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This is a Fight Pass only show from Abu Dhabi and while it’s not a big time card with a huge main event, there are some interesting match-ups and fan favorites fighting. It should be a fun show.
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This is the UFC’s first show on the new Fox Sports 1 network. It’s a very important show for them as this show sets the tone for how many people are going to watch programming, countdown shows and the like.
The intro is new as Ving Rhames narrated a slide show piece. It’s UFC Fight Night time.
1. Michael Johnson vs. Joe Lauzon
Excellent round by Johnson. Early, he was just peppering Lauzon, but he starting putting some heat behind them and put Lauzon down more than once. Lauzon is sitting right in the pocket, looking for takedown and getting hammered. Johnson is so focused, the referee warned him for not listening and nearly pushing him off to get at Lauzon.
Lauzon’s standup was much better in the round, but he still ended up taking the worst of the fight standing. Johnson’s power looks to come when he loads up and not necessarily on every punch. Lauzon landed some straight punches, but he couldn’t get the takedown. Johnson secured a takedown late in the round. Continue reading
The talk of the town in the last couple days is the Nate Marquardt situation. From what we know so far, Marquardt failed his medical requirements for the fight per the Pennsylvania Athletic Commission and was pulled out of his main event fight with Rick Story. He was subsequently fired by Dana White. I’m sure we’ll hear more of the story soon enough.
The main event was changed to Pat Barry vs. Cheick Kongo and Charlie Brenneman was put in Marquardt’s place for the fight.
1. Christian Morecraft vs. Matt Mitrione
Mitrione easily won a round which saw some of the sloppiest boxing you’ll ever see. Mitrione’s hands are just better than Morecraft’s and he’s a much better athlete. Mitrione put him down with a straight left, and then put him down again with a lunging right hook. Morecraft landed one nice combination.
Morecraft took him down and held him there for a lot of the round until they were stood up and Mitrione unloaded with a three punch combination that started with a right hook. Morecraft went down hard and Mitrione didn’t even follow him to the ground. He just let him go down and the referee stopped it.
Winner: Matt Mitrione by way of 2nd round TKO
Mitrione stole Chad Ochocinco’s line by saying that he pisses excellence.
2. John Howard vs. Matt Brown
Brown looked pretty good. He looks stronger than Howard, but was susceptible to a couple of takedowns. He seems like the stronger fighter, but Howard is aggressive and looks like he’s going to keep bringing pressure. Brown had a D’Arce choke for a bit, but let it go.
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