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UFC 52 wrap up. *Spoilers included*
<img src="http://www.bullshido.com/images/news/liddell_couture_2.gif" align=left>UFC 52 was a great event. Good fights, goofy **** and some mild controversy all made it a card worth pulling your wallet out and paying to see.
Georges St. Pierre vs. Jason Miller
Did anyone really expect this match to last more than 2 or 3 minutes? I didn't even want to watch because I thought St. Pierre would finish off this kid in record time.
<img src="http://www.bullshido.com/images/news/stpierreufc52.jpg" align="right">St. Pierre dominated from start to finish and "Mayhem" showed nearly ZERO offense besides 10 seconds of top control before getting reversed and bitched all over again.
Is there ANYTHING more laughable than a white kid with platinum teeth? I see this loser walking into the ring and I'm thinking it's Lil' John after some Michael Jackson-type skin bleaching. This kid wins the lotto and the first thing he's getting are rims plus that out of print 50-cent CD that he saw on ebay.
George St. Pierre controlled him in every aspect of this fight and the only thing you can say positively about Vanilla Ice was that he took his beating like a man and never quit.
More training and less bling. George St. Pierre wins-flawless victory.
Matt Lindland vs. Travis Lutter
Lutter comes into the ring looking fit and ready while Lindland looks like the Phantom of the Opera without his mask.
Lindland managed some early aggression forcing Lutter to play defense for a bit but then Luter pulls the sweep and manages to get top position on ol' ugly. Being an Olympic silver medalist it doesn;t take long for Lindland to get up and regain his composure where he eventually puts the ugly old man beatdown on Lutter.
Lindland wraps his head and looks to be crushing Lutter's face right before he taps. If Lindland knew how to jump guard(yes, it IS an effective technique in that situation) he would hav submitted him instantly.
Who's next for Lindland? If the UFC has their way Baroni will somehow pass his next steroid test and get ANOTHER shot that he doesn't deserve simply because the UFC can market his image and attitude.
Travis Wuiff vs. Renato Sobral
Remember....its not "Woof" like a fucking dog its "View".
The first thing that comes to my mind as I see Mr. "View" enter the ring is that, to make this man truly happy all you need to do is create a certificate or liscense that says "I am a BADASS" on it so he can show it to everyone he meets and leave no doubt in anyone's mind. It would save him money on the tattoos and achieve the same effect without the pain and wasted time. ...The tattoo'd white boy, always a sight. Looks like he got all of them in a 6 month time frame. The stars on his chest are what really paints him out as a weirdo. They look like something a fat stripper in Alabama would wear over her nipples.
This fight tells me the UFC should have REAL weigh-ins instead of 2 days before. Wiuff used to fight at 270lbs(!) and now he's down to 205lbs.....sure he is. Take a look at his frame and remember he's 6'3"; 205lbs my ass.
<img src="http://www.bullshido.com/images/news/babaluufc52.jpg" align=left>What would be wrong with weighing in right before you fight at the ring? It would stop all the weight cutting.
Not that weight matters to Babalu, he's one tough fucker. I like Sobral because he FIGHTS, win or lose he steps into the ring to throw down. He's a FIGHTER as opposed to an athlete that competes ina fighting sport.
As soon as they meet in the rings center Babalu is jabbing his face. POW take that big boy! They tussle for a bit in the first round and it appears that Woofie has a size advantage here. The first round is a good round with aggression on both sides. The 2nd round starts and its pretty clear about Babalu being a fighter because his punches on the ground have a very nice sound to them. No "ish ish ish"-body body head bullshit, he sees a target and he hits it.
He even manages a takedown on the larger wreslter before putting him away with a textbook armbar.
I hope Babalu comes back because he's a great fighter and can hold his own with almost anyone at this weight class.
Matt Hughes vs. Frank Trigg
Good fight here. These guys obviously don;t like each other.
Hughes says he's going to punish Trigg in the pre-fight interview and as they meet in front of the ref for instructions there's ome shoving going on. I like it! This isn't duck duck goose here its a FIGHT, now go beat the **** out of each other while I sit on my lazy ass and WATCH.
