Sunday, October 2, 2011

UFC Live: Cruz vs Johnson - Results and GIFs

Another free card put on by the UFC, and it was a good one. If you can tell from the preliminary fighter results, there were some amazing finishes there, and I actually even enjoyed those better than the main card.

Main Event
Dominick Cruz def. Demetrious Johnson via unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 50-45) - 
You know what, I gotta be honest here. I do not enjoy watching Cruz nor Johnson fight. It seems neither have the ability to finish fights, and to me that takes out a lot of excitement. The fight pretty much was about Cruz's takedowns, as the quickness of Johnson proved to throw off Cruz. Cruz had a chance to end it with a RNC or neck crank type of submission but Johnson willed out of it. Apparently Cruz fought with a broken hand, so he'll be needing some of that UFC insurance.

Main Card (on Versus):
Stefan Struve def. Pat Barry via submission (triangle choke) - Round 2, 3:22
I think a lot of fans were anticipating this fight, the shortest UFC HW versus the tallest in the roster. Many believed Barry would chop down Struve with the leg kicks and then get the KO later. Well, he did rock him a couple of times, but his lack of experience in the ground game would be his demise. He was in side control when Struve regained guard and also a triangle choke. Barry tried a massive slam, ala Rampage, but it only furthered the choke.

Anthony Johnson def. Charlie Brenneman via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 2:49
Charlie Brenneman was riding some hype after his win over Rick Story. As we all know however, Anthony Johnson is probably the 'biggest' welterweight in the UFC, and it translate to huge striking power and wrestling. He made short work to stuff Brenneman's takedowns and landed a huge head kick. Charlie was protesting but I feel if Rumble Johnson had followed up he would've maimed Brenneman.

Matt Wiman def. Mac Danzig via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
This was a fight that was an anticipated rematch, Mac Danzig on the losing end of their last fight. When I say losing end, however, I mean it was a bad referee stoppage. The ref thought he was passed out from a guillotine and he wasn't, but he fight was stopped. This fight was a classic brawl/slugfest, with Wiman pretty much out slugging Danzig for the close win.

Preliminary Card (on Facebook):
Walel Watson def. Joseph Sandoval via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 1:17
Josh Neer def. Keith Wisniewski via TKO (doctor's stoppage) - Round 2, 5:00
T.J. Grant def. Shane Roller via submission (armbar) - Round 3, 2:12
Mike Easton def. Byron Bloodworth via TKO (knees and punches) - Round 2, 4:52
Paul Sass def. Michael Johnson via submission (heel hook) - Round 1, 3:00
Yves Edwards def. Rafaello Oliveira via TKO (punches) - Round 2, 2:44



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