Las Vegas, Nevada — Due to the beauty of a timing mechanism, I am able to post some of my thoughts about last night’s TUF 7 Finale while I am on a plane heading back to Philadelphia.
Enjoy my random rantings.
— I’m still kind of shocked as to why C.B. Dalloway was so stunned when last night’s fight was stopped against Amir Sadollah. When I started watching MMA in ’93, I thought the universal method of submitting was three taps in succession. However, a lot of rules that I thought were written never actually were, and a lot of rules that I have seen written have been changed over the years.
Regardless of what the written rule is for a submission, fighters are taught to be extremely deliberate of their actions when they are in trouble. They are not supposed to give the referee any room to stop a fight. If Dalloway didn’t want out of the hold then he had no business making that gesture with his hand. There’s no reason to tap even once in that situation if you have any aspirations of continuing to fight.
Furthermore, I believe the unified rules of MMA afford the referee the right to stop a fight via technical submission (stopped a fight while a submission hold is being applied even though a fighter has not submitted). We saw such a thing when Tim Sylvia had his arm broke by Frank Mir and Herb Dean stepped in and stopped it. We saw it last June when Frank Shamrock choked Phil Baroni unconscious. Even if Dalloway didn’t mean to tap, he was done. When Sadollah re-committed to the hold and started cranking again, he had the armbar in so tight that I don’t see how it would have been possible for Dalloway to escape.
If you don’t think that Dalloway was on the verge of tapping, behold the following quote he gave during the post-fight press conference:
“I was definitely thinking about tapping,” said Dalloway. “I did hit it once, but I thought the rule was you had to do it (multiple times). Just as I hit once, I felt that I was in a position where I could get my arm out.”
— I believe Sadollah is going to emerge as one of the UFC’s biggest stars. I just want to know though, where did his jiu-jitsu game come from? It seems like it just evolved overnight. Looking long-term, I can’t help but wonder though if Sadollah’s best competitive weight might be 170 pounds.
— Evan Tanner’s demeanor during last night’s fight was somewhat perplexing to me. Granted, I am not a mind reader, nor even a “body language expert,” but there were times during last night’s main event in which Tanner looked completely disinterested in the fight. Watching the damage he took during the fight wasn’t an easy thing to do. In light of Tanner’s candidness about his financial situation, I can’t help but be concerned that he might only be fighting at this stage for no other reason than it’s a way to make a paycheck.
— Can someone please explain why last night’s main event was a split decision? How can one judge score the fight 30-26 in favor of Kendall Grove and then another judge score it 29-28 in favor of Tanner? Grove deserved to win that fight via unanimous decision.
Grove was professional in his response when asked by Joe Rogan about how he felt not being awarded a unanimous decision. However, I won’t be so diplomatic. Judge Al Lefkowitz is the judge who scored it 29-28 in Tanner’s favor and I think the Nevada State Athletic Commission needs to evaluate his future performances with great scrutiny. If his poor performance becomes a trend, he should cease to judge MMA events.
— Apparently there is a significant amount of people that did not enjoy last night’s card. I was there live so I can’t comment on the telecast. However, I thought the fight quality of the main card was excellent. I felt the main card was good but I felt that the undercard was great. The Dustin Hazelett vs. Josh Burkman and Matt Brown vs. Matt Arroyo fights were incredible. I highly recommend checking them out when you get a chance.
— Regarding the cancellation of the Tim Credeur vs. Cale Yarbrough fight, I have mixed feelings about it. Apparently Credeur has a legitimate medical need for Adderall and apparently he notified the commission ahead of time. The thing is, just because you have a prescription for a drug and have notified the commission, it doesn’t mean it’s okay for you to have it in your system.
If a substance is on a commission’s banned list, it means it can’t show up in your urine sample. That was part of Nick Diaz’s problem in California prior to his March 29 fight in San Jose. Just because a civilian is allowed to use marijuana in California if they have a card, it doesn’t mean an athlete is allowed to use it. Athletes are held to a different standard than civilians. I believe that some of the standards are unfair, but they are written in plain English. I don’t think fighters should be tested for marijuana or be flagged for Adderall if they have a prescription, but until the rule is changed, a fighter can’t test positive for it or give a commission reason believe they are under its influence.
— If you’re a regular reader of this site, you know I have a bias for Philadelphia sports teams as well as Philly fighters. So I was excited to be able catch an HBO replay of last night’s battled of undefeated heavyweights between Chazz Witherspoon and Chris Arreola. I am a big Witherspoon fan as he’s best boxing prospect, but I had been told that Arreola was no joke. Well, those people were right. I was extremely impressed with Arreola, as the guy is a big-time hitter who isn’t afraid to brawl. I think he’s the kind of fighters that MMA fans will learn to appreciate.
The main event of last night’s fight card was a welterweight (145 lbs.) bout between Andre Berto and Mikki Rodriguez. Berto remained undefeated with yet another dominating performance. I’m a fan of Berto’s, but the guy has never really been tested. His record is meaningless to me because he’s yet to fight a top level guy and he’s had over 20 fights. The good news is that during Berto’s post-fight interview with Max Kellerman, it sounded obvious to me that he will step up in class for his next fight.
— I see a ton of ads for the fast-food chain Sonic while watching TV. The thing is, there aren’t any Sonics near me. However, there is one across from Palms Place in Vegas and much to the envy of my wife, I went there last night to see what the big deal was about. While the food was solid, I wasn’t blown away. I’m not a big fan of fast food, so by me saying it was solid, I guess that was really saying something. The hamburger I had was two notches above what you get at McDonald’s, but a notch below of what you get at Wendy’s.