UFC on Versus 4 Results: Report Card for the Main Card Fighters
Another week, another UFC event in the history books.
Sunday was full of drama, both inside and outside the Octagon. Yet another main event had to be scraped due to an, as of now, unknown medical issue surrounding Nate Marquardt. But leave it to the UFC to handle the situation, and still put on a very good card from top to bottom.
Inside the cage, we saw a former NFL player continue to climb the heavyweight ranks, a welterweight more than likely salvage his UFC career, another welterweight on the rise get derailed and one of the craziest fights we have all see in recent memory.
Now it is time to sit back, examine all the main card fighter's bodies of work and dish out some performance grades.
Christian Morecraft: C-
There really wasn't a single aspect of this fight where Morecraft had any sort of success.
He was out-struck on the feet, and had no success on the ground. Long story short, he was outclassed by Matt Mitrione for the duration of the bout.
Matt Mitrione: B+
For only having five fights under his belt, "Meathead" is looking like he is becoming a fairly polished heavyweight prospect. Mitrione was able to out strike Morecraft, despite having a reach disadvantage.
And on top of that, Mitrione looked like he was having fun in the process. Another performance like this against someone along the likes of a Cheick Kongo and we will be calling Mitrione a contender instead of a prospect.
John Howard: D-
Howard did not look very good in the process of dropping his third fight in a row thanks to Matt Brown, who was on a losing skid himself.
Howard had mild success both standing and on the ground, but his cardio bit him in the butt later in in the fight.
After this performance, don't be surprised if "Doomsday" received his walking papers sometime this week.
Matt Brown: C+
To put it bluntly, Brown saved himself from getting the axe by defeating John Howard Sunday night.
In this fight, we saw a more measured Brown inside the Octagon than we are accustomed to, as opposed to the reckless submission dummy that we usually see.
It wasn't pretty or very exciting to watch, but he got the win nonetheless.
Rick Story: B
In a way, you kind of have to feel bad for Story. He was supposed to fight Nate Marquardt, but Nate couldn't get medically cleared to fight.
But being the fighter he is, he accepted to take on Charlie Brenneman at the 11th hour. Brenneman brought a game to the Octagon that Story wasn't ready for, and it showed.
For the first two rounds, Story looked lost and frustrated. By the time he got everything figured out, it was too late.
But we all know Dana White loves fighters like Story, so don't expect his stock to go down very much after this loss.
Charlie Brenneman: A-
So Brenneman was scheduled to fight T.J. Grant, but Grant got sick and was unable to fight. So Charlie stayed on weight so he could get his show money, only to be told on around a day notice that he would be fighting Rick Story.
Not only did he man up and take the fight, but he fought the fight of his life, much like Story did against Thiago Alves a month earlier. He controlled Story on the ground, held his own on the feet, and proceeded to grind his way to a decision victory.
It will be interesting to see what they decide to do with Brenneman next.
Pat Barry and Cheick Kongo: B
What can really be said about this fight that has not already been said?
These two guys threw bombs, Kongo nearly went out twice, and Barry got caught and put to sleep by a Kongo who appeared to be flying on auto pilot.
Both fighters showed that they have some serious power in their fists and legs, but they also showed that they have some striking defense flaws.