A few thoughts from last nights fights that I saw (Prelims and highlights of the main card).
Max Griffin vs dos Santos:
Fucking hell Griffin is one tough bastard. He was dancing around the canvas for the last minute of the first round having taken a couple of vicious 1-2’s and could barely stand. Somehow avoided the submission and the ref called time at the end of the round. The dude was out! Somehow… somehow he comes back and clocks dos Santos with a few bombs after hurting him in the first round. This leads to about 90 seconds of horrible ground and pound, which I though might swing the fight for Griffin, but dos Santos survived because they were both exhausted and dos Santos won in the 3rd. I thought it was all over… twice… fucking great fight, but I have no idea how they didn’t get fight of the night.
Gordon vs Dias:
Haven’t heard these names before, thought it would be just another canvas shuffle fight… fuck no! Gordon apparently used to be hooked on painkillers, then a heroin junky, then homeless and now fights for the UFC. Dude has been through the ringer and fucking looks like he doesn’t want to go anywhere! Constant pressure on Dias and barely gave him room to breath, let alone fight. Not massive strikes or anything, but just unrelenting.
Jose Aldo was in Dias’ corner and literally had to pick him up off the canvas at the end of the 2nd round after Gordon just played with his face like playdough with a mallet. Dias literally could not pick himself up off the canvas. The ref still let it go on. What. the. fuck.
3rd round, Dias manages a few takedowns, but Gordon somehow got back from all of them, got some more ground and pound, let a submission attempt go so as to pummel Dias some more and almost lost to an arm-bar. Gordons corner weren’t even giving direction any more, they were just letting him do his thing. Fair play to Dias for somehow going the distance, massive kudos to Gordon though for a great performance and deserved win.
Marshman vs Carlos Junior:
This could have been a great brawl as Marshman is one tough welsh bastard. Fun striker to watch. Nope, Junior got a few bombs in with his crazy reach, down to the mat and despite Marshmans best efforts to weather the submission attempts, lost to a RNC. Not exciting, but well done by Carlos Junior
Price vs Luque:
Luque took this fight on 11 days notice. 11 days. Luque beat the every living fuck out of Price (technically, rather than literally) like he was on holiday or something. This dude could be one to watch in the welterweight division.
Price was undefeated until now with some crazy fun striking fights, but after getting bloodied early in the 1st and taking a lot of punishment to his knee, his mobility was down and he couldn’t find the right distance at all to land some proper shots. Absolutely superb performance by Luque.
Now the highlights I saw of the Main Card…
Damian Maia vs Colby Covington:
I think it’s time that Damian either hangs up his gloves, or looks for better suited opponents. I like Maia, he’s always come across as a decent person, doesn’t talk trash and displays phenomenal BJJ… if he can get to the canvas. Covington just picked him apart, stuffed all the takedown attempts and pretty much just toyed with him.
Machida vs Brunson:
IN TIME!!! POW well, that was quick.
I think I have seen Machida in the past, but Brunson just steam-rolled him to a picture-perfect knockout. Some legends should really stay out after retirement. BJ Penn being a perfect example.