UFC 102 was undoubtedly one of the best cards of the year. We saw the battle of legends as Antonio Rodrigo Minotauro Noguiera proved that his loss to Frank Mir may have been a fluke as he won a unanimous decision over Randy Couture in a war. Besides that, Thiago Silva resumed his winning ways, Brandon Vera continued to bore us, Nate Marquart shut his critics up and we caught a glimpse of what could be the future as Todd Duffee and Jake Rosholt made huge impacts with stellar victories, the latter an unprecedented 7 second knockout. Let’s see what the FightGameBloggers had to say…
Best Fight – Randy Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo Noguiera
Worst Fight – Brandon Vera vs. Krzysztof Soszynski
A really good main event to round off a solid night of fights. I said going into this show that I felt both Randy and Nog needed to retire, and nothing I saw tonight has changed my perception on that. Both guys really gave it their all and it turned out to be a super dramatic fight. However, I still thought they both looked really old in there. I share Alan’s concern about one of them getting hurt. The movement just isn’t there, reflexes are gone, and they are worryingly easy to hit. These are not things that can be fixed, and I am not eager to see either one matched up with a top young fighter.
I have always thought that Marquardt has the best chance of beating Silva out of the current crop of 185 pounders. He has come on a lot as a fighter since his last title shot, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what he can do differently this time around.
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– 16,088 for a gate of 1.92 million dollars
– KO of the Night to Nate Marquardt
– Submission of the Night to Jake Rosholt
– Fight Of the Night to Couture and Nogeuira
– All bonuses were $60,000
– Dana said they’d probably go to Seattle first and then possibly back to Portland.
– Dana says that he won’t do 5 round non-title fights.
– He says both Marquardt and Henderson are both in the mix for a shot against Anderson Silva.
– He says that Brock was cheering for Randy hoping to fight him again.
– Randy and Dana just said that they signed a new contract and he doesn’t only have one more left. He says it’s for 28 months and for 6 more fights.
– Dana says that Chuck Liddell was texting him all night, wanting to fight again.
– Big Nog says that it was the most important fight of his career even though it wasn’t for the title because he was fighting one of his heroes.
We’ll have live play by play of UFC 102. I’ll refresh the site after every round.
Though we don’t have a ton of votes in our poll, Randy Couture was the heavy favorite. Not too many people are giving Big Nog a shot.
It looks like we’re opening up with Brandon Vera vs. Krzysztof Soszynski. I hope Vera doesn’t wear those short tight shorts.
1. Brandon Vera vs. Krzysztof Soszynski
Vera’s shorts are short, but he’s not smuggling bananas thankfully.
Soszynski came out early and aggressive until Vera hit him with a body kick. Vera kept him at bay for the rest of the round, with the exception of when they clinched, but Soszynski wasn’t able to stay inside. Vera wins the round with some pinpoint kicks.
Vera controlled the second round too. Soszynski is trying to push Vera but Vera’s being very careful, and whenever Soszynski tries to get in close, Vera’s slippery. Boring fight, but it’s at Vera’s pace and his pace is slow and methodical these days.
Vera picked it up just a little bit and it was his most impressive round. He took Soszynski down and pounded on him a bit. Good performance by Vera in a very methodical kind of way.
Winner: Brandon Vera by way of unanimous decision
2. Demian Maia vs. Nate Marquardt
Thanks to Steve J from AngryMarks for doing the play by play of the weigh-ins and letting us use it for our post.
Everyone came in at weight.
1. Evan Dunham (155) v. Marcus ‘Maximus’ Aurelio (156)
2. Nick Catone (185.5) v. Mark ‘The Filipino Wrecking Machine’ Munoz (185.5)
3. Todd Duffee (251) v. Tim Hague (263.5)
4. Justin McCully (238) v. Mike Russow (260)
5. Gabriel Gonzaga (259) v. Chris Tuchscherer (258)
6. Aaron Simpson (185) v. Ed ‘Short Fuse’ Herman (185.5)
7. Chris ‘The Crippler’ Leben (185) v. Jake Rosholt (185)
8. Brandon ‘The Truth’ Vera (205) v. Krzysztof ‘The Polish Experiment’ Soszynski (205)
9. Nate ‘The Great’ Marquardt (185) v. Demian Maia (185)
10. Keith ‘The Dean of Mean’ Jardine (205) v. Thiago Silva (205)
11. Antonio ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira (231) v. Randy ‘The Natural’ Couture (220)
I’m not exactly sure how a Ultimate Fighter winner (Mac Danzig) is not in the main event, while a non Ultimate Fighter winner (Joe Lauzon) is. Well, I guess they considered Hermes Franca a bigger star than both? Franca isn’t in the main event any longer because of an injury so Stephens steps in.
Yes, I know I’m a day late with this, but hey, a dude needs a Saturday night once in a while.
1. Anthony Johnson vs. Luigi Fioravanti
Johnson looked really solid here. He outstruck Fioravanti at every point. He was using the high kick to throw Fioravanti off his game and using his immense height advantage. Fioravanti just took way too much punishment, went down, and Johnson followed up with hammer fists to stop him at the end of the first.
Winner: Anthony Johnson by way of 1st round TKO
2. Mac Danzig vs. Josh Neer
Danzig went high with a leg kick, slipped, and was nailed by a right hand. It looked like he could’ve been loopy, but he caught his senses. Great first round. Neer was showboating and throwing some strong punches. He wasted a lot of energy though. Danzig was more patient and has the better boxing. Danzig cut him with a right hand. Neer went for an armbar that it looked like he was going to get, but Danzig rolled out of it. Neer’s round.
Neer came out swinging again. He wasn’t scared of Danzig’s stand-up at all. Danzig finally got on top, but fell into a triangle and tapped. It was a fun fight, but Neer’s far too reckless. Someone who matched his power would overwhelm him.
Winner: Josh Neer by way of 2nd round submission
3. Cain Velasquez vs. Denis Stojnic
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WEC is live tonight from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood. This show seems to be quite low on the list of priorities for Zuffa at the moment, and has crept up without much of a promotional effort. I don’t expect this card to have anything like the level of success the Faber vs. Pulver card had, but on paper it should be a really good night of fights. The main event is the Featherweight title fight between Urijah Faber vs. Mike Brown.
The big news coming in to this show is that middleweight champion Paulo Filho missed weight by 7 pounds. His fight with Chael Sonnen is now non title, and has been changed to a 3 round bout. The non title stipulation probably isnâ€™t all that big of a deal, as the plan is to dissolve the WEC middleweight division after tonight anyway. There is only four fights scheduled for the live broadcast, but with only the one championship fight now, hopefully they will have time to show more action from the Stellar undercard.