The night was electrifying. The fights were great. The Champs kept their belts. A successful night for the UFC.
So whats next?
Well, in the preliminaries, Mark Coleman shocked me a little bit with his win. I was hoping Bonnar could pull through, but it wasn't meant to be. Coleman showed that 44 is just a number and he's still got it.
Next for Colman is anyone's guess. Maybe Houston Alexander or Jake O'Brien. Odds are Coleman will never see gold again, but it sure was good to see that the legend has still got it.
Bonnar, on the other hand, will have to take a good hard look in the mirror, because time's ticking away for him to make a serious run for the title. All it takes, though, is one win to get back on track. I see a similar situation for Bonnar as for his next opponent.
Henderson fills all of our hearts with joy ('cept for the brits) with a AMAZING right hand to Bisping's jaw. I got to admit, I thought Hendo would grind out a gutsy decision. But Bisping, for god know's what reason, decided it would be a good idea to circle left. And boy did Hendo make him pay. I'm not even shure if he knows where he is even now.
Dana White rushed his golden ticket in to the UK a little to early there. Bisping isn't at Hendo's level yet. We all know why now.
Next for Bisping? Another lower level fighter to boost that confidence back up. It's anyone's guess as to whom exactly it will be.
For Hendo, it's either A-Silva or the winner of Marquardt-Maia. Both great matches. Congrats to the gutsy vet.
Another one-sided beating put on by GSP. We all thought Alves had the better striking. WRONG! He may have had the more powerful striking, but GSP picked him apart. And again showed why he has the best takedowns in MMA.
You can all say "Lay N pray," but we all know it was will and skill. Alves needs to learn a submission or two. He has great takedown def and bursting ability, but so did Hughes, KOS, and Fitch. And just like them, he realised GSP is in another world.
For Alves, we can expect a fight with Fitch or maybe Anthony Johnson or Marcus Davis even.
After another dominating five-round war, what is next for GSP? Well, sadly it's the winner of Martin Kapman vs Mike Swick...are we that desperate for a contender? I hope GSP decides to go up a to 185 because he and Anderson are running out of food.
Lesnar...oh...my...lord. He is indeed a animal. I have to admit, I was a little worried when Lesnar took down Mir, but boy did my nerves settle when I saw the beating he was giving Mir. Lesnar learned his lesson. Lesnar learned to stay cool on the ground.
Mir surprised me a little bit landing some shots that wobbled Lesnar. Lesnar, though, was all game, as he took Mir down again and the next part was just gruesome. Lenar pounded Mirs face in like hamburger meat. It only took a little over one round for Lesnar's revenge.
Afterwards, Lesnar showed off his new Heel look, flipping off the crowed and yelling in Mir's face. But hey, it's all an act to get people to either hate or like him. Because hating him is a lot better than people not caring at all.
He went on to say, "I'm going to be drinking some coors lite...not bud lite...cause they don't pay me..."
"Hell later on I may even get on top of my wife."
Ha, love or hate him, he's a character.
Next for Lesnar is either the winner of Shane Carwin vs Cain Velasquez or Couture-Nog.
For Mir, most likely Kongo.
Fitch gets a nice Unam dec win over Paulo Tiago. It was not anything amazing, a win is a win though. He defended early sub attempts then was all over Tiago, with Fitch's better grappling ability.
Next for Fitch? Thiago Alves rematch makes sense to me. Maybe even Dan Hardy
Paulo Thiago may face Kevin Burns or Marcus Davis.
Yoshihiro Akiyama Vs. Alan Belcher What a great battle.
Fight of the night for sure. Belcher with crazy leg kicks and Akiyama with nice takedowns and clean shots.
It was a back-and-forth battle from the get go. I for one couldn't see a clear cut winner, but a split decision was to be had by Akiyama. I can definitely see why Belcher will be pissed for a while.
Next for Akiyama is...I don't know. But it should be a move down to WW, because he did look greatly undersized. It was his skill and heart that kept him in there.
For Belcher, it could be possible to see him fight Bisping or even Wandi...both tune-ups for Wandi and Bisping.
Mac Danzig Vs. Jim Miller
A great back and forth there. Again, a solid fight, but nothing amazing.
Miller wins a clear Unam dec. Next for him could be Gleison Tibau.
Danzig will have to look deep down and think about what is next. Three losses in a row is never a good thing.
Jon Jones Vs. Jake O'Brien
Well Jones does it again. He proves why he is a man to watch out for. With a nice second round submission over Jake O'Brien he steps higher on the ladder. A fight with Luiz Cain makes sense. Or even Matt Hammil or Brandon Vera.
O'Brien will likely face off against Bonnar—two men desperately needing a win.
CB Dollaway Vs. Tom Lawlor
Tom Lawlor shocked a lot of people with a 55-second submission win.
Not is really known about either's future. But it looks bright for Lawlor.
Dong Hyun Kim Vs. TJ Grant
Kim has a dominating Unam Decision win over Grant.
Kim could Get Davis next or even Matt Serra. Not much is known for Grant.
Matt Grice Vs. Shannon Gugerty
Gugerty makes short work of Grice in the first round with a nice Choke in the opening fight.
Well, ladies and gentlemen, I hope you enjoyed the even as much as I have. After all the heat dies down, we can all get ready for Penn vs Florian and Griffin trying to shock the world yet again.