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UFC Fight Night 10 thoughts

This post contains spoilers, so if you don’t want to be spoiled, stop reading.

I really enjoyed last night’s broadcast. All the fights were really good. Here are my thoughts in bullet point format:

  • The Drew McFedries vs. Jordan Radev fight should have been stopped as soon as Radev hit the ground. McFedries never should have been able to land those shots on the ground. To be frank, the match shouldn’t have even been made. As I said before the fight, McFedries had a tremendous reach advantage. At 5’7”, Radev shouldn’t be fighting middleweight in the UFC. McFedries looked great though and I’ve been touting him for awhile now. Oh yeah, another example of my argument of how post-fight interviews suck. Joe Rogan does a great job during the fights, but why couldn’t he have asked McFedries a followup about the obstacles he alluded to? I was a little bit curious after he offered that up. Giving McFedries a chance to elaborate on that statement could have helped build him up more. I was also disappointed that there was no coverage of Radev’s condition. The UFC and Spike need to cover their events like any other major sport would. If a football player gets laid out and is stretchered off, do ESPN, CBS, and NBC ignore the story?
  • Roan Carneiro gave Jon Fitch a nice challenge in an exciting fight with good ground action. I really thought Fitch was going to have to tap at one point. A lot of guys would have (I know I would have) but he really showed heart. Fitch didn’t completely dominate last night but I think that’s a testament to Carneiro. It’s time the UFC starts putting Fitch on PPVs.
  • Jason Black vs. Thiago Tavares was a solid fight. I think Rogan was right that Jason Black cut too much. He really should be fighting welterweight. The problem is that there are too many welterweights who not only fight in the UFC, but who also train at MFS in Iowa. Black might be a good fit for the WEC. As for Tavares, he’s another example of the UFC’s recent efforts to bring more talented Brazilian fighters into the fold. Wow, the UFC lightweight division suddenly appears even deeper.
  • As far as Chad Reiner vs. Anthony Johnson… wow! Johnson takes the fight on next to no notice and drops Reiner with ease. You really can’t evaluate a guy based on so little fight time, but I liked what little I saw of Johnson. I don’t know if it’s Joe Silva or someone else, but the UFC is doing a bang up job of scouting guys from smaller shows.
  • The main event delivered in a big way. Sam Stout’s chin is unreal. Fisher was really tuning him up in the third round and Stout refused to go down. And Spencer Fisher’s combination punching is a thing of beauty to watch. He might be the best technical boxer in the UFC. It was nice of him to say the fight was a draw but c’mon, it wasn’t that close Spencer. It was until the third round, but he blew it wide open. I’m glad he won because he’s a favorite of mine and if he lost that bout, it’s uncertain if he would have been retained. As I’ve said before, the UFC lightweight division is already deep and will get deep at the conclusion of TUF 5 because you know guys like Joe Lauzon, Manny Gamburyan, Gray Maynard, Nate Diaz, Matt Wiman, and Corey Hill will all be kept around even if they don’t win the contract.
6 COMMENTS
  • says:

    i think spencer is definitely being humble, he had to know he dominated. I think maybe he was trying to tone it down after his in-fight showboating at the end of the third round. he’s been known to goof around a little in the ring, and it seems he always feels he has to compensate for it afterwards. in my mind fischer is one of the best strikers in almost any discipline. i’d like to see him in a straight-up boxing match, honestly. i haven’t seen such solid, crisp punching since anderson silva devastated chris leben.
    fitch-carneiro: it seemed like, as joe rogan mentioned, carneiro simply gave up after fitch punished him with strikes. fitch didn’t seem to sink the choke too deep, and carneiro tapped immediately…could be he was just trying to get to the locker room and not get punched any more. i can’t blame him, he ate some fat punches. he could, of course, just tap to the strikes.

    on ufcj they mentioned the card getting a lot of crap for being uninteresting…but i had a blast. i haven’t been that wired for a card in a long time. so leg one is down, now the TUF on thursday and UFC on saturday. my girlfriend is going to hate my guts.

  • says:

    as for the UFC lightweights, do you think they’re going to break out some more divisions under lights and between lights and welters? like maybe a jr. welter-type division, or will they send smaller fighters to the WEC? manny gamburyan would be an absolutely terrifying featherweight… nate diaz can probably already fight four weight classes, like nick thompson and his brother.
    the sad part is that things are only being held together in UFC because it’s privately held…imagine if one of the other promotions acutally shows some competence and isn’t purchased by the UFC? we could end up with good old boxing. at least unlike boxing, they can still kick someone in the head.

  • says:

    Drew McFedries vs. Jordan Radev .. Horrible work by the ref. Great performance by McFedries but can’t understand why he feels it’s a sport to pound on the head of an unconscious guy. I understand that the fighters are not supposed to stop until the ref stops them, but you are standing over a guy who is clearly unconscious, flat on his back and keep hitting him with these massive shots. The first one.. ok. The second… ok you keep going. The third one? Come on. Two unanswered shots. He’s not moving. That sucked.

  • says:

    Garth:

    Dana has been pretty adamant that they won’t be adding new divisions. The WEC will be the focus of the lighter weights for Zuffa.

    But they have so many lightweights I was joking with my editor at CBS Sportsline that they should copy the WWE and come out with an Intercontinental Title or United States title for the 155 lbs. guys.

  • says:

    haha, “Intercontinental Champ”! I used to stress over those fake-ass WWF belts when I was 9 or so…i remember getting so geeked for Wrestlemania and all that stuff, Koko B Ware and Iron Sheik and all these terrible, terrible stereotypes. yikes!

    luckily i grew out of it.

  • says:

    Wait… wrestling is fake!?

    You mean Mr. McMahon isn’t really dead!?

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