Wow! I didn’t think I would be saying this but we have a new UFC Heavyweight champion and his name is Brock Lesnar! If this is what he is capable of in just his fourth fight imagine what he will be doing five years from now? It’s a scary thought! I just got done watching the fights and instead of going to sleep like a wimp I have decided to pleasure our readers with a full review of the entire event.
First before I begin with fight reviews let’s take a look at how well I predicted this card.
Correct picks: 6 out of 9
Correct pick and finish: 4 out of 9
Correct pick, finish and round: 0 out of 9
Not too bad for a young punk, huh? Alright let’s get to the fights!
Nate Quarry vs. Demian Maia:
This one ended a lot quicker than I expected but I predicted the winner and finish correctly. I knew Maia would submit him but I thought Nate would give him a hard time on the feet and defend the takedown well. Nate did show good takedown defense at first stuffing a single leg takedown from Maia after Maia threw a left-right combination. Once this fight hit the ground Maia showed us how dangerous his BJJ is, showing great control on the ground. Quarry defended the submission well at first but eventually Maia sinked in the RNC at 2:13 of the first round.
Star rating- This one was short and sweet. Maia proves he probably has the best BJJ in the Middleweight division. I’ll give this two out of five stars, very impressive performance by Demian Maia.
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Josh Hendricks
This was another one of those fights where I predicted the winner and the finish but it ended a little bit quicker than I thought. I thought Hendricks would pose some problems for Gabe but Gabe clearly dominated him and knocked him out early in the first round.
Star rating: It was so quick and Gonzaga has sent a message to the Heavyweight division that he is a force to be reckoned with, I’ll give it 1.5 stars.
Dustin Hazelett vs. Tamdan McCrory:
Recently my AudiblyOffensive MMA tag team partner, Cory Forgeron and myself wrote an article listing who we think are the “future stars of MMA”… and I cannot believe I forgot to mention Dustin Hazelett! Hazelett is amazing on the ground and I knew he would get the “Barn Cat” to the ground and sink in a slick submission and he did and it was awesome! If you look at these two guys on the street they don’t look like fighters, they look like nerds, but these nerds will kick your freaking head off believe me. McCrory showed relentless stand up in this fight too, he was hitting Dustin with a flurry of strikes but once it hit the ground Dustin showed us his world class ground game. Hazelett goes immediately to an omaplata. The hold is very deep, but McCrory escapes, only to have his other arm caught in the same hold. Hazelett turns the arm over and bends the elbow backwards locking in a reverse arm bar forcing McCrory to tap.
Star rating: Both fighters impressed me, McCrory impressed me in the stand up and Hazelett impressed me on the ground. This might have been short but it was a great fight, I’ll give it 3 stars out of five. Hazelett is going places trust me!
Kenny Florian vs. Joe Stevenson:
Wow, I picked Kenny to win by decision because I didn’t think he could finish Joe Stevenson and boy did he prove me the hell wrong! This was the most impressive performance of Kenny Florian so far as he dominated a very tough opponent in Joe. Florian was picking Joe apart with his crisp Muay Thai like I expected, he showed great footwork. Joe did hit him with some pretty hard shots but Kenny kept moving. Joe went for a single leg against the cage and lifted Kenny up in the air, Kenny went to grab the fence and Joe still was able to muscle him down. Florian stood back up, trips Joe to the mat, advances to mount and hammers Joe with several shots, Joe gives his back and Florian locks in the RNC in his most impressive performance to date. This earned him the next shot against BJ Penn after Penn fights GSP and I am really excited to see how Kenny does against Penn.
Star rating: Very impressive performance by Kenny Florian. Another quickie but I’ll give it 3.2 stars out of five and I look forward to seeing Kenny fight BJ next.
UFC Heavyweight title- Randy Couture vs. Brock Lesnar:
I never would have imagined seeing Brock winning the title this early in his career. Nobody ever wins the UFC title in only their fourth professional bout, hell nobody ever receives a title shot for their fourth professional bout so this was a rare thing to see and it was a history making fight. Before the fight I was rooting for and predicting Randy Couture to win this fight by submission, wear Brock down, make him leave openings and lock in some sort of submission. That seemed to be his game plan and it seemed to be working. Brock probably won the first round but you could tell he was starting to get tired and that’s what Randy wanted. I knew that the longer this fight went on the better it would be for Randy so even though on points I had him losing round one, I still thought he would be winning the fight. Second round Lesnar lands a big elbow that hurts Randy, Randy recovers and clinches with him and lands a knee to the head. Lesnar returns fire with a knee to the body and Couture fires back with a right hand. Eventually Lesnar lands a big knee to the chin followed by a right hand that takes Couture down. Lesnar, jumps all over him hitting him with several hammer fists eventually calling for Mario Yamasaki to step in and stop the fight declaring a new Heavyweight champion in Brock Lesnar!
Star rating- I wish it went on longer but it still delivered and definitely didn’t disappoint. I’ll give it 3.8 stars. Brock Lesnar is for real but I don’t see him defeating Nogueira in his first title defense (yes I’m picking Nog to beat Mir), let’s see if Brock can prove me wrong.
For AudiblyOffensive.com I am Mitch Ciccarelli. Stay tuned for my predictions for the upcoming UFC events in December.