The UFC is on a streak of entertaining fight cards, UFC on Fox produced a night of big name, exciting fights. Although this weekend didn’t offer as much star power it delivered 2 cards from opposite sides of the world and packed some action packed fights. Lets take a look back at the best of the 2 cards:
We got to see the welterweight and lightweight winners of the TUF Smashes decided. Norman Parke ground out a decision against Colin Fletcher, he secured body lock takedowns at will, and controlled The Freakshow for the majority of the fight to capture the LW winners spot.
In the WW finale hometown favourite Robert Whittaker showed his striking was too much for the durable Brad Scott in a thrilling affair, Whittaker’s diverse and powerful striking was something Scott could not get solve in 2 of the 3 rounds, although he did get some joy in the fight with his grappling, it was not enough to overwrite the striking display Whittaker put on.
Although none of the fighters looked like title contenders I would expect to see them stick around in the UFC for a bit the winners are guaranteed a certain amount of protection as TUF winners, and Fletcher and Scott are exciting enough to warrant a return to the octagon.
The event delivered 5 T/KO’S. The most spectacular being Ben Alloway landing a Anderson Silva style front kick to Manny Rodriguez’s jaw knocking him down and followed it up with some punches to secure himself KO of the night. Chad Mendes did what many people expected him to do and KO’d short notice replacement Yaotzin Meza in under 2 minutes, showing why he has only lost 1 fight in his pro career. Mendes has no problem with anyone outside of the top 10 at featherweight and will be in the title picture sooner rather than later.
Perhaps the most relevant fight (in terms of getting close to a title shot) saw Hector Lombard show why people feared him during his 24 fight win streak. His UFC début was a bust, a terrible fight on a high profile card, he came out with something to prove and walked Rousimar Palhares down and battered him with punches, once he dropped the Brazilian he proceeded to pound him out on the floor. Lombard called out Michael Bisping, however he will probably have to wait for that chance as the Brit has a fight against Vitor Belfort and a potential title shot if he gets the win.
In the main event Ross Pearson showed the gulf in striking skills between him and George Sotiropoulos knocking the Australian down time after time, mainly with his left hook which was his money shot all through the fight.
The one sided fight was brought to an end at 41 seconds into the 3rd round when Pearson landed a crushing right hand to drop G-Sot and then finished the fight with some ground and pound.
Pearson needs to decide which divison he is going to be at 45 or 55 and Sotiropoulos needs to decide at 35 if it is time to hang his gloves up, with 3 losses in a row, and 2 coming by KO.
24hrs later the TUF 16 finale continued where the Pearson had left off, delivering 9 finishes in 11 fights.
The 2 decisions were the opening Facebook fight between Tim Elliot and Jared Papazian, the fight of the night winner was a very one sided affair with Elliot doing basically whatever he wanted to Papazian, standing and on the ground, this was shown by the 30-25, 30-25, 30-26 scorecards.
The only other fight that went to decision was the finale between Colton Smith and Mike Ricci, both are probably destined to drop to LW and both are likely to be forgotten if they don’t improve a great deal, Smith showed good wrestling and controlled the whole fight with it, Ricci had no answer at all, which will be worrying seeing as Smith is very green, Smith will need to diversify to survive.
The most impressive display of the night for me was on the under card Rustam Khabilov’s suplex destruction of Vinc Pichel, the Russian got his hands on Pichel and proceeded to slam him on his head repeatedly with belly to back suplexes, the last of which removed him from conciousness.
The main card delivered some great fights and finishes, Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier tapped Jonathan Brookins with a beautiful d’arce choke Brookins surprised many by coming out and tagging Poirier on the feet, however he could not capitalise, Dustin stormed back with his more technical striking and stunned Brookins, he followed him to the ground and latched on the beautiful fight ending submission.
Revgear sponsored Pat “HD” Barry gave the Samurai Armour Shorts their first showing in the UFC, and delivered the KO of the night. Taking on former WBC Muay Thai world champion Shane Del Rosario. Barry showed the power that has made him such a fan favourite. Del Rosario wanted it on the ground, but Barry showed off his ever developing ground game to weather the storm and make it to the 2nd round. From there he needed only 26 seconds to smash SDR with his heavy hands and followed the win with an emotional post fight speech.
In the main event Matt Mitrione stepped in on short notice to take on Roy “Big Country” Nelson, Mitrione’s standup looked crisp, peppering Nelson with kicks to the body, head and legs. However Nelson showed yet again that while he struggles with the divisions elite, he has no problem with the lower tier., famed for absorbing punishment, he took what Mitirone had to offer, and repaid it with interest, landing a HUGE uppercut which announced the beginning of the end.. Nelson followed up to secure yet another KO victory.
UFC on FX 6: Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson
Ross Pearson def. George Sotiropoulos via TKO (punches) at 0:41 of Round 3
Robert Whittaker def. Brad Scott via decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Norman Parke def. Colin Fletcher via decision (unanimous) (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Hector Lombard def. Rousimar Palhares via TKO (punches) at 3:38 of Round 1
Chad Mendes def. Yaotzin Meza via KO (punches) at 1:55 of Round 1
Joey Beltran def. Igor Pokrajac via decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Mike Pierce def. Seth Baczynski via decision (unanimous) (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Benny Alloway def. Manuel Rodriguez via KO (front kick and punches) at 4:57 of Round 1
Mike Wilkinson def. Brendan Loughnane via decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Cody Donovan def. Nick Penner via TKO (punches) at 4:35 of Round 1
Fighters were awarded $40,000 bonuses.
- Fight of the Night: Nick Penner vs. Cody Donovan
- Knockout of the Night: Ben Alloway
- Submission of the Night: none
Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale
Roy Nelson def. Matt Mitrione via TKO (punches) at 2:58 of Round 1
Colton Smith def. Mike Ricci via decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Pat Barry def. Shane del Rosario via KO (punches) at 0:26 of Round 2
Dustin Poirier def. Jonathan Brookins via submission (d’arce choke) at 4:15 of Round 1
Mike Pyle def. James Head via TKO (knee and punches) at 1:55 of Round 1
Johnny Bedford def. Marcos Vinicius via KO (punches) at 1:00 of Round 2
Rustam Khabilov def. Vinc Pichel via KO (suplex and punches) at 2:15 of Round 1
TJ Waldburger def. Nick Catone via technical submission (triangle choke) at 1:04 of Round 2
Hugo Viana def. Reuben Duran via KO (punch) at 4:05 of Round 1
Mike Rio def. John Cofer via submission (armbar) at 4:11 of Round 3
Tim Elliott def. Jared Papazian via decision (unanimous) (30-25, 30-25, 30-26)
- Fight of the Night: Tim Elliott vs. Jared Papazian
- Knockout of the Night: Pat Barry
- Submission of the Night: TJ Waldburger