By Zach Arnold | December 7, 2013
Bad news: They took years off their lives and could re-match. Look at this heart-warming picture by Glover Teixeira of the men involved:
— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) December 7, 2013
Nobody goes after knocked down opponents with the enthusiasm of picking up the morning paper better than Mark Hunt.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) December 7, 2013
The UFC Brisbane event was night-and-day better than last week’s Ultimate Fighter finale. The crowd was terrific & vocal. The veterans fighting let it all hang out. There was plenty of violence and good sportsmanship. This show likely won’t draw the TV rating that Ronda’s TUF Finale did last weekend, but this was so much better in terms of delivering the right finishes. The unfortunate downside is now that Shogun won, he’ll probably fight at least five more times before retiring. Fighters never seem to retire when they have a chance to go out with a healthy win.
UFC Fight Night at Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
- Middleweights: Caio Magalhaes defeated Nick Ring after 3R by unanimous decision. Ring announced after the fight that he has a torn ACL.
- Ladies: Bethe Correia defeated Julie Kedzie after 3R by split decision. Julie announced her retirement.
- Heavyweights: Soa The Hulk Palelei defeated Pat Barry in R1 in 2′09 by KO.
- Light Heavyweights: Ryan Bader dismantled Anthony Perosh after 3R by unanimous decision cheese grater beatdown.
- Light Heavyweight: Mauricio Shogun defeated James Te Huna in R1 in 63 seconds by KO.
- Heavyweights: Super Samoan Mark Hunt and Bigfoot Silva went to a majority draw after 5 rounds. The odds of the fight going the distance were 10-to-1.
Good momentum heading into next weekend’s UFC Fox 9 card at Arco Arena in Sacramento. Over 10,000 fans expected at the building. The original main event was Anthony Pettis vs. Josh Thomson. The “new” main event of Demetrious Johnson vs. Joe Benavidez is a big plus for the card. They didn’t have to fight in the empty Mandalay Bay and Benavidez will have huge crowd support. Plus it’s a very good fight.
The only bad news is that I hear a few big name Sacramento politicians are considering making their appearance known at the event. The same ones who helped push idiots in the Department of Consumer Affairs to run down the California State Athletic Commission. Wonderful.
The top matches on the Arco Arena card:
- Flyweight title match: Demetrious Johnson vs. Joe Benavidez
- Bantamweights: Urijah Faber vs. Michael MacDonald
- Featherweights: Chad Mendes vs. Nik Lentz
- Bantamweights: Scott Jorgensen vs. Zach Makovsky
- Lightweights: Edson Barboza vs. Danny Castillo
I did not list Carlos Condit vs. Matt Brown due to injury rumors & the fact that the fight isn’t being advertised (as of Friday night) on local Sacramento television unlike other fights.