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Preliminary Action – This and That
Nikita Krylov may have looked a bit small for heavyweight, but the guy packs a kick, that’s for sure. It’s early, but he could have knock out of the night already in the bag . . . Mike Rhodes and George Sullivan looked like two guys who wanted to steal the spotlight, but were to gun shy to do so. Sullivan takes the win via decision . . . Daron Cruickshank is a guy who always looks dangerous. His arsenal of quick and powerful kicks is one of the best in the organization, big win for him . . . Wins for Hugo Viana and Chico Camus, nothing overly impressive, but Chico wins name of the night . . . Lots is made of Eddie Wineland’s open stance and the fact he fights with his hands down, but when your that tough, not sure it really matters . . . Yves Jabouin is a tough fighter, and Wineland made him look an amateur, it will be interesting to see what the UFC has next for Wineland . . . Sergio Pettis will learn a lot from this fight; the youngest fighter in the UFC showed flashes of excellence in the first round, but in the end, Alex Caceres showed a ton of resilience in victory. Great submission win for him, especially considering the fight was close and as we know, anything could happen. Wouldn’t be surprised if the two men fight again in the future for a title . . . On to the main card!
DARREN ELKINS (17-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) VS. JEREMY STEPHENS (22-9 MMA, 9-8 UFC)
Jeremy Stephens hand speed is on a completely different level than Elkins, but the wrestler is hung in there. Stephens throws punches so hard that even when he hits air it looks scary. Stephens looked content to play the role of the counter puncher which is very different from the fighter we know. He’s played it safe – maybe he thinks a win makes him a title contender. Playing it safe almost cost Stephens in the last round. Elkins sunk in a guillotine that, with a bit more time, could have finished the fight.
Winner: Jeremy Stephens via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
DONALD CERRONE (21-6 MMA, 8-3 UFC) VS. ADRIANO MARTINS (25-6 MMA, 1-0 UFC)
Well, we may have a new candidate for knock out of the night. Cerrone’s knock out head kick of Martins showed what the sport is all about – beauty and brutality. Great job by Big John for getting in there and stopping the fight before any more damage could be done. Cerrone looked focused the entire the fight. He needs a win over a top contender to really establish himself as a legit title contender, no matter how epic that kick was.
Winner: Donald Cerrone via head kick knock out, Round 1
GABRIEL GONZAGA (16-7 MMA, 11-6 UFC) VS. STIPE MIOCIC (10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC)
Gonzaga looks thicker, if that’s even possible – maybe there’s an extra layer of body hair. Gonzaga landed some powerful leg kicks early in the fight, with Miocic countering at ever turn. Very even fight. Miocic took charge in round 2, stuffing a Gonzaga take down attempt and than out boxing the Brazilian, using his jab to keep him away. Gonzaga looks tired. Miocic, looks much improved, even coming off the big win against Roy Nelson. Third round was all Stipe; hammer fists to the end a dominant round. The fight was over as soon as Miocic stuffed the take down – Gonzaga was gassed.
Winner: Stipe Miocic via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Even with the great knock outs, I’m still most impressed with Anthony Pettis’ suit.
Main event is next, could be a 5 round war. At the very least, I think we’re guaranteed that Henderson’s pony tail will unravel.
BENSON HENDERSON (19-3 MMA, 7-1 UFC) VS. JOSH THOMSON (20-5 MMA, 3-1 UFC)
The two fighters traded “I almost got you” submissions in round one. Thomson has Henderson visibly frustrated on the ground and almost caught him while inside a full body lock. After trading positions and standing up, Henderson caught Thomson in a standing arm triangle, but he escaped. Thomson’s round, but Henderson is coming on. Both guys kept busy round 2, Thomson’s round. It appears as though Josh Thomson has broken his right hand. We’ll see how this changes the fight. Henderson takes round three, but really nothing is happening. The guys are working, but the action is few and far between. Henderson did enough in the final rounds to win the fight, but he didn’t do himself any favours with his performance. Just like I talked about in the preview – he didn’t need just a win, he needed a performance. And quite frankly, he didn’t deliver. Crowd didn’t like the decision either.
Winner: Benson Henderson via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 49-46)
Overall, can’t complain about an event with all those finishes and the main event might have been underwhelming, but the guys fought hard. For sheer entertainment value, it’s probably time to stop putting Benson Henderson on FOX.