UFC on Fuel TV: Results/bonuses/gate/meds
UFC on Fuel was a pretty good show, at least we thought so. After the show ended, we sat back with some shots of Sailor Jerry and talked about the card, the prevailing sentiment was, it was good for a ‘Free Card’ but the UFC is scheduling too many cards and not building enough contenders. THe points fighting argument came up a few times also. It’s strange to see the growing pains the UFC is having. First it was, ‘there aren’t enough shows’, now the MMA diehards are complaining ‘there are too many shows’. Do you hear baseball or basketball fans complain that their are too many games? Nope! (say that in a Lana Kane from Archer voice)
We say, shut the F23k up and quit complaining, too many cards is a good thing. Now you can pick and choose what you watch, just like the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the list goes on and on. Nobody watches every single basketball or baseball game in a season, they watch their team. Well, we all have several fighters we like to watch, start following them, support your ‘guy’ and when you feel the desire, check out a card with none of your fighters on it.
Not to say this was the greatest card in UFC history, it was far from it. Struve vs. Miocic was ugly, Struve has failed to utilize his gifts in any way resembling competency. Miocic gave that fight away through mistakes. Struve has a ways to go before his skills meld with his freakish length and athletic ability. Dan Hardy 2.0 was a blast to watch. Is he gonna be a contender, probably not, but he’s not gonna be a can either. Can’t wait to see him back in the Octagon™. Brad Pickett is dangerous at Bantamweight, real dangerous. Matt Wiman put on a career highlight performance against the dangerous Paul Sass while The John’s put on a ugly fight with little to no action. Che Mills looked good right up to Duane Ludwig injuring his knee. Hope it’s not a serious injury for Duane. Jimi Manuwa hits like a mule kicks, but he isn’t a complete MMA fighter just yet. Kyle Kingsbury is a warrior, he put up a fierce battle against Manuwa, suffering facial fractures in the process. Akir Corassani and Andy Ogle put on, for us, the fight of the night. It was a great back and forth with Akira emerging as the winner. We felt Ogle won, as did many in attendance, even Akira himself. Brad Tavares is dangerous at MW, putting on a good back and forth with Tom ‘Kong’ Watson, we believe both of these fighters will progress in the division and give us some good fights down the line. Gunnar Nelson lived up to the hype, subbing a game DaMarques Johnson who took the fight on very short notice (just days) and had a horrible weight cut which visibly took its toll. Robbie Peralta put a beautiful punch on Jason Young starting out the night with an amazing KO. Robbie Peralta looked good, if he tightens up his defense a bit, he’s gonna be a contender.
THe thing that stood out for this card was the sportsmanship. Akira Corassani clearly lost the fight against Andy Ogle, he knew it and acknowledged it, he didn’t celebrate like he dominated, we even think he told Ogle and his corner as much. Akira is a real fighter, not happy with a gifted win, much respect to him for that. Then Che Mills backed off of Duane Ludwig as soon as Ludwig yelled out about his knee, no need for the ref to step in, Che was visibly concerned for Duane and his knee, holding it in place for him at one point, these are the small parts of the sport which keep us coming back for more. Can’t wait to see Akira and Che get back at it, not to mention Andy Ogle.
Heavyweight Stefan Struve def. Stipe Miocic – TKO (punches) Rd. 2 3:50
Welterweight Dan Hardy def. Amir SadollahDecision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Bantamweight Brad Pickett def. Yves Jabouin – KO (uppercut) Rd. 1 3:40
Lightweight Matt Wiman def. Paul Sass – Submission (armbar) Rd. 1 3:48
Welterweight John Hathaway def. John Maguire – Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Welterweight Che Mills def. Duane Ludwig – TKO (knee injury) Rd. 1 2:28
Preliminary Card (Facebook)
Light Heavyweight Jimi Manuwa def. Kyle Kingsbury – TKO (doctor stoppage) Rd. 2 5:00
Featherweight Akira Corassani def. Andy Ogle – Decision (split) (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)
Middleweight Brad Tavares def. Tom Watson – Decision (split) (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Catchweight (183 lbs.) Gunnar Nelson def. DaMarques Johnson – Submission (rear naked choke) Rd. 1 3:34
Featherweight Robbie Peralta def. Jason Young – KO (punches) Rd. 1 0:23
- Fight of the Night: Stefan Struve vs. Stipe Miocic
- Knockout of the Night: Brad Pickett
- Submission of the Night: Matt Wiman