UFC 138 was in Birmingham, England, last night, and if you didn’t watch, then you missed out. The card featured a main event between Mark Munoz and Chris Leben that many expected to be a good fight, but it wasn’t a good enough fight to headline a pay-per-view.
Usually when a card is on Spike TV, it is looked at as a free card because nobody worth watching is on it. England fans are usually treated to Michael Bisping in the main event, but I think everyone was relieved after Munoz and Leben put on a spectacular show.
Don’t sleep on the UFC and how great a fight card can end up. Here is five reasons why you missed out if you didn’t watch this card.
Not many people knew who Che Mills was coming into UFC 138 as he was placed on the undercard against Chris Cope. Mills came into the fight riding a four-fight winning streak and a 13-4 record overall.
The England native made a name for himself, as he dispatched Chris Cope in only 40 seconds. Che “Beautiful” Mills started swinging hard from the opening bell, as he pushed the pace with leg kicks and fast hands. Cope looked outmatched early, as Mills landed a hard knee to the face.
Goddard didn’t stop the fight, however, as Cope was still kind of conscious. He wouldn’t be for long, as Cope landed another nasty knee—and it was goodnight. Che Mills may be a force to be reckoned with in the welterweight division.
Brad “One Punch” Pickett didn’t win on Saturday, but his entrance rivals Tom “The Filthy Mauler” Lawlor’s entrances. Pickett is apparently a fan of the movie Snatch starring Brad Pitt, because he came out to the octagon dressed like Brad Pitt’s character “Mickey O’Neil.”
He brought a newspaper with President Obama’s face on it and seemed to be pretending to read it. It was a pretty confusing entrance if you haven’t seen the movie. Joe Rogan was basically speechless—and that doesn’t happen too often.
Ole “One Punch” Pickett, however, didn’t fair too well when the cage door shut. Maybe Brad Pitt would have had a better chance.
Thiago Alves came into the fight with Papy Abedi having lost three of his last four fights. “The Pitbull” had a lot on the line, because with a loss, he would likely never have another chance at the welterweight crown.
The 28-year-old Alves looked to keep the fight standing, as the crowd seemed more on Alves’ side. The fight only hit the ground once and that was when Alves dropped Abedi with a knee to the body. He then followed with the theme of the night and rear-naked choked the UFC newcomer.
Alves can strike with anyone in the UFC’s welterweight division, and it will be interesting who he gets matched up with next.
Both Leben and Munoz claimed that they were the No. 1 contender with a win after this fight. Munoz surprised no one with an early takedown, but after a quick scramble by Leben, he then took Munoz down.
That’s right—Leben took Munoz down.
Leben was pressed against the cage for more than two minutes until Munoz tried a knee, then he was slammed by “The Crippler.” The two stood up after Munoz was in control on the ground, and then they started trading blows from their feet. After the first round was over, everyone soon realized that the fight had no chance of going five rounds.
Leben got cut by a big right-hand bomb from Munoz while on the ground, and it was bleeding good. Goddard intervened and asked Leben if he could see. Leben—at first—said he couldn't, but then he realized that he wasn't about to quit. The second round ended, and it seemed it may be stopped due to the cut on Leben’s eye.
Sadly, it was, but regardless, it was one of the more entertaining main events of the year.
The undercard was pretty uneventful besides the emergence of Che Mills, but the main card made up for it. Not a single fight on the main card entered the third round. Anthony Perosh, Thiago Alves, and emerging contender Renan Barao finished their fights with rear-naked chokes.
Renan Barao may have earned himself a shot at Dominick Cruz in the near future with his performance, so watch out for that man. Munoz ended his fight with a cut, and Terry Etim ended his in 17 seconds due to a guillotine choke.
I was in the same boat as everyone else when I saw this card. The card was stacked with very descent fighters and a lot of newcomers. The card was outstanding, and if you like finishes, then this was the card for you.
This card proves that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.