As I've said maybe a half dozen times in the past before an event, "I'm not buying this one." Well when you're married and have a kid, you realize that there isn't much going on on a Saturday night, so as I've done each of the previous times I've made this statement, I broke down and bought it. I didn't buy 119 based on the stellar line up or because the main event was great on paper, but because we got four great fights free on Spike (prelims) so I almost woulda felt guilty if I didn't buy it. As the night wore on, I kept regretting my decision to buy the event.
It's official, Greg Jackson has now taught even a fighter with the most reckless abandoned fighting style how to out point someone on the way to a decision victory. I've been a Melvin Guillard fan for years, not because he is the most talented fighter in the world, but because win or lose he always puts on an exciting fight. That was until this past Saturday, where he jumped in and out throwing one and two punch combinations on his way to a split decision victory over Jeremy Stephens. It seemed that Melvin knew he was ahead going into the third (I don't know how he could have known that) and was content with out pointing Stephens in the third. It was kinda bitter sweet for me, I was very happy that Melvin won the fight, but was very unimpressed with how he won. Oh and whatever judge had that fight 30-27 Guillard has to get their eyes checked! When Bruce Buffer said 30-27, I was convinced that Stephens won the fight as there was at least one round that Melvin had lost without a doubt.
In the fight that I figured would be fight of the night, Chris Lytle dominated all three rounds of his fight against Matt Serra. Midway through the first round I couldn't help but notice how bad Serra looked (anyone watching the fight noticed this). I don't think Chris Lytle is that much better than Serra, but he sure looked to be Saturday night. The longer the fight went on, the more I thought that either age has caught up with Serra overnight or he was battling some sort of injury. I'm a fan of both fighters, so other than a small bet, I had no vested interest in this fight, and I don't want to take anything away from Lytle's win, but that just didn't look like the Matt Serra that we have grown used to seeing fight. There was no attempt at taking the fight to the ground, and as good as Lytle looked, Serra looked equally as bad.
The fight that quite a few MMA fans are talking about today is the Evan Dunham/Sean Sherk fight. I've read a lot of comments regarding the "bad" decision giving Sherk the nod. I didn't think it was a bad decision at all. It was a close fight, hence the split decision, but I gave the first round to Sherk, the third to Dunham and the second determined who won the fight. It really could have gone either way, but to call it one of the worst decisions ever is crazy.
I've been saying for a long time now that takedowns are scored way too heavily, especially when the fighter does nothing with the takedown or the fighter gets right up after getting taken down. Those of you saying Nog won that fight are crazy in my opinion, but for someone who is this blue chip wrestler, Bader didn't overly impress me. After the first round, Nog was able to stuff Bader's takedown attempts, and out struck Bader in almost every exchange. I was rooting for Nog and hoping that he could put in a better performance than he did against Jason Brilz, and he did, but he's also proving that he may not be worthy of all the hype he's been getting since joining the UFC. If the UFC puts Bader up against John Jones in his next fight, I'll not only be surprised, but very happy with the choice to put two rising stars against one another, essentially derailing one of their careers temporarily.
The main event between Mirko Cro cop and Frank Mir was as bad, if not worse than I thought it would be. I was more interested in Arianny Celeste's tweets during the main event than the fight itself. She busted out with two of the funniest comments on twitter that I've read in a long time: "About to see two future hall of famers fight" which prompted me to tweet back letting her know that I'm a HUGE Frank Mir fan, but he's not a future hall of famer. In the second round she referred to the fight as "worse than blue balls." Maybe I'm crazy, but how would she know what blue balls feels like? Funny stuff.
The prelims on spike were good, as they always seem to be. I'm a big Matt Mitrione fan, and was very impressed at how light on his feet he was, the triangle attempt when he got taken down and the fact that he didn't gas. He is still new to the sport and is showing constant improvement every time we see him fight. Overall a pretty weak event that was capped off with arguably the worst main event that I can ever remember. It was so bad, Dana White gave out two fight of the night awards and skipped knock out of the night. I strongly disagree with him doing this, especially when he always announces what the bonus amounts will be after the weigh ins, but I totally understand why he did it.