UFC 152 – Vitor Belfort Vs. Jon Jones Play By Play

It does feel as if it’s time for a UFC show. Like I mentioned in the preview, I’ve actually missed the UFC for the first time in a little while.

1. Charles Oliveira vs. Cub Swanson

Swanson quickly KO’d Oliveira with a left to the body and an overhand right. Brutal KO.

Winner: Cub Swanson by way of 1st round TKO

2. Roger Hollett vs. Matt Hamill

Hamill was active early on while it took Hollett a little while to get going. Hamill got a takedown and started hammering with hammer fists for a lot of the round. Hollett got up and landed a nice body shot to end the round.

Hamill is winning this fight with smart takedowns, but he’s not reacting well to the punches, especially downstairs. Hollett can’t stop the takedowns though.

The third round was much of the same. Hamill decided that rather than take any abuse on his feet, he was going to go for takedowns and it was fairly easy. Hollett didn’t fight him very much and was taken down at will.

Winner: Matt Hamill by unanimous decision

3. Brian Stann vs. Michael Bisping
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The Aftermath – UFC 133

UFC 133 was a pretty low priority for me last Saturday night. In fact, I thought so poorly of the card, I was going to skip my first UFC show in years. It wasn’t until a buddy called me and asked me if I wanted to check it out did I think I was going to watch it. I sure wasn’t going to pay for it.

Rashad Evans is a really good fighter. In fact, he might be underrated. But he’s not a must-see guy unless he’s fighting the right opponent. Tito Ortiz wasn’t that guy. The Tito Ortiz of 2004 would’ve been a fantastic opponent for Rashad. That Tito would’ve probably beaten Rashad. But not in 2011. Thus, I think most people felt similarly about this show. It wasn’t a must-see show. At FGB, only two of us watched it in whole.

Here’s what the Cactus Jim and I said about UFC 133:

Cactus Jim
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Best Fight: Tito Ortiz vs. Rashad Evans
Worst Fight: Matt Hamill vs. Alexander Gustafsson

This wasn’t a great card on paper and it didn’t rise above the expectations I had for it. Half of the fights were fairly entertaining, but there was nothing near a fight of the year candidate on the card. Coming out of the card, the big news was Matt Hamill’s retirement. His performance would lead me to believe that it was a wise move on his part. Rashad Evans situated himself nicely for a title shot. And Vitor Belfort’s dismantling of Sexyama led several people on this site, myself included, to believe that Vitor is probably the best guy UFC could put in with Anderson Silva, despite his recent loss to the champ. If you haven’t seen this show I sure wouldn’t pay PPV prices to watch it. Wait for Netflix or some other method to view.

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Best Fight: Rashad Evans vs. Tito Ortiz
Worst Fight: Rani Yahya vs. Chad Mendes

With low expectations, this show simply had to be decent for me to not be disappointed. And I think it was. It might’ve only been a 6.5 out of 10, but there was enough excitement that I didn’t feel ripped off paying for pizza at my buddy’s house. Rashad Evans looked great, even though he was fighting someone past his prime. Vitor Belfort looked good in beating Sexyama, but someone has to do something about those shots to the back of the head. He did the same thing against Rich Franklin. It’s always fun to watch Brian Ebersole, especially if you know his background. I was overall entertained, but also glad that I didn’t spend $55 on it.

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UFC 133 – Tito Ortiz Vs. Rashad Evans Play By Play

Can Tito Ortiz shock the MMA world twice? If he can, he’ll be back near the top of the heap at 205. Rashad Evans is in the prime of his career and on paper, should dispose of Ortiz. But MMA is one of the most unpredictable sports there is and even though this cliche is old and boring, anything can happen.

I’m not too happy with the way this show looks on paper. After UFC 132, I was hoping they’d be able to follow up with another hot show, but this just doesn’t seem to be it. Maybe they’ll surprise us. But with an undercard that looks like a Fight Night undercard, I’m not so sure that this is the way to continue to get people to pay for your shows.

On the SpikeTV portion of the card, Chad Mendes beat Rani Yahya in a fairly boring fight, while Alexander Gustafsson knocked out Matt Hamill in a two round slobber knocker.

1. Mike Pyle vs. Rory MacDonald

Pyle came out to Gonna Fly Now. Well, they are in Philly. Rory came out to MC Hammer’s U Can’t Touch This. Rogan said the song sucks.

MacDonald made quick work. He knocked Pyle down with an early shot, but Pyle tried to Werdum him into coming to the ground. It didn’t work. Pyle got him down, but couldn’t keep him down. MacDonald tried to lock in a guillotine but Pyle spun out of it. MacDonald got him to the ground and was a bit apprehensive inside Pyle’s guard, but then just exploded on him with punches and elbows and stopped him.

