Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Recap: Random Thoughts On UFC 87 Seek and Destroy

By Chris Howie

UFC 87: Seek And Destroy took place lastnight from the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn and it was by far, one of, if not the best card the UFC has put on so far this year. I'll get right too it here and give a few thoughts on all the fights and happenings during the nights events.

Demian Maia vs. Jason MacDonald

This was all Maia throwing out numerous submission attempts and MacDonald trying to survive most of the fight. Maia looked pretty slick with his BJJ skills and with a few more impressive performances like that could be in line for a shot at Anderson Silva. With a couple of more fights against solid middleweights Maia's BJJ could be a threat to Anderson.

Kenny Florian vs. Roger Huerta

It wasn't a fight of the year candadate that it was build up to be but this one was still a great fight nonetheless. Florian's stand up skills looked very polished in this one and he executed a great game plan to stay away from Huerta's brawling style. Although unable to finish Huerta and taking him the distance, Florian won all three rounds of the fight and now has himself back too number one contender status in the UFC Lightweight division.

Rob Emerson vs. Manvel Gamburyan

Wow?

Cheick Kongo vs. Dan Evenson

After that cage entrance by Evenson I was looking to see him destroy Kongo but that wouldn't be the case. Kongo picked up the TKO and pretty much dominated Evenson from the get-go. I feel like Kongo is a ways away from title contention, but give him a few more top level fights and he could be a solid contender for Nogueira.

Brock Lesnar vs. Heath Herring

Matt Boone and I were talking about this right after the fight and the way Lesnar completely changed our opinions with just one match. Lesnar looked amazing. He reminded me of an old school Mark Kerr or Mark Coleman only he was bigger, faster, and stronger. Lesnar made a mess out of Heath Herring right from the opening bell. With that HUGE right that sent Herring toppling backwards the pace of the fight was set. Lesnar is going to give a lot of fighters a lot of trouble. Experience wise this guy is on the level of Kimbo Slice in MMA, but with that solid wrestling background and a drive to learn as much as possible, there is a very very good chance that Lesnar could be a champion before you know it. I've never felt worried for Fedor because he seems like a cold blooded killer, but if the Brock Lesnar that fought Heath Herring lastnight keeps showing up and only improving, look the hell out.

Georges St. Pierre vs. Jon Fitch

Every fighter in the world should want to strive to be as talented as Georges St. Pierre. St. Pierre controlled Fitch for all five rounds of action in this one including at least one 10-8 round on two judges cards and two 10-8's on the other judge. That's not to say Jon Fitch doesn't deserve credit because he does. He showed a ton of heart and took everything that St. Pierre could give him and did not quit. He was rocked numerous times in the fight and kept coming back for more. For those that didn't see it think Rich Franklin vs. David Louiseau from a couple years ago. Shear domination throughout. St. Pierre has beaten everybody put in front of him and the fights he has lost, he has come back and put a stamp on those fighters.

Next up for the Welterweight Champ is a likely rematch with BJ Penn and from there who knows. All I know for sure is that GSP has made a case for being the number one pound for pound fighter in the world.

BJ Penn

Eeek. Penn came in after the main event calling out St. Pierre. Always humble St. Pierre said that he was ready to fight whoever deserved a shot and would duck no one. Penn bounced around the cage asking St. Pierre “if he wanted to do this”. Nothing really special came out of it because St. Pierre isn't the type of guy to cause a ruckus like that. In the coming weeks it will most likely be announced these too will meet in December and then the fireworks and fight forums will really start to go off.

The Show Overall

Overall this was one of the best shows of the year, despite the majority of the fights going to decisions they were all entertaining affairs. The show did run a little long which led to GSP getting cut off in the post fight interview and no outro from Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan but all in all I'll give this show a 9/10. Yes it was that good.

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