FightMetric has their report up on the uber-close Jacare vs Rockhold fight. What I see: Rockhold swinging for the fences throughout the entire fight and missing.
Pat Healy walks us through getting illegally kicked in the face by Maximo Blanco:
Right after they landed, I kind of rolled over and felt woozy. I thought I was done right then. But it came back to me pretty quick, and I was able to regain composure. The thought was right there in my head that I could bow out and win, but I’d never be able to live with myself and lay my head on my pillow at night. Once I felt all right, I knew I could come back. That’s his thing. I’ve seen him fight a couple of times in Japan, and he’s got DQd over there. I don’t want to say he’s cheap, but he’s had a few instances like that.
Josh Barnett bugs Scott Coker to make the HWGP finals a fight for the Strikeforce heavyweight belt:
“All right, Scott,” he said. “I love you, but you’re my man. Why don’t we sweeten the pot? Why don’t we put that title on the line between me and Cormier? Either one of us is a grand champion. Either one of us is the kind of guy who will hold it proud, hold our pants up with it, and people will look at us and say, ‘Those guys are champs. That’s the kind of people we want representing our company; that’s the kind of guy I want to look up to and say, ‘Hey, you want to see a fighter? You want to see a real bad ass? He’s right there. You see the gold around his waist? That’s not a joke; that’s a reality. The people he had to step over to get it? He earned it.’
“I think (with) that tournament belt, (they did) a beautiful job. That’s an amazing belt, but Strikeforce needs a real champ. They need a champ like me and Cormier. One of the two of us has to be it. Because besides us, who is it?”
It turns out that was the spiel Josh was gonna give during an in-cage promo that was defeated due to Mauro Ranallo’s iron mic grip.
A highlight video of all the action for those of you who missed it!
Jordan Mein turns out to be a Great Canadian Hoser. Oh yeah, ay. What’s how he’s talkin all aboot?
Daniel Cormier shows that it ain’t the size it’s how you use it against Bigfoot Silva. (via CrooklynMMA’s twitter)
Ben Fowlkes snaps a shot of the Rockhold / Souza scoresheet. Bruce Snell was the dope who gave all five rounds to Rockhold. And I dunno if this is my Jacare-preference shining through, but I thought most of what Luke had going on was getting blocked.
MMA Fighting has pics up from the event! Pat Healy giving Maximo Blanco the WTF look after getting kicked in the face several times on the ground. Fortunately, Maximo got what was comin’ to him afterwards.
One more pic for you: the SFHWGP finalists, Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier. Whether they’ll actually fight eachother is dependant on how badly that wrapped hand of Cormier’s is. If he broke his hand on Bigfoot Silva’s giant head … well, wouldn’t that just be a giant turd of a finish to this whole tournament?
Gifs are up at Iron Forges Iron. Here’s Jordan Mein ramming his elbows into Cyborg’s head repeatedly. Nicely done, sir.
(via Roughshod on the UG)