UFC 113: The UFC's Redemption for UFC 112
Last night I witnessed one of the best pay per view cards in my life.
Shogun Rua knocked out Lyoto Machida.
Josh Koscheck dominated Paul Daley.
Kimbo and Meathead were competitive, and Alan Belcher looked good against Patrick Cote.
I honestly feel that UFC 113 was the card that made up for the mess that was UFC 112.
No fight ended controversially and every fight that was showed had guys that came to fight. Not all of them may have ended like we wanted, but they were still good fights.
UFC 113 in my eyes, completely makes up for both UFC 111 and 112.
The Jeremy Stephens and Sam Stout fight was very good and is the type of fight I always want to see.
The same goes for Alan Belcher and Patrick Cote. Both guys came prepared but only one walked out the winner.
I definitely like Belcher and wouldn't mind seeing him in a fight with a guy like Chael Sonnen or Michael Bisping.
Shogun Rua is now the light heavyweight champion in the UFC. It may have taken longer than expected, but he did it. Now the only question that is still lingering is, who does Shogun fight next?
He will most likely face the winner of Rampage Jackson and Rashad Evans, but when asked about it, Mauricio also expressed an interest in fighting former Chute Box teammate Anderson Silva.
I would love to see a Main Event with Shogun and The Spider, but Anderson might pull out the friend card again.
Since that will most likely happen, I'm pulling for a rematch between Rampage Jackson and Shogun Rua. In my eyes, Rampage poses so much more of a threat to the new champion rather than "Sugar" Rashad Evans.
Shogun is a Muay Thai specialist with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under his belt. Quinton is a well-rounded boxer, who is very strong and has underrated wrestling skills.
On paper, this fight could go either way, but Shogun will without a doubt be the favorite since he decimated Rampage in the past and slayed The Dragon.
But that is the past. Rampage has grown a lot in the sport and has expressed interest in rematching Shogun. I'm hoping Rampage will focus on Rashad first before he plans on training for Shogun.
Next, we have Josh Koscheck. The TUF 1 Alum looked good last night. He fought smart and used his wrestling to overpower the Brash Brit known as Paul Daley.
It may not have been the most exciting fight, but to tell the truth, I was more entertained by this fight than I was with St. Pierre and Dan Hardy.
It was competitive. Kos dominated Daley on the ground with his championship caliber wrestling and improved BJJ. But Daley was improved as well and never gave in.
I feel he could have finished Daley at any time, but I also have the feeling Kos wanted to get a decision win over Daley just to rub it in more and make Daley suffer.
As we saw, Daley is a sore loser and cheap shotted Koscheck after the fight and will never be welcomed back into the UFC. Can't say I feel bad for him.
I was both happy with Koscheck's performance but saddened by his acting. There is no doubt he was hit with a knee. It was just grazing though. Quit the acting and fight like your paid to do.
But I was highly amused after the fight when he pissed off all the fans and Canadiens who booed him. At that moment I could agree with Kos. "If you're going to boo me, I'll give you something to boo at."
Now he is slated to coach opposite GSP on the next Ultimate Fighter. I can't wait for the rematch because I know it will be a tough challenge for St. Pierre and I'm actually a fan of Kos, so I do want him to become champion. Maybe if GSP loses, he'll move up in weight and fight guys that can actually give him a challenge.
The fight between Kimbo Slice and Matt Mitrione was good. I liked it despite the fact that Kimbo lost and both guys gassed in the first round.
Both of them looked good at the start of the fight. Kimbo's punches were hard and very crisp when they landed. Also, I was astounded at how he muscled Meathead around even though he was 30 pounds lighter.
Matt Mitrione had improved boxing, hard leg kicks and had the chance to show off his Jiu Jitsu.
I tip my hat off to both men for putting on a great show. The only one I am disappointed with is Dana White.
DW feels Kimbo is done and cut him from the UFC. I'm highly disappointed in his actions. Kimbo is such a big draw and there are a number of fights he could be in.
Kimbo could have been paired up with fighters like James Toney, Randy Couture, Tito Ortiz, Chuck Liddell, Mirko Cro Cop, etc.
But, maybe this is a blessing in disguise. If Kimbo still wants to fight, he can train hard in his time off and start winning fights over lower quality fighters. If he starts to evolve, then maybe the UFC will bring him back and he can do some damage.
As for Mitrione, I don't think he'll be knocking down anyone good and challenging the champion for a while. But, you never know. This is MMA, anything can happen.
Let's hope UFC 114 can deliver the same fireworks UFC 113 did.
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