I thought it would be cool to blog my analysis for the fanpost as the fight are going live.
Sean Sherk Def. Tyson Griffin 30-27, 29-28, 29-28.
We have what maybe our first ever Physician as a referee. Well, maybe he has a Phd. Anyhow, Sherk and Griffin decided to throw bombs at each other. Griffin handled all of his takedowns and was even able to get Sherk off his back. Sherk striking looked a alot better than it did when he fought Penn. But maybe it was just his opponent making him look a little better. Sherk took his far share of punches and kicks, but hit Griffin more with A classic Sherk match, except no lay and pray and more strike and pray. I think I like the latter as a better style for him.
Junior Del Santo Def. Fabricio Werdum Via KO at 1:22 of 1st Round
Santo's hits a huge uppercut on Werdum and knocks him out. Werdum takes 5 punches on the ground before the ref steps in and stops it. Huge upset which really scatters up the title picture after the Lesnar-Couture and Nogeuira/Mir winners face off. Werdum must be pissed because he know gets knocked down a notch in the title picture and probably will need another win to get back into it. Business,Business, Business.
Gray Maynard Def. Rich Clementi via 30-27 decision all around
Maynard was aggressive and kept getting takedown after takedown. Clementi did have some really nice scramble and tried to go for submissions. The ref must have taken classes with the ref from the Nelson-Arvlovski fight as he was threatening to stand up the fighters when Maynard was in half guard and trying to move to mount. A somewhat dull fight.
Thiago Alves Def. Josh Koscheck via 30-27, 29-28, 30-27
This was an exciting fight. Alves hit some brutal leg kicks and Koscheck's chin survived it. Koscheck came back and outstruck Alves near the end of the 1st round, but since Alves almost finished it he gets the round overall.
Anderson Silva Def. Patrick Cote Via TKO 36 seconds into the 3rd RD.
Anderson Silva's skill was on display here in the first two rounds before Cote knee blew out and he could not continue. The air was sucked out of my living room after this happened. The fight was pretty exciting with Silva moving and ducking and putting his striking skills on display. I feel Silva was almost playing with Cote (even offering to help him up) and getting ready to go in for the kill. Really tough break for Cote, the organization, and the city of Chicago, but that is why it's MMA and not pro wrestling. Silva was very gracious in defeat and Cote mentioned he was the only man to take Silva into the 3rd round. Not to knock Cote, but I felt Silva was toying with him most of the fight and more or less it was his choice to go to the 3rd.
Anderson Silva's striking skill is so good I wonder who could even come close to outstriking him.
Overall it was a so so show with the live fights going to decision three times. And of course the ending of the main event was a dissapointment.