I got home at about 2-2:30 in the morning and just got done watching all the fights from top to bottom except for Brandao/Elkins and Brown/Pineda (they wouldn't load).
First, I want to say that it was a real show tonight. Very, very entertaining with mixes of emotion for me. All but for a few very big disappointments, it was great!
BIG DISAPPOINTMENTS for me - Barboza, Mayhem, Volkmann
I cannot believe Barboza was defeated by Jamie friggin Varner, and not only did he get defeated, but TKO'd badly. I am very sad for that loss. Varner sure did come and throw a bomb into the Barboza train.
MAYHEM!? What the fuck. I love Mayhem and to see him lose like that tonight really gets to me. I don't understand how Mayhem was such a good grappler with really good BJJ and now he just looks nothing like he used to. That knee looked really bad from the start though and definitely hindered his performance, IMO. Excuses aside, Mayhem lost and that just really sucks. He just has not looked anywhere near how he did in the Shields fight. The fact that he was cut just stings deeper, IMO. I'll always be a fan anyway, but damn!!! Damn. I am also pretty bummed that Volkmann got caught in that triangle so quickly, too. I liked that quirky little guy. He'll be back.
JDS/MIR - A coworker and I both agreed that Mir would not make it out of the second round. Lo and behold... Mir was picked apart exactly as I envisioned it. JDS picked his shots and just slowly ate him alive like a vulture on roadkill. Mir didn't look as bad as I thought he would though. He put in a good job.
CAIN/BIGFOOT - HOLY BLOODSOAKING BIGFOOT! WOOO, YEAH! What a slaughter. I thought I was watching Texas Chainsaw Massacre for a second. Cain looked like the Terminator from the start all the way to the finish. There's nothing to say about it besides that Cain was easily killing Silva. And I mean killing him. Sheer brutality. Absolutely loved it. Great job Cain!
BIG COUNTRY/HERMAN - I had to pick my damn jaw up off the floor. I seriously just sat here, dumbfounded, in disbelief. I really like Herman so it is bittersweet for me but man, Roy-fucking-Nelson, THAT WAS A PUNCH! The replay looked so much like a Liddell overhand. It was so beautiful, I could shed a tear. Roy just told Herman to take a seat, son.
MIOCIC/ROSARIO - This was an entertaining fight between two really tough guys, however, I had not seen Rosario weigh in so I wasn't aware of how soft he was coming into the fight. It was clearly obvious that Shane was gassed in the second round and once Miocic started wrestling him and making him carry his weight, I knew it was over. Shane was kicking Miocic's ass on the feet though. Can't wait to see both guys back and I hope Shane comes right back and gets a win.
STRUVE/JOHNSON - Absolutely excellent performance by Struve. Beautiful submission win. Lavar came out, touched gloves, instantly went into beast mode, caught Struve with some heavy punches... and then it was over. It was really cool to see Struve win by pulling guard and just locking on that armbar like a smooth criminal. Too bad for Lavar but it was obvious in the Barry fight that once someone took him down, the tap was there for the taking, baby! Lavar is still a beast though.
HARDY/LUDWIG - HARDY actually won!? What a night, fellas. And by knocking out Bang? That was a beautiful left hook. I'll admit, I was happy for Dan while watching his celebration. That win must have been the best he has felt in ages. Good job, Hardy.
GLOVER/KINGSBURY - Welcome, Glover. I always read about the guy through here and other MMA sites but never saw any of his fights. Well... after he annihilated Kingsbury like he was a sacrificial sheep, I understand the talk. If Kingsbury was a brick wall that was in Glover's way of entering the UFC's LHW division, Glover just obliterated it into pieces. Glover just made it known to every LHW that he is here.
Anyone care to fill me in on Brandao and Brown's fight?
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