UFC 127 Prelims On Ion Play By Play – Spencer Fisher Vs. Ross Pearson

The UFC is going all out on the prelims tonight and it’s actually sort of funny because this is one of their weaker cards of late. Out of the twelve fights, their plan is to show ten of them (two on Facebook, three on Ion, and five on the PPV).

The main event of the Ion fights features Spencer Fisher against Ross Pearson.

The results of the Facebook fights saw Chinese fighter Tiequan Zhang stop Jason Reinhardt very quickly with a guillotine choke and Anthony Perosh submit Tom Blackledge in the first round with a rear naked choke.

Nick Ring faces Riki Fukuda in the first prelim fight on Ion.

1. Nick Ring vs. Riki Fukuda

It was a nice little back and forth to start the show. Fukuda is pretty relentless and scored two takedowns, one right at the end of the round. Ring’s leg kicks and overall striking game was better, and the mix of styles made it a really solid round.

Both guys look good. It’s going to be a close fight if it goes all the way to decision. Fukuda got another takedown, and much like the first round, Ring had the better striking, though Fukuda held his own.

Fukuda got another takedown and actually held position for a bit and then shot in and got another one. Ring should be fighting with a little more urgency, but he’s not. Even though Ring looked like the stronger person, Fukuda was able to hold him down. Ring may have just been tired. This was easily Fukuda’s round.

Winner: Nick Ring by unanimous decision

The scores were 29-28 all in favor of ring. I would’ve had it the other way around. I’m not sure how Ring won that second round at all, and he for sure was outclassed during that third round.

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The Ultimate Fighter Season 11 Finale – Keith Jardine Vs. Matt Hamill Play By Play

This seems like one of the weaker TUF finale cards. From the show, Jamie Yager and Rich Attonito are going to fight in addition to the Court McGee and Kris McCray final, but no one else is on the main card. And I’m not too excited about Jardine/Hamill, even though it should be a good fight. Jardine is either going to leg kick Hamill to death, or get hit on the button and go down.

Chuck Liddell is also scheduled to be at the show only one week after his loss to Rich Franklin.

Ken Florian is with Mike Goldberg tonight.

1. Rich Attonito vs. Jamie Yager

Yager is more active and at times, too quick for Attonito with his quick kicks and good movement. Attonito shot in for a takedown and Yager kept it upright. Yager’s boxing is odd and he leaves himself open by throwing loopy punches, but Attonito hasn’t been able to take advantage of it yet.

Attonito landed some hard shots that looked to break Yager, much like he was broken in the fight he lost during the season. He shot in for the takedown and got it. He quickly got Yager’s back and went for a rear naked choke. He didn’t get it, but he eventually flattened him out and finished him with strikes to the side of the head while he was laying on his stomach.

Winner: Rich Attonito by way of 2nd round TKO

2. Dennis Siver vs. Spencer Fisher

I know I’ve said this before, but Siver looks like a midget Brock Lesner. Siver is more robotic in his striking while Fisher is in and out with feints and lots of side to side movement. Siver’s left eye was cut somehow and it’s a big cut. Siver is also throwing high kicks, but Fisher sees them coming.

It looks like the cut was from an accidental headbutt. Much better round for Siver and he might’ve eked it out. He was starting to land his right hand which was opening up even more room for his front kicks. Fisher landed some good shots as well and started to land body kicks.

This is such a close round. For the first three minutes, I thought it was Siver’s round, but Fisher might’ve done more enough at the end of this round to take it. It’s very close to what I’d score a 10-10 round. Siver shot in right as the bell rang to end the match, and it’s probably something he could’ve done earlier in the round to steal it.

Winner: Dennis Siver

The scores were 30-27, 29-28, and 29-28. I thought the first round was Fisher all the way.

3. Aaron Simpson vs. Chris Leben

Typical Leben fight – Simpson out-wrestled him and out-struck him too. He was way more active and Leben’s defense was to use his face to block his punches. You know Leben wants to unload with that big left hand, but until then, he’s taking some decent shots.
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Aftermath – UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun

UFC 104 will be remembered not for any particularly stand out performance or fight, but rather for the controversial scoring of the main event. Ultimately this card did very little to shake up the UFC rankings, and the consensus amongst the Fight Game Blog crew seems to be that the show was a disappointment. The full FGB team weigh in with their thoughts:

Alan
Thumbs Down
Best Fight: Velasquez vs. Rothwell
Worst Fight: Tibau vs. Neer
I suppose, although there were three fights all around that standard.

Boring show for the most part.

