By Zach Arnold | October 1, 2010
I got a chance to watch both the WEC and Bellator events last night. We saw real superstar aces in action (Jose Aldo, Megumi Fujii) and a few intense brawls (Aguilar/Frausto, Cerrone/Varner), but unfortunately once again the main storyline coming out of the events was breathtakingly bad MMA judging. Mark Hominick was the far superior striker in his fight against Leonard Garcia, yet everyone was breathing a huge sigh of relief when Hominick won a split decision. Yes, on one judge’s score card, he lost the fight. However, the worst scoring by far last night was in the Jessica Aguilar/Zoila Frausto fight. Frausto barely made 116 pounds the day before and ended up in a stand-up war where Aguilar simply took it to her. It was a 29-28 fight for either woman. So, naturally we got one judge giving Aguilar a 30-27 score and two judges giving Frausto a 30-27 score. Poor Jessica’s reaction after the announcement of the decision was exactly my reaction and the fans were pissed at the event. It’s a horrible outcome because Frausto ended up getting hated by the fans (ala Sean Sherk at UFC 119) and the deserving person ends up on the losing end of the stick. Megumi Fujii, on the other hand, had no doubts raised in her victory over Lisa Ward. Precise, efficient, brutal, and powerful in technique in about a minute. Frausto’s a better striker and has size, but the odds are definitely against her in the 115 pound women’s tournament finals in Bellator.
I was reading some press clippings in the Denver media about Jose Aldo’s win over Manny Gamburyan and even the non-believers or newbies figured out that they were seeing one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world in Jose Aldo. Josh Gross has Aldo #2 on his P4P list behind Anderson Silva. Aldo is going to run out of opponents here pretty quickly if he can beat Josh Grispi. The only one left would be his training mate, Marlon Sandro, and unfortunately we won’t see that fight.
Melvin Guillard admitted in a newspaper article that the fight he delivered at UFC 119 was not what Dana White was expecting but that it was exactly the methodical game plan that Greg Jackson wanted to see.
UFC UK boss Marshall Zelaznik is reiterating claims that UFC will run several UK-based Fight Night shows in 2011.
CB Dollaway, Ryan Bader, and Aaron Simpson are ready to open a brand new 25,000 square foot MMA gym that is being financed by Miami Heat sharp-shooter Mike Miller.
Oscar De La Hoya is drawing heat in the boxing business for indicating that a UFC-type model might be needed to help build up the sport.
Just a thought…
Amidst the discussion about Chael Sonnen’s failed drug test in California, the angle that drew the most heat is when Josh Gross suggested that UFC cut fighters who fail tests as the least painful way to send a message. A lot of readers thought that was too extreme of a measure, especially since fighters lose the ability to make sponsorship money if they aren’t fighting. Well, what about this idea — if a fighter fails a drug test, they are suspended for however long it may be and they are also banned for one year from getting a title shot. Would that be a fair or unfair punishment?