While many people were out on a Friday night ONE FC: Pride of a Nation was the lone MMA event after the UFC 151 cancellation. So eloquently dubbed “The Filla In Manilla” by some fans it gave us some fun fights, but also some confusion.
Soccer kicks became the hot subject after it ended Sylvia-Arlovski IV when Arlovski soccer kicked Sylvia after knocking him down with a hook. It looked like Arlovski won the fight and the series was tied 2-2, however, the referee had not given Arlovski clearance to soccer kick Syliva.
Early Sunday ONE FC came out with an announcement that the organization would now go to full Pride rules where soccer kicks are legal no matter what. We won’t go into opinions on soccer kicks and whether or not they should be outlawed, but this should definitely clear up some confusion on rules and prevent controversy in future fights.
It’s safe to say that Tim Sylvia does not deserve another shot in the UFC or, for that matter, Strikeforce. Sylvia showed up just at the heavyweight limit and did not look in shape or like a fighter that could hang with middle of the road UFC heavyweights.
Arlovski still has some power in his hands and was able to handle some shots to the head. Maybe that chin isn’t as pressing an issue as we thought. Arlovski will never return to his UFC form, but he will still give fans impressive fights and can end any fight with his power. If he finishes Sylvia via ground and pound like most fighters, we aren’t talking controversy at all.
Jens Pulver it may be time to hang up the gloves. He helped start of the lower weight classes and was a champion, but is 4-9 in his last 13 fights. It’s time for Pulver to ride into the sunset, although for those who follow Pulver, this will be a lot more difficult than just retiring. We wish him the best in his endeavors.
Eric Kelly looked very impressive against Pulver. He was hurt in the first round, but was able to persevere through it and win via TKO in the second round. Kelly looks like he could be a force to reckon with at 145 pounds.
Bibiano Fernandes looked like the jiu-jitsu wizard he was hyped up to be. While he wasn’t able to get the finish he dominated a very technical ground fight and was even able to take Falciroli’s back in the first minute of the fight. Fernandes looks like the prospect that could handle the UFC, but after a contract issue it will be interesting to see how he fares in the largest Asian promotion.