UFC on Fuel 6 Results: 14 Memorable Moments from Franklin vs. Le
UFC on Fuel TV 6 had plenty of dull spots, but it was punctuated by several memorable scenes from the promotion's first event in the People's Republic of China.
Not bad for a card with only two finishes in the entire night.
But which moments were the best of the UFC on Fuel TV broadcast? And most importantly, were any of them actually worth getting up for at 4:30 or 7:30 in the morning?
Yes. Even with the #RudeAwakening, these were the 14 best moments of the night.
Wait, what time is it right now? Never mind, I'm probably just going back to bed as soon as this slideshow is over.
North American MMA Media Checks in for the Morning
Most of us in North America complained about the early start time, and if the ratings on Fuel TV show more than 1000 viewers, it'll be a surprise. It's pointless to expect many UFC fans to get up at 4 a.m. or 7 a.m. to watch the likes of Riki Fukuda and Tiequan Zhang.
Then again, that's the major risk the UFC will face if they continue to pursue expansion into Asia.
As time goes on, they can't expect poor arena-going fans to suffer early morning hours like the UFC Japan crowd, and hosting their cards at locally-decent times means that the rest of us have to eat the bitter Saturday Morning bullet.
It was a pretty surly show all around as the MMA media commiserated the lack of sleep, and everyone was united in their opinion about waking up at 4:30 (or 7:30) a.m. on a Saturday. It's for the birds.
Kang Ye-Bin and Jessica Cambensy Melt Everyone's Hearts
Bloody Elbow's Anton Tabuena summed it up best when he reported that the UFC guest Octagon Girls got some of the biggest applause of the night.
From the announcement of their roles at UFC Macau to the photo ops, both Jessica Cambensy (above left) and Kang Ye-bin definitely stood out during fight week.
Moreover, they were apparently big favorites with the live crowd. For obvious reasons.
Hopefully, they will get a return stint with the UFC the next time an event's hosted in China or Korea, and maybe even a spot on the official website.
Hey, are you even reading this?
John Lineker Almost Eats Yasuhiro Urushitani Alive in Round 3
It's really hard to pick one singular moment in the fight where Lineker looked most impressive in his one-sided beatdown of Urushitani, but the overmatched Japanese fighter looked like a punching bag at the end of the final round.
It's not just the fact that Lineker spent most of the fight brutalizing his opponent. He did it with the meanest possible look on his face, too.
Really, it was just hateful.
About the only plausible explanation here is that Lineker feeds on human flesh, and he clearly skipped breakfast that morning. Absolutely chilling.
Motonobu Tezuka Enters the Arena Looking Like a Tekken Character
Well, you've got to give it to Motonobu Tezuka. He made the most of his first (and likely only) UFC appearance from the very minute he walked out into the CotaiArena.
First, the Japanese journeyman obscured his face with a black cloth, causing a bit of intrigue with his rather gimmicky entrance.
Then his "oni" mask was revealed, pretty much cementing the impression that the fighter was just happy to be part of the event, despite being a last-minute replacement. Even his stone cold, tough-guy stare into the camera was pretty funny.
However, the rest of his appearance was no laughing matter. Tezuka dropped a tepid split decision loss to Alex Caceres, mostly flailing for takedowns and getting outmatched by some unthreatening striking from the Ultimate Fighter veteran.
Alex Caceres Tries to Throw a Hadouken...or Something
If you watched The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck, you know that Alex "Bruce Leeroy" Caceres legitimately thinks he's a video game character.
But if you needed a reminder, Caceres gave you one when he tried a forward-leaning, double-fisted punch that looked like a bad imitation of Ryu's Hadouken (or Liu Kang's fireball, take your pick).
Caceres walked away with a split decision win, but the fight really shouldn't have been that close anyway.
Still, "Leeroy" is finally on his first winning streak in more than three years. Let's hope that UFC matchmaker Joe Silva does the sensible thing and gives the underskilled bantamweight as many bottom-level opponents as necessary.
Tiequan Zhang Almost Outstrikes Another Human Being
Tuck probably wasn't taking Zhang that seriously in the lead-up to their fight, as the UFC's only Chinese athlete has looked fairly unimpressive in his recent 1-3 (now 1-4) slide.
But during their match, Zhang actually showed some real grit, fighting his way out of Tuck's strong grappling and pouring on some desperate striking as the former TUF competitor tired out near the end of the final round.
That's great for Zhang, but bad for Tuck.
When you're getting landed on by a fighter with such notoriously bad standup skills, you really shouldn't be satisfied with winning the fight.
UFC's Fuel TV Team Claims Carlos Condit Has Never Been Submitted
Somehow, the UFC on Fuel TV production team thinks that Carlos Condit has "never been submitted" in 33 fights.
That's incredibly odd, especially since a simple look at Wikipedia or the UFC's own official records will tell you that the current UFC interim welterweight champion has actually been submitted on three separate occasions—most recently by Strikeforce title contender Pat Healy.
Is this revisionist history, or just a mistake?
