The Aftermath – UFC 126

UFC was a fairly bland show, and disappointing based on the expectation level. The card was loaded with interesting fights, but the outcome wasn’t as fulfilling as expected. It was a show that will be remembered for two things, one of which was a spontaneous moment in which Jon Jones became the number one contender at light heavyweight. The other was Anderson Silva putting his foot on Vitor Belfort’s chin and knocking him out.

Here’s what we thought of the UFC 126:

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Best Fight: Nothing
Worst Fight: Jake Ellenberger vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha

A really disappointing show. The main event never got a chance to warm up. Griffin/Franklin felt like a fight I had already seen play out a thousand times. Ellenberger vs. Rocha should have never made TV in the first place. And Jones’ destruction of Bader, while impressive, was nothing to write home about from a viewer’s perspective.

The biggest let down for me though was the bantamweights. This was a huge stage for these guys and I think everyone was expecting them to come out and let fly. That’s the reason people loved WEC, but that’s not what we got. Let’s just say that I’m not convinced there is huge money to be made off a cautious, safety first version of Miguel Torres. Not worth the three hours, let alone the PPV bill.

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Best Fight: Jon Jones vs. Ryan Bader
Worst Fight: Miguel Torres vs. Antonio Banuelos

The show really didn’t do anything for me. No great fights, most of the fights were below average and I was disappointed by certain people winning certain main events. Really failed to live up to expectations.

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Best Fight: Jon Jones vs. Ryan Bader
Worst Fight: Miguel Torres vs. Antonio Banuelos

UFC 126 was a disappointing night of fights. To say that performances were lackluster would be too kind. For all the hype about what the lighter weight classes were going to bring to the UFC they certainly didn’t deliver anywhere near expectation. On a WEC or DREAM card that fight would have been off the chart bad. At 126, it just sucked balls because there wasn’t anything stellar to compare it to. The card had its moments, Rocha’s groundwork in Round 1 was great fun to watch, unless you had Ellenberger’s view of Rocha’s satchel in your face half the fight. The finish of the main event came out of nowhere and caught me by surprise. And Jones handling of Bader made me a happy man. Those highlights, however, couldn’t overcome the fact that the pace of the show was generally slow and plodding and the only real news coming out of the PPV was Jones now has a title shot at Shogun Rua. I personally would like to see him take another fight or two before the title shot, but I’m excited that he’s gotten the opportunity. This one isn’t worth the replay for anyone that may have missed it.

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Best Fight: Donald Cerrone vs. Paul Kelly (SpikeTV fight)
Worst Fight: Miguel Torres vs. Antonio Banuelos

The UFC may be able to spin this historically as a great night just based on the Silva kick and Jones accepting the title fight right in the middle of the cage after his win. But they better not show any of the actual fights. The only reason I didn’t go with the thumbs completely down like my cohorts is because I watched the entire card from the Facebook fight and on, and not everything was dreadful. And when the DVD of this show comes out, that stuff will be on it.

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