I love Brazil. UFC 142 is in the books and whilst the second UFC Rio lacked the star power of the original it certainly didn't lack quality finishes or more controversial officiating. Unfortunately for Zuffa the majority of American sports fans were too busy watching Tom Brady destroy Denver to see this show but that's what happens when you clash with the NFL play-offs. Even I was watching the game instead of the prelims. But at least in Brazil all eyes were on the UFC and they were not disappointed.
In the main event UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo was looking to impress his hometown fans by making a statement against the undefeated Chad Mendes. This was Aldo's third UFC fight and his performances in decision victories over Mark Hominick and Kenny Florian were not up to the standard that he had previously set during his reign of terror in the WEC. Well in the biggest fight of his career to date and in his first UFC main event Aldo showed the world why he is considered to be a top P4P fighter as he dismantled Mendes in the opening round, brutalising him with leg kicks and successfully defending Chad's takedown attempts before connecting with a vicious knee to finish the fight. The post-fight celebrations in the crowd were surreal as Aldo was mobbed by his fans and paraded around the arena as the conquering hero. It's official, Jose Aldo is a bonafide star.
The majority of the pre-event hype had been centred around the co-main event in what was supposed to be a Middleweight clash between Brazilian legend Vitor Belfort returning to his home country to fight there for the first time since 1998 and Anthony Johnson. Rumble's failure to make the weight has been discussed to death already so I'll just concentrate on the fight itself. Rumble was able to take down Vitor earl on but bizarrely was forced to stand-up very quickly despite being relatively active from on top and actually causing damage to Vitor's right eye. It doesn't take a genius to work out that Vitor was being awarded generous stand-ups to keep the fans happy and so it proved as a visibly tired Johnson crumbled under the pressure of Vitor's strikes and tapped out to a rear naked choke in similar fashion to his losses to Josh Koscheck and Rich Clementi. That won't help his job prospects. It was a great win for Vitor but it highlighted how inconsistent referees are with stand-ups and in all honesty it's hard to take MMA seriously as a sport when officials are clearly being influenced to dictate where the fight takes place depending on who the crowd's favourite is.
Speaking of refereeing inconsistencies, what should have been another quick and impressive KO victory for Erick Silva in Rio turned into an absolute shambles as Mario Yamasaki disqualified him for illegal strikes to the back of the head and awarded the decision to Carlos Prater. What made things worse was when Joe Rogan confronted Mario over the decision after video replays indicated that only 1 punch clearly landed on the back of the head. As annoyed as I am by missing out on 11 points (Playground are treating the fight as a No Contest) what bothers me more is that lack of consistency shown by referees for this type of situation. There have been many TKO victories awarded following strikes to the back of the head with there being no punishment handed to the offender so I have no idea why Silva was all of a sudden treated differently to everyone else and lost the fight because of a common foul.
At least there could be no complaints about the highlight reel KO of Terry Etim by Edson Barboza. Mid-way through the third round Edson looked to be coasting to a comfortable unanimous decision win after beating up his British opponent with a wide range of leg and body kicks. Then from out of nothing Edson suddenly landed a spinning heel kick to the head that instantly knocked out Etim in one of the most brutal and craziest looking finishes to a fight that I have ever seen. It's only the second week of January and we've already seen the KOTY.
And in news that surprised nobody (except ) Rousimar Palhares claimed another victim with his leg lock of doom.
As for the pool results we now have a new leader and he's a former Money Pool champion and no he isn't Mike or Agar. We also saw a return to the norm as Agar and NNR once again tied with a top 5 score whilst (Mike's favourite word) I went back to underachieving. This was not an event to pick underdogs, with the majority of favourites prevailing including the biggest locks to date as all but 1 player correctly picked Mike Pyle and Rousimar Palhares. All of those who hoped that Mendes would pull off the upset were also disappointed. However picking the hot bout correctly was critical to success and in this event made the difference between winning and losing. So everyone that picked JDS' fat training partner suffered.
