What were the top stories last week?
In his first fight in WSOF on Saturday night, he quickly submitted Steve Carl, but again, held onto the submission for several seconds until he had to be pulled off by the referee. Some might say that it seemed okay, but there are two points here.
1. He should be on his best behavior when it comes to this.
2. Carl taps right on Palhares’ leg so there’s no way he doesn’t know.
More from Meltzer:
Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort on Jan. 1 in Las Vegas. Interesting since Silva’s people had claimed he wouldn’t be ready by that date.
Now we know the main event for the New Years show. Looks like Silva’s injury isn’t as bad as they seemed.
Per Dana White’s twitter, Belfort wasn’t injured. He’s just scheduled to fight Silva next, so the initial story was incorrect.
Here’s what he said:
Vitor is not injured. He is going to fight anderson for the title and the winner of marquart and okami are next.
According to Dave Meltzer via MMA Weekly, Vitor Belfort is out of his match against Yushin Okami, which was to determine the number one contender to Anderson Silva, the UFC middleweight champion.
Instead, Nate Marquardt will take his place.
The middleweight division is in a bit of chaos because of Chael Sonnen’s positive test for elevated testosterone. Marquardt just recently beat Rousimar Palhares at the last Ultimate Fight Night card.
This is the show that preludes the new season of The Ultimate Fighter with Geoges St. Pierre and Josh Koscheck as coaches, which leads up to their fight in December.
Rousimar Palhares vs. Nate Marquardt is the main event on the show, but Efrain Escudero and Charles Oliveira might be the most intriguing fight of them all.
1. Ross Pearson vs. Cole Miller
Miller was active early on shooting in for the takedown and getting one. Pearson looks really comfortable on his feet, even though Miller has a tremendous reach advantage with both his arms and legs. His strikes are slower, but because he’s so long, he’s able to land. Pearson spent the entire round trying to get inside.
Miller landed a left hook that came several punches after a wacky flying knee that missed. Pearson buckled and immediately, Miller got his back and Pearson tapped.
Winner: Cole Miller by way of 2nd round submission
I thought Pearson would win because his striking is more compact and because Miller has been inconsistent and at times gets overpowered, but Miller came to fight tonight. In his interview with Joe Rogan, he called out boring fighters who don’t try to finish.
2. Gleison Tibau vs. Jim Miller
Tibau got an early takedown, but didn’t do anything with it. The boxed for the rest of the round. Miller landed three big straight lefts to end the round that were the best shots of the round. Tibau is going to get hit with that punch at will unless he switches it up.
Earlier this week, I stated three reasons why Chael Sonnen deserved an immediate rematch with Anderson Silva.
Today, guest poster Ryan Frederick (whose work has also been seen on F4W/Wrestling Observer) talks about why the rematch would be the best thing for the middleweight division.
This past Saturday’s UFC 117 event brought fans one of the most epic and memorable main event title fights in company history as Anderson Silva defeated Chael Sonnen to retain the UFC Middleweight Championship. However, it wasn’t an easy night for Silva as Sonnen outclassed and dominated the champion for 23 minutes before falling victim to a triangle choke with 1:50 left in the 5th and final round. Sonnen, who not many critics gave much of a chance to beat Silva, executed a perfect gameplan in which he pushed the action the entire fight, and used his main strength, his wrestling, to expose Silva’s main weakness, his takedown defense. Sonnen even survived a flurry from Silva at the beginning of the 4th round and was cruising to a win until being caught in the submission, having won every round, and all of them convincingly. Sonnen even connected with 289 strikes, which were more strikes landed on Silva than all of Silva’s previous 11 UFC fights combined. It was an impressive display from Sonnen, but the result left nearly every fan watching with the overwhelming opinion of wanting to see these men go at it one more time, to see if Sonnen can finish the job next time.