Unfortunately, one of the principal lessons I've learnt from my first live UFC experience as a reporter is that the internet connection in England is shocking.
Anyway, ladies and gentleman, without further ado here is the belated full 138 report.
What is it they say? "Better late than never." And for good measure, I've infused the text with a smattering of my customary idiosyncratic humour.
Introduction: If UFC 138 hasn’t inspired much excitement amongst hardcore MMA fans, it will at least be remembered for showcasing the first ever 5-round non-title fight between Chris Leben and Mark Munoz. Though both Leben and Munoz have ensured that the number of rounds is merely a formality, because they’ll require less than three to end proceedings.
The general consensus amongst most Brits is that the UK has gradually become an afterthought for the UFC, an idea reinforced by the lack of high-profile fighters on this particular card. However, a distinction must be made between a great card and a great night of fights. As Dana often reminds us, let’s witness the calibre of the fights before we jump to criticise;
Mark Munoz (186) VS Chris Leben (186)
Renan Barao (136) VS Brad Pickett (134)
Papy Abedi (170) VS Thiago Alves (171*)
Edward Faaloloto (155) VS Terry Etim (156)
Anthony Perosh (205) VS Cyrille Diabate (206)
Justin Edwards (170) VS John Maguire (170)
Jason Young (145) VS Michihiro Omigawa (145)
Phil De Fries (243) VS Rob Broughton (258)
Che Mills (169) VS Chris Cope (170)
Vaughan Lee (135) VS Chris Cariaso (135)
*Alves made weight on his second attempt after initially weighing in at 172 pounds