UFC 138 Results: 10 Memorable Moments from Birmingham
UFC 138 is in the books, and the results are below:
Mark Munoz defeats Chris Leben via corner stoppage (5:00 of Round 2)
Renan Barao defeats Brad Pickett via submission (4:09 of Round 1)
Thiago Alves defeats Papy Abadi via submission (3:32 of Round 1)
Anthony Perosh defeats Cyrille Diabate via submission (3:09 of Round 2)
Terry Etim defeats Edward Faaloloto via submission (:17 of Round 1)
John Maguire defeats Justin Edwards via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Phillip De Fries defeats Rob Broughton via unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)
Michihiro Omigawa defeats Jason Young via unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)
Che Mills defeats Chris Cope via TKO (:40 of Round 1)
Chris Cariaso defeats Vaughan Lee via split decision (28-19, 29-28, 29-28)
What follows are 10 memorable moments from UFC 138
UK Fans Bring It
It’s always nice to see fans outside of the “normal” UFC haunts fill the house before the very first preliminary fight begins. Makes you wonder why this doesn’t happen in the US. The ticket costs the same no matter when you show up, so why not get there to see all the fights? You’ll never know what you’ll miss if you show up late, which leads right into the next memorable moment...
Che Mills Ends the Cries of WOOO! from Chris Cope
Che Mills made his UFC debut at UFC 138, and man, did he ever deliver.
Mills used a left jab to set up a huge left knee that dropped Chris Cope to the ground. The stunned Cope was able to regain his feet, but as soon as Cope was in a clear position, Mills delivered another knee that put Cope back down. The fight was stopped shortly after that. All in all a very nice 40-second night for Mr. Mills.
John Maguire and Justin Edwards Engage in a Solid Grappling Battle
John Maguire survived an early knockdown in this fight, coming back to use his superior grappling to earn a unanimous decision victory in his UFC debut.
Maguire did his best to land submissions, but Justin Edwards was able to find counters for Maguire's submission attempts.
This three-round battle was a solid reminder that the sport is mixed martial arts, and sometimes, a back and forth battle that is played out mostly on the ground can deliver just as much excitement as bout that features two fighters standing and exchanging strikes for 15 minutes.
Terry Etim Shows No Cage Rust
Terry Etim had 19 months off due to injury before stepping into the octagon on Saturday night against Edward Faaloloto.
Etim landed a few strikes to start the fight. Faaloloto then shot for a takedown leaving his neck open, and Etim slapped on the guillotine choke. It was only a matter of seconds before Faaloloto was forced to tap. The total fight time for this one was 17 seconds.
Seventeen seconds after 19 months off. Can we please put the cage rust excuse to bed?
Anthony Perosh: Grappler Beats Striker
Anthony Perosh did a nice job negating the striking of Cyrille Diabate on his way to victory on Saturday.
Early on, Diabate looked to use his kickboxing background and length to take control of the fight. Peros, a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, was able to take the fight to the ground in the first round after absorbing a kick and grabbing the leg for a takedown. However, Diabate did a nice job defending until the horn sounded.
Diabate did not have the same luck in the second round. Perosh earned a takedown in the first minute of the second round and then gained full mount. He was them able to gain back mount on Diabate, softening Diabate up with strikes to the head before seeing his opening and slapping on the rear naked choke for the submission win.
Thiago Alves Gives Pappy Abedi a Rude Welcome to the UFC
Thiago Alves was on a bad run heading into UFC 138, going 1-3 in his last four fights. To say he needed a win would be a huge understatement. His opponent, Papy Abedi, was making his UFC debut on the fight card after putting together a record of 8-0 in other organizations.
Early on, Abedi looked confident, but that confidence crumbled when Alves caught Abedi and dropped him. Once the fight went to the ground, Alves teed off on Abedi, positively abusing him with punches and elbows. Abedi then turned, giving Alves his back, and “The Pitbull” wasted no time in securing the rear naked choke, forcing Abedi to tap out.
Renan Barao Keeps his Streak Alive
Renan Barao entered the octagon on Saturday with a record of 26-1-0-1. On Saturday he faced off against what many believed would be his toughest opponent, Brad Pickett.
When the fight began, the two fighters exchanged heavy punches, showing little regard for their own physical well-being. While Pickett was able to weather the punches of Barao, he was unable to withstand a knee that dropped him to the mat. Pickett then worked through the strikes that Barao used to try and finish him.
The end came when Pickett attempted to get to his feet. Barao smoothly transitioned to Pickett’s back and secured a rear naked choke that forced Pickett to tap.
Mark Munoz Shows He Is a Contender in the Middleweight Division
It was stand up striker against wrestler and ground-and-pound specialist in the main event at UFC 138. The wrestler, Mark Munoz, wasted no time letting the stand up-striker, Chris Leben, know what he was in for by taking him down almost immediately.
Leben was able to avoid the "Donkey Kong" ground and pound of Munoz for most of the first round, but he did look to be on his way to gassing between rounds.
Leben was not so lucky in the second round. The ground and pound of Munoz had Leben leaking blood from his left eye. The cut was of enough concern that the doctor was brought in. Leben initially told the doctor that he couldn't see, but then told the referee that he was able to continue.
Leben was unable to continue after the second round ended, telling his corner that he could not see, and the fight was called.
Munoz's performance erased any doubt that he is a contender in the middleweight division.
Spike Drops the Ball
No fight on the UFC 138 main card went the distance, yet Spike TV decided that the post-fight interview with the main event winner was not worth showing.
They had the ability to show the interview with Mark Munoz, but did not, so everyone watching missed this...
Mark Munoz Asks for Title Shot Against Anderson Silva