Monday, May 28, 2012

UFC 146 was a knockout!


After a heavyweight main card that saw five finishes, including four KO's and one submission, I think it's safe to say UFC 146 was a knockout! What's even better is that the two headliners on the card, champion Junior Dos Santos in the main event and former champ Cain Velasquez in the co-main, handled their business so well; it set-up a future date for the two to face off again. (Both are pictured @ left)

As for Dos Santos (15-1, 11 KO's 2 subs), his fight with former two-time champ and challenger Frank Mir (16-6, 3 KO's 9 subs), couldn't have gone any better. The best boxer in the UFC heavyweight division avoided any attempt by Mir to take the fight to the ground, thus forcing the former champ to stand and trade with him. It was only a matter of time before Dos Santos would connect, and after catching Mir in the first round and dazing him, he finished him off in the second.

At 27 years old, JDS looks primed, polished and prepared to hold onto this title for awhile. Oh but wait, there's another former champ, in his prime, that may have something to say about that. The intensity on Cain Velasquez's (10-1, 9 KO's) face when he stepped into the cage to meet Antonio 'Big Foot' Silva (16-4 11 KO's 3 subs) carried over even after he destroyed the Brazilian giant. Looking and feeling like he had something to prove, Velasquez took out his frustration at losing his only fight to Dos Santos last November by bloodying Silva.

In the history of the UFC, there have been some bloody fights, Joe Stevenson vs. BJ Penn and Yves Edwards versus Joe Stevenson immediately come to mind; but the cut Velasquez opened above the bridge of Silva's nose was so bad, there were literally puddles of blood on the canvas. Cain looked like a vampire thirsting for blood as he seemed to get stronger with the more blood draped all over him from his punches to Silva's face while he was on top of him on the ground.

It took only 3:36 of the first round to end the fight, but well afterwards, Cain's intensity was still written all over his face. It was evident he was sending a message and the message was to Dos Santos; "I want my belt back." UFC President Dana White has all but confirmed the rematch, so barring any unforeseen injuries, we should see something possibly in the fall; I can't wait.

In my preview I picked the two outcomes above, along with picking Roy Nelson over Dave Herman, Stipe Miocic over Shane Del Rosario and Stefan Struve over Lavar Johnson. All five happened as I saw it, though I had predicted Miocic would win by decision; too bad I didn't parlay those five fights. However, I did win some sugar on another little parlay I bet with some friends, so for the first time in my history thus far, I left Vegas a winner. UFC 146 was a knockout baby!

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