UFC 163: "Aldo vs. Korean Zombie," which took place at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is officially in the books after an entertaining Saturday evening (Aug. 3, 2013) of mixed martial arts (MMA) action.
The pay-per-view (PPV) was nothing to write home about, but it was not as bad as it was perceived to be, as Jose Aldo once proved the reason he is the most dominant Featherweight on the planet with his fourth-round technical knockout over "Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung.
Alongside the main event, there was a baffling decision from the judges in the co-main event as they awarded Phil Davis a victory over "The Dragon" Lyoto Machida. Many believe that Machida clearly won all three rounds, while few will argue that the right decision was made to award "Mr. Wonderful" a win in Rio.
The "Prelims" on FX may have stolen the show, as Anthony Perosh shocked the world by defeating hometown favorite Vinny Magalhaes by knocking him out in just 14 seconds (watch highlights here). Ian McCall got his first victory inside the Octagon in a "Fight of the Night" performance against Iliarde Santos, with both men earning $50,000 for their highly entertaining battle.
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Before all the action unfolded inside the Octagon, there were press conferences and promotional appearances to generate awareness for -- and interest in -- the ninth trip for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) back to Brazil. Fighters said this and that, answering questions galore when all they really wanted to do is be left alone and not be bothered.
MMAmania.com does a pretty good job of passing along all the noteworthy pre- and post-fight comments for each event. But, as we've done before, let us take a look at the words that left the fighters' mouths before they stepped into the cage on Saturday night.
Here is another edition of "He Said What?" for UFC 163: "Aldo vs. Korean Zombie" below:
"Jose Aldo is a guy I've been watching and have been interested in even before he became champion. He always puts on really exiting fights and is just a dynamic fighter. But it seems like in the past few fights, and as a defending champion, his fighting style has changed a bit. I don't know if this is an unavoidable thing when you're a champion, but it seems like all champions do tend to become more conservative. I know a lot of people think I can't do it. A lot of people are saying that there's no way. Generally speaking, when people say that I cant win, I can and I do. Whether it was Dustin Poirier, Mark Hominick or whoever, I have a habit of proving people wrong."
-- "The Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung was right about Aldo's conservative approach when he shared his "Last Words," but could not live up to his underdog status and prove the naysayers wrong. Sadly for Jung, a fourth-round freak injury forced him to bow out of a fight he was not winning, but showed improvements as it went further down the stretch. Kudos to "Zombie" for pointing out Aldo's slower-paced approach as of late.
"I don't know where I fit in the title contention picture. I just go fight by fight. I really wanted to get a finish in my last fight. If I get a finish here, it'll get me a lot further along than a loss or a win will. After this fight, people will be begging for me to get a title shot. That's it."
-- Err, so Phil Davis does not exactly have fans "begging" for him to be next in line for the Light Heavyweight title, but he did get the win over Machida in controversial fashion. Who knows what the UFC will decide, but if Davis thinks that performance was title shot worthy, well then his chances don't look good. He further reiterated his place at the top of the division during his post-fight interview when asked if he is in fact next in line.
"It seems that way. It seems that way.... He was the number one contender and he lost that fight. So, you said it best."
It remains to be seen how things unfold at 205 pounds.
"Obvious facing Phil Davis, I can't disrespect his wrestling. He's a top wrestler and I've been training my wrestling defense as well as the attacks. Because when you learn the attacks you learn to defend them. I've been seeing that Phil Davis has evolved a lot in his striking game. He's been throwing combos, he's kicking and throwing punches. Even though he's not a striker he's a guy that's been working a lot on striking. I feel very comfortable with striking. I've fought many wrestlers, I know how to deal with them."
-- Those are the pre-UFC 163 words from Machida, who was weary of Davis' wrestling threats, but was sure he knew how to deal with them. Ironically enough, it was Davis' two takedowns late in the first and second rounds that proved the difference against Machida and awarded him with a questionable decision victory. Machida was right about both his and Davis' striking, but the former 205-pound champion was simply unlucky on Saturday night, unable to deal with Davis' wrestling after all.
"If I lose this fight, I deserve to get a pink slip. That's just how it goes. I haven't performed. I haven't won yet. That's how the sport is. It's performance-based. I get it. I know he's a black belt in jiu-jitsu. People would think maybe stay away from that, but I wouldn't mind trying to submit him. I wouldn't mind proving that I know some jiu-jitsu too. I know I have better wrestling. His wrestling isn't bad for a Brazilian. Its not horrendous or anything."
-- That was Ian McCall, who had some interesting things to say prior to his must win match in Rio. McCall was understandably critical of himself, dropping two straight losses and a no-contest in the UFC. Luckily for him, he did what he needed to do to secure his place amongst the top Flyweight fighters in the UFC; however, he was not even close to submitting or giving Santos many problems with his wrestling. The Brazilian looked comfortable when the fight went to the ground in the first round and gave McCall no opportunity to capitalize in the third round when "Uncle Creepy" tried to take him down. It seems like Santos may have been even better than McCall gave him credit for.
"The biggest thing is to prove to myself I belong. If you're in the UFC, you're fighting top fighters and I want to prove that I belong in there. If I lose this fight, I deserve to be cut. I'll be pretty honest actually -- the way I performed in my last fight, I could have been cut right now. Maybe they wouldn't have given me this chance against Anthony Perosh. UFC gave me a chance, so I want to prove to them I can do much better than last time but I want to prove to myself I belong in the UFC."
-- Vinny Magalhaes declared that if he lost to Anthony Perosh, he deserved to be cut, a bold statement similar to McCall's. Unfortunately for Magalhaes, he lost in the worst possible way. Magalhaes succumbed to Perosh's devastating right hand that dropped him and although the pre-fight trash talk aimed at "The Hippo" was supposed to get under his opponent's skin, it makes Magalhaes look pretty bad right now. Not to mention, this interview with Sherdog where Magalhaes said Perosh was "going to pay for calling me out."
Talkers are going to talk, fighters are going to fight and only a handful can pull off both.
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