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UFC 129 Play By Play

GEORGES ST PIERRE VS JAKE SHIELDS

Something seemed off about GSP from the second he started fighting tonight. He seemed stiff and tentative, his punches weren’t landing like they normally did, and he seemed extra cautious about letting Jake Shields get inside even for a few seconds. Things didn’t get any better as the fight went on. Actually, it went from bad to worse.

If the story of GSP vs Kos was the inside jab, this one was the tale of the overhand right. Unfortuntely for Georges, his jab may be a scalpel but his overhand is a short crappy club. It missed way more often than it landed, and it didn’t do much when it did. But he kept throwing it over and over and over and over.

And then there was the eye issues. Jake Shields managed to pop Georges in the eye and it was just one of those deceptive shots that seem like nothing but fuck a guy up really badly. From the end of round three onwards Georges was more concerned with not being able to see out of his left eye than anything else.

I guess I should mention Jake Shields at this point, because in theory he was a part of this contest. The closest he ever came to a takedown was grabbing Georges’ leg for a second or two. His striking was on par with the kind of thing you’d see in a UFC Undisputed 2009 training demo. He wasn’t really a factor in this fight, and even though his corner told him Georges was hurt and freakin, he didn’t push the pace into the final two rounds.

Georges continued to perform okay, if you consider keeping your opponent outside and hitting but not hurting ‘okay.’ He landed a killer headkick in round 4 reminiscent of the second Matt Hughes fight they showed on SpikeTV before the prelims, but unlike the GSP of 2007, this GSP didn’t follow up. He didn’t even try to move in and continue his attack.

At least this time Georges has an excuse for a tepid and safe performance – his eye was bunged up and it kept him from fighting as hard as he keeps saying he wants to. As Jose Aldo showed, even champs are capable of having off nights. Between GSP having an off night and a messed up eye, it was a pretty ugly fight.

WINNER: GEORGES ST PIERRE VIA JUDGE’S DECISION (50-45, 48-47, 48-47)

 

Goddamn, the Skydome looks a billion times better on Spike HD than it did on Facebook. Let’s get this show on the road!

SEAN PIERSON VS JAKE ELLENBERGER

ROUND 1: Two and a half minutes of feeling eachother out ends with Jake Ellenberger throwing a murderfist right into the temple of Sean Pierson. Pierson is spun around and Ellenberger catches him again on the way down for good measure. Sean is left facedown on canvas wondering what the fuck just happened. Hint: Jake Ellenberger just happened.

WINNER: JAKE ELLENBERGER VIA KO

IVAN MENJIVAR VS CHARLIE VALENCIA

ROUND 1: It’s hard to make this a play by play when it’s a play and then the fight is over. That’s how the first fight was and now here’s a Facebook prelim that was more of the same. Ivan Menjivar comes out, clinches up with Valencia and pushes his head back with his forearm. That sets up a sharp elbow to Valencia’s mug and Charlie goes down hard and covers up. On the replay you can see Ivan’s elbow slowly flattening his nose two inches to the left. That sucker is broken, no doubt about it.

WINNER: IVAN MENJIVAR VIA TKO

RORY MACDONALD VS NATE DIAZ

ROUND 1:

Rory looking a bit tentative, nate driving him around the cage. they start slugging it out up against the cage. They jostle for position with Rory trying a takedown but nothing comes of it. Rory takes a page out of GSP’s book and superman punches Nate. They spar a little with Rory throing tentative jabs and kicks … this ain’t the same guy who went gong on Carlos Condit. He’s got good takedown defense though, or maybe it’s because Nate isn’t exactly married to the attempt. They finish up with a few more strikes and Nate calling Rory a bitch at the bell.

SCORECARD: 10-9 MACDONALD

ROUND 2: Nate pushes forward with strikes and pushes Rory into the cage. Rory reverses and then dumps Nate on his ass, following it up with strikes as Nate gets back up. They return to the middle of the cage and Rory shoots a takedown, letting Nate back up quickly but tagging him on the way with good shots. Rory’s starting to dance a little and losen up. They clinch and Rory uppercuts Nate. Nate drives Rory into the cage and hits him with a few shouldershrugs and a trip before they seperate again. Nate goes for the takedown but again it doesn’t have a lot of desire behind it. Rory makes him pay with two short knees and they finish the round with some back and forth exchanges.

