UFC 100 ~ Redux

Now that the MMA dust has settled on UFC 100, the time to reflect is upon us:

Yoshihiro Akiyama vs Alan Belcher
Akiyama’s UFC debut proved to be a barn burner.  He gave Belcher – a tough as nails competitor – about as much as the American could handle.  Although controversial, and much to the chagrin of the Pro-American crowd, Akiyama managed to eke out the decision.    Really, the fight could’ve gone either way. Politically, the decision was a win for the UFC as much as for Akiyama.  The UFC has been trying to make their way into Asian markets for years now and having a bona fide fighter on the roster, one that’s already a star in Asia, should help pave the way.  This has to be sweet for Dana White, especially after Olympic Judo Gold Medalist Satoshi Ishii rejected the UFC in favor of a Japanese promotion company. 

Dan Henderson vs Michael Bisping
The seasoned veteran b!@#h slapping the upstart.  What more needs to be said.  After weeks of watching the cocky Brit run his mouth on the Ultimate Fighter show and disrespect one of the toughest dudes ever to grace the Octagon, who didn’t want to see him get taken out.  Enter the right fist of  ‘Hendo.’  No doubt McYappy’s still wondering what happened. 

Georges St. Pierre vs Thiago Alves
Thiago, you got some ‘splainin’ to do!  For someone with a lethal striking game, you barely touched our boy from Saint-Isidore, Quebec.  Mind you, it’s hard to strike when you spend most of the fight on your back.  But don’t feel bad; when Georges is on top of his game, he’s virtually untouchable.

Jon Fitch vs Paulo Thiago
This was not a good night for those named Thiago.  Although game, the Brazilian and special operations police officer was no match for Über wrestler and competitor Jon Fitch.

Brock Lesnar vs Frank Mir
This was not a good night for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as Paulo Thiago and Frank Mir – both BJJ black belts – were manhandled by their Wrestling counterparts.  In particular, Mir looked like he collided with a freight train; beaten so badly that he’d need a shoehorn to put his hat on. In essence, lightning would not strike twice for Frank Mir.  Okay, I’m running out of metaphors and clichés.  Lesnar was just too much for Mir.  Yours truly was hoping that the more technically proficient Mir would be able to beat the bigger and stronger fighter, Lesnar.  But it was not to be.  To add insult to injury, Lesnar felt the need to trash talk Mir while flipping the spectators the bird among a chorus of boos.    As if that wasn’t enough, Lesnar also ran down a sponsor; but the biggest faux pas, and one that that this blogger cannot and will not forgive, is announcing plans to mount his wife post-fight:  A disturbing visual that plagues yours truly one week later. Overall, a good night for Brock.  A bad night for fans of MMA.

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