Since it's been awhile since my last blog, let's do a recap of recent events.
I hope Guillard and Ludwig are at peace with being gatekeepers, because they'll never be anything more.
The co-main event on UFC on Fox 2, featured Chael Sonnen vs Michael Bisping. I think the whole world (excluding the U.K.) thought Sonnen would run over Bisping. But, Bisping had a different idea. Sonnen looked feeble fighting Bisping. Every time Sonnen managed to get Bisping down, Bisping would shoot back to his feet. Sonnen couldn't control him on the ground and on the feet Bisping was the more active and better striker. But aggression and octagon control proved to be the deciding factor in the decision as Sonnen secured the decision. Now we will all be able to see if Silva vs Sonnen was a fluke, or if Sonnen really can pull off the unthinkable and unseat Silva.
I will be the first to say that I do not like Michael Bisping. But in defeat, in a fight I thought he won, I earned a ton of respect for him.
I also want to talk about the Chris Weidman vs Demian Maia fight. Maia is a submission expert. I'm still scratching my head as to why he thought he was a boxer. I know Maia is trying to work on his stand-up game since losing to Anderson Silva, but come on, when you are losing, go back to your bread-and-butter.
Now, I don't want to take away from Condit's win, but this make me think of the Diego Sanchez vs Martin Kampmann fight. Kampmann was spectacular in his counter-striking, defended 14 of 15 takedown attempts, beat Sanchez into a bloody pulp and lost the decision. How then, does Condit win the decision doing the same thing, but less effectively. Judges definitely need some training.
Here's a nice picture of Diego Sanchez after winning the decision against Martin Kampmann.
UFC on Fuel TV Sanchez vs Ellenberger. Ellenberger was just the better fighter. The Sanchez hype machine appears to be derailed again. I don't have anything else to say about this fight.
The co-main event was Rampage and Bader. I fully expected Rampage to retire after the fight. He missed weight badly and then looked like garbage with the one exception of his slam. Rampage has not looked good in a fight since he defeated Dan Henderson. He has essentially become a one-trick pony completely relying on his boxing skills and then makes excuses when he loses. In a recent article I read, he actually tweeted that he wants the UFC to cut him so he can go fight in other promotions. In my opinion, Rampage either needs to find his own motivation to fight, or see if he can get Hollywood to make another A-Team movie. This is another case of a fighter past his prime who thinks he is better what his skills now show. He obviously is having a problem with the upper half of the light heavyweight division's fighters. So, either he finds happiness in gatekeeper status fighting up-and-comers or he should just retire.
Mark Hunt looked good for the first time in the UFC with a nasty KO of Cheick Kongo. I have to say, I was was shocked that K-1 Hunt finally resembled the shades of his former Pride glory.
Jake Shields and Sexyama on paper looked like a good fight. This fight was an absolute snoozer and I am scratching my head as to Sexyama's gameplan. At no point in the fight did he truly engage. He rarely initiated and rarely counter-punched. He just stood there looking at Shields and then would perform a beautiful judo throw late in the round and think he won the round. It was a sad fight.
My last comment on UFC 144 is about Joe Lauzon. Every time I begin to believe in him, he forgets he's in a fight and gets finished. Be it Sotiropolous by kimura or Pettis by headkick. I just wish he would fight to his full potential.
UFC on FX 2, Alves vs Kampmann. In another fight dominated by one man for 2 rounds only to be finished in the 3rd, Alves and Kampmann put on a show. Alves completed dominated Kampmann for 14 minutes only to be submitted by a guillotine with 48 seconds to go in the fight. It was an amazing comeback to add to the slew of recent comebacks (Edgar coming back to KO Maynard, Kongo coming back from the brink to KO Barry, Mir being rocked and almost submitted to snapping Nogueira's shoulder, Boetsch KOing Okami). It's been a fun 6 months of fights.