The Undercard of UFC 116
Tonight, I witnessed one of the best fight cards the UFC has ever put on.
From start to finish, it was great.
Maybe a few of the fights didn't go the way I wanted, but tonight showcased what the fans want to see.
There were great technical aspects in the George Sotiropoulos-Kurt Pellegrino fight.
Fantastic stand-up battles with Stephan Bonnar and Chris Lytle.
Last but not least, a clash of real heavyweights with Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin.
UFC 116 was the perfect fight card to start off the summer and perfect for this Fourth of July weekend.
If you missed this classic event, I'll give you the details of the main card.
To start the night off, we had a battle of lightweights: Kurt Pellegrino and George Sotiropoulos.
I expected more of a competitive fight between the two, but it was a very lopsided fight.
Sotiropoulos was better at the stand-up battle. He threw powerful punches, great combinations, and even a high kick here and there.
It was so bad for Pellegrino standing up that he begged for the fight to go to the ground, which is George's bread and butter.
When they fought there, George completely controlled the fight. He was just too strong and constantly working to the point that Kurt couldn't answer the Aussie at all.
But in the final seconds of the bout, Kurt threw a knee when George ducked from a punch and rocked the Australian. He then followed it up with a right hand that dropped him.
The fight could have been Kurt's but it was too little, too late. The Unanimous Decision goes to George Sotiropoulos.
Next we had the rematch from UFC 110: Stephan Bonnar and Krzysztof Soszynski.
The first fight ended controversially with a cut that was caused by a head butt. But due to the poor decision of the referee and the athletic comission, it was ruled a win for Krzysztof and loss for Bonnar.
This marked a three-fight losing streak for Bonnar and he needed a win badly.
They set up the rematch and we had what was basically rounds four and five of the last fight.
It started out the same. Both fighters came out and felt each other out with some light punches and kicks.
But it wasn't long before the battle commenced. They came out with guns blazing and were swinging for the fences with every punch and kick they threw.
It was back and forth, too. One moment, Bonnar had the upper hand and then the next second, Krzysztof was throwing bombs and landing at will.
The first round was so close for me to call that I ruled it a draw, 10-10.
Round two starts and they go right back at it. There is blood again from Stephan, but it's not as bad as the first time.
The fight goes on from throwing wild haymakers to clinch fighting to takedowns that lead to submission attempts and ground and pound.
It's a fight fan's wet dream. But midway throught the second round, they begin using the clinch.
Krzysztof using dirty boxing and Stephan using his Muay Thai. Unfortunately for Krzysztof, in this scenario, Muay Thai wins 10 times out of 10.
Bonnar caught Krzysztof with a knee to the jaw that drops Krzystof and Bonnar swarms all over him. He finished the Polish Experiment with some nasty punches in the second round.
With this win, Bonnar avenges a loss, makes up for the controversial decision, breaks a three-fight losing streak, and shows everone why he is known as The American Psycho.
The last fight in this article I'm covering is the battle between old rivals: Chris Lytle and Matt Brown.
Coming into this fight, Matt Brown was looking to avenge a loss from his past over Chris Lytle and Lytle was looking to continue his winning ways.
The best part of this fight, both guys came out swinging with bad intentions and were looking for the knockout from the start.
It was scary for both fighters at certain points. Mostly because this fight was a boxer versus a kickboxer.
Chris Lytle was swinging these haymakers and overhand rights that looked like they could knock a heavyweight out.
While Matt Brown was landing these thudding kicks at will on Chris and following them up with some hard punches.
Tonight was very interesting because while watching the fight I was thinking to myself, if Chris lands one of those haymakers, the fight is over.
But on the other hand, with the way Brown was teeing off on Chris, I felt tonight might actually be the first fight we see Chris Lytle get knocked out.
Amazingly though, both fighters made it out of the first round alive. I was rooting for Lytle, but I had to give it to Brown because he was the better striker. 10-9 Brown.
In the second round though, after some more brawling, both fighters went to the ground and it was only a matter of time before Chris got what he was looking for...the submission.
Which he finally got by cranking Matt Brown's arm to the point that Brown had to submit verbally.
With this fight, Lytle advances to having a three-fight win streak whereas Brown has lost his last two fights.
I hope this is detailed enough for everyone to understand how entertaining tonight's fight card was.
I'll be back soon enough with the card's co-main event and main event.
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