Look, just about everybody gets the facts wrong sometimes—but that should never include the UFC's own full-time broadcasting network.
Marc Goddard, Steve Perceval Do Their Best to Ruin the Fights
Even though the UFC actually tried to minimize poor officiating by choosing the in-cage officials for their Macau fight card, referees Goddard and Perceval did their best to mess things up.
Goddard had a particularly bad moment in the Caceres vs. Tezuka fight, standing up both fighters in the first round after Tezuka passed guard and started landing shots from side control.
Perceval was almost worse, badgering Takeya Mizugaki and Jeff Hougland to "work" when both of them (mostly Mizugaki) were actively fighting for position and landing strikes.
It was a terrible decision by the UFC, especially when there were plenty of other officiating talents to chose from in the area. Making things worse, all the early standups and incessant referee coaching arguably altered the course of a few fights, which ultimately isn't fair to the guys wearing the four-ounce gloves.
One Ringside Judge Scores a 30-25 Decision for Takeya Mizugaki
Many MMA fans and media members can agree that ringside judges are terrible at using the "10-point must" system with any sort of flexibility or variance.
That's why Mizugaki's unanimous decision win was so refreshing, especially since even a clear 10-8 round is rarely given that kind of score.
Moreover, 30-27 across the board would've been perfectly serviceable and par for the course in the Mizugaki vs. Hougland fight.
But whoever gave Mizugaki a 30-25 mark really understood the severity of the beating that the Japanese veteran gave to his hapless opponent.
Bravo, unnamed ringside judge—whoever you are. Bravo.
Takanori Gomi Teaches Mac Danzig a Lesson About Guts
Sorry, but Mac Danzig doesn't get to be pissed about losing a split decision to "The Fireball Kid" this morning.
Gomi was ready for Danzig's wrestling attack, consistently worked himself out of bad positions, and lit up his opponent with reckless, heavy striking. That's simply not the same man who to showed up to fight Eiji Mitsuoka earlier this year at UFC Japan.
Moreover, this writer firmly believes that Danzig lost the final round on guts alone.
As the clock wound down, Gomi flexed, unleashing a fierce warrior-like bellow, and practically dared Danzig to try to finish him.
Danzig simply raised his guard and backed up. That single exchange pretty much said it all.
Gomi won that fight, hands down. That much isn't up for debate.
A Wild Donnie Yen Appears on the UFC: Macau Broadcast!
Cung Le wasn't the only celebrity draw at UFC: Macau, with UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell and Chinese actor Daniel Yin-Cho Wu sitting amongst the crowd.
But the most famous man there was definitely Donnie Yen.
That's a huge coup for the UFC, especially because the award-winning martial arts star of brilliant films such as Ip Man, Flash Point and Dragon Tiger Gate is so admired by the Asian community.
It was also a nice touch considering that Le and Yen actually worked together recently on the 2009 Kung Fu film Bodyguards and Assassins.
The show of camaraderie between the two action stars following Le's KO win over Rich Franklin was a good moment for the event.
Dong Hyun Kim Goes "Donkey Kong" Against Paulo Thiago
Much of the fight between Kim and Thiago was an extended grappling lesson as the South Korean welterweight exhausted his opponent on the mat.
But no matter where the fight went, Kim just couldn't finish the stern Brazilian, with two incredibly solid submission attempts being cut off by the first and second round bells.
At the end of the final round, Kim pretty much said "f--- it," raised both his arms and just started beating on Thiago like he was a drum.
Even though he didn't get the finish, it was an aggressive and dominant display from "Stun Gun," who's proven that losses to Carlos Condit and Demien Maia are no reason to take him lightly.
A Victorious Thiago Silva Mugs for the Camera
All right, we guess there are some congratulations in order for Silva.
But now what?
Does he try to build from this win and climb up the 205-pound rankings?
That's just going to run him up against stylistic nightmares like Phil Davis and Ryan Bader. And if he's really unlucky, Silva might even have to rematch Lyoto Machida or Alexander Gustafsson.
Regardless, it's clear that Silva's still hungry for more.
After finishing off Stanislav Nedkov with a tight arm triangle choke, the new Blackzilian recruit made a good statement with some classic post-fight taunts.
Cung Le Upsets Rich Franklin Via First Round Knockout
Dear God. That really happened. Cung Le just knocked out Rich Franklin. With a punch.
Just about everyone in the MMA media counted out the former Strikeforce middleweight champion before he even stepped into the Octagon at Macau.
After all, we had plenty of reason to do so.
On paper, Franklin is just the far better fighter—his cardio, ground game and solid chin were supposed to drag Le into deep water and drown him during the late rounds.
To boot, Le was injured throughout most of his training camp with a broken foot, trying a variety of methods to accelerate his healing factor before fight week. Besides, he couldn't even get past the ghost of Wanderlei Silva, losing a gritty "Fight of the Night" performance.
Even Le seemed bewildered that he walked away with a win, calling it a "lucky punch." But regardless of luck, that punch was clean and powerful, hitting "Ace" flush on the button and putting him to sleep.