Sunday, November 21, 2010

UFC 123 Leftovers

The Ultimate Fighting Championships delivered a smash hit as promised with UFC 123. It was the UFC's first visit to Motor City since 1996. Here's some observations from last night's event:
  • Jackson vs. Machida: A new scoring system is a must. There's a few in the works. CAMO (California Amateur Mixed Martial Organization) is in the process of implementing a system called "MMAS" or "Mixed Martial Arts Specific Scoring System." Maybe there's hope for change at judges table?
  • Hughes vs. Penn: Either the old BJ Penn is back or Matt Hughes is just that old. Hughes may want to consider going in on a 'Senior Fighters' League with Ken Shamrock.
  • Goncalves vs. Harris: Maiquel Jose Falcao Goncalves has a long name, but his career in the UFC could be even longer. Beating Gerald Harris handidly is a great way to please the boss (Dana). As for Gerald, he'll be back.
  • Davis vs. Boetsch: Paul Orndorff, the original "Mr. Wonderful" is happy his professional wrestling nickname is being put to good use -- thanks to Phil Davis.
  • Sotiropoulos vs. Lauzon: Knee pads do come in handy but I don't think George Sotiropoulos (man, that name is a bitch to spell) needed that crafty knee pad to work the kimura. The win made for his seventh career submission.
  •  Foster vs. Brown: Foster might finally be finding his groove following alternating win-losses since debuting with the UFC. This guy has some nasty throws, and if he can learn the rule "hands up, chin down," he might do some damage in the UFC's welterweight division, especially since his coach Matt Hughes probably won't be. Brian Foster's new nickname is rag doll.
  • Munoz vs. Simpson: I'm so glad these two didn't turn this match into a takedown tournament, although it was an excellent display of wrestling. Munoz proved that good wrestling can win matches, but mixing it up is more productive.
  • Hallman vs. Parisyan: I think Hallman surprised himself when he smacked Karo to the ground. Poor Karo, I doubt Dana White will respond to his late night text messages this time around.
  • Barboza vs. Lullo: Two guys in their UFC debut. Edson Barboza put the same skills to work that earned him a plane ticket from Sao Paulo to Detroit. Along with Maiquel Goncalves, Barboza could usher in the next generation of Brazilian UFC fighters.
  • Griffin vs. Lentz: This was Tyson Griffin's third loss in a row, and Nick Lentz's third win in a row. Lentz is currently undefeated in the UFC, if you count his draw with Thiago Tavares at UFN 20. I don't see Griffin going anywhere anytime soon though. Three is usually a lucky number, just not when it's in the loss column.
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Ultimate Fighting Championship: "UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida"
November 20, 2010
The Palace,
Auburn Hills, Michigan

Main Card:
George Sotiropoulos def. Joe Lauzon via Submission (Kimura) R2 2:43
Phil Davis def. Tim Boetsch via Submission (Kimura) R2 2:55
Maiquel Jose Falcao Goncalves def. Gerald Harris via Decision (Unanimous)
B.J. Penn def. Matt Hughes via KO (Punches) R1 0:21
Quinton Jackson def. Lyoto Machida via Decision (Split)

Preliminary Card:
Nik Lentz def. Tyson Griffin via Decision
Paul Kelly def. T.J. O'Brien via TKO (Elbows) R2 3:16
Edson Mendes Barboza Jr. def. Mike Lullo via TKO (Leg Kicks) R3 0:26
Dennis Hallman def. Karo Parisyan via TKO (Punches) R1 1:47
Mark Munoz def. Aaron Simpson via Decision (Unanimous)
Brian Foster def. Matt Brown via Submission (Guillotine Choke) R2 2:11

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