First and foremost, How about that event? I have been to lots of Oakland A's games and a couple boxing fights in my day. Nothing was as glamorous and amazing as the show this past weekend. To finish out the year on fox, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), delivered and delivered big!
Was I the only one who noticed how incredible every one of those first rounds turned out? Marcus LeVesseur burying his face in the crotch of his last minute replacement foe aside.
Matt Brown had an impressive knockout win over one of his most well known opponents to date and didn't get a post fight interview. What a story with Matt Brown and big ups to him for pulling off the upset and putting himself in the place he deserves to be. NO DECISIONS!
Rory MacDonald terrorized BJ Penn for three rounds and left the former lightweight and welterweight champ busted up and headed back to Hilo, Hawaii a loser.
Gustafsson remains a tough outing for anybody while further stating his case for a shot at Jon Jones' title belt.
Benson Henderson surprised us all with the most dominant performance of his budding career. Destroying tough challenger Nate Diaz -- ten times worse than Rory MacDonald did -- while Nate was at his best weight. Wiping the entire octagon floor with the slapping Stockton native.-- Utter embarrassment is sometimes what it takes for a great fighter to really get an idea of just how much hard work bigger, stronger wrestlers are putting in.
Scott Jorgensen and John Albert started the show with a battle and questionably won fight of the night honors.
For Jorgenson a scrap with "Kid Lightning" Brian Caraway. Who mysteriously popped up in the background of UFC women's bantamweight Miesha Tate's interview on the mmahour with Ariel Helwani just yesterday looking ready to go. Brian Bowles, Alex Caceres. Maybe a bout between WEC vets -- Takeya Mizugaki.
Any of the above would be quite interesting for the die-hard bantamweight.
Dennis Siver and Nam Phan was one-sided the entire fight. Nam Phan is a good fighter and will never quit. If he can drop down to bantamweight he would be a welcome addition to the weight class below.
For Dennis Siver -- Pablo Garza? Even Ultimate Fighter winner Diego Brandao would be intense.
Abel Trujillo and Marcus LeVesseur was a snooze-fest for the better part of the opening round. Before LeVessur's late replacement stepped up automatically and eliminated his bear-hugging opponent with GSP vs Serra 2 like knees to the body. Impressive finishing ability by Abel!
Next fight for him that would be nice -- Tiequan Zhang for UFC on Fuel TV 6 in Saitama, Japan - in 2013, or maybe the Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Live finalist Al Iaquinta. Who knows?
For LeVessur, who cares really?
Daron Cruickshank began a kicking assault on Henry Martinez and didn't stop until Martinez was out cold on the canvas. Jon Bones Jones was right outside the cage pumping his fist to his fellow teammate, Martinez pre fight and couldn't bear to watch as Daron Cruickshank demonstrated how to setup a perfect head kick without stupid looking knee kicks.
For Daron -- Tim Means, actually -- Both are tied at 2-0 now in the UFC
Ramsey Nijem opened up in the first round with some Chuck Liddell-like footwork, credit to John Hackleman (trainer), he was also throwing a beautiful right hand reminding me of the Iceman. Then a Steven Seagal crane kick came out of nowhere flooring Proctor. Ramsey jumped on him but couldn't finish. Joe was too tough.
For Ramsey Nijem, I don't know, Means would be a stylistic clash I guess. I think Nijem could go for a bigger fight though, he will probably be assigned to eliminate someone who is a loss away from being cut.
Joe Proctor is an awesome fighter who can fight anybody. Match him up with anyone at that weight and it would make for a good fight I was really happy about that one.
For Easton, maybe a dude like Chico Camus or something. Don't know, don't really care either.
Yves Edwards did exactly what I told you he was gonna do, decimate this public nuisance and put him on his ass with punches. I'm not going to find you "JOHNNYBOY6969" I wait for my bitches to come to me, all due respect.
Next match for Yves Edwards should be John Makdessi. Back to the penitentiary for Stephens
Matt Brown always seems calm, cool and collected never really seems overanxious in his fights anymore. He knocked out Mike Swick suddenly and the crowd appreciated his power as Brown was the only underdog to win on the main card, and a finish at that.
Rory MacDonald proved he's worthy of the title "rising star," with a decisive victory over Penn. Almost like Jon Jones with his stand up kicks and combos and it wasn't what I expected at all.
For Rory, it's imperative that he gets a fight right away. He knows that -- asking for Condit and saying he has never been the same person since his late third round TKO loss to Condit back in June of '10 at UFC 115 in his hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. During the UFC on Fox post fight press conference
Goodbye BJ! You stayed around a little too long and I hope he realizes that if he continues on with this, he's only following in the final footsteps of Matt Hughes' career. I will always like to watch him fight though no matter what he chooses to do. Harsh? Okay I've also noticed BJ has lost twice in a row twice before and came back stronger than ever, the first time taking out Jens Pulver and Joe Stevenson -- to earn the right to be called the Lightweight champion. Second time after his back-to-back losses against Frankie Edgar at UFC 112 and UFC 118 -- he came back to destroy Matt Hughes handily with punches -- in :23 seconds -- no sweat.
Talk of Alexander Gustafsson vs Lyoto Machida in the mist already, that is, if Dan Henderson's knee still isn't holding him up. Or whatever the case may be. Wouldn't be a bad match-up and if Lyoto can avoid the onslaught and land on the taller Gustafsson -- he can put up a better fight against Jones a second time around. Matchmaker also needs to be instinctual about injuries as Rashad will be facing Antonio Rogerio Nogueira early in 2013.
After Benson Henderson annihilated the challenger Nate Diaz, he deserves to be babied and put on the shelf. Donald Cerrone vs Anthony Pettis should determine the next number one contender.
For Nate Diaz, I've thought about it a lot. He's an awesome fighter who you can match up with just about anybody, I wouldn't mind if he took on Mac Danzig in a battle of Ultimate fighter winners -- Season 5 and 6. Or Brian Ebersole if he's really into dropping weight. Sean Sherk has been out for a while -- Nate needs another fight once his eye heals and maybe he should be paired with another grinder to see how he can put up with it after the beating Benson Henderson put on him.
How about you? Can you get in tune with your inner matchmaker?
Start naming some of the fights you would like to see after the outstanding UFC on Fox show from Seattle. Also, feel free to ask me about my experience.