Miocic falls off Skyscraper
Our ickle baby giraffe is really starting to grow into his own, isn’t he? While I would still expect Struve to suffer a quick and awkward looking KO against anyone in the top 5 of the UFC heavyweight division, he can now claim a solid hold on his position in the middle of the pack alongside such talent as Cheick Kongo and Mike Russow. There were a few too many gaps on display in his stand up that any top notch guy would literally punch a hole through, but so long as Struve keeps on showing the heart and determination we saw tonight, he’ll continue to be a favorite in the UFC’s eyes. And who knows, maybe he’s another win or two away from Pokemon evolving into a Schiltasaurus.
Dan Hardy now a better, more boring fighter
There was a lot of chatter in twatterland about Dan Hardy 2.0. What these people were probably referring to was Dan’s newfound appreciation for scoring takedowns, especially near the end of rounds. This is a new, more methodical Outlaw than the guy who tried to blitz Carlos Condit and ended up a few milliseconds too slow. Hey, a guy’s gotta win, right? Especially after staring into the abyss of UFC unemployment for the past two years.
Brad Pickett’s One Punch nickname is no longer ironic
The last time Brad Pickett knocked someone out: 2008. The name comes back in full force now after he disposed of Yves Jaboin in the first round of their fight, earning himself a 40k KO of the Night bonus.
Matt Wiman outsasses Sass
Matt Wiman channeled a bit of Alan Belcher vs Rousimar Palhares in his fight with Paul Sass, going to the ground with the UK submission specialist and almost locking up a triangle of his own before transitioning to a rock solid armbar. It was a great performance that will hopefully remind people that this Matt Wiman guy is pretty damn good. He’s won 5 of his last 6, with the only loss being a razor thin decision loss to Dennis Siver. Who knows how he’d fare against some of the top guys in the lightweight division, but I think it’s about time we found out.
John Hatahaway something somethings John Maguire
I’d tell you more but after round 1 I decided to take a quick 15 minute nap.
Jimi Manuwa lands in the UFC and crushes Kyle Kingsbury’s face
I have to wonder if maybe Joe Silva has a secret crush on Natasha Wicks. Her boyfriend has now had to face two of the meanest sons of bitches to enter into the UFC light heavyweight division in forever: first Glover Teixeira and now Jimi Manuwa. Manuwa proved that his ass stomping, face smashing style translates to the big leagues just fine in one of the most one sided beatdowns I’ve seen this side of Anderson Silva / Chris Leben. To Kingsbu’s credit, he managed to maintain consciousness until the doctors stopped things between the second and third. But other than a few takedowns, he was never able to get anything going. He did sketch a gameplan for anyone stuck facing Manuwa in the future – bring him down to the ground. And hope he doesn’t get back up and fistfuck your skull.