Now that the dust has settled and any alcohol-inspired rant concerning the pathetic effort shown by both competitors during yet another main event has cleared my head, I’d like to take a quick look back at UFC 158 before Nick Diaz has a chance for another dramatic, wildcard, action (As of right now, he is retired – right? Or trying to? Personally, I’d love to work for a company that rewards cannabis use with a thirteen month vacation and a title fight immediately following a defeat in a number one contender fight. But, yeah, retire Nick…).
As for the Facebook fights, I nailed all three predictions and didn’t even have to break a sweat. It was nice to see finishes from Dillashaw and Story, and I look forward to their next fights. As for Roop, he probably saved his UFC job – for the time being; but, showed nothing spectacular against another fighter looking for continued UFC paycheck.
Regarding the FX prelims, I can’t wait to see Jordan Mein back in action. At just twenty-three, he now currently sits on a thirty-five fight resume and is now 1-0 in the UFC. If I had a say (and I plan on writing until I do), Mein would have been awarded the Knockout of the Night bonus, as who finishes Dan Miller? You dropped the ball on this one, Dana.
The pay-per-view began with two slow-moving decision that I’ll probably never watch again. Ricci was clearly better than that very ugly man with the clown mask and FREAKSHOW tattoo. As for the second fight, if I were a judge, Nick Ring would have gotten the decision victory over Chris Camozzi; but, I’m not too worried of this snub killing any potential Nick Ring title run.
The third fight saw the Knockout of the Night finish, and was great for Jake Ellenberger. If his next fight is not a rematch with Carlos Condit, then I’m done watching any fight within the UFC’s 170lb division (This Hendricks title shot snub really got to me. Let’s continue catering to misfits, Dana. Diaz should have never been given that fight). The first Condit/Ellenberger fight saw a lot of ducking and rolling from Carlos, and it was enough to award him the Split Decision. It was one of the worst officiated fights that I can remember watching.
It was good to see Hendricks maintain his winning streak, unnecessarily, and earn (FINALLY) a title shot. I had predicted him to lose, as it would just make sense after he was shoved to the co-main event for Nick Diaz (Again, classy, Dana). I would have also wagered that Diaz would have won, giving GSP an immediate rematch over Hendricks winning and facing GSP next; however, I am very glad it went down the way it did and really look forward to see which fighter has the better wrestling.
Finally, as for the title fight, I’m sick of watching GSP fight. He really does hit with minimal power while on top, and refuses to look for a finish. He is a brilliant fighter and deserves to be the champion; however, the same can be said for Spain’s international soccer team – and their 1-0 games put me to sleep. I’d like to see a more aggressive GSP moving forward; and, hopefully Hendricks can deliver in forcing that aggression.