Saturday, May 23, 2009
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Dave Kaplan vs George Roop
-Roop Wins by Split Decision (29-28, 27-30, 30-27)
Brandon Wolff vs Yoshiyuki Yoshida
-Yoshida Wins by 1st Rd Submission (Guillotine)
Krzysztof Soszynski vs Andre Gusmao
-Soszynski Wins by 1st Rd TKO
Phillipe Nover vs Kyle Bradley
-Bradley Wins by 1st Rd TKO
Pat Barry vs Tim Hague
-Hague Wins by 1st Rd Submission (Guillotine)
Brock Larson vs Mike Pyle
-Larson Wins by 1st Rd Submission (Arm Triangle)
-I'm putting the Over/Under at 9.5 for how many times Goldberg describes Machida as elusive.
Frankie Edgar vs Sean Sherk
Neither landing anything early. They tie-up briefly. Edgar throwing some leg kicks. Edgar lands a combo. Another left/right combo for Edgar. Sherk is walking right into them. Edgar shoots for a single, but Sherk brushes him off. Sherk tries a leg kick and Edgar goes in and gets a takedown. He's working for a guillotine. Sherk gets out of it and they're back to standing. Sherk moving forward. He's a step slow on the exchanges so far. A left lands for Sherk. A kick and a combo by Sherk. RNN Scores it 10-9 Edgar.
Edgar moving around constantly. Sherk is more active to start the round. A left lands for Sherk. Another left. Solid body kick for Edgar. Tie-up and a knee to the body sends Sherk down. He's right back up, kind of a slip from being off-balanced. Edgar connects with a left followed by a right. Another combo for Edgar. He's just too quick for Sherk thus far. He's connecting and getting out of the way. By the time Sherk throws, Edgar is two steps away. Edgar tries a takedown that goes nowhere. RNN Scores it 10-9 Edgar.
Sherk looks frustrated to start the final round. Sherk shoots hard and gets a sweet takedown. Edgar gets up quickly, though. I have no idea why Sherk isn't shooting constantly. It's like he wants to prove he can fight on his feet, but it's not working. Tie-up, Sherk tries for a clinch, Edgar gets free. Sherk misses on a takedown. Edgar connects during the scramble as they break. Inside leg kick by Edgar. Edgar counters perfectly with a combination. Sherk shoots with ten seconds left. Edgar defends and sinks in a guillotine. Sherk doesn't tap, but it scored points. RNN Scores it 10-9 Edgar.
Edgar Wins by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
-I have no idea why Sherk refuses to take people down. I don't get it at all. Play to your strengths. Make your opponent adapt to you. Trying to win stand-up battles with alligator arms just doesn't make sense to me.
Dan Miller vs Chael Sonnen
-Miller sporting chest hair. All things equal, the guy with chest hair wins.
Miller lands a right. Sonnen shoots for a takedown. Miller has a guillotine. Sonnen takes his time and gets out. That didn't look good. Sonnen on top throwing some strikes. Miller using a high guard. Strikes are landing for Sonnen. Miller turns for a kneebar. Sonnen defends and scrambles to side control. Miller gets back to half guard. Sonnen stands and rains down a couple solid punches. Elbow lands for Sonnen. RNN Scores it 10-9 Sonnen.
Tie-up, Sonnen pushes him into the cage. Miller has another guillotine. He lets go. Sonnen in full Miller's full guard. Sonnen throwing good shots from the top. Miller throwing legs up and getting close to a triangle. He's gotta be exhausted by now, though. Miller turns and goes for an arm bar. Sonnen gets out before Miller can get it going. Sonnen throws a huge left that misses from the top. Other than that, the last minute was very light stuff from Sonnen. RNN Scores it 10-9 Sonnen.
Jab lands for Miller. A right then a left connects for Miller. Sonnen has enough of getting hit and takes Miller down. Sonnen not doing much from the top. Elbow lands for Sonnen. Nothing really happening. Sonnen laying on top throwing light stuff. RNN Scores it 10-9 Sonnen.
Sonnen Wins by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
-"Not the most exciting fight." Rogan said it best.
-Thank God that's over.
-I obtained an exclusive picture of Lyoto Machida and Ed Soares going over the gameplan for tonight's fight.
Xavier Foupa-Pokam vs Drew McFedries
-Prior to the fight Goldberg told us, "This fight is brought to you by Burger King...Have it your way late at night!" I'm pretty sure that's the ad for Condom Depot too.
