By Zach Arnold | December 15, 2013
First, the event results:
- Flyweights: Alptekin Ozkilic defeated Darren Uyenoyama after 3R by split decision.
- Lightweights: Abel Trujillo defeated Roger Bowling in R2 in 1′35 by TKO.
- Lightweights: Sam Stout defeated Cody McKenzie after 3R by unanimous decision. McKenzie showed up wearing basketball shorts with a price tag on them.
- Flyweights: Zach Makovsky defeated Scott Jorgensen after 3R by unanimous decision.
- Lightweights: Bobby Green defeated Pat Healy after 3R by unanimous decision.
- Lightweights: Edson Barboza defeated Danny Castillo after 3R by majority decision.
- Welterweights: Ryan LaFlare defeated Court McGee after 3R by unanimous decision.
- Lightweights: Joe Lauzon defeated Mac “Not For Sale” Danzig after 3R by unanimous decision.
- Featherweights: Chad Mendes defeated Nik Lentz after 3R by unanimous decision.
- Bantamweights: Urijah Faber defeated Michael McDonald in R2 in 3′22 by submission (choke).
- UFC Flyweight title match: Demetrious Johnson defeated Joe Benavidez in R1 in 2′08 by KO.
Brian Knapp takes a look at the matches to book given these card results.
Arco Arena had a very solid crowd for the show. It was a success, undoubtedly. I think the only regret was Faber not fighting in the main event and giving the fans a nice send-off home. Other than that, really, you couldn’t complain about the card and the way it played out. Demetrious Johnson came through in the clutch and was coming off a 3-plus month training camp with Bibiano Fernandes & Tim Boetsch. Matt Hume remains one of the elite coaches in MMA.
Joe Rogan acted like he bet a ton of money on Chad Mendes because he was riding that guy’s ass the whole time during his fight with Nik Lentz. Lentz is not a pushover and you had to expect the fight to play out the way it did. Mendes claimed he was dealing with a serious sinus infection.
The UFC likes to pay to bring in an out-of-state judge for events. In California, Derek Cleary from Georgia seems to get that nod. This has not gone unnoticed amongst other California judges, who (on background) are pissed at what they see as cronyism. That said, it’s hard to find one criticism to level against the judges who worked Saturday’s show. They did their job in not screwing up. They made the right calls.
Dan Collins, the controversial Northern California boxing referee who yells at Andy Foster, was on camera a lot because he was the main timekeeper. He wore a striped shirt. He looked like a grinning goof the whole time. There were others cageside who should have been paying attention to fights but were busy on their cell phones. They know who they are (and probably are reading this right now). You know better.
Three focal points in the show’s aftermath
What’s next for Demetrious Johnson? He’s cleaned out the Flyweight division. And I don’t think many saw Scott Jorgensen losing. The name John Dodson keeps getting mentioned, but DJ just finished him. DJ is one of the best talkers in the UFC and really comes off well on camera. And yet it seems like UFC is kind of boxed in as to where to go next with him. Ironically, given what he did to Joe Benavidez, DJ’s best option for a money fight would be a catch-weight bout at 130 pounds versus Urijah Faber. That doesn’t appear to be in the cards, however.
Urijah Faber wants the winner of Renan Barao vs. Dominick Cruz. Can Faber break his Susan Lucci curse of being second-place by beating either guy for the title? I’m not sure the fans will feel confident enough to shell out PPV cash to see a rematch on this front. If he could make 130, a fight with DJ would give him a match that I think fans would be interested in paying to watch. But that’s not where this is heading.
No talk about the Welterweight division. A day after GSP announced his hiatus from the UFC and vacating of the Welterweight title, not a word on the Fox broadcast about this development. No real discussion about Carlos Condit vs. Matt Brown being canceled and what’s next for Condit. No discussion about whether or not he’s re-matching with Nick Diaz. No mention of Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler on March 15th in Dallas, Texas to crown a new champion. Kind of strange for the UFC to go silent on this topic given the fact that FS1, Sportscenter, and other major media outlets spent Friday discussing GSP’s exit from the company. Dana was busy doing damage control over whether or not he tried to prevent GSP from attending the UFC 167 post-fight press conference. That’s how bad UFC management handled that situation. They’re still trying to put out forest fires they created.
Al Haymon’s Adrien Broner creation goes down
Marcos Maidana, you magnificent bastard. I guess Broner declaring himself as the heir to Floyd Mayweather wasn’t such a smart idea.
I don't think this tweet ever came thru from the center of the ring pic.twitter.com/rLyLqMKvTX
— Jimmy Lennon Jr (@TheClassyJr) December 15, 2013
Exit question: If there’s anyone who has exposed the Ali Act as impotent, would Al Haymon fit the bill? Ask Paulie Malignaggi. Marcos Maidana signed a deal with Haymon in order to get a fight with Haymon’s creation, Adrien Broner.