Sunday, August 8, 2010

UFC 117 Leftovers: The Other Fights

Oh yeah, there were other fights. Some damn good ones too. . .

Stefan Struve vs. Christian Morecraft
Christian Morecraft gave Stefan Struve the business in round one. I was surprised to see Stefan with a lip that looked more like a duck bill, but he kept a level head and pulled out a KO in the second round.

Phil Davis vs. Rodney Wallace
Didn't expect it to go the full three, but the expected victor was victorious here. Phil Davis scored a unanimous decision over Wallace. Is this it for Wallace's UFC career?

JDS vs Big Country
Again a surprise. I saw Dos Santos delivering a knockout via deadly uppercut in the first but Roy was able to hold on. I didn't expect Roy to last past the first with the highly skilled Brazilian. He even had a few moments in their heavyweight showdown but it wasn't enough to take home the 'w.' I'd say Roy gets one, maybe two more chances in the UFC. I think Dana has him on a three-strikes your out program right now.

Matt Hughes vs. Ricardo Almeida
I expected see an elderly Matt Hughes just hang in there for three rounds, but Hughes showed just why he's a UFC Hall of Fame inductee, submitting Ricardo Almeida in a front headlock. "Front headlock?" Yeah, that's what I said, but then I remembered back when I was a high school wrestler in New Jersey that there was a kid who made it onto the nightly news because he was choking out his opponents the same way Matt Hughes did Ricardo. My wrestling coach demonstrated exactly what he was doing but I never thought I'd see this elementary trick performed at the UFC level. If I can find some vids on this technique, I'll post it later.

Clay Guida vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Clay always puts on a show, and his meeting with Rafael dos Anjos was no different. Clay submitted dos Anjos halfway through the third round, pinning him to the mat with his head against the cage. Guida's pressed his shoulder into the side of Rafael's head, putting pressure on his jaw that had been broken earlier in the match. So, that's 2-0 for Clay Guida in his last two, rebounding from a 0-2 record that saw losses from former lightweight title contenders Diego Sanchez and Kenny Florian.

John Fitch vs. Thiago Alves
Number three world-ranked Thiago Alves returned from a year layoff for a clash of #2 vs. #3 welterweights. John Fitch simply dominated Alves who had a brain irregularity corrected earlier this year. Really, Thiago Alves needs to face the fact that sucking down to 170 is too much for him. Nonetheless, it was the usual 'Fitch via decision' win. How about an electrifying finish for a change Johnny boy?

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