This has a chance to be a sleeper fight night card. With so much UFC on TV today, unless you’re the hardest of hardcores, a lot of these shows blend together. But this show that’s exclusively shown on Fight Pass has a chance to stand out a bit from UFC’s B and C shows.
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I was a huge proponent of the idea that Frankie Edgar should get an immediate rematch after losing his title against Benson Henderson. Heck, I thought he eked out the first fight. Edgar is a lunch-pail kind of former champ who doesn’t tout his own near greatness outside of the cage. He just fights his ass off inside of it. But part of why he’s under-appreciated is because he doesn’t tout himself. People will remember great fights, but they remember more the impression that a great fighter leaves and most of that is charisma-based. Benson Henderson has a lot of that charism that Edgar lacks. Who would be the better champion to push the lightweight division higher and higher? It’s the most competitive division in the UFC, yet, without a BJ Penn to bring the eye balls, the division hasn’t been a huge draw. Can Benson Henderson change that?
The two biggest fights on UFC 150 are lightweight fights and those are the ones we’ll talk about. One is a fight between friends. Donald Cerrone and Melvin Guillard should have a fun striking-based fight and they’d like to challenge Edgar/Henderson for that best fight bonus. Stevie J from Angry Marks along with the FGB crew share their predictions.
Melvin Guillard vs. Donald Cerrone
GG says: Cerrone by 3rd round submission
Both guys want to trade and give the fans a great performance. Neither guy has to win to keep his job. But when it gets down to the third round, I expect both guys to work hard to finish the fight. Guillard is susceptible to being choked out. His last three defeats are all from either rear-naked chokes or guillotine chokes. I think Cerrone sets him up in the third round and Guillard will tap out again.
Duan says: Cerrone by 1st round submission
We haven’t seen it so much lately, but for a guy who favours striking first, Cerrone has a near stunning ability to catch a guy cold in a submission. Guillard has always had major issues surviving opponents who attack for holds aggressively. His overanxious style makes him the perfect victim. I see this ending no other way than first round tapout.
Cactus Jim says: Cerrone by 2nd round submission
There’s not much that can be said beyond what my co-bloggers have already pointed out. Both guys can punch. Both guys can take a punch. Both have great cardio and both come to fight. If there is one discrepancy in the skills of each of these fighters, it’s that Guillard has proven susceptible to submission, chokes in particular. Cerrone has a demonstrated proficiency in this area with a number of wins coming in this manner. If Greg Jackson isn’t an idiot, and he’s not, he has built a game plan for Donald that involves exploiting this hole in Guillard’s game. Like a slimmer Adrian Adonis, Cerrone will put Guillard to sleep, but I’m guessing he doesn’t get the pleasure of slapping him out of his slumber after his hand is raised.
Frankie Edgar vs. Benson Henderson
UFC 136 wasn’t a resounding thumbs up according to entire the FGB crew, but some have pegged it as one of the better shows of the year thus far.
Here’s what the FGB crew thought about UFC 136:
Thumbs In The Middle (leaning up)
Best Fight: Nam Phan vs. Leonard Garcia
Worst Fight: Kenny Florian vs. Jose Aldo
Florian/Aldo really dragged and I think that being a good fight would have made this a great show, but it was a half an hour of boringness at a key part of the event. The main event was good but the rounds after the exciting 1st round were kinda quiet until the finish. Garcia/Nam was very entertaining, and Melvin/Joe was fun while it lasted. Chael’s win and promo were the most memorable things on this show for me.
Best Fight: Gray Maynard vs. Frankie Edgar
Worst Fight: Brian Stann vs. Chael Sonnen
After their draw on New Year’s Day, the hope is that we’ll have a conclusive decision tonight during the main event. Gray Maynard is still undefeated, but Frankie Edgar has a lot of momentum after being blitzed during the first round of their fight. On one card, he won every round except for the first. And on another, he won three out of five. It’s up to Maynard to press the action and nullify Edgar’s quickness advantage.
On the Spike TV prelims, Anthony Pettis won a split decision over Jeremy Stephens while Demian Maia won a unanimous decision over Jorge Santiago.
1. Joe Lauzon vs. Melvin Guillard
Lauzon caught Guillard with a really short left. Guillard was exposed completely trying to throw a big shot of his own. Guillard wobbled and Lauzon immediately jumped on him and sunk in a rear naked choke for the submission.
Winner: Joe Lauzon
2. Leonard Garcia vs. Nam Phan
Garcia was landing big shots right out of the gate. Phan looked to land a right hand that put Garcia down, but it also looked like Garcia might’ve slipped. Phan is landing his jab at will. Garcia’s defensive strategy is to block Phan’s punches with his face. Garcia telegraph’s all his kicks. Strong round like you’d expect and I’d give it to Phan.
Garcia took a lot of punishment. He can either take a ton of punishment or Phan doesn’t hit very hard. Maybe a bit of both. Garcia took an absolute beating this round. If Phan could’ve put him on the ground, might’ve been a 10-8.
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.