Aftermath – UFC 110: Noguiera vs. Velasquez

UFC’s first trek down under was a huge success as the Ultimate Fighting Championship held UFC 110 before a sold out crowd of 20,000 in Sydney, Australia at the Acer Arena. It was the second fastest international sellout in UFC history behind UFC 83 in Montreal. PRIDE went 2-1 on the show, as we saw Wanderlei and Crocop earn victories, but Nogueira ultimate fell to the hands of the younger, faster, stronger Cain Velasquez.

So today, for the first time ever, all five core members of FightGameBlog will comment on the event.

Cactus Jim
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Best Fight – George S. versus Joe S.
Worst Fight – Cro Cop versus Perosh

I’m still a little pissed that we’ve only seen one title fight in the last 8 events spanning 4 months. I certainly appreciate a good fight, title or not, but there just seems to be something missing for me when I’m paying $45 and not even getting a title fight. Let’s hope nothing causes delays to the title fights scheduled for the next 3 PPV’s. Now that I’m off my soapbox, I really enjoyed UFC 110. While there wasn’t really anything I’d consider a classic, all the fights were entertaining, even the fight I picked as worst of the night.

Alan
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Best Fight: George vs. Joe
Worst Fight: CroCop vs. Perosh

Very good show.


GG

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Best Fight: Wanderlei Silva vs. Michael Bisping
Worst Fight: Mirko CroCop vs. Anthony Perosh (if I have to choose)

What can you say about Cain Velasquez? My only worry with him is that it looks like he may wait to fight until after Brock Lesnar fights whomever he’s going to fight. That seems like a big layoff to me and with someone like Cain, you probably want to get him in there much quicker than that. Why doesn’t he fight the winner of Gabe Gonzaga and Junior Dos Santos? I was very surprised at Wanderlei during his victory against Michael Bisping. He never got tired like I expected him too. And as for Bisping, we can say that he simply can’t win the big one. Nothing was bad on this show and while there was nothing super fantastic, (I know George Sotiropoulos fans would say otherwise, but it wasn’t competitive enough for my tastes) there wasn’t a bad fight on the show and was the best show of 2010 so far.

Duan

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Best Fight: George Sotiropoulos vs. Joe Stevenson
Worst Fight: Ryan Bader vs. Keith Jardine

The Sotiropoulos/Stevenson match warmed my heart. UFC judges have a tendency to reward negative tactics, so it was great to see them score in favour of good effective ground work. This was a huge night for George, and it brought the absolute best out of him. Right now I would rather see him challenge Penn than either Edgar or Maynard. At least we would be guaranteed an exciting fight. Its time for Big Nog to get out of the sport. The guy has had a long tough career, and he really doesn’t need to be taking beatings like this anymore. The deterioration of his reflexes and resiliency are really not good signs. Jardine may also want to contemplate his future: he has now lost five out of his last seven, and suffered some really heavy knockouts in the process. I’m just not sure where he can go from here. Silva vs. Bisping was far more tentative than I expected. I didn’t think either guy looked particularly good. Bisping had the completely wrong gameplan. You could see the fight slipping away from him, and neither him or his corner were prepared to change things up.

Big D
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Best Fight: Wanderlei Silva vs. Michael Bisping
Worst Fight: Mirko CroCop vs. Anthony Perosh

Easily the best UFC since UFC 107 back in December. The show will be remembered as the night that Minotauro Noguiera was REALLY finished (Mir doesn’t count) and Cain Velasquez became the man. The heavyweight division is stacked with Godzilla-like scary monstrous men and I see nothing but dollar signs all around in every fight. In addition, Wanderlei came out and traded with the Count for 15 minutes and wound up with the surprise decision. He needed a win. Perhaps nobody needed a win more than CroCop and he definitely got it, even though it was against a tomato can. Plus, George Sotiropoulos proved that he might be to the Australians what GSP is to the Canadians and I can easily see him headlining the next show in Australia. He’s huge there. In addition to THAT coming out party, Ryan Bader smashed Keith Jardine’s paper mache jaw into oblivion for the decision that came very close to being finished. The bloom is off the rose of Jardine and Stevenson. Regardless, this was a great show that showcased three of UFC’s up and coming talent and 2 PRIDE FC veterans who are still hanging on.

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One Comment

  1. Watching Ryan Bader was my highlight of the night. I think he has a bright future in the 205 division, where the lack of elite wrestlers could mean big things for guys like Bader, Phil Davis and Bones Jones.

    Bader just needs to keep improving his striking and he could be a threat at 205. I would like to see him face off against Brian Stann next. Not the big jump people want but would be a good fight that Bader could win and keep improving with.

    Jardine is done. His “unorthodox” style is just ineffective and his jaw has been victimized enough. 1-4 in his last five fights should lead to his departure. If not, they will have to throw him a serious can for his next bout or he should be cut.

    Cain is for real. His striking impressed the hell out of me. Nog is done too. Time to turn to coaching and help Junior Dos Santos become a champion.

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