Winner: Rory MacDonald by 1st round TKO

2. Costantinos Philippou vs. Jorge Rivera

Close first round, but Philippou looked good. He’s quicker and might be stronger. But Rivera landed the better shots.
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The Aftermath – UFC 130

I was at UFC 130 live, so I had the live perspective. Some of my FGB brothers watched it on PPV and they have their perspective. While our perspectives were different, our apathy toward the event was the same. This was not a good show.

The FGB crew gives you their thoughts about UFC 130.

Thumbs Down (deep in the surface of the earth)
Best Fight: Brian Stann vs. Jorge Santiago
Worst Fight: Frank Mir vs. Roy Nelson

The show was a complete waste of my Sunday morning. Not a single thing coming out of this excites me. Quinton Jackson has got to be one of the most boring entities in MMA right now. He just has these crap fights, never finishes anyone and looks completely disinterested about everything. If the damn fighter isn’t interested in what he’s doing, why would the viewer be? Mir/Nelson was terrible and nothing on the undercard lit my world on fire. Credit to Brian Stann for being to only guy to show anything on this show. Actually, Travis Browne as well in fairness (I was just pissed by the that because I bet on

Cactus Jim
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Best Fight: Stefan Struve vs. Travis Browne
Worst Fight: Frank Mir vs. Roy Nelson

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UFC 130 – Matt Hamill Vs. Rampage Jackson Play By Play

As I’ve stated on FGB Radio and our UFC 130 preview, this show has lost a bit of its main event luster, but there’s still quality underneath.

If you missed any of the preliminary stuff, I posted updates on our FGB Facebook page as well as our @fightgamblog Twitter page. Go there to see what you may have missed.

1. Jorge Santiago vs. Brian Stann
After a lot of kicking each other happening, Stann drilled Santiago with a left hand and Santiago went down. Stann followed him to the ground and landed bombs on the ground. Great round for Stann.

Damn, Jorge Santiago was target practice. Stann hit him at will in the face. He put him down with an overhand right and finished him on the ground.

Winner: Brian Stann by way of 2nd round TKO

2. Rick Story vs. Thiago Alves
First round started out slowly with Story holding Alves up against the cage, but turned into a slugfest. Both guys got nice shots in.

It’s plausible that Story is up 2-0 here. Story worked hard for a takedown, but Alves was up quickly. Alves tripped him back down, but Story exploded out. The thing that may be the difference in the round is that Story caught him off-balanced when he was throwing a kick and knocked him down.
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UFC 130 Preview – Matt Hamill Vs. Rampage Jackson

If I can describe the enthusiasm for this show by the feedback I’ve received so far, I think I would use the word, “meh”. When Gray Maynard and Frankie Edgar was called off and Matt Hamill vs. Rampage Jackson was put into the main event it signified that the UFC couldn’t replace the main event and fans who already bought tickets for the show (like me) and those who wanted to buy it on PPV were just going to have to deal without a true marquee match. Hopefully the stuff underneath, which could range from pretty decent to pretty good, leans toward the good side.

The FGB crew (even Big D), along with Stevie J from Angry Marks, and friend of the site JP, have predictions ready for not only the main event, but for Frank Mir vs. Roy Nelson as well.

Frank Mir vs. Roy Nelson

Duan: Nelson by 1st round TKO
Alan: Nelson by 2nd round TKO
Stevie J: Mir by decision
JP: Mir by decision
Big D: Nelson by 2nd round TKO
Cactus Jim: Nelson by 3rd round TKO
GG: Nelson by decision

Duan says:

Frank Mir has done a good job of proving me wrong recently, but I still refuse to believe this guy is amongst the sport’s elite. His wins have come against fighters on the downward slide and when he has stepped up from that level he has been demolished.

It’s no slight at Nelson when I say he is not in the heavyweight division’s A class. He’s a real fighter and a very tough guy, I just feel he will always fall short at championship level. I do however believe he has enough to comfortably handle Mir. Nelson is not the type of man to crumble. If Mir is forced to slug with Big Country (which i think he will be) this won’t go long.

Alan says:

As Duan said, Mir has not been proving himself against fighters in their prime. Nelson, while not able to hang when matched up with Junior Dos Santos, has shown that he can beat good young fighters. He’s a legitimate guy in every aspect of the game, and he has a great attitude. I don’t see him ever getting nervous or antsy or anything like that. He’s a calm, relaxed dude and he fights like it. Mir is more likely to spaz out when things aren’t going his way. I see Roy getting inside and knocking Frank into next week.

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