Before the main card, which airs on pay-per-view, we had preliminary-card fights that featured some promising up-and-coming fighters. There were a number of guys making their UFC debuts, as well as a number of familiar faces scattered throughout as well.
So, what did we learn from these preliminary-card fights? Let's take a look.
Magomedov, Martin are Tough as Nails
In looking around the web this week, the consensus seemed to be that Rashid Magomedov would walk through Tony Martin. That was not exactly what happened.
Both Magomedov and Martin showed grit and determination in their bout. Magomedov escaped a nasty looking armbar early, while Martin was able to thwart a tight guillotine choke later on.
Both men threw some bombs and ate some big strikes, especially Martin, whose face looked like art canvas. Neither man quit the fight, which led to a great fight that fans were on their feet for.
Even though Martin walked out the loser of this bout, nobody really lost when looking at it. It was a great fight between two guys who refused to lose.
Apparently, Takedowns Win Fights
I will admit, Tom Watson vs. Nick Catone wasn't exactly lighting the world on fire. But, the judges got that decision all wrong.
For three rounds, Watson pushed forward as Catone backpedaled and played with caution. Watson landed leg kick after leg kick, turning Catone's lead limb into hamburger meat.
Catone did not land much in terms of strikes. What he did was land a half-ass takedown, not hold him down for long or get close to getting any sort of significant hold.
Catone fought in his home town and got a hometown decision. He showed that judges are willing to give you a decision if you do no damage and land an occasional takedown in a fight.
I hope they let the Broncos and Seahawks watch the UFC 169 prelims last night. Those guys needed a good night's sleep.— Ben Fowlkes (@benfowlkesMMA) February 2, 2014
Fans Like Finishes
Decisions were a trend on the UFC 169 prelims. In fact, all seven bouts went to the judges.
The fans were not impressed.
While some of the earlier bouts were at least somewhat entertaining, the later prelims were a substitute for Ambien. Watson-Catone, Danny Martinez-Chris Cariaso and Alan Patrick-John Makdessi were all snoozers.
Fans like it when fighters finish fights. They are definitive in who wins the fight.
The prelims did not deliver Saturday night.