SCORECARD: 10-9 MACDONALD

ROUND 3: The two spar a bit without any advantage before tying up against the cage. Nate starts attacking Rory’s side and leg with useless chops until Rory takes him down. Nate gets back up but Rory’s got a good hold on him and pulls off a suplex from hell. He follows that up with some thunderous punches while Nick is face down on the mat. Nate gets back up only to get suplex tossed with ease again. And again! This time Nate almost comes down directly on his head! All these slams are followed up with some pretty serious ground and pound. Nick gets to his feet and now he’s really going for the takedown, or at least holding onto Rory’s midsection for dear life. They split and Nate dives for another takedown but Rory stuffs it. Rory takes Nate down once more and wings some strikes while standing over Nate and avoiding upkicks. Nate gets back up and Rory backpedals away as the last seconds of the fight tick down.

SCORECARD: 10-8 MACDONALD

WINNER: RORY MACDONALD VIA JUDGE’S DECISION (30-26, 30-27, 30-26)

JASON MACDONALD VS RYAN JENSEN

ROUND 1: Ryan Jensen makes the mistake of getting within grabbing range of MacDonald. He throws a punch that Jason ducks and all of a sudden Jensen is on the ground with MacDonald on his back. Jensen manages to shrug him off to the side but Jason’s legs are wrapped tight and high around Jensen and he looks like a Chinese finger trap that’s only getting tighter as Ryan tries to squirm out. MacDonald reaches around Jensen’s back and grabs his arm, pulling it back and trapping it. From there he wiggles a calf over Jensen’s shoulder and locks in the triangle. Jensen throws a couple hail mary punches to Jason’s head but then has to tap. And the Athlete is back and looking more deadly than ever!

WINNER: JASON MACDONALD VIA SUBMISSION

BEN HENDERSON VS MARK BOCEK

ROUND 1: Bocek throws a punch to set up a clinch up against the cage. Bendo turns him to the fence and starts working him over slowly until the ref splits them up. Rinse and repeat, same thing again: they clinch on the cage, Bendo turns it and roughs him up until they split. Ben forces Bocek to stand and bang and we all know who gets the best of that kinda game. The fact that Mark hasn’t even gotten a sniff of the ground game is starting to be an obvious problem. Henderson throws a kick and Bocek catches it. He tries to lift it and drag Ben down but Ben hops around on one leg and unloads several shots on Bocek before Bocek kicks his leg out from under him finally gets on top. They strugle up against the cage with Mark fighting just to keep Henderson from returning to his feet. Bocek has some luck turning Henderson away from the cage but the round ends before anything happens.

SCORECARD: 10-9 HENDERSON

ROUND 2: The two circle before Bocek shoots in and goes for the takedown. He gets Bendo onto the ground momentarily but Ben’s back up on his feet and pushing Bocek against the cage quickly. He’s outworking Bocek and doing some damage, but the ref splits them again. I’d complain like Joe Rogan did, but I’m not a big fan of wallwork. Bendo starts lighting Bocek up and Bocek shoots twice, missing and falling backwards. Henderson steps in to start unloading but Bocek wraps a leg up and uses it as a lever to twist trip Henderson and get back to his feet. They tussle against the cage again and Bocek gets an arm around Henderson’s neck. They tussle and suddenly Bocek’s choke turns into an anaconda and he tries to hop over Henderson to get the leverage he needs for a finish. Bendo twists and stays on top, avoiding the choke and popping his head out. Seemingly pissed off, he turns on the heat and unloads on Bocek to the bell.

SCORECARD: 10-9 HENDERSON

ROUND 3: Bocek is starting to look like hamburger meat. He’s got a massive cut in his scalp that has a mohawk’s worth of vaseline in it. He’s breathing heavy but he’s still game … he shoots in for a takedown and almost ends up in a guillotine. Bocek hammerfists from above but Bendo manages to get back up and attack Bocek from the top. Again he leaves his leg right in there and Bocek paws at it. But you gotta watch out with leg locks because they leave you open to fisticuffs to the face and Bendo makes him pay. But Bocek finally does that knee twist trip again and gets to his feet, jumping on Hendo’s back for a moment before sliding off impotently. Henderson starts going off on him with punches, elbows, and knees. Bocek pulls back and separates, realizes he needs to move forward if he wants to win, and bounces away off more strikes from Bendo. Again Bocek comes forward, shooting in with a takedown that gets Ben down onto his knees. With the clock running down Bocek desperately goes for Ben’s neck but can’t cinch anything tight up. Bendo escapes and finishes the fight up with more knees and strikes

SCORECARD: 10-9 HENDERSON

WINNER: BEN HENDERSON VIA JUDGE’S DECISION (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

VLADAMIR MATYUSHENKO VS JASON BRILZ

ROUND 1: The two move quickly to the middle of the cage and throw, but Brilz’s strike whiffs while Vladamir’s connects directly on the temple and sends him tumbling to the mat. Vladdy follows him there, landing another strike mid-fall before hammering Brilz into unconsciousness. The ref steps in and saves him. There’s some confusion on Jason’s part as he thinks he wasn’t out but fortunately all those bigass screens shows him going in and out of consciousness at least twice during the thrashing.

