UFC 146 went down this past Saturday and the heavyweights did not disappoint one bit as every fight ended in brutal fashion. The top ten rankings on SBnation will look a lot different after Saturday night and what seemed from a hot piss test wasn't at all.
It was easily one of my fondest memories in recent UFC history and with UFC 147 coming up, I am very happy this came first.
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UFC 146 Thoughts:
The battle of the heavy armory was one of the ages and that is no over hype. We saw blood baths, comebacks, dominance and BROCK LESNAR!
On the undercard we saw 'The Outlaw' Dan Hardy knockout Duane Ludwig in fashion. We learned two things in my opinion, Dan Hardy can be very dangerous and that he still needs to refine some pieces. The bout with 'Bang' was shaky but Hardy showed why he was a former contender and I hope that Joe Silva doesn't rush him-no point.
I have never been a fan of Jason Miller and Dana White was right, when your back is against the wall and you do 'gimmicky' stuff you aren't serious. I never got ultra goofy shit come fight night and it is no surprise that 'Ron Burgandy' Kyle Kingsbury and Miller lost.
I am very happy that Jamie Varner got that win as he earned at least one huge UFC moment for his career. He came in when no one wanted him and smashed one of the elite contenders in Edson Barboza. It was great to see his joy and rejoice.
-Stefan Struve vs. Lavar Johnson: It was what I thought it was going to be, two guys forcing their game and the one Struve wanted was the best option. It was fun Lavar but unless you get strikers in a row and or work on the ground game, short term life.
-Stipe Miocic vs. Shane del Rosario: This was the best back and forth tilt, del Rosario seemed to be ready after a year long layoff but as the fight progressed, Miocic showed his true grit. In the end, Stipe was able to take a possibly tired del Rosario down and use elbows like an axe.
-Roy Nelson vs. Dave Herman: I will admit that I truly believed in Pee-Wee' coming into the UFC. I saw a tall and athletic striker who was using all sorts of inventive kicks. I saw him vs. Jon Olav Einemo and thought it was just a case of JOE being better than advertised. After losses to Struve and Nelson i am firmly saying that Herman needs to take this talent and get behind coaches who motivate him.
Roy Nelson confuses the hell out of me because on any given night he is the beast that can KO anyone. Nelson seems to gas to people who grapple him and that is suppose to be his strong point. He has been bullied by larger framed fighters.
-Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva: Wow...what else do I have to say? Cain came and slain the freakishly larger 'Big Foot' with disgusting malice. Silva is what he is, a large and scary looking motherfucker but seems to not do well with faster heavyweights.
Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos
Antonio Silva vs. Lavar Johnson or Shane Carwin
-Junior dos Santos vs. Frank Mir: It was as obvious as a Chuck Liddell fight in his light heavyweight heyday. If you can't take him down, you're most likely getting KTFO. Frank Mir gassed and quit it seemed when he couldn't get JDS down and dos Santos teed off on Mir like it was mitt work.
Not much here to say
Junior dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez
Frank Mir vs. Stefan Struve or Brock Lesnar.
So like you, I saw the close up of Brock Lesnar and I don't know how to read into this yet. It is either a clever WWE storyline after Brock Lesnar quit, sued, tarred and feathered the WWE. It also could be a true moment that Lesnar wants to get to redeem himself.
Prior to Lesnar getting ill he was a very good prospect who was doing very well. He got sick and it seemed like it was never the same. People act like he was some of bitch but how many people could endure the strikes of Cain Velasquez or Shane Carwin and walk through them?
With Roy Nelson talking mad shit he has of recent that bout makes sense. It would show if Brock can take a lethal striker and can he take him down. Nelson's biggest win was the 'The Ultimate Fighter 10' but since then he hasn't smashed any elite UFC heavyweights.
-I I have literally no idea who is going to fight Wanderlei Silva at UFC 147. I have came down to three names but i doubt them at this moment, Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold, Alan Belcher or the middleweight debut of Rashad Evans. I guess we could also see Machida make the drop and start off on the right track by smashing Wanderlei.
-Jake Ellenberger vs. Martin Kampmann is a huge match up to see where both men are. Kampmann has been knocking on the door and after crappy decisions he go back in the win column but needs an elite win.
-Dan hardy needs another opponent and I am pushing for Che Mills. I am not trying to give a guy an easy road but i truly think him and Che would be a fun fight. It would also be cool to see him coach TUF: UK vs. Australia. If Hardy stops another guy then it's time for a harder test but there is no rush.