UFC 120 Results: An Epic Fail For MMA's British Invasion
UFC 120 is in the books, and the big story here, besides the lone UK victory on the card via Michael Bisping's unanimous decision win over Yoshihiro Akiyama, is that... well, there's no way to sugarcoat it in print.
UFC 120 was an epic "fail" to end all epic "fails" for the British Invasion of Mixed Martial Arts.
It started with James McSweeney, who otherwise proved that Light Heavyweight was more natural of a weight class for him.
He dominated Round 1, but a second round that could have shown a fatigued-at-worst McSweeney instead ended with the sight of a visibly-dominated-yet-not-finished McSweeney after a brutal shot to the solar plexus.
The third round showed more brutal body shots delivered by McSweeney's opponent, Fabio Maldonado, who finished McSweeney after 48 seconds had elapsed in Round 3.
Then came Kurt Warburton, who lost a decision with all three judges seeing the fight 29-28 for Spencer Fisher in a hard-fought yet still tough loss in front of his home crowd.
The luck spiraled downward on the main card after local fighters Paul Sass and Rob Broughton scored wins on the undercard. Sass earned Submission of The Night over Mark Holst, and Broughton got a third-round submission win over Vinicius Queiroz.
James Wilks was not finished by Claude Patrick in the first main card bout of the night, but he was soundly dominated in three rounds which were scored 30-27 for Patrick.
Some would speculate that there may not have been much excitement or entertainment within the actual fight, but whatever the reason was, a prelim bout featuring Cyrille Diabate and Alexander Gustafsson aired before the Cheick kongo-Travis Browne bout.
John Hathaway suffered a similar fate to Wilks, as Mike Pyle handed the young prospect his first pro loss by way of a Unanimous Decision that was scored the same as the Wilks fight was.
The last loss of the night for the Brits was Dan Hardy's first-round knockout loss to Carlos Condit.
What does it say when two Brits win on the undercard and only the hometown boy to win on the main card is the guy who headlined the card?
I guess that depends on how you look at the final result.
On one hand, the Brits weren't beaten in a clean sweep, with Sass winning as well as Broughton, and of course Bisping beating Akiyama by Unanimous Decision.
Bisping is arguably the biggest star to come out of the UK, so if he returns to the UK and scores a victory in his home country, whether it was a Unanimous Decision or a TKO, it's always going to be considered a big win for the Brits.
The fact that the Bisping got the win in the main event of the night made it the only win of the night than really mattered.
All well and good, but on the other hand, it's obsolete that three fighters came out with victories, even if one of them was in the headliner of the card.
The simple fact of the matter is that five Brits were defeated on their own turf by foreign competition, some in fights that should have been easy, quick finishes and others in tough fights against good fighters.
Either way, if the British Invasion thought than on Saturday night, Oct. 16, 2010, they would be cleanly sweeping their competition in their own house, they had another thing coming.
Only Holst, Queiroz, and Akiyama (a.k.a. "The Japanese Chris Lytle", since the fight last night won Akiyama a third straight "Fight of The Night" bonus) would succumb to defeat at the hands of a British fighter.
Maldonado upset McSweeney's Light Heavyweight debut, Patrick kept his lengthy win streak going against Wilks, Pyle snapped Hathaway's perfect record, and Condit got KO of The Night against Hardy.
To quote an epic Metallica song, you know it's sad but true:
UFC 120 was an EPIC FAIL for MMA's British Invasion.
They had the shot to go for a sweep in front of their own home crowd, but they couldn't get the job done.
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