This was a back and fourth war as Pickett landed anything he wanted to and he took Page's best shot like like someone slapped him. There were a couple great exchanges between the these two throughout the first round. Page weathered a couple of storms by the man known as "one punch" but in the second round Pickett landed a nice uppercut and followed it with a take down. From there he took the back and worn Page down winning the fight via rear naked choke.
This fight went the way I predicted it to go, Johnson used his height and reach advantage in the stand up and looked very good. Maguire landed a couple take downs in round one but the end of the round stopped him from doing anything. In the second round Johnson actually took control in the ground game until he was reversed by Maguire and as he puts it his "jitz ju jitsu". Maguire put on a BJJ clinic until he ended the fight via arm bar.
This was a bit of an odd fight and Diego didn't push to get the fight to the ground vs the stronger Siver who didn't seem at all effected by missing weight and having to lose an extra pound in an hour to fight. The entire fight Siver took the center of the octagon but "The Gun" landed whatever strikes he wanted to. There were a ton of kicks thrown in the fight including Siver's "signature" spinning back kick from both fighters. Siver landed a couple quick take downs throughout the first two rounds but did nothing with them. In the third Nunes blasted Siver with a right straight that not only cut him but sent Siver to a knee but quickly recovered. This fight could have gone anyway but Siver got the unanimous-decision 29-28.
Paulo Thiago vs Siyar Bahadurzada:
One Punch, that's all it took for Siyar to earn Knockout of the Night. Thiago threw a jab coming forward and was caught with a backing up right uppercut, lights out. The entire fight was 42 seconds and 38 of those seconds were circling. Great showing by the UFC rookie.
This fight went according to Brian Stann's plan. Stand there and bang with the former Italian pro boxer and see who has a tougher jaw. The first minute of this fight reminded me of Ken Shamrock and Don Frye in Pride, just bomb after bomb. Stann had the stronger chin and got Sakara in a nice Muay Thai clinch from which he landed some punches and a beautiful knee to the head. Sakara pulled guard which proved to be a mistake. Stann landed two elbows and Sakara briefly went out. Stann looked at the ref as Sakara's limp head was in his hand (which was a nice showing of control and not trying to hurt Sakara anymore than he had to). After the fight was stopped Stann apologized for the second elbow but Sakara knew it was all part of the fight, again showing what a class-act Brian Stann is.
Before I start this I want to take a minute to say what amazing MMA fans Sweden has. They cheered for every fighter (except Silva) and were really classy fans. I don't think I heard any booing about ground fighting or towards any decision (on the main card). Great job showing just what type of awesome fans you are.
As many of you know it was recently decided that all main events would be five round fights. This was only three rounds because Little Nog was supposed to be fighting but was injured and Sliva stepped in.
This fight was one sided and that's putting it nicely. The only real positive note I can think of is it looks like Silva's back is fully healed and he had nice movement throughout the fight. But you could tell who was going to win from the first round. Alexander used his 2.5 inch reach and looked slick. He blasted Sliva with an uppercut jab combo that cut open the Brazilian's forehead and from there Alex picked apart Silva for the entire fight and to the enjoyment of the fans who were as loud as they had been all night. Sliva made a push in the second round landing some nice body shots and a couple over hand rights but it was not enough. By the end of the fight Alexander looked fresh and Silva had numerous cuts all over his face and the beginning of major swelling on his forehead.
Alexander won the fight on all three cards 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 to win by unanimous decision
- Brad Pickett earned his second straight Fight of the Night award .
- The preshow aired the Operation Matador video of Brian Stann, it was nice to see Chael Sonnen (who just beat Stann) say "I want to thank Brian Stann and all the men and women who serve". He (Sonnen) was a real class act and very professional as a pre-fight host.
- I am not sure what fight Kenny Florian and Mike Goldberg were talking about when they said Alexander Gustufsson has the power, skills and striking of Jon "Bones" Jones atleast 15 times. In my opinion they mentioned Jon way too many times and took the spotlight from tonights fighters.
- Overall this was a great night of fights!
- We now get to turn our attention to this upcoming weekend's SUPER FIGHT as Jon Jones defends his UFC Light Heavyweight Title vs Rashad Evans at UFC 145 in Atlanta, Georgia.
- My picks were 4-2 and that was enough to win our pick contest! I look forward to seeing your picks for UFC 145 (I am taking Jones)!!! Good fight, good night!