Ronda Rousey Satellite Interview
A quick satelitte interview with Ronda Rousey airs to promote her main event fight with Cat Zingano at UFC 184 on February 28th, we see a shot of Tyron Woodley and Kelvin Gastelum warming up backstage. Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan run down some of the upcoming fights on the immediate UFC calendar. They also look at some of the UFC rankings as we prepare for our co-main event of the evening.
Tyron Woodley vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Round 1: Alright, both guys are in the cage. Bruce Buffer is doing his thing now. Here we go. Herb Dean is our referee for this co-main event bout. Gastelum is pressing forward. Woodley is backing and circling, but every once in a while, rushes in and blasts Gastelum with a single-shot punch. Woodley continues to back and circle, with his rushing-in attempts decreasing. Gastelum is the forward-moving aggressor, but neither man is doing much of anything and now the crowd is getting restless and letting them hear it, as the MGM Grand Garden Arena fills up with “boo’s.” Gastelum whips a long leg kick attempt from the outside, but only partially finds the mark. The crowd’s “boo’s” are growing now as the frustration sets in among the fans in Las Vegas. We’re half way through the round now as Woodley lands a decent right hand. Gastelum wings a pair of punches from the outside, neither of which really land with anything on it. Gastelum throws another one-two, and again, neither really find the mark. Stats show 52-percent of “center control” of the Octagon for Gastelum. That’s about the only offense to really speak of so far in what has been a very lackluster first round of tonight’s co-main event. We’ve got just under a minute left in the round and the crowd is boo’ing like crazy again. Woodley with a decent right hand. It’s going to be a tough ruond to score. Judges are going to like the forward pressure of Gastelum, but some may prefer the few shots Woodley has landed. The crowd boo’s like crazy as the buzzer sounds to end a very boring round. MMANews.com scores the round 10-9 for Kelvin Gastelum.
Round 2: Round two is now officially underway. Gastelum fakes a punch in favor of a high kick attempt, but he doesn’t come anywhere close to finding the mark. Woodley accidentally pokes Gastelum in the eye, which results in Herb Dean haulting the action momentarily. A body kick attempt by Gastelum is blocked by Woodley. Gastelum lands a nice punch. Woodley stuns Gastelum with a beautiful right hand, the best shot of the fight thus far. Woodley gets excited after that and charges in with a few more shots, a couple of which land pretty well. Woodley chops Gastelum’s leg out with a very solid leg kick. We’re half way through the round. Woodley lands another solid right hand. Gastelum lands a leg kick. 90 seconds left in the round. Each guy lands a jab at pretty much the same time. The crowd starts to boo again as the pace slows down a bit. Gastelum presses forward and nearly has Woodley’s back against the cage, but Woodley senses it and circles out. 30 seconds left in the round. Woodley lands another solid right hand. Gastelum clinches with Woodley and presses him against the cage. The ten second ticker hits as the round ends with Woodley turning Gastelum and holding him against the cage. Easy round to score. MMANews.com scores the round 10-9 for Tyron Woodley.
Round 3: The third and final round begins with Gastelum moving a bit quicker now, seemingly fighting with desperation as he must be aware that he needs this round if he wants to stand a chance of winning on points. Woodley lands a nice left hand that cuts Gastelum’s left eye. Gastelum, feeling his own blood, turns up the pressure and is pushing forward now, landing a couple of punches in the process. The action slows down yet again and once again the crowd is boo’ing quite a bit. Often when a crowd boo’s it’s a sign of drunk, impatient fans who want to see blood — immediately — but in this fight, the crowd reaction is justified. This has not been an exciting fight at all. We’re past the half way point of the third and final round now as the blood begins to pour out of the eye of Gastelum. Joe Rogan informs us on commentary that the blood flowing near Gastelum’s eye was the result of an accidental headbutt. Gastelum throws a high kick but Woodley avoids it. One minute remains. Woodley clinches with Gastelum and holds him against the cage. Gastelum turns him around and now has Woodley up against the fence. Woodley turns him now and the crowd starts boo’ing again. Both guys trade punches, with neither man landing anything of significance. The horn sounds to end what was an awful co-main event. MMANews.com scores the round 10-9 for Tyron Woodley.
