What a spectacular night of fights…WOW!
Now, with another UFC event officially in the books it is time once again for my esteemed colleague, Sterling Spiars, and I to examine what is on the horizon for UFC 111’s participants.
For this round I will be covering the winners and Mr. Spiars shall be breaking down the losers.
While it wasn’t pretty, Miller was able to do enough in the judges’ eyes to earn a unanimous decision victory over tough BJJ black belt, Mark Bocek.
This win makes it four in a row now for Miller, who has quietly been putting together a very impressive resume. With a couple more wins over name opponents, Miller could easily find himself right in the lightweight title mix.
Next up for Miller should either be Sean Sherk or Tyson Griffin; both of whom were originally slated to face Miller at UFC 108 but had to pull out due to injury.
A win over either would launch Miller right to the top of the division.
After his original opponent, Thiago Alves, was pulled from the card due to a failed CT scan, Jon Fitch took on hungry up-and-comer Ben Saunders.
From the get go it was apparent that Saunders was not ready to take on someone the caliber of Fitch, who worked his way to yet another unanimous decision victory.
I think it is pretty clear that Fitch is the most deserving of another title shot, but due to his lackluster style it is doubtful that he will be granted one right away.
Instead, expect Fitch to take on either BJJ ace Ricardo Almeida or Thiago Alves if he is cleared to fight again.
If Fitch wants to get another shot at GSP anytime soon, he is going to have to start finishing fights or talking a lot of trash about the champion to create some fan buzz.
In what was hands down my favorite fight of the night, Pellegrino came back from the brink of being choked out in the first round to securing his own choke in the second earning an impressive submission victory.
Currently riding a four fight win streak, Pellegrino is closing in on the upper echelon of the division and a match-up against Clay Guida would be the perfect fight to see if Pellegrino is ready to make that jump.
WOW! That’s pretty much all I can say about Carwin’s KO win over Frank Mir.
Going into this bout there were a lot of question surrounding Carwin’s overall skill and whether or not ring rust would be a factor, but Carwin managed to silence all the critics (myself included) and claim the UFC Interim Heavyweight Championship.
Next up for Carwin is an opportunity to unify the titles and become the undisputed UFC heavyweight champion against Brock Lesnar.
This should be an explosive match-up to say the least.
Georges St. Pierre
In completely dominating fashion, GSP showed us all once again why he is one of the best fighters this sport has ever seen; defeating Dan Hardy by unanimous decision.
While some people will look at the win as an example of GSP’s lack of a killer instinct, I see his inability to finish the fight as an example of just how tough of a competitor Dan Hardy really is.
Next up for GSP will likely be the winner of the upcoming bout between Josh Koscheck and Paul Daley.
Seeing as how GSP has already dominated Koscheck, the more interesting match-up is Daley.
It is pretty well known that Daley has a somewhat limited ground game but the explosive power that he posses in his hands gives him a chance against anyone.