Saturday, December 27, 2008

UFC 92 Results

Jackson is on Fire and Back on the Rampage

Jackson Axes Silva

You have to give it to Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. He knew he was the underdog, yet he cam into a fight he's been wanting to avenge for years and made the most of it in as little time as possible. Wanderlei "Axe Murderer" Silva looked like a lion about to feast on a wounded zebra. But Jackson was no wounded zebra. He is a vastly improved fighter who has overcome much mental and emotional turmoil to pull himself together and walk through fire, hazards be damned.

When the fight started, Jackson immediately raced toward the center of the octagon, similar to Sugar Ray Leonard making sure he was the first to the center of the ring in his huge upset of Marvelous Marvin Hagler. Looks like Jackson was over his two knockout losses to Silva.

Jackson began following Silva and threw a Mail Mary right hook that was almost similar to his knockout of Liddell, though it missed. He never allowed himself to get in the dreaded Muay Thai clinch and scrambled out of the way when he momentarily dropped Silva. Even though Jackson lost his previous fights with Silva he was the better "boxer" of the two. In the second fight, he was winning the stand up before he was caught with a right hand and then ko'd from vicious knees.

But revenge has a way of giving payback in full.

As Silva was following Jackson, he traded and lost. Silva was countered with a picture perfect left hook and his limp body dropped to the octagon like a sack of potatoes. Two more "take that" right hands cemented a conclusive win. This was a huge win for Jackson and a devastating one for Silva who has been losing too many wars ever since being starched by Mirko CroCop Filipovich.

Brock Lesnar Gets his Wish; Mir Nears Title Shot

Frank Mir talked a good ground game but fought a great stand up game. From the opening bell, Mir controlled the pace of the action and took the gumption out of legendary MMA heavyweight, Antonio Nogueira with a stream of right and lefts that Mir could not miss.

Nogueira has been in too many wars and eventually someone would have his number. And once Mir saw he could control the fight on his feet ala Tim Sylvia, he used his head, paced himself and avoided any type of ground game. He dropped Nogueira twice in the first round with blistering rights and ended a frail looking Nogueira in the second with a flurry of punches.

Fighters like Nogueira could last in MMA forever as long as the fight eventually goes to the ground. Nogueira's well finally ran dry. You can only do that some many times and the pale was left empty this time. Nogueira can no longer survive the bombs of Bob Sapp, Fedor Emelianenko (2x loss), CroCop, Josh Barnett, Heath Herring, Tim Sylvia, etc. But luckily for Nogueira, his legacy has been safely secured.

Evans Continues Tear Through the UFC

Evans Cuts Down the Forrest

Rashad Evans continued his meteoric rise toward the top of the MMA P4P rankings with a crushing flurry of punches to win the UFC LHW championship. Evans started out with fluid movement against Forrest Griffin. Griffin countered it with the same leg kicks that slowed Jackson down in their last fight. Rashad held his own in the first but probably lost it due to the number of kicks he received.

In the 2nd round, Griffin continued his kicking ways and got bold with a nice right hand he landed on Evans. Evans slapped his body and taunted Griffin almost as to tell him, "You're strikes will not stop me!" Still, it was Griffin;s most dominant round.

Evans came out with a purpose and rushed Griffin with punches that dropped him.Sensing victory was within his reach, Evans rained down hammer punches from all angles ala Evans teammate Keith Jardine. But Griffin was not as hurt as initially seemed and survived the momentary storm. Emphasis on the word momentary.

After realizing that Griffin had no answer to his strikes, Evans turned on the fury and landed a right forearm to the chin of Griffin and never relented. He threw punches from under and behind Griffin who was out of the fight.

"His punches gave my body movement," joked a now-clear-headed Griffin.

Next up for Evans is the Thiago Silva/Lyoto Machida fight. Can't hardly wait for the UFC card.

All in all, a great card that more than lived up to the hype. There were no decisions in any of the main events. What a way to usher in 2009.

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