Tyron Woodley def. Kelvin Gastelum via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27).
NOTE: In a classy move, Woodley, while commenting about Gastelum badly missing weight for this fight, said he doesn’t want the 30-percent of Gastelum’s purse that he is owed. He says training camps are expensive and he doesn’t want Gastelum’s money. I’m not sure how that works, if he’s even able to do that, but that’s what he said!
Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz
Round 1: Alright gang, Nick Diaz and Anderson Silva are both in the cage. Bruce Buffer is doing his thing now. We’re literally seconds away from our main event of the evening. Buffer is done doing what he does. “Big” John McCarthy is the referee for this fight. Ladies and gentlemen, round one is officially underway. Diaz comes out with a low stance early. Diaz throws a leg kick. Diaz is already, in typical Diaz style, taunting Silva and talking trash, leaving his hands open and talking trash. Wow, Diaz really seems to be trash-talking Silva like crazy. Silva lands a nice punch. Diaz gets pissed and talks more trash, all-the-while keeping his hands down. Diaz gets down on the ground and taunts Silva. Diaz puts his back against the cage, like Silva did against Stephan Bonnar, and dares Silva to come after him. McCarthy tells Diaz to knock it off.Diaz literally turns his back to him and dares him to do something. Silva comes forward and lands a nice punch, resulting in more Diaz trash-talk. Diaz lands a nice inside leg kick. Diaz lands a couple of decent punches. Diaz is coming forward and is landing some decent punches again. Silva lands a leg kick. We’re half way through what has been a fun round. Silva throws a weak body kick but Diaz blocks it.Silva is starting to act goofy a bit now. The Brazilian fans are singing and chanting something now, not sure what it is. Diaz lands a nice overhand left. Silva answers back with a good punch of his own. Diaz’s back is against the cage now. Each guy lands a nice punch. Silva lands a solid jab. Diaz with a nice leg kick. Silva lands a nice one-two on Diaz with the hands. Silva lands another nice punch. Both guys trade leg kicks. This is turning into a barn-burner, and a very exciting one at that. Ten seconds left in the round. MMANews.com scores the round 10-9 for Anderson Silva.
Round 2: Silva sits on his stool backwards in between rounds, with his back facing the opposite corner. The second round begins with Diaz coming forward at Silva, while Silva circles. Joe Rogan points out the fact that Silva does not like to lead, he prefers to counter. Silva tries a wild kick, but misses the mark. Diaz starts to come forward but Silva backs up and circles, avoiding any Diaz offensive attempts. The Brazilian fans are singing some kind of crazy song very loud. Diaz stands sideways, sticking his elbow up and out towards Silva. Weird fight in many ways and an exciting fight in many ways. You definitely don’t see too many fights like this inside the Octagon. Silva lands a very solid leg kick with his surgically repaired left leg. Not the first time he’s thrown a kick with that leg tonight, but one of the more solid shots that he’s landed with it thus far. Silva goes up high with a right kick, but misses. Out of the blue, Diaz bends over and shows Silva has his ass. Diaz lands a nice combo with the hands, one to the face and one to the body. Silva throws another heavy left leg kick with his surgically repaired leg. This is an incredibly hard fight to score, both because the action is pretty even, and because you get very distracted in all of the showmanship from both guys. 30 seconds left in the round. Diaz lands a decent punch over the top of Silva’s guard. Diaz taunts Silva. Both guys talk trash and nearly go at each other after the buzzer sounds to end the round. Tough round to score. MMANews.com scores the round 10-9 for Nick Diaz.
