UFC 124 was their year-end big card which was heavy on main event, and light on the rest of the card. Considering Sean McCorkle, in just his second UFC fight, was in the main event, you knew they were going bang or bust with this one on the backs of Josh Koscheck vs. Georges St. Pierre. It was an enjoyable card, but you’ve seen better MMA shows this year.
Here’s what we thought of UFC 124:
Best Fight: John Howard vs. Thiago Alves
Worst Fight: None
Really enjoyable show. No classics, but the main event was definitely memorable and there wasn’t a bad or boring fight on the card. Common consensus would be Riddle/Pierson (for best fight) but I’m going with Alves/Howard. I just had so much fun watching that fight, Alves was unreal and Howard put in a good effort and did well not to be finished. Seriously none (worst fights). The four short fights all had cool finishes and the three decisions were very entertaining.
Best Fight: Sean Pierson vs. Matt Riddle
Worst Fight: Sean McCorkle vs. Stefan Struve
I was a little tardy getting back to see the show, so I missed most of the first round of the first fight.
But let’s get to it.
1. John Howard vs. Thiago Alves
From what the announcers said, the round seemed to be even, though, Alves’ nasty leg kicks seemed to be the difference. There was one super loud one that seemed to hurt Howard.
The second round was similar, but Alves had the upper hand. He got a take down late in the round to add insult to injury.
Alves put Howard down with a left hand, and went down to finish him, but Howard defended well and got back to his feet. Howard tried to stand toe-to-toe with him, but Alves’ leg kicks were too much. Howard tried to swing for the fences.
Winner: Thiago Alves by way of unanimous decision
2. Mac Danzig vs. Joe Stevenson
Danzig clocked Stevenson with a short left hook that dropped him like a bag of rocks. Stevenson was coming in at the same time and Danzig clocked him.
Winner: Mac Danzig by way of 1st round TKO
3. Charles Oliveira vs. Jim Miller
Here are the weights courtesy of F4WOnline/Wrestling Observer:
(And yes, it looks like Thiago Alves made weight.)
1. Georges St Pierre (170) vs. Josh Koscheck (169)
2. Sean McCorkle (264) vs. Stefan Struve (253)
3. Mac Danzig (156) vs. Joe Stevenson (155.5)
4. Thiago Alves (171) vs. John Howard (171)
5. Jim Miller (155) vs. Charles Oliveira (153.5)
6. Joe Doerksen (185.5) vs. Dan Miller (184.5)
7. Mark Bocek (155.5) vs. Dustin Hazelett (155)
8. Jesse Bongfeldt (185.5) vs. Rafael Natal (185)
9. Sean Pierson (170.5) vs. Matthew Riddle (170.5)
10. Ricardo Almeida (170.5) vs. T.J. Grant (170)
11. Pat Audinwood (156) vs. John Makdessi (155)
Jason, aka dadrrtywhyteboi, wasn’t available to do the show because he was holiday partying it up, but I found a more than suitable replacement.
Ryan Frederick, ryanjfrederick on Twitter, joined me and we broke down UFC 124, going through all the main card fights. Ryan is an encyclopedia of knowledge and was a fun guest co-host.
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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