Sunday, December 9, 2007

TUF Final Results

I know I spaced this one off...

Jonathan Goulet def Paul Georgieff Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 4:42 round 1
I thought that Paul would be knocked out by Goulet. Paul is too afraid of beeing hit, and carries his chin too high. I am a bit surprised that Goulet got the RNC.

Roman Mitichyan def Dorian Price Submission (Ankle lock) 0:23 rnd 1
I thought that Roman would win this one. Just because he is not a pooosee! Price looks to be more of a Pete Spratt type of a fighter, and needs to work on his ground game.

Matt Arroyo def John Kolosci Submission (Armbar) 4:42 rnd 1
I knew Matt would win this one. John does not have a very tight ground game. I was surprised at how well John defended submissions on the ground, though.

Troy Mandaloniz def Richie Hightower KO 4:20 rnd 1
Good fight for both of them. Richie really does not have a very good game, and Troy is very one dimensional. Both can sling leather, but Troy just landed the harder shots.

Ben Saunders def Daniel Barrera Decision
Ben should have won this by submission several times. He spent WAY too much time listening to his corner. The whole fight he was looking at them trying to figure out what they were saying. It seemed that when his view was blocked, that is when he came closest to finishing the fight. I love ATT, but they needed to shut up and let Ben do the fighting in this one.
I was surprised that, for the most part, Dan just let Ben do what ever he wanted to do. He had really no offence to speak of.

George Sotiropoulos def Billy Miles Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 1:36 rnd 1
This was a no brainer as well. Miles gives up submissions like Luke gives a way the RingWorm.

Jon Koppenhaver def Jared Rollins TKO (Strikes) 2:01 rnd 3
This was a good fight between two guys who should be fighting in the smaller shows. Jon really has very little game, except for his power, and Jared... How can Jared hit so softly for a guy so big?? JRock's ground game is awesome in the gym, but he has no guard offence in the cage. Jon looked to give away sweeps, but Jared was content to drive in elbows.
In the end cardio counts, Jared was gassed and gave up a hip heist sweep, POUND POUND POUND game over.

Mac Danzig def Tom Speer Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 2:01 rnd 1
Tommy really did not deserve to be in the same ring as Mac. Mac got the take down, got position and sunk in the choke. Tommy had no chance.

Roger Huerta def Clay Guida Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 0:31 rnd 3
If these guys fought each other at each UFC I don't think that I would be disappointed. Very few times have I witnessed a fight so entertaining, fast paced, and had so many turn arounds. Clay is just an amazing fighter. His cardio, his positioning, his submission defense is just top notch. Rodger was completely out of ideas for two rounds. Then that big knee happened. Very good fight.

Very good night for the UFC. It was a very entertaining card, but the only thing that it really drove home to me was how badly we need knees to a downed opponent. Rodger Huerta should have never won that fight. Clay was in a position several times to drop knees on him and could not. Rodger even took advantage of this position to land a big uppercut.
Knees on the ground are one of the main reasons that you pass the guard. Right now you win points if you just wiggle around in a guy's guard. You are on top, so the judges think you are winning. If knees are allowed on the ground, you will see much more passing, and conversely more submissions, sweeps, and guard offence.

Please UFC bring back the knees. You will be glad you did.

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