They circle and throw out some teasers before Trigg hits Hughes with(what looks like) and unintentional groin shot. Hughes is obviously hurt a bit and looks towards the ref to intervene. The ref does....kinda.....by half stepping in while he begins to say "watch the groin" but before he even gets it out Trigg is ALL OVER Hughes with rapid fire punches that send him into the fence dazed and confused. Trigg is right on top pounding away.
I can't believe Hughes is still awake! He doesn't wear that belt for nothing, he's a tough S.O.B. Trigg looks puzzled as to why Hughes hasn't tapped and why he's still awake and not KO'd. They scramble and Trigg takes Hughes' back! Trigg is attempting a rear naked choke when it becomes painfully obvious that he's yet another wrestler that has no idea how to execute a simple rear naked choke. He's got both hands under Hughes' chin and is pulling up....your guess is as good as mine as to why he's doing this. Has NOBODY showed this guy a fucking rear naked?! If Hughes was in the same position as Trigg the fight wuld have been over in about 15 seconds but Trigg just cant seem to do anything that doesn't require wering a singlet and laying on top of the other guy.
Just then, when Hughes looks like he's being owned, the "one and a half dimeniosnal wrestler syndrome" kicks in full swing.
Hughes manages to make it to his feet, scoops up Trigg and RUNS with him across the ENTIRE OCTAGON-one end to the other-before dropping him right on his bald head.
Hughes quickly takes Trigg's back and, just like i said earlier, it takes him about 15 seconds to do what Trig should have done-he applies a rear naked and as Trigg pulls off his supporting arm Hughes clasps his hands in a choke that has Trigg tapping away.
Good fight and good comeback for Matt Hughes. He really showed that he wears that belt for a reason.
<img src="http://www.bullshido.com/images/news/chuckvrandy.jpg" align=right>Randy Couture vs. Chuck Liddell
What can I say here? I think every MMa fan was on his feet for this fight. Two of the greatest fighters in the world at this weight class are about to throw hands.
Randy looks fit and ready. A bit slimmer but shredded. Chuck looks like he always does, the psycho white boy with the mohawk ready to rip you a new asshole and drag you behind his pickup.
They start with some hesitant exchanges. Randy seems half hearted in his striking, which might be considered a good thing. The last time they fought Chuck expected a clinching match and was undoubtedly suprise that Randy was willing to throw hands with him. This time Chuck is ready for Randy's striking game and is waiting to counter any wayward blow.
Couture seems to sense this and doesn't overextend. He gets hit with some glancing blows but nothing telling until the fight is momentarly stopped because of an unintentional eye jab.
They restart and Chuck is patient-not running forward looking for a knockout blow. Instead they exchange with Chuck getting the better and then Randy loses his cool and steps into Chucks world.
He advances hard throwing some decent shots but compared to Chucks they're sloppy. Randy lands one or two as he advances and then Chuck gets what he's waiting for:
As Randy advances his lack of striking experience makes him overestimate his range and without connecting he stumbles into the cage, right arm out to stop himself.
He begins to square up but as he does so Chuck Liddell conects FLAt with the left side of Randy's face.
Lights out. No way he can take that kind of shot clean.
Chuck follows him down and momentarily smacks him in the beezer with 2 or 3 shots before the ref steps in and calls it.
Randy is a gret fighter, but he doesn't want to play the striking game with Chuck Liddell when Chuck is prepared for it. That would be like Chuck intentionally clinching with Randy in order to try and throw him. Hopefully Randy realizes he's a much better wreslter than he is a striker and he changes his strategy to reflect that when fighting a man of Chuck Liddell's caliber.
Maybe the most contoversial moment at UFC 52 didn't happen in any fight, it happend AFTER the fight.
Joe Rogan tries to interview Chuck Liddell in the ring and asks him "Whats next?" and, instead of sucking the UFC's dick like a good boy he replies "I want the PRIDE belt. I want Wanderlei Silva."
That cuts the interview a bit short as Rogan is terrified to ask him anything else out of fear what he might say.
Dana White walks into the ring and it looked like he said some very POSITIVE(sarcasm) things to Chuck Liddell before Liddel walked away without even giving him a second glance.
Trust me, that comment pissed off the UFC pretty much as bad as you could piss them off. Liddell never thanked the UFC, he only said he wanted PRIDE.
If anyone can read lips try and see what Dana White said to Liddell in the ring.
It sure looked like "**** you".