UFC 154 Grading the Canadians: St-Pierre and Menjivar Get Top Marks
Whenever there is a Canadian fighting on a UFC card, I like to throw out the Canadian report card after the event just to give my thoughts on how they did.
UFC 154 being a card in Canada, there were nine on the card. As this is an unusually big report card, I try to keep it tight.
The grades are based on circumstances and expectations going in, in cage performance and the results. Finishing the fight could mean the difference between an A and an A+.
Here we go.
Ivan Menjivar: A
With a beautiful set up and flash submission, it is tempting to give Menjivar an A+. The only reason I didn't is because Ashimov was making his debut in the UFC and was not aware of what was coming.
Antonio Carvalho: C
Despite the win, the man himself was very critical of his performance in his post-fight quotes, so I'm giving him a C based on his win. His leg kicks were very effective, but everything else was not as sharp as usual.
John Makdessi: A
It was the best Makdessi we have ever seen in the UFC as he used quickness and counter jabbing to defeat the more experienced Sam Stout. It was a minor upset, and he earns top marks for sticking to a smart game plan.
Sam Stout: D
It was obviously a very tough night for Stout, and he certainly wasn't at his best. He seemed to be the slower fighter and also walked straight ahead on his opponent all night. He gets credit for trying to turn the tide with takedowns but was unsuccessful in his attempts.
Patrick Cote: B
It's tough to give Cote much credit for the DQ win over Sakara, but he said he wanted a war, and he brought one for the minute and a half that the fight went. He hurt Sakara with is patented right hand, and he threw it with force.
Mark Bocek: C
Bocek gave it his best shot, but he gets an average grade based on his inability to get the takedown on Dos Anjos. That is the base of his entire jiu jitsu game and without it, he was picked apart.
Mark Hominick: D
Hominick always brings an exciting fight, and this one was no different. He gets a bad grade because he was unable to finish or beat a supposedly inferior opponent when he had the chance. He also made a lot of errors in this fight and took a heck of a lot of damage because of it.
Francis Carmont: C
Transplanted Canuck Carmont got the decision win, but it was very controversial because many felt that his opponent, Tom Lawlor, won the fight.
He did show a few good reversals and strikes on the night, but more was expected of him.
Georges St-Pierre: A
It was an excellent return to the cage for GSP, and he looked fresh and unpredictable in his approach. A performance like that after 19 months off is top notch, and the only reason he didn't get an A+ is because he didn't finish Condit.
Dwight Wakabayashi is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report MMA and guest blogger for Sportsnet.ca UFC.