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Thursday, January 24, 2008

UFN Results

In a fight that must have had Dana shaking his head in frustration Mike Swick made his long awaited welterweight debut a successful one. Swick eeked out a majority decision against the agressive Burkman, where he was admittedly more concerned with avoiding the takedown than letting his hands fly. Now, I think Mike did enough to win the fight but he certainly didn't look any stronger against Josh than he did against Okami and considering the way Karo manhandled "The Peoples Warrior" Swick is going to have to get back to those furious combinations if he wants to find a home at 170.
The other lacklustre performance of the night went to lightweight Thiago Tavares. Japanese fighters are notoriously tough and have the habit of making you look bad but considering Omigawa's last fight was a routing by Matt Wiman who, in my opinion, wasn't even one of the top five lightweights on TUF5 the future for Thiago in this stacked division does not look bright. Thankfully the other broadcasted fights ended a little more spectacularly, Cote and McFedries did exactly what we all knew they would and came out swinging. I have to admit I disgraced my country and picked Drew to win this one (now he was coming back from a horrible staph infection and the poor guys mom did recently die *yes, these are blatant excuses for my lousy pick*) but after stunning "The Predator" (wait a minute, I thought Lyoto just embarassed the Predator?) with a big left on the jaw, McFedries was hurt with a right by Cote and soon dropped to the canvas where Patrick relentlessly rained down right hands (you gotta love alliteration) until the fight was stopped. In the opening fight of the night Nate Diaz showed once again it does make a difference where you learn BJJ and made short work of Alvin Robinson finishing his second straight UFC fight by first round submission. As an added bonus, though the show did end up running later than its scheduled two hours,
we got to see a somewhat controversial knockout but Kurt Pelligrino. "The Batman" was caught early in the first with an unexpected head kick from Crane that pushed his teeth through his bottom lip, Pellegrino later admitted he didn't even realize it was a kick and not a punch that caught him, but from then onward Kurt controlled the action until catching Alberto with a punch in the eye early in the second. After the punch Crane rolled away holding his eye when the ref assuming he didn't want to take anymore punishment stopped the fight.
The complete under card results,
Gray Maynard def. Dennis Siver via unanimous decision
Jeremy Stephens def. Cole Miller via TKO (strikes) — Round 2, 4:44
Corey Hill def. Joe Veres via TKO (Sstrikes) — Round 2, 0:37
Matt Wiman def. Justin Buchholz via submission (rear-naked Choke) — Round 1, 2:56

1 comment:

  1. Pelligrino has come a long way but I can't help root against him. Don't know why but he just annoys me, like Jens Pulver.



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