UFC Live On Versus – Dan Hardy Vs. Chris Lytle Play By Play

In my house, this show was a definitely second place to SummerSlam tonight so I’m watching it after the fact. You can’t really go wrong with the guys that are on this show though. You have Chris Lytle in his retirement match, Dan Hardy who has been quite the disappointment of late, Ben Henderson, and Jim Miller. While I don’t see it doing a big rating, it should be entertaining.

1. Duane Ludwig vs. Amir Sadollah

This is great booking. Both guys like to bang and can take punishment. Ludwig won the first round simply because Sadollah buckled first. Ludwig rocked him with a right hand which wobbled him, and then caught him with two needs in a row. Sadollah is tough. Ludwig caught him again late in the round. Sadollah tried to take him down once and pushed him up against the cage, but Ludwig’s striking is too good and he was able to create distance and get out of dodge.

Ludwig wins a closer second round. Sadollah got his wind back and fought a nearly draw round. I give it to Bang for landing the cleaner shots, though Sadollah seems to be figuring out Ludwig. Ludwig might be tired as he shot in later in the round, but didn’t really want to take him down.

Sadollah is still eating right hands, but he landed the two biggest shots of the round with kicks. He’s using a push front kick, leg kicks, and landed a head kick too. Both guys are landing big shots. Defense isn’t a premium on this fight. Ludwig’s combinations are still crisp, while Sadollah’s punches are coming a lot slower. Ludwig scored with a takedown near the end of the round. That round was close, but I might give it to Sadollah because of the bigger shots he landed early in the round.

Winner: Duane Ludwig by way of unanimous decision

All three judges had it scored two rounds to one.

2. Donald Cerrone vs. Charles Oliveira

I thought it was odd that Cerrone entered the cage first, but then Goldberg said that Oliveira could be one of the future stars. They fought a fairly even fight with both guys landing kicks. Cerrone’s stand-up was a bit more savvy as he was more unpredictable. Then, he threw a vicious uppercut to the gut that put Oliveira down. He followed up with rapid fire punches and it was over.

Winner: Donald Cerrone by way of 1st round TKO

3. Ben Henderson vs. Jim Miller
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The Aftermath – UFC 127

When I started going back through the UFC video catalog after I became a hardcore dedicated fan, there were some shows that seemed left of center. Patrick Cote was a contender for Tito Ortiz’s belt? How did that happen? Vitor Belfort beat Randy Couture? How did that happen. There have been some flukey shows in UFC history. That’s how I feel about UFC 127. It was quite the flukey show.

When new MMA fans go through the catalog, they’ll probably wonder, “Who in the blue hell is Brian Ebersole?” And, “Why did Michael Bisping knee Jorge Rivera right between the eyes when he was down?” Or, “How did George Sotiropoulos screw up his title shot?” The show was just odd, but I enjoyed it for its odd charm. The rest of my FGB crew didn’t like it was much as I did.

Here’s what we thought of the UFC 127:

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Best Fight: Dennis Siver vs. George Sotiropoulos
Worst Fight: Chris Camozzi vs. Kyle Noke

There was nothing particularly wrong with this show per se. It just lacked any sense of finality. There wasn’t a clear-cut winner or stand out performance in any of the three major fights on the card. Sotiroploulos/Siver could have been decided on a coin flip. It was a stupid match to make in the first place as I alluded to in the preview. A future main event was lost with nothing gained. I believe the Bisping fight would have finished in much the same way regardless, but the result was tainted by the illegal knee in round one. And then the main event ending as a stalemate really just capped the whole thing off. I thought Penn clearly won the first two rounds before losing the last one big. My card was 29-28 Penn, but a draw was probably a fair reflection of the fight overall.

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Best Fight: Jorge Rivera vs. Michael Bisping
Worst Fight: None that I watched were any worse than the others

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UFC 127 Play By Play – BJ Penn Vs. Jon Fitch

We live blogged the Ion prelims earlier if you missed it.

In my opinion, the story of the night will be if BJ Penn has greatness left in him, or if a wrestler can now just overpower him. GSP and Frankie Edgar are both really good wrestlers, but they didn’t overpower Penn to the ground. GSP used his standup to set up his great shots, while Edgar used his quickness to out-strike Penn, and eventually get him down a couple of times. But Fitch’s game isn’t necessarily to use his strikes to set anything up. He uses his strength and will to stick to his game plan and wear guys out. It’s a good match-up. He’s also probably going to be at least 15 pounds heavier than Penn come fight time.

1. Chris Camozzi vs. Kyle Noke

Camozzi had a nice little combination, but got caught, went in for a clinch, was immediately taken down and submitted in a rear naked choke. It was fast and it wasn’t really competitive.

Winner: Kyle Noke by way of 1st round submission

2. Brian Ebersole vs. Chris Lytle

Ebersole immediately tried a cartwheel kick to start out the fight. Lytle is just loading up his right hand. Ebersole shot in and was immediately stuck in a guillotine. Ebersole flipped over and turned his body to get out of it. Ebersole tried to get out and was put right back in the guillotine. Ebersole fought out of it and ended up on top of Lytle throwing shoulder thrusts into his face. He must’ve cut him with one of them.

