It’s my birthday and I just spent all day celebrating. I am finishing the night by watching UFC 91. This is the last thing I will do that’s BJJ related until tomorrow, which will be the one year anniversary of Jiujitsu365 and my project. Oh yeah, I also bought Eddie Bravo’s “Mastering the Twister” today. More about that in a later post.
Thoughts on the fights:
Demian Maia vs. Nate Quarry: I knew Quarry was in trouble when he said that his game plan for the fight was to stop Maia from taking him down with his fists and his hips. How many guys can stuff takedowns an entire fight? Once Maia took him down it was like watching big brother versus little brother as he quickly submitted Quarry for the choke.
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Josh Hendricks: Oh my goodness!!! Gonzaga is still a monster. It was like watching rams butt heads. I am going to be honest with you though. Even though Hendricks has won his last ten fights I think this fight was an easy way to put Gonzaga back into the ‘mix.’
Matt Brown vs. Ryan Thompson: It is hard commenting on the newer fighters. The UFC runs through these guys. I remember Matt Brown from TUF, barely, so I rooted for him. Brown provided a solid performance for the win.
Dustin Hazelett vs. Tamdam McCrory: These guys fully committed to their strikes. Hazelett’s kicking ability saved him at the beginning of the round and then the omoplata saved the day.
Also, what’s up with the mountain man look in MMA these days? I watched an old King of the Cage last night with TUF’s Kyle Kingsberry and he took the beard look to an entirely different level. I think the IFL guys had the best beards though. I guess if you don’t have to shave, you don’t have to.
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Jeremy Stephens: It looked like Silva threw Stephens to the wolves with the choice of dos Anjos in the first round. Anjos has strikes, takedowns and Jiu-jitsu. Stephens has heart though and pulled it out with that vicious uppercut. I hope we get to see dos Anjos again.
Kenny “Ken Flo” Florian vs. Joe “Daddy” Stevenson: First of all, Bruce Buffer gets too excited. Kenny Florian definitely outclassed Stevenson in standup, but you could see that rear naked choke 10 seconds before it happened. What was Joe the Grappler thinking? (Sorry..)
Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Couture: As I turned 35 today, I have an investment in Randy Couture. However, my father who is in his late 50s looks (mostly) like he is in his late 30s, early 40s. So I think I will be okay.
But I’m worried for Randy this time out. I hope I’m wrong. Technically, Couture should win but Lesnar’s size and strength gives me the jitters. They need to create a new division (235 to 265).
1st round: Wow! That was the first time tonight that I jumped out of my seat. Couture proved right away that the fight would be even.
2nd round: Man….. Lesnar’s meat hooks clobbered Couture with what looked like a grazing blow. Also, I think the referee waited too long to stop the fight. But what can you do?
Jorge Gurge vs. Aaron Riley: It’s difficult to watch Gurgel’s fights. A Black belt that plays to his weakness. His punches looked like slapping blows. Why wait until the second round to take the guy down?
Alvin Robinson vs. Mark Bocek: A grappling fest. Bocek was impressive with his RNC victory.