The UFC is going all out on the prelims tonight and it’s actually sort of funny because this is one of their weaker cards of late. Out of the twelve fights, their plan is to show ten of them (two on Facebook, three on Ion, and five on the PPV).
The main event of the Ion fights features Spencer Fisher against Ross Pearson.
The results of the Facebook fights saw Chinese fighter Tiequan Zhang stop Jason Reinhardt very quickly with a guillotine choke and Anthony Perosh submit Tom Blackledge in the first round with a rear naked choke.
Nick Ring faces Riki Fukuda in the first prelim fight on Ion.
1. Nick Ring vs. Riki Fukuda
It was a nice little back and forth to start the show. Fukuda is pretty relentless and scored two takedowns, one right at the end of the round. Ring’s leg kicks and overall striking game was better, and the mix of styles made it a really solid round.
Both guys look good. It’s going to be a close fight if it goes all the way to decision. Fukuda got another takedown, and much like the first round, Ring had the better striking, though Fukuda held his own.
Fukuda got another takedown and actually held position for a bit and then shot in and got another one. Ring should be fighting with a little more urgency, but he’s not. Even though Ring looked like the stronger person, Fukuda was able to hold him down. Ring may have just been tired. This was easily Fukuda’s round.
Winner: Nick Ring by unanimous decision
The scores were 29-28 all in favor of ring. I would’ve had it the other way around. I’m not sure how Ring won that second round at all, and he for sure was outclassed during that third round.
2. Alexander Gustafsson vs. James Te Huna
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.
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.
Best Fight: George vs. Joe
Worst Fight: CroCop vs. Perosh
It’s UFC 110 time from Australia. It looks like a really fun show on paper, but that doesn’t always translate into being a good show.
Mirko Cro Cop is fighting first, but it won’t be against Ben Rothwell who pulled out on Thursday. Australian, Anthony Perosh takes his spot. It wasn’t that long ago when a Cro Cop fight was an event in unto itself. Boy has that changed.
1. Mirko Cro Cop vs. Anthony Perosh
Perosh wanted takedown, but he couldn’t get it and every time he ended up on his back, Cro Cop let him up. Mirko was patient and though he landed some heavy left hands, didn’t really follow up on them. He easily won the first round, but in a pretty unimpressive way considering that we don’t know Perosh at all.
Perosh can take some punishment. Cro Cop nailed him with an elbow on the ground and opened up a nasty cut on his forehead over his right eye. Herb Dean asked Perosh if he wanted to continue and he did and immediately took another big shot to the face and Cro Cop went into finish mode. Perosh survived, but they ended it at the end of the round.
From Big D who will be with us for the show tonight:
It’s good to see Mirko finally get a freakin’ win in the UFC. The fight ended a lot more violently than I expected, which I think is the best for Mirko. I hope he actually gets Rothwell his next go-round.
Winner: Mirko Cro Cop by way of 2nd round TKO
2. Ryan Bader vs. Keith Jardine