Lytle is loading up on that right hand again and not even really setting it up. It’s predictable, but it looks harsh every time he throws it. Ebersole has countered off it a couple times, but not with much on it. He landed a knee on Lytle and Lytle’s legs went out from underneath him. Ebersole went for a D’Arce choke to try and finish him. He had him up against the cage, stuck his head underneath Lytle’s arm and picked him up and slammed him. What a crazy round this is.
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The Aftermath – UFC 119

To many people, UFC 119 was the worst show they’d seen this year. To me, it was a slightly below average show where there were zero expectations. I guess, if the show has zero expectations, maybe it is worse because you’re still paying the same amount of money as you would to see a show with bigger expectations.

You’ll see some varied response from our crew about the show. But the one thing we all agreed on is that Frank Mir should probably stay out of main events.

Here’s what we thought about UFC 119:

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Best Fight: Chris Lytle vs. Matt Serra
Worst Fight: Mirko Cro Cop vs. Frank Mir

This wasn’t the worst show ever, but it certainly wasn’t a good one either. I felt the standard of judging on this show was particularly poor. I didn’t agree with the decision in Nog/Bader, and the Sherk/Dunham call was just appalling. It’s another perfect example of how UFC judging favours the stronger wrestler because neither Sherk or Bader won a fight: they won a wrestling match.

The undercard was perfectly OK, bad judging aside, but neither of the main event match ups were worthy of their billing in the first place, and both were sleep inducing in practice. Mir/Crocop was a battle of two guys who have no business competing at a high level anymore. Sadly one of them had to win, and sadder still it was Frank Mir.

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Best Fight: Evan Dunham vs. Sean Sherk
Worst Fight: Jeremy Stephens vs. Melvin Guillard or Mirko Cro Cop vs. Frank Mir

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UFC 119 Post-Fight Press Conference Notes

– Submission of the night – CB Dollaway
– Fight of the Night – Two were issued to the competitors involved in the Sherk-Dunham and Mitrione-Beltran fights
– Even though Mir got a knockout, there is no knockout of the night.

I caught the press conference a little late.

Matt Mitrione:
– He made a lot of mistakes in his opinion.
– He’s as serious as he can be, but he likes to have fun. He loves his job.

Chris Lytle:
– He hit Serra as hard as he could, but he wouldn’t fall. His hands hurt.

Melvin Guillard:
– He pleased his coaches.
– Stephens was tough, but he was a better fighter and better wrestler. He’s grown up and grown up with the sport and has integrity now.

Dana White:
– Chris Lytle is in the mix with his four wins in a row.
– Doesn’t want to expand into more divisions because it would be hard to find guys in the division.

Frank Mir:
– Could’ve pushed the pace a bit more. Velocity of Cro Cop’s left hook slowed him down a bit. He’s not happy at all about his performance.
– He’s surprised he didn’t huff and puff at all so he thought he was in great shape. (Um, should he have been tired in that fight?)
– He should’ve closed the distance and fought a boxing fight rather than a kick boxing fight.

UFC 119 Play By Play – Mirko Cro Cop Vs. Frank Mir

If you missed the Spike TV prelims, I logged them here.

How great would it be to see Mirko Cro Cop beat Frank Mir tonight? We actually had three guys take Cro Cop in the preview that we put out yesterday. I don’t see it, but I think it’d be a great story.

1. Jeremy Stephens vs. Melvin Guillard

Guillard came in quickly and was put on his butt. But he got back up. He’s way too cocky. It’s almost like he’s nervous and he’s faking it by pretending like he’s overconfident. It was a pretty even round in the striking department and that’s all they did. Neither guy had a real advantage and it felt a lot like a feeling out round. But they are going all out with their strikes. They just aren’t exchanging all that much.

Neither guy is really landing, though Guillard does have a speed advantage. He’s able to get in and out before Stephens has a chance to get off. But it’s not like Guillard is landing. Stephens is starting to fake shots to throw others and it’s a better strategy. They both finally land, but it’s just too bad it’s in each other’s cups. Looks like Guillard got the worst of his. Stephens looks bothered by Guillard’s Floyd Mayweather impersonation. Well, it’s not the fight anyone expected.

Unless he gets knocked out, Guillard’s going to win this fight and it’s not because of his offense. It’s going to be because of his defense. He’s keeping his distance and not allowing Stephens to do anything impressive. Stephens may have landed more shots because of his leg kicks, but it’s unimpressive. Someone might as well kick a guy in the balls. That was the most impressive moment of the fight so far. Stephens landed a body shot that Guillard didn’t like and tried to follow it up with a flying knee, but missed badly. They started to exchange really late in the fight. Guillard landed a wicked knee while Stephens was coming in but took punches as well.

Winner: Melvin Guillard by way of split decision

The scores were 29-28 Guillard, 29-28 Stephens, and 30-27 Guillard.

2. Evan Dunham vs. Sean Sherk

Dunham put him in a guillotine early and it looked deep. Sherk got out of it and did what he does best which is muscle guys on the ground. That’s two takedowns. Dunham had another guillotine and twisted on it. Mike Goldberg called it early but Sherk didn’t tap. It looked deep though. Sherk got back on top and blasted Dunham from the top with an elbow and we have blood. The cut is nasty. The ref stopped the fight to check on the cut, but restarted the round. I think the visual of the cut probably wins the round for Sherk on the judges’ scorecards, but I’d give the round to Dunham.
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