McFedries catches him with a big right. Prof X stumbles down. McFedries all over him. Prof X moving around on the ground and avoiding the stoppage. More shots. Prof X gets up and gets nailed again. Referee stops it.
McFedries Wins by 1st Round TKO
Matt Hughes vs Matt Serra
-I still can't believe this fight is actually gonna happen. I'm waiting for a last minute injury or maybe Serra will choke on a meatball. Seriously, how does a 5'4 fighter almost miss weight at 170 lbs?
-Serra coming out to the Rocky theme song.
-Hughes looks enormous.
A slow start with both circling. They go in for an exchange and a headbutt wobbles Hughes (he sort of walked into it). He's rocked. Serra lands some punches (one to back of head) and Hughes is hurt. Referee is watching closely. He didn't see the headbutt, so there was no timeout. Hughes grabs a leg and is holding on. I'm shocked this is still going on. Hughes back up and wrestles Serra in close. He seems recovered now. Back to circling. Hughes grabs Serra trips him to the ground. He shifts to side control and now has his back. Serra eating strikes, as Hughes looks to sink in a Rear Naked Choke. Serra turns and gets out of trouble. They're back to standing. RNN Scores it 10-10 (because of the headbutt).
Jab by Hughes. Hughes wrestles Serra into the cage and throws him to the ground. Hughes looking to pass. Serra defending well and not letting Hughes into side control. Hughes landing some punches to the head. Punches to the body now. Serra playing to the crowd and acting like the strikes don't hurt. They probably don't, but he's losing the round. Referee stands them up with ten seconds left. RNN Scores it 10-9 Hughes.
A right lands for Hughes. He dives in after it and gets the takedown. Serra immediately working for a shoulder lock. Hughes pulls his arm out. Full guard for Serra. Now Serra is working for a shoulder lock on the other arm. Hughes gets out again. Serra holding on and looking for the referee to stand them up. The referee listens and we're back to standing. Serra comes in with a right that partially lands. Hughes counters, though, with a couple strikes of his own. Tie-up, Hughes looks for a trip. Serra counters and throws Hughes to the ground. Serra working from the top. He lands a nice punch. Hughes gets basically back to his feet. RNN Scores it 10-9 Hughes.
Matt Hughes Wins by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
-Wow. It was sort of a boring fight with Hughes laying on top mostly. However, the 1st Round headbutt made it very dramatic. Hughes was pretty much out. The guy's recovery skills are unmatched by anyone. I'd put this on par with his comeback against Trigg. He got hit with a headbutt, a punch to the back of the head, a bunch of punches while he was staggered, then he came back and took Serra down. Amazing.
Lyoto Machida vs Rashad Evans (LHW Title)
-They really need Machida to be a coach on The Ultimate Fighter. The way he talks is hilarious. It's straight out of a Kung Fu movie.
-The UFC should pay Sean Salmon every time they show the clip of his head colliding with Rashad Evans' foot. It just seems like the right thing to do.
-Evans going crazy on the way to the cage.
-No sign of Evans' boyfriend Keith Jardine.
Minute in, no strikes. Minute and a half, nothing. Fans are being very patient. Machida is stalking. A head kick brushes Evans back and into the cage. There was some force, but it didn't fully land. A big kick lands for Machida into Evans' body. Machida lands body kick and a left hand that drops Evans. He's on top throwing. Evans weathers the storm and gets back to his feet. It seemed like he caught him off-balanced and it was a flash knockdown. Evans wasn't hurt, really. RNN Scores it 10-9 Machida.
-"He's gonna have to come to you, Lyoto."
Leg kick by Machida. A "MACHID-A!" chant has broken out. A body kick by Machida. Machida charges in with rights and lefts. Evans answers and actually hits Machida in the face. It didn't hurt him, but still, he landed a strike. Machida lands a big straight left that hurts Evans. He's all over him. Evans is taking strikes from every angle. He's down. He's up! Machida is relentless. A big right. A huge left drops Evans and it's over. Holy crap!
Machida Wins by 2nd Round KO
-First, Machida gave one the best post-fight speeches ever. He did the entire thing in his Kung Fu movie voice. The fans ate it up and were cheering throughout the whole thing. He sort of has an Andre the Giant thing going where everything he says is kinda funny because his voice is so deep.
-Second, the finish was classic. Evans deserves credit for all the strikes he took without dying. The last left dropped him to his knees then he fell backwards and for a second it looked like he might have broken his neck.
-Who the hell is gonna beat this guy?