We have live coverage of the main card for tonight’s Ultimate Fighter finale.
This is the third UFC Fight For The Troops, following Vince McMahon’s lead. Even though there aren’t really any marquee matches on the card, there are some possible fun fights on this card, including the main event.
“Handsome” Matt Wiman and Cole Miller, former housemates on The Ultimate Fighter, face-off in the first fight of the night.
1. Matt Wiman vs. Cole Miller
This was a pretty tough round for the show. Miller was using his knees from the clinch, while Wiman was strong with uppercuts on the inside. Miller may have lost the round by throwing a knee that missed and then he tried to pull guard after throwing the knee, pulling Wiman down with him. Only, he whiffed and was on his back. He was aggressive with submission attempts on the bottom, but Wiman took the last 30 seconds with some nice ground and pound.
Wiman clearly won the second round. Miller couldn’t keep him off him and he spent most of the round just pounding him from the top.
Wiman put it on him in the third round. His strikes were varied with punches and kicks and he was the aggressor the entire fight. He dominated him from the top again and Miller just had nothing.
Winner: Matt Wiman by way of unanimous decision
One of the judges game Miller the first round.
2. Joey Beltran vs. Pat Barry
The round didn’t really get started. Barry was pretty strategic. He didn’t open up and let his feet go. He landed a few hard kicks to Beltran’s legs and that caused Beltran to fight scared. Beltran did have a nice little flurry, but Barry wasn’t bothered by it. Beltran also hit him low a couple times.
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.
Thumbs Way Down
Best Fight: Evan Dunham vs. Sean Sherk
Worst Fight: Jeremy Stephens vs. Melvin Guillard or 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.
Here’s weigh-in results for UFC 119:
Sean McCorkle (263) vs. Mark Hunt (265)
Julio Paulino (170) vs. TJ Grant (170)
Waylon Lowe (154) vs. Steve Lopez (156)
Pat Audinwood (156) vs. Thiago Tavares (155)
Joey Beltran (239) vs. Matt Mitrione (253)
Mitrione was wearing a shirt with Marvin Gaye’s face on it that said, “Let’s get it on.”
Joe Doerksen (186) vs. CB Dollaway (186)
Jeremy Stephens (155) vs. Melvin Guillard (155)
Guillard got right up in his face with his hands down at the stare down.
Evan Dunham (156) vs. Sean Sherk (155)
Sherk looks a little bit smaller than I expected.
Chris Lytle (171) vs. Matt Serra (170)
They goofed off at the stare down with Serra trying to look taller and Lytle shorter.
Ryan Bader (205) vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (205)
Bader looks jacked and lean. Rogan called Lil’ Nog by the name of Minotauro.
Mirko Cro Cop (227) vs. Frank Mir (252)
Cro Cop looks small. Mir looks big, but not as big as he’s been of late.
Cro Cop says he feels good and it’s just another fight. Mir says he’s not underestimating Cro Cop and he’s going to look to take him out quick.