WINNER: VLADAMIR MATYUSHENKO VIA KO

LYOTO MACHIDA VS RANDY COUTURE

Okay, this play by play bullshit is cramping my style. It’s boring and doesn’t leave much room for fart jokes, so I’m just gonna break down what happened in the fight. The first round saw Rany trying to crack Lyoto’s style with a combo of side movement, head bobbing, and shoots that turned into punches and punches that turned into shoots. Lyoto shrugged off the shoots and countered on the punches, landing much harder than Randy was. By the end of the first it was clear that his strategy wasn’t working.

Round 2 started similarly but after the second or third counter, Machida charged forward and attacked Couture. They split up and out of the blue Machida stepped forward and delivered a fucking CRANE KICK to the front of Randy’s face. Randy falls down goes boom, and the ref stops the fight.

WINNER: LYOTO MACHIDA VIA KO

JOSE ALDO VS MARK HOMINICK

Holy shit, Mark Hominick didn’t get killed. In fact, I think he did better than anyone else has done in the majors against Aldo. The fight started out all Aldo, with the Brazilian landing thundering kicks and weaving around Hominick’s punches to jab back with his own. But in the second he started to slow down and by the third he wasn’t kicking any more and was spending large parts of the rounds on top of Hominick looking tired. He spent a lot of time working his head movement, trying to dodge everything Hominick was throwing his way with mixed success, but Mark’s punches weren’t hurting him while his managed to wobble and drop Hominick on a few occassions.

In the fourth he took Mark down and bounced a strike off Hominick’s skull that raised a gigantic egg on his forehead. The doctors checked it out twice and gave it a good touch n rub but sent him out after making sure he could still play ‘Count my fingers.’ It was a good thing too because round 5 was Hominick’s swan song. He got Aldo down on his back and started tagging away for the final minutes of the fight.

Aldo spent the whole time trying to iron grip Hominick’s wrists and deflect his punches with his legs, but Hominick kept grinding away on top, determined to try and stop things. Aldo did a good enough job to tie things up so Hominick never got close to finishing, but it was a clear round win for Hominick and a fitting close to a fight where Aldo looked superior, but Hominick looked more determined.

WINNER: JOSE ALDO VIA JUDGE’S DECISION (48-45, 48-46, 49-46)

GEORGES ST PIERRE VS JAKE SHIELDS

Something seemed off about GSP from the second he started fighting tonight. He seemed stiff and tentative, his punches weren’t landing like they normally did, and he seemed extra cautious about letting Jake Shields get inside even for a few seconds. Things didn’t get any better as the fight went on. Actually, it went from bad to worse.

If the story of GSP vs Kos was the inside jab, this one was the tale of the overhand right. Unfortuntely for Georges, his jab may be a scalpel but his overhand is a short crappy club. It missed way more often than it landed, and it didn’t do much when it did. But he kept throwing it over and over and over and over.

And then there was the eye issues. Jake Shields managed to pop Georges in the eye and it was just one of those deceptive shots that seem like nothing but fuck a guy up really badly. From the end of round three onwards Georges was more concerned with not being able to see out of his left eye than anything else.

I guess I should mention Jake Shields at this point, because in theory he was a part of this contest. The closest he ever came to a takedown was grabbing Georges’ leg for a second or two. His striking was on par with the kind of thing you’d see in a UFC Undisputed 2009 training demo. He wasn’t really a factor in this fight, and even though his corner told him Georges was hurt and freakin, he didn’t push the pace into the final two rounds.

Georges continued to perform okay, if you consider keeping your opponent outside and hitting but not hurting ‘okay.’ He landed a killer headkick in round 4 reminiscent of the second Matt Hughes fight they showed on SpikeTV before the prelims, but unlike the GSP of 2007, this GSP didn’t follow up. He didn’t even try to move in and continue his attack.

At least this time Georges has an excuse for a tepid and safe performance – his eye was bunged up and it kept him from fighting as hard as he keeps saying he wants to. As Jose Aldo showed, even champs are capable of having off nights. Between GSP having an off night and a messed up eye, it was a pretty ugly fight.

WINNER: GEORGES ST PIERRE VIA JUDGE’S DECISION (50-45, 48-47, 48-47)

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