 

Fedor Emelianenko  vs. Andrei Arlovski

This KO was one for the highlight reels.  Arlovski, airborne attempting a flying knee, gets blasted out of the air by Fedor and is totally out cold before he hits the ground.  Incredible power and accuracy by Fedor.

Arlovski in the first few minutes of the fight, although his offense didn’t amount to a heck of a lot, probably looked impressive enough to people that they could conceivably sell a Fedor vs. Arlovski rematch down the line.  From what I’ve read of people’s reactions to the fight, some (wrongly) think that if Arlovski reined himself in a little, he could possibly win.   Arlovski of course should be given a fight on the Fedor vs. Barnett undercard to justify a rematch.

After the fight, Tito Ortiz’s line of questioning was pushing some crap about how people were wondering what kind of heavyweight Fedor really was, but now he proved himself?   Huh??  Nobody in their right mind could possibly have been questioning Fedor’s credentials.

Winner: Fedor Emelianenko by KO Round 1

 

Tito Ortiz vs. The English Language

Tito Ortiz as color commentator was, at times, listenable.   Tito Ortiz as in-ring interviewer may have been the worst verbal performance on TV since Miss Teen South Carolina.  Tito was tripping over his own sentences, saying different words than he intended, losing his train of thought, and just sometimes botching things so badly that I couldn’t even tell what happened.  He said that Fedor was “the best pound-for-pound heavyweight”.   He prompted one fighter as he put the mic in the front of him “Let me tell you how you feel right now”    Babalu was declared to be “one of the best light-heavyweights… of the night!”  High praise!   Also, at one point he was trying to say Babalu’s name and somehow combined Renato, Babalu, and Sobral into one word.   Wow, Tito.    Maybe you’re not cut out for this talking stuff.

Winner: Tito Ortiz by submission

 

Overall thoughts:  I thought it was a very good PPV.  They zipped through the fights quickly – very little downtime in between.  The card featured a good amount of star power and all the fights were entertaining.  On the other hand, there were no GREAT fights.  This show sets Affliction up nicely for a Fedor/Barnett main event on the next card or possibly Tito’s debut vs. someone (Babalu?  Vitor?).

UFC 94: St. Pierre vs. Penn II – live commentary

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Nate Diaz vs. Clay Guida

I didn’t care much for the judging in this fight. Guida wins a split decision but for what? OK, it’s impressive that you stymied Nate Diaz on the ground, but less so when you had the dominant position every time on the ground and yet administered no offense yourself. In the stand up, Diaz clearly got the best of him in Rounds 1 and 3. You never know what will happen when the Diaz’s are involved after a fight but Nate was a good sport about the decision. Clay bores us all by saying thanks to everyone he’s ever met in his life. Joe Rogan has to cut him short. Did he just win an Oscar? No , just an undercard lay-and-pray split decision victory. Shut up Clay..

At this point the live crowd has witnessed six straight fights going to decision and I’m wondering if that will effect their excitement level later on. (Granted, many of the people don’t arrive until the start of the PPV card)

Winner: Clay Guida by split decision

 

Karo Parisyan vs. Dong Hyun Kim

I liked the first two rounds. Some nice grappling by both guys going on. Kim clearly wins the first round, Karo clearly wins the second. Third round, NOTHING happens, and it’s basically a coin toss as to who to give Round 3 to, and decide the fight… Karo wins the split decision. Really disappointing Rounds 2 + 3 by Kim, given his reputation, and his great showing in the first round. Karo had his mouthpiece falling out of his mouth the whole fight and almost lost a point for it, which would’ve made the difference in the fight obviously.

That makes SEVEN OUT OF SEVEN straight decisions for the live crowd!! When a fight actually gets a finish they will go crazy.

Winner: Karo Parisyan by split decision

 

Stephan Bonnar vs. Jon Jones

Best moment of the night so far as Jones lands a WICKED spinning elbow that knocks Bonnar out momentarily. Jones gives him a little too much time before pouncing on top of him, and Bonnar is able to recover. Goldberg calls it a spinning backfist (sigh). Jones hits an incredible suplex on Bonnar in the second round!!! Holy shit. I love this guy; sick talent and such a unique style; nothing like the generic guys that UFC typically churns out. Alas, the third round is a dud yet again, and we go to the scorecards again in what should be a unanimous decision for Jones.. and it is

Winner: Jon Jones by inanimous decision

 

Lyoto Machida vs. Thiago Silva

Amazing. What odds could I have gotten on LYOTO having the first finish of the night?? We saw two men with identical 13-0 records matched up but clearly Lyoto was in a totally different class than Thiago Silva. He completely dominated the round and then finished the fight with a nasty leg sweep takedown followed by one punch on the ground right before the buzzer that knocked Silva out.

Lyoto with a nice interview afterwards that gets the fans hyped up. I guarantee Dana White breathed a sigh of relief after this result. If this fight went the distance, it would’ve been a real close call whether they’d have enough broadcast time for a 5-round main event to finish.

Winner: Lyoto Machida by KO Round 1

 

MAIN EVENT: Georges St. Pierre vs. B.J. Penn

St. Pierre grinds the Prodigy down for 4 rounds, scoring takedowns, ground and pounding, etc. for a dominant victory. After 2 rounds, B.J. had taken enough punishment that he just didn’t have much energy and from that point GSP was able to pass his guard at will. I don’t fault his conditioning, he was just beat up. GSP looked awesome but was clearly the much bigger guy and the weight advantage in my opinion made all the difference. I think both St. Pierre and Penn are incredibly talented and are pretty even in terms of skill, and in a situation like that, the bigger guy will prevail, and St. Pierre was the bigger guy. I don’t think any less of B.J. Penn after this loss. He was fighting up, and could probably beat a lot of guys at that weight, but not a super-elite fighter like GSP. I still consider both guys to be top 5 pound-for-pound.

Winner: Georges St. Pierre by TKO (corner stoppage) Round 4

 

Recap / overall thoughts: It was a ok show that didn’t live up to the hype. On paper, it looked fantastic but Diaz/Guida was a big letdown, while Parisyan/Kim and Bonnar/Jones had their moments but kind of fizzled out with unsatisfying finishes. The main event was a nice exhibition of GSP’s skills but he usually doesn’t win flashy and this was no exception. The highlight of the night was Lyoto Machida’s crushing win over Thiago Silva. Offensively, he looked explosive, and defensively he once again was amazing. He was basically untouched. I’ve got him as a solid favorite to beat Rashad Evans.

 

Addendum: I’m watching the MMA Live recap show and they are interviewing Karo Parisyan, who makes a classic mistake. His opponent, Dong Hyun Kim’s previously undefeated record was brought up and Karo dismisses it, says that Kim was only fighting tomato cans! Maybe true, but, Karo- you just beat the guy. Why tear him down like that? Wouldn’t you rather be the guy who just beat a tough, undefeated fighter? If he only build up his record by beating up on cans, then why should we be impressed that you beat him?