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
Well better late than never.
UFC 103 was an unusual card with some unusual circumstances. It achieved in showing us that guys like Paul Daley and Vitor Belfort can have big fights in the UFC and that guys like Frank Trigg and Mirko CroCop may have to hang it up. You can hear me and GG break it down even more detailed on last weekend’s edition of FGB Radio. Lets see what the FGB crew of titans had to say…
Best Fight: Story/Foster
Worst Fight: Franklin/Belfort
There really wasn’t anything terrible on the card so I picked Franklin/Belfort as worst only because there was a complete lack of engagement and then one flurry by Belfort to end it. Rich was obviously finished, but the KO won’t make any highlight reels. There also wasn’t one fight in my mind that really stood head and shoulders above the rest. Daley was impressive in his win and I think despite some charges of early stoppage that the end was imminent and the outcome would have been unchanged. Koscheck looked good in his win, as did Griffin and Dos Santos. Overall, a fun card with lots of fights and lots of finishes.
Best Fight: Tyson Griffin vs. Hermes Franca
Worst Fight: Emerson vs. Leg kicker man
Emerson’s fight was hard to watch, I was just screaming STOP KICKING HIM at Duans TV! Fun show overall. Lots of exciting (short) fights.
Thumbs in the middle
Best Fight: Tyson Griffin vs. Hermes Franca
Worst Fight: Rich Franklin vs. Vitor Belfort
I watched this on delay after first watching the Mayweather/Marquez live and let’s just say I made the right decision. This show definitely felt like a secondary show compared to the fight. The main event was a near farce because of how quickly Franklin went down. I also think Vitor was allowed to get in two shots to the back of the head, and I’m not saying you can do anything about it, but it left a bad taste in my mouth. I’m a big disappointed in Mirko Cro Cop, even though I expected him to win, and I’m also disappointed in how easily Frank Trigg went down. But big props to Josh Koscheck, Paul Daley, and Junior Dos Santos for stepping up large.
Alright, we’ll see you guys at UFC 104!
UFC President Dana White said that MMA legend Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovich has signed a three-fight contract extension with the Ultimate Fighting Championship after a very thorough meeting with UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta sometime last week.
Cro Cop’s future in the UFC was placed in major jeopardy when it was reported that Cro Cop, after making a verbal agreement with Dana White to fight at UFC 99, instead signed to fight for DREAM Fighting Championship for the rest of 2009.
What’s bizarre about this story is that DREAM confirmed that Filipovic would fight on the July 20th, DREAM.10 show against Mighty Mo (Saila-Mou Siligia). I’ve heard from one source that the fight has since been scrapped after Mirko signed with the UFC, but I can’t confirm that just yet. We do know for sure that Cro Cop is under contractual obligation to fight Junior Dos Santos at UFC 103. But again, the story gets even STRANGER as the UFC recently released the poster for UFC 103 and neither that fight nor Cro Cop were featured, despite it being the HEAVILY rumored main event.