By Zach Arnold | May 31, 2014
Results from the main fights on Saturday…
Berlin card at O2 World Arena (8,000 in attendance)
- Gegard Mousasi defeated Mark Munoz in R1 in 3′57 with a choke sleeper hold.
- CB Dollaway defeated Francis Carmont after 3R by unanimous decision.
- Sean Strickland defeated Luke Barnatt after 3R by split decision.
- Maximo Blanco defeated Andy Ogle after 3R by unanimous decision.
Sao Paulo card at Ibirapuera Arena (sparsely attended at beginning, quiet at the end):
- Stipe Miocic defeated Fabio Maldonaldo in R1 in 35 seconds by TKO.
- Antonio Carlos Junior defeated Vitor Miranda after 3R by unanimous decision.
- Warlley Alves destroyed Marcio Alexandre Junior in R3 in 25 seconds with a choke.
- Demian Maia defeated Alexander Yakovlev after 3R by unanimous decision.
- Robert Peralta defeated Rony Jason after 3R by split decision.
Grace Tourinho: UFC plans 4 more cards in Brazil this year in September, October, November and December.
— Guilherme Cruz (@guicruzzz) June 1, 2014
Fabio Maldonaldo looked like he wanted no part being in the cage with Stipe Miocic and it showed. Very soft as a small heavyweight and the second he got tagged by Miocic, he was backtracking. A clean right and Maldonaldo was done.
Antonio Carlos Junior won his TUF Heavyweight fight and the yellow “Team Wanderlei” shirt was the only reference to Wanderlei at all during the program tonight. Chael Sonnen was in the audience. Mixed reaction, at best, from the tired and fatigued Brazilian crowd.
Demian Maia had full mount for the majority of his fight and did nothing with it.
The UFC sent the wrong mat canvas to their Berlin event. They’re running so many shows, nobody can keep track of what is going on. Perfect symbolism.
Today was the first time that I saw advertising on TV for UFC 164 (the mystery Vancouver PPV headlined in two weeks by Demetrious Johnson). I feel very badly for DJ in terms of the promotional end of the stick. I have serious doubts that this card can draw over 125,000 PPV buys. That is extremely low for UFC but I think it is an entirely possible scenario.
The UFC and Bellator will be going head-to-head on Friday night in early September in Connecticut. UFC FS1 event from Foxwoods and Bellator at their strong-hold in Mohegan Sun. The Mohegan Sun events genuinely bring the best energy of all the Bellator crowds. If UFC is going to run more cards head-to-head against Bellator, that will be quite a statement of paranoia.
The boxing two-step with Felix Sturm losing and Carl Froch beating George Groves was more interesting to watch.