Big D
Thumbs In The Middle, leaning down
Best Fight: Cain Velasquez vs. Ben Rothwell
Worst Fight: Chael Sonnen vs. Yushin Okami

A bit of a lackluster show that will be remembered for it’s controversial finale rather than being a good top to bottom fight card. The main event was a fun kickboxing exhibition turned screwjob (we detailed this on our recent edition of FGB Radio), but the most entertaining moment was Velasquez annihilating Rothwell. Everything else was ehh… just there. Keep this on the bottom of your DVD wish list.

Cactus Jim
Thumbs slightly down
Best Fight – Valasquez versus Rothwell
Worst Fight- Neer versus Tibau

There wasn’t much noteworthy about the show. Anthony Johnson showed up
WAAAAAY over weight and destroyed his opponent. Cain Velasquez is
starting to look like the guy the UFC has been hyping him to be. Shogun
got the short end of the stick on the decision. Other than that, it was
plodding fights with no real meaning outside of Okami being removed from
a title shot after his loss to Sonnen. Not worth the replay.

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UFC 99 – The Aftermath

UFC 99 wasn’t a must-see blow away show. But it did have a few good fights and a great performance from Wanderlei Silva, who at the end, looked like someone who understands his place in the world of MMA. He’s a legendary name, and because of his ability to show his charisma, his name will continue to draw even if his fighting isn’t up to the necessary standards. Time will tell on that one.

Here’s the feedback from the FGB crew:

Cactus Jim

Show overall rating: Thumbs In The Middle

Best Fight: Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva
Worst Fight: Mike Swick vs. Ben Saunders
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UFC 99 – Rich Franklin Vs. Wanderlei Silva Play By Play

This is one of those shows that should be entertaining, though there might not a lot of attachment to some of the fights themselves because there are really no grudge matches.

Dan Hardy vs. Marcus Davis is trying to be built as one, and I give them credit for trying, but it’s still a mid-card fight. But like I said, it’s going to be an entertaining show. We’ll see whether or not Cain Velasquez is the real deal (I’m going to guess yes) and whether or not Wanderlei Silva has something left. I’m also excited to see Ben Saunders take on Mike Swick. I think it’s a bit early for Saunders to beat someone like Swick, but I think he’ll show us something. And it’s always fun to see Mirko Cro Cop right, even if he’s not the same guy as he was just three years ago.

Hardy vs. Davis is up first.

1. Dan Hardy vs. Marcus Davis

After some early trading, Davis pushed him up against the cage looking for the takedown. Hardy fought it well, but Davis used a trip to get him down and immediately went from half guard to the mount. Hardy pushed him back into his guard. Back on their feet, Hardy nailed him with a big elbow and rocked Davis a bit with punches. Davis probably eeks the round out because of the early domination on the ground, but Hardy made it close near the end.

There was some good stand-up by both guys early in the round. Hardy was content on countering Davis’ left hand until Davis started to land it. Then Hardy started to strike first. Hardy nailed the best shot of the fight so far with a knee to the head that put Davis down. Hardy wasn’t able to do anything on the ground and Davis went for an arm bar that he didn’t get until the referee stood them back up. Davis landed a nice left hand and got the takedown to end the round. Davis came back at the end of the round, but it’s probably Hardy’s round.

Davis had Hardy on his back to start the round, but Hardy turned the tables and bloodied up Davis by cutting him over his nose. The referee wanted the doctor to check the cut and Davis kind of wobbled in trying to get up. He was fine and they were put back down with Hardy in Davis’ guard. Hardy ended up getting the better of their exchanges to end the fight and I think that might be what separates these guys when it comes to the scorecards. It doesn’t hurt Hardy’s chances when you look at Davis’ face. He’s a bloody mess.

Winner: Dan Hardy by way of split decision

Davis was pissed and wouldn’t shake his hand. Hardy got over pretty well with his interview. It was a pretty good fight and made me want to see Hardy again.

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UFC 99 Weigh-in Results

Thanks to F4W/Wrestling Observer for the details.

Also, AngryMarks.com has information on who had heat at the weigh-ins.

Undercard

Rick Story (169) vs. John Hathaway (170)

Stefan Struve (248) vs. Denis Stojnic (241)

Roli Delgado (155) vs. Paul Kelly (156)

Paul Taylor (169) vs. Peer Sobotta (169)

Dale Hartt (156) vs. Dennis Siver (156)

Justin Buccholz (155) vs. Terry Etim (156)

Live Show

Mostapha Al-Turk (236) vs. Mirko Cro Cop (233)

Caol Uno (155) vs. Spencer Fisher (154)

Dan Hardy (170) vs. Marcus Davis (171)

Ben Saunders (169) vs. Mike Swick (169)

Cheick Kongo (230) vs. Cain Velasquez (239)

Wanderlei Silva (194) vs. Rich Franklin (194)