With an impressive score of 77 it was BNF who took the win in the second event which sees him overtake TBranson (who drops to second after scoring 61) as the overall leader of the pool. The winner of Season 2 of the Money Pool managed to earn himself an event win in spite of picking Chad Mendes. He picked up full points on Gonzaga (I told you the hot bout was critical), Arantes, Palhares, Tavares and Barboza and only failed to correctly pick Aldo. He was only 1 point and 1 spot away from placing on the overall leaderboard on the front page. After scoring 74 in the opening event's been a strong and consistent start for BNF and that's a perfect recipe for success.
Honourary mention goes to deuce as the 02 in his name has a new meaning following his second place finish this event after scoring 72. Once again the hot bout made the difference as deuce scored perfectly on Gonzaga, Alcantra, Arantes and Palhares and only failed to pick Belfort and Tavares. After a solid start in the opening event with 57 this great score sees deuce place in the top 3. Maybe him and yan have been hustling us all along.
In the lowest score in an event to date Darkside alumni Loonz only managed 26 after correctly picking Pyle, Palhares, Barboza and Belfort and failing to score a perfect 11 on any fight. Great job recruiting for your little group Drew and to think you actually declined Stallion. No wonder you boys went 0-7 against Agar this weekend.
Honourary mention goes to myself for my spectacular decline as I went from scoring 70 in week 1 to scoring 40 tonight. And as things stand I owe $60. Damn you Mario.
Season 6's First Quitters
It would be pointless as I have just recorded a 0 for this event, which effectively closes out any opportunity of me hitting top 3, let alone winning.
No sense in playing for the chance to win a single event and win back my money that I havent sent yet.
Come on Cali it's only event 2. Joining you on the walk of shame is last week's bottom placed finisher donkeypunch who also failed to post any picks. I expect written apologies from both of you in this thread.
Friend: I think this guy (Mike Massenzio) is going to win.
David W-S: Why?
Friend: Cause he's wearing flip-flops.
David W-S: ?
Got to love casual fans.
Most Gracious Loser
Unambig after picking Edinaldo Oliveira
I hope he commits suicide over that effort
He was shittier than James Toney
See mate you should have watched Tom Brady batter the Broncos instead.
Most Loyal Fan
vhw on Rousimar Palhares
let's go toquinho!
fuck that motherfucker off!
MMA Playground season 12: The Dirty Dozen
2 / 10 events complete
|1||151||BNF||(select event) UFC 141 UFC 142 UFC on FX 1: Guillard vs. Miller UFC on FOX: Evans vs. Davis UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit UFC on FUEL: Ellenberger vs. Sanchez UFC 144: Japan UFC on FX 2 - Flyweight Tournament Semifinals UFC 145 UFC on FUEL TV 2|
|2||149||TBranson||(select event) UFC 141 UFC 142 UFC on FX 1: Guillard vs. Miller UFC on FOX: Evans vs. Davis UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit UFC on FUEL: Ellenberger vs. Sanchez UFC 144: Japan UFC on FX 2 - Flyweight Tournament Semifinals UFC 145 UFC on FUEL TV 2|
|3||129||Deuce02||(select event) UFC 141 UFC 142 UFC on FX 1: Guillard vs. Miller UFC on FOX: Evans vs. Davis UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit UFC on FUEL: Ellenberger vs. Sanchez UFC 144: Japan UFC on FX 2 - Flyweight Tournament Semifinals UFC 145 UFC on FUEL TV 2|
Highest Score: TBranson 88 UFC 141
Lowest Score: Loonz 26 UFC 142
Most improved: Newfie 35 UFC 141, 66 UFC 142 (+31)
Fastest decline: David W-S 70 UFC 141, 40 UFC 142 (-30)
Biggest favourites: 38 picked Mike Pyle/Rousimar Palhares UFC 142
Biggest underdog: 2 picked Nate Diaz UFC 141