By Zach Arnold | August 17, 2013
Dana White was all smiles after the event, but the man has every right to be upset with the Massachusetts state athletic commission and I would not begrudge him if he didn’t return to Boston any time soon.
The judging from those appointed by MAC was nothing short of horrific. To top it all off, Tony Weeks and Sal D’Amato worked as judges for the main event. What a nightmare. The athletic inspectors assigned to the bouts were too busy either staring off into space and not watching the fighters or they were clapping for the fighters like fans. A disgraceful showing.
I thought UFC delivered in a big way for Fox Sports 1. The network’s launch has been, to put it mildly, dreadful. The Fox Sports Live program after the UFC show looks awful. The College Football show with Clay Travis is a hot mess. NBC SN stole the show today with their EPL debut. NBC gets it. I don’t think Fox does, yet.
There were some interesting production edits on the UFC telecast, including using a cageside camera with slower fps (frames per second), new music, and some new graphics. I thought most of the changes were nice, minor tweaks for the most part. Jon Anik over Mike Goldberg on the telecast turned out to be a big plus.
Prediction: UFC on FS1 will get more viewers than NBCSN (MLS) and ESPN2 (women's tennis) tonight, but fall short of the LLWS on ESPN.
— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) August 17, 2013
It is interesting to see how much pressure there is on UFC to deliver big for Fox Sports 1. No matter what ratings UFC attracts for their shows, they will either be used as proof that FS1 is here to stay or be unfairly used as a sign that the network is a failure and that UFC has no more room for growth.
Exit question: What will be the conventional wisdom in media circles if, a year from now, UFC remains the highest-rated programming on FS1 (even over college football)?
Events: UFC on Fox Sports 1 (Saturday, August 17th in Boston at the Garden)
TV: Fox Sports 1
- Lightweights: James Vick defeated Ramsey Nijem in R1 in 58 seconds by choke sleeper.
- Light Heavyweights: Ovince Saint Preux defeated Cody Donovan in R1 in 2′07 by KO.
- Featherweights: Manny Gamburyan defeated Cole Miller after 3R by unanimous decision (29-28 twice, 30-27).
- Featherweights: Diego Brandao defeated Daniel Pineda after 3R by unanimous decision (29-28 three times).
- Featherweights: Steven Siler defeated Mike Brown in R1 in 50 seconds by KO.
- Featherweights: Conor McGregor defeated Max Holloway after 3R by unanimous decision (30-27 twice, 30-26).
- Bantamweights: Michael McDonald defeated Brad Pickett in R2 in 3′43 by submission (triangle).
- Lightweights: Michael Johnson defeated Joe Lauzon after 3R by unanimous decision (30-27 twice, 30-25).
- Middleweights: John Howard defeated Uriah Hall after 3R by split decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29).
- Welterweights: Matt Brown defeated Mike Pyle in R1 in 29 seconds by KO.
- Bantamweights: Urijah Faber defeated Yuri Alcantara by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26 twice).
- Heavyweights: Travis Browne defeated Alistair Overeem in R1 in 4′08 by KO.
- Light Heavyweights: Chael Sonnen defeated Mauricio Shogun in R1 in 4′47 by submission (neck lock).
A horrible start to UFC’s busy August fight series
Jose Aldo took his time in methodically beating up The Korean Zombie. When Zombie dislocated his shoulder, Aldo decided to kick at the injured shoulder.
— MMA Supremacy (@MMASupremacy) August 4, 2013
Poor Zombie, he was looking good there, but Aldo once again defends his title after Zombie separates his shoulder.
— Adam Martin (@MMAdamMartin) August 4, 2013
Outside of Anthony Perosh winning by KO in mere seconds, Aldo’s kicking of Zombie’s shoulder may be the only memorable thing from this disastrous Rio card.
Or maybe not…
— FightMetric (@FightMetric) August 4, 2013
Wow!!! I had Machida winning all 3 rds but that's what happens when u leave it up to the judges!
— Dana White (@danawhite) August 4, 2013
Just to recap my thoughts: Was it the incorrect decision IMO? Yes. Was it a robbery? Hello no. Not worthy of bitching about.
— Luca Fury (@GamblingFury) August 4, 2013
Sucks worse for Machida….but sucks for Phil Davis that his signature win is just plastered with controversy & incompetence #UFC
— Tommy Messano (@ULTMMA) August 4, 2013
Two neighbours watching the fight with me on the deck who know nothing about MMA were also shocked by this decision. Even interlopers know.
— Jordan Breen (@jordanbreen) August 4, 2013
I bet Eike Batista, UFC’s Brazilian benefactor, is just thrilled.
Events: UFC 163 (Saturday, August 3rd in Rio at HSBC Arena)
- Welterweights: Viscardi Andrade Guimaraes defeated Bristol Marunde in R1 in 1′36 by TKO.
- Light Heavyweights:
Robert DrysdaleFrancimar Barroso defeated Ednaldo Oliveira after 3R by unanimous decision.
- Featherweights: Rani Yahya defeated Josh Clopton after 3R by unanimous decision.
- Flyweights: Ian McCall defeated Iliarde Santos after 3R by unanimous decision.
- Welterweights: Sergio Moraes defeated Neil Magny in R1 in 3′13 by submission (triangle lock).
- Ladies (135 pounds): Amanda Nunes defeated Sheila Gaff in R1 in 2′08 by TKO.
- Light Heavyweights: Anthony Perosh defeated Vinny Magalhaes in R1 in 14 seconds by KO.
- Flyweights: John Lineker defeated
Phil HarrisJose Maria Tome in R2 in 1′03 by TKO.
- Middleweights: Thales Leites defeated Tom Watson after 3R by unanimous decision.
- Middleweights: Cezar Ferreira defeated
Clint HesterThiago Santos in R1 in 47 seconds by submission (choke).
- Light Heavyweights: Phil Davis defeated Lyoto Machida after 3R by unanimous decision.
- UFC Featherweight title match: Jose Aldo defeated The Korean Zombie in R4 in 2 minutes by TKO.
Events: UFC on Fox Sports 1 (Wednesday, August 28th in Indianapolis at the Fieldhouse)
TV: Fox Sports 1
- Welterweights: James Head vs. Jason High
- Lightweights: Roger Bowling vs. Abel Trujillo
- Welterweights: Ben Alloway vs. Zak Cummings
- Welterweights: Papy Abedi vs. Dylan Andrews
- Featherweights: Darren Elkins vs. Hatsu Hioki
- Welterweights: Justin Edwards vs. Brandon Thatch
Welterweights: James Head vs. Bobby Voelker
- Middleweights: Brad Tavares vs. Bubba McDaniel
- Middleweights: Court McGee vs. Robert Whittaker
- Bantamweights: Erik Perez vs. Takeya Mizugaki
- Ladies (135 pounds): Sara McMann vs. Sarah Kaufman
- Welterweights: Kelvin Gastelum vs. Paulo Thiago
- Lightweights: Donald Cerrone vs. Rafael dos Anjos
- Welterweights: Carlos Condit vs. Martin Kampmann