Named “Fight of the Night”, these two flyweights went toe-to-toe for fifteen minutes with McCall ultimately emerging victorious due to a Unanimous Decision nod. After a ton of trash talk about being the superior technician, Magalhaes ultimately ate a limited number of shots and was left unconscious fourteen seconds after the showdown started. Aldo showed once again why he’s the cream of the crop at 145 pounds, beating Jung throughout the bulk of the bout until an unfortunate injury assisted in ending things via TKO during the fourth frame. These talented 135ers came into the bout with respect for one another and exited the same way after a spirited scrap seeing both men damaged before McDonald sealed the deal with a submission in the second stanza. This tilt represented all that a heavyweight match-up should be. Browne was rocked but battled back only to ultimately put Overeem out with a perfectly-placed front kick to the face and subsequent hammerfists. Few fans gave Sonnen a chance to win but the sport’s supreme smack-spewer pulled off the upset by locking up a Guillotine Choke in the closing seconds of the opening round. It wasn’t “Fight of the Night” but it could have been thanks to the effort from both men. Each landed offense, each showed technically sound skill, and each won over a judge (though Mizugaki got a second scorecard as well and the Split Decision win). These welterweight veterans went to war with each spilling blood. However, the damage Condit did to Kampmann was ultimately too much, putting the badly-beaten Dane away with strikes early in the “championship rounds”. This pairing definitely delivered on its promise with Poirier barely edging Koch out in a few rounds. Still, the clash kept fans on the edge of their seats and was one of the true highlights of UFC 164. Though the bout wasn’t as competitive as many would have preferred, the fact Mendes delivered the first knockout of the seasoned Guida’s career is notable in itself. While Pettis-Henderson I was a classic, this championship clash was all “Showtime” with the 26-year old’s Armbar finish of Henderson in the first round.
Like most months, August was chock full of caged goodness thanks to four shows from the folks at Zuffa –
(8/3), UFC 163 (8/17), UFC Fight Night 26 (8/28), and UFC Fight Night 27 (8/31). Take a stroll down memory lane with highlights from some of the events’ action… (Photos by USA Today Sports Images) UFC 164