At UFC 111 in Newark, New Jersey, two titles were on the line. Georges St. Pierre returned from a nine month absence to take on the British native Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy, and heavy-hitter Shane Carwin fought Frank Mir for the interim heavyweight championship.
Now, onto the main card review:
Jim Miller vs. Mark Bocek:
Jim Miller came into this fight with Mark Bocek on a three fight win streak, having last fought at UFC 108, against Duane Ludwig. Mark Bocek came into the fight also sharing a three fight win streak, with his last fight being against Joe Brammer at the TUF 10 Finale.
Mark Bocek won the fight in every aspect. He took Miller down, advanced positions on him, and even out-struck him. Other than the first round and then a great attempt at the rear-naked choke by Bocek, the fight was pretty much a yawn-fest throughout.
Despite being taken down and on his back for much of the fight, Jim Miller somehow came away with a unanimous decision victory.
Jon Fitch vs. Ben Saunders:
Jon Fitch entered the fight with Killa B on a three fight win streak, with a win in his previous outing over up-and-comer Mike Pierce. Ben Saunders was entering the fight with a KO win over Marcus Davis.
This fight went Jon Fitch's way without a doubt. He took Saunders down early, and basically Jon Fitch-ed him. Saunders spent the majority of the fight on his back, and was taken down many times. Despite the win, people are starting to question whether or not Jon Fitch can finish people. Perhaps a fight against Paul Daley is in order?
Jon Fitch won an easy unanimous decision. The fight may have been more evenly matched if Thiago Alves hadn't had to drop out, but oh well.
Shane Carwin vs. Frank Mir:
Shane Carwin came into the fight with an undefeated 11-0 record, with none of his fights going past 2:11 seconds of the first round. Frank Mir came into the fight with a very impressive submission win over Cheick Kongo, in which we saw a new and improved Frank Mir.
The fight was supposed to be a pretty even match-up, and for a few minutes it was. Then Shane Carwin unleashed his unbelievable punching power, and dropped Frank Mir with a few clean left uppercuts. Now, a fight with heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar awaits him.
Despite losing, Frank Mir can take home a moral victory. He is the only fighter to take Shane Carwin more than three minutes to finish. What's next for Frank Mir? Perhaps Cain Velasquez or JDS, for true number one contendership?
Kurt Pellegrino vs. Fabricio Camoes:
Kurt Pellegrino came into this fight after beating Josh Neer via unanimous decision, extending his win streak to three. Fabricio Camoes came into UFC 111 off of a draw against Caol Uno at UFC 106.
The first round was mostly a grappling match, with Pellegrino barely edging Camoes. The second round was all Kurt Pellegrino. After getting the back mount position on Fabricio Camoes, Pellegrino sunk in a deep RNC, and Camoes tapped out at 4:20 seconds of the second round.
Fabricio Camoes is on contract for two more fights. His next fight should be against another one of Nate Diaz's many submission victims: Melvin Guillard. As for Kurt Pellegrino, I think he has earned a shot at the winner of the fight between Kenny Florian and Takanori Gomi. What do you guys think?
Georges St. Pierre vs. Dan Hardy:
Georges St. Pierre came into this fight with wins over his last six opponents. Dan Hardy came into this fight with a four fight win streak over mediocre competition such as Rory Markham, Marcus Davis and Mike Swick.
The fight's end result came as no surprise to anyone who has watched GSP fight before. GSP took Dan Hardy down at will, beating him up and just neutralizing him. Dan Hardy didn't pose a threat at all standing up (false advertising on Zuffa's part) and the only bright spot for him was not tapping out from two sick looking submissions and actually going the distance.
GSP can do nothing more to cement his status as the best welterweight in UFC history. The only competitive fights for him lie in the middleweight division. As for Dan Hardy, he can be a great fighter in this division for years to come. His next fight should be against Jon Fitch or Josh Koscheck.
All in all, tonight was a great fight card. Two title fights in one night is an unusual occurence, but it was definitely worth it. Tell me, what are you looking forward to more- Georges St. Pierre in a competitve fight or Shane Carwin in his fight with Brock Lesnar?
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