Well without GSP, I kind of didn’t care about this UFC. Which of course makes me not a real fan. But I watched it anyway, and enjoyed some of the matches.
Hatsu Hioki vs. George Roop
Hioki is a BJJ black belt, but he caught Roop in several very judo ish take downs. They fought a very high energy match ending with Hioki winning by split decision. Enjoyed this match, but for someone ranked the number 2 featherweight in the world, it was kind of lack luster.
Scott Jorgensen vs. Jeff Curran
Was working a weird sweep from the guard during this fight, so I only caught a little out of the corner of my eye. Basically didn’t seem like a very interesting fight. End result Jorgesen by decision.
Mirko Cro Cop vs. Roy Nelson
I paid attention to this match. Roy Nelson has lost some fat and packed on some muscles for this match. Cro Cop looked like he had his head more together in this match then alot of the fights I’ve seen him in lately. Nelson basically was the aggressor for the first round, took the fight to the ground, but didn’t manage to really get anything going. The big guy is surprisingly fast on his feet. Good exchanges of punches. Second round, Cro Cop nearly finishes Nelson with an awesome striking combo against the cage. Nelson survives and manages to take Cro Cop down and lay down some strikes, but the round ends before anything really great. Final round, Nelson manages to take Cro Cop down and get him in a rear mount, and beats the sides of Cro Cop’s head until the ref stopped the match. End result, Nelson wins and Cro Cop retires. Poor Cro Cop, its for the best, but always sad to see them go.
Matt Mitrione vs. Cheick Kongo
In a nut shell? Really boring. Matt Matrione basically stands with his hands down and Cheich Kongo basically stands in front of him bobbing. I’m not trying to be a jerk. I can’t do better, but it was hardly worth watching at all. Around round 3 things pick up and Congo gets some hits and a take down. End result Congo wins by decision. I fall asleep.
B.J. Penn vs. Nick Diaz
A much better fight than I thought it was going to be. Good exchanges on both accounts. Penn nearly takes Diaz out in the first round, but after that Diaz slowly and surely beats Penn to a bloody mush. End result Diaz goes all Chael Sonnen on us calling out GSP, and Penn says he’s retiring, but in a whinny way.
I’m going to bed.