The UFC gave us a rare treat this weekend, with fights on Friday AND Saturday night. Here is a review of what all you missed if you didn’t catch the action over the weekend.
UFC on FX 4 will go down as a disappointment, but up until the last fight of the night, action was great. Unfortunately, often a card will be remembered by the main event, and this one was bad.
Gray Maynard and Clay Guida came into their fight with very different game plans, and at the end of the night there wasn’t much positive to say about the fight. Guida looked nice in the first round, but became less interested in engaging with Maynard, choosing to circle away from him for the majority of the 5 round fight. The judges awarded Maynard for his aggressiveness, although he didn’t do much in the way of offense himself, giving him a split decision win with scores of 48-47, 47-48 and 48-47.
Sam Stout and Spencer Fisher once again put on a show, as Stout walked away from the third fight in the trilogy with a unanimous decision victory. Fisher was game, but could not out strike or out-wrestle his younger opponent. The fight was given “Fight of the Night” honors.
Other main card action had Brian Ebersole win a wildly entertaining and competitive decision over TJ Waldburger, who forced Ebersole to stay on the defensive despite having top position most of the fight. Cub Swanson also got a TKO win over Ross Pearson in a back and forth fight between two standup studs.
Undercard winners were Ricardo Lamas, Ramsey Nijem, Rick Story, Steven Siler, Chris Camozzi, Matt Brown, Dan Miller and Ken Stone.
UFC 147 on Saturday night, on the other hand, exceeded the low expectations most fans had put on the card. The main card, ravaged by injury, exceeded everyone’s expectations.
The main event between Wanderlei Silva and Rich Franklin was a war. Franklin came out strong early and it looked like he may cruise to another win over the Brazilian legend. The second round was a different story though, as Silva came out looking like the Axe Murderer of old. Silva landed right hands and knees that eventually floored Franklin. The beating that followed looked like vintage Silva, as Franklin could do little more than turtle up and survive the round. The near finish may have cost Silva his gas tank though, as he was never the same as the fight went on. Franklin was less aggressive than he was early on, but he controlled the action as the fight went on. Silva tried one last burst late in the fifth, but couldn’t keep Franklin from taking the unanimous decision, 49-46 on all cards.
Elsewhere on the card, Fabricio Werdum showed once again that he is a contender in the heavyweight division, making quick work of a very tough Mike Russow. The most impressive thing about the TKO win may have been that Werdum never once looked to take Russow to the mat, instead using uppercuts and knees from the clinch to dismantle him in just 2:28.
Rony “Jason” Mariano won the featherweight final of “The Ultimate Fighter Brazil” over Godofredo “Pepey” Castro. In a fight marred by several low blows late in the fight from Castro. Mariano generally had his way in the fight, despite using VERY sloppy striking technique. The first pick for Team Wanderlei took the decision 29-28 on all three cards.
The middleweight final for “TUF Brazil” saw Vitor Belfort’s first pick, Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira claim the crown in a nice back and forth fight with injury replacement Sergio Moraes. In the end, Mutante was just too much though, as Moraes was never really able to execute his game plan of getting Ferreira to the floor. The scores read 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 for Ferreira.
Other winners from Saturday night were Hacran Dias, Rodrigo Damm, Francisco Drinaldo, Hugo Viana, Thiago Perpetuo and Marcos Vinicius. Felipe Arantes and Milton Vieira fought to a controversial draw in the first fight of the night.