UFC 113: "Machida vs. Shogun 2" tonight (Sat., May 8) blew the roof off the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Not even a "Habs" loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins could derail the massive crowd from going absolutely bananas all night long.
In the main event of the evening, UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida was out to prove that his controversial unanimous decision win over Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in Oct. 2009 was no mistake.
Apparently, it was.
Shogun came out aggressive early, as usual, and stunned the Brazilian with a punch to the top of the head in round one. Machida fell and Shogun smelled the chum in the water, finishing him with a mix of punches that had "The Dragon" out cold on the canvas.
It was the first loss ever for the seemingly indestructible and elusive Machida and a massive performance from the Pride FC star. Shogun is back, folks, but was he ever really gone?
Don't think so.
Mauricio "Shogun" Rua ... your new UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. Get used to the sound of that.
Josh Koscheck and Paul Daley talked up one helluva co main event welterweight showdown. And when Dana White threw down the gauntlet with a spot on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 12 and a shot at division champion Georges St. Pierre just a day before the fight, it added more fuel to the fire.
Too bad the fuse fizzled.
Koscheck went back to his wrestling roots and rode the takedown-prone British brawler en route to a dominating unanimous decision. It wasn't pretty, and the crowd let them know it throughout the 15-minute fight, but Koscheck was completely in control at every turn.
Even a controversial phantom illegal knee from "Semtex" in the first round for which referee Dan Miragliotta docked him a point, and then magically took back after watching the replay, couldn't stop the American Kickboxing Academy standout from getting a huge win.
Daley, clearly frustrated at the end of the bout, threw a left hook way after the final bell that Koscheck was able to partially defend. Horrible sportsmanship for sure, which will likely hurt his chances of getting back to the top of the 170-pound ladder in the future sooner rather than later.
And that's a good thing ... he needs to grow up.
Lightweights Jeremy Stephens and Sam Stout next touched 'em up in what was billed as a strikefest.
It didn't disappoint.
Stephens, the power puncher, came out aggressive early against the much more technical kickboxer. And sans a body shot that sent him south in the third and final round, it appeared to win over the judges sitting ringside.
But it certainly didn't appear to be so clear-cut -- Stout had his moments.
He just got stung way too many times with big punches. In fact, his face was so swollen and battered after 15 minutes that it looked like he was about to go into anaphylactic shock because of too many bee stings.
That's never a barometer of success inside the Octagon, but in this case, it was certainly telling of the final result.
YouTube sensation Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson made his long-awaited PPV debut against his The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) castmate and NFL wash up, Matt Mitrione.
Slice, a former Miami street brawler, was out to prove that he was an evolving mixed marital artist. Unfortunately for the Bahamian brawler, tonight he was completely shut down.
Despite a few powerful takedowns in round one, "Meathead" proved tonight that the former Elite XC posterboy still has a long was to go.
Mitrione chopped down Kimbo with leg kicks, as well as mixed in some impressive submission attempts, en route to a second round technical knockout finish.
He wasn't battering Kimbo to oblivion, but he poured it on so thick toward the end of the second frame that the referee has no choice but to call a halt to the action. Kimbo didn't appear to mind the stoppage, taking his time to recover and get to his feet when all was said and done.
Mitrione is no world beater, but he definitely outclassed Kimbo tonight, calling into question whether or not he really is cut out for the big show.
Time will tell -- Kimbo is officially on the clock.
In the opening fight of the night, middleweight strikers Alan Belcher took on hometown favorite Patrick Cote, who was returning after two major knee surgeries since a technical knockout loss to division champion Anderson Silva in Oct. 2008.
And as most expected, it wasn't much of a ground battle until "The Talent" pile-drived "The Predator" in round two and cinched-in a lightening-fast rear naked choke on a stunned Cote.
Cote had no other option but to nap or tap, choosing the latter rather than going unconscious. He immediately protested the Hulk Hogan-esque (and illegal) maneuver, but replays showed that Cote landed face-first on the mat.
Belcher, once again, immediately called out "The Spider" in his post-fight remarks. And at this point, I wouldn't mind seeing the promotion but it together ... it still owes us something for the UFC 112 debacle!
That’s enough from us — now it’s your turn to discuss "Shogun vs, Rua 2" in the comments section below. Sound off, Maniacs.
Let’s hear what you have to say: Can anyone stop Shogun? Does "Kos" have a chance against St. Pierre? Does Kimbo does he deserve more airtime?
For complete UFC 113 results and detailed blow-by-blow commentary of the televised main card fights click here.