3 big fights and 3 dominating performances. Each victory was more lopsided than the fight before.
BJ Penn looked phenomenal. Before the clock ticked below the 4 minute mark I was pretty confident Diego didn't stand a shot at winning, aside from a miraculous overhand right from the heavens. It was clear that Diego's stand-up was not even in the same universe as Penn's. Diego had no answers for whatever Penn decided to throw at him. After the first round Diego came to the abrupt realization that there would be little chance of winning a stand-up war against a Manny Pacquiao with 4oz gloves. Diego's only shot would be to take BJ to the ground. I have a better chance outrunning a Cheetah.
Attempt after attempt he found himself grabbing onto BJ's leg (notice singular) staring at his toes while getting his head stiff-armed and often barraged with fists and elbows. It all came to a painful end with a fourth round head kick that split open Diego's forehead. Thankfully the cage side doctor stopped the fight and spared Sanchez and his camp from further suffering.
What's next for BJ? Not really sure, I don't think there is anyone at 155 who is ready for a title shot against him. In the meantime, why not a shot at a top 5 170lb fighter?
What's next for Diego? 75 stitches and a lifetime supply of Scar Zone. There are a few intriguing fights for him, Gray Maynard (last 5 fights won by decision), Frankie Edgar, maybe Florian again.
Mir did as I expected him to. Finish the fight fast and win by submission. I really don't think he had much business fighting a guy outside of the top 10, however after his brutal loss to Lesnar perhaps the UFC wanted to see where Mir was at mentally and maybe give him a confidence booster. The road for Kongo is getting narrower and narrower. I think Mir is in the top 5 of the heavyweight group and his next fight should be against either Cain, Carwin, or Dos Santos. I am really looking forward to a rubber match with Lesnar. I'm glad to see that even after taking the beating of a lifetime he can't wait to get back in the ring with the beast. And man did Mir pack on some size.
Florian looked dominant against the always energetic Clay Guida. Kenny's loss re-affirms his standing in the top 2 or 3 fighters in the 155lb division. Guida's loss confirms, at least in the immediate future, he won't be a contender. He's tough as nails and has incredible cardio and heart, but unfortunately this sport requires equal parts skill to succeed. At this time he's forging a path to be the eternal gate keeper at 155, much like Jardine has done at 205 and Franklin at 185/205.
I would like to see Kenny and Diego fight again, though I am not sure you can pair a winner and loser, though I could make a case. Kenny would have interesting fights against the same guys I recommend for Sanchez; Edgar and Maynard.
Overall it was an excitingly lopsided card.
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