Port-Mortem: ‘Ultimate Fighter Finale’
Stevenson celebrated birthday number 27 this week. Rather than
depend on the suspect gifting skills of others, he went and got
himself a nice present: the promise of continued employment.
Stevenson trumped Nate Diaz during
Saturday’s “Ultimate Fighter” finale, controlling his longer,
weaker opponent using reliable collegiate wrestling. With the
losses mounting, he desperately needed a solid performance. The
nerves didn’t show: relaxed under the eye of noted trainer Greg
Jackson, he stayed out of trouble, put the fight where he wanted
it, and earned himself some renewed credibility.
Sanchez, the last man to beat Stevenson, butted heads with
Guida in the main event: Guida’s loss was almost an
afterthought. He fought until the bitter end, absorbing shots that
would’ve put a normal human on a respirator, and made Sanchez work
for every second he had in control.
Guida doesn’t lose fights: he just runs out of time. I have faith
he would out-gut just about anyone without a clock ticking.
Two solid victories
at 155 under his belt make a title shot against the winner of
Penn/Florian August 8 plausible, but Frank Edgar has been working
-- and winning -- longer. I’d like to see Sanchez squeeze another
fight in before contention is discussed.
Some weight training:
he’s slick on the ground, and his height helps a lot, but he needs
to get stronger.
A: A victory over Guida always impresses, but I’d prefer not to
think two wins is all that separates anyone from contention. You
can argue Sanchez brings his welterweight credibility moving down,
but he wasn’t on any particular roll there.
Brown or Rory Markham.
Rock ‘Em Robots.
A: Maybe. It’s actually a little unfair, since he can toss the mop
in front of his face when he’s in trouble, making it harder for his
opponent to target the chin.
Kim Winslow became the first female referee to officiate a UFC
Saturday when she held court over
Osipczak vs. Frank Lester
preliminary bout. Performance in crisis is nothing new to Winslow:
she’s a former air traffic controller…during the broadcast, UFC
President Dana White confirmed Lyoto Machida
vs. Mauricio "Shogun"
Rua would headline an October 24 card at the Staples Center in
Los Angeles, CA. It will be very interesting to see what kind of
numbers Machida can draw now that the “return of karate” media
springboard has revved up engines…the UFC gave three Fight of the
Night bonuses to Stevenson/Diaz, Sanchez/Guida, and Chris
Each fighter earned
an extra $25,000.…the show netted
a paying crowd of 1,800 for a $500,000 live gate at the Pearl
at the Palms in Las Vegas.
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