Round 3: Here we go with the third round of what has been a very action-packed, very entertaining fight. Remember fight fans, this is the main event, so this third round is not the final round. Silva comes out a little more loose on his feet, bouncing more comfortably and seemingly ready to open up more with his offense, leading with it instead of waiting to counter. We’ll see if that’s the case as the round continues. Silva with a head kick attempt blocked by Diaz. Diaz stands frozen in one spot and taunts Silva. Diaz lands a nice punch over the top. Joe Rogan speculates that Diaz taunting Silva is done by design to get Silva to lead with the offense instead of waiting to counter. Diaz does this taunting stuff all the time, so I’m not sure, but either way, it is a good way to piss “The Spider” off and make him fight more aggressively. Diaz lands a couple of nice punches as Silva’s back was up against the cage. Silva circles out and blasts Diaz with some nice leg kicks. Diaz lands a leg kick of his own. We’re half way through the third round. Silva lands a nice punch and now Diaz’s eye is bleeding. The action slows down a bit. Silva lands a nice inside leg kick. And another. Now Silva is peppering Diaz with outside leg kicks. Diaz lands a leg kick of his own. Diaz looks for a punch over the top of Silva’s guard. He partially lands one of them. Silva with a spinning back-kick that doesn’t really land clean. Diaz lands a nice punch over the top. He follows it up with a short right hook. The ten second ticker hits. The round ends. Another very exciting round. MMANews.com scores the round 10-9 for Anderson Silva.
Round 4: Both guys have a look of determination in their eyes as the first of our final two main event rounds begin. Diaz lands a leg kick. Diaz is chasing Silva around now, as Silva is backing up and circling away. Diaz lands a nice leg kick. He tries to follow up with a body kick, but he misses the mark. Joe Rogan points out the fact that Diaz has thrown more kicks in this fight than we’ve ever seen. Diaz lands another couple of leg kicks. Now Rogan questions if Diaz is breaking the record for most leg kicks in a UFC fight. The action isn’t nearly as high-paced as it has been for the first three rounds so far. We’re half way through the round and so far, Diaz has been chasing Silva around the cage the entie time. Silva hasn’t really done anything yet. Silva is in counter-mode now, waiting for openings and trying to catch Diaz when he leaves himself open after throwing punches and kicks. Diaz and Silva clinch a bit, but with some room, allowing Diaz to launch some bombs over the top, one or two of which partially finds the target. Silva lands a solid leg kick. Diaz charges forward but Silva backs up and circles again. Silva is seemingly taking this round off and catching a breather or something, as he isn’t doing a lot except backing, circling, throwing leg kicks and occassionally trying to land a counter punch or two. Joe Rogan is talking like Diaz needs to do something if he wants to win this fight, but you might be able to say the same thing about Silva. MMANews.com scores the round 10-9 for Nick Diaz.
Round 5: Here we go folks, it’s the fifth and final round of what has been a very fun main event. The fans in the MGM Grand Garden Arena give both guys a loud standing ovation as the final round begins. Silva comes out bouncing around and seems more determined and energetic in this round than he was in the last. Diaz does his version of the Ali-shuffle. He sticks his chin out, daring Silva to come forward. Silva lands a nice leg kick. Diaz throws a side kick, but Silva wasn’t anywhere to be found. Diaz lands a nice left hand. Silva just misses with a big kick. Diaz is walking towards Silva with his hands completely by his side now. Diaz throws a middle kick but Silva avoids it. Diaz with a leg kick that Silva blocks. Diaz lands a decent left hand over the top. We’re half way through the fifth and final round. Silva lands a nice one-two with his hands that Diaz partially blocks. Silva comes forward with a nice punch-combo, with a few of those shots blasting through the guard of Diaz. Silva with a flying knee attempt that partially lands. We’ve got 90 seconds remaining as Silva hops around and looks to be more comfortable than ever. Silva waves Diaz in, inviting him in. Diaz’s left eye is now a complete mess, totally bloody and battered. Silva looks as confident as ever. Silva peppers Diaz with a nice one-two. Silva paws with the jab. Diaz throws a couple of leg kicks. The buzzer sounds to end a very fun fight. Both guys raise their hands in victory after the buzzer sounds, but it’s pretty clear that Silva won that fight. The first thing Silva does after the fight ends is run over to the open cage door and hugs Jon Jones, who is in the crowd watching on. MMANews.com scores the round 10-9 for Anderson Silva.
Anderson Silva def. Nick Diaz via unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45).