Am I the only one that noticed that the WEC brought back Joe Martinez last night? It wasn't reported at all before the event. It doesn't seem to be mentioned by any of the fight media following the event. Am I the only one who cares? Martinez is a smooth professional. Beautiful pace and inflection. An absolute treat for the ears.
Javier Vazquez told our own Luke Thomas that he was a "rare breed" of fighter who mastered both halves of jiu-jitsu - the sport half and the self-defense half. He showed off those defensive skills in the first two rounds, stifling Chad Mendes from the bottom with active guard work. Vazquez, however, wasn't able to mount enough offense to take either round, and Mendes hurt "Showtime" with a high kick in the third which opened up a dominant round for him.
Take a look at the total strike stats for the fight. Vazquez actually outlands Mendes 90-76 for the entire fight. I have little doubt that the Showtime crew would have pointed out Vazquez "winning" the striking battle. Stats must be taken into context. FightMetric credits Vazquez with 75 jabs to the head. I'd estimate somewhere between 70 and the whole lot came off his back.
I didn't find anything controversial about the Swanson/Semerzier decision. I thought each round was clear: rounds 1 and 2 for Cub Swanson, round 3 to Mackens Semerzier. Of course, Stephan Bonnar thinks every round is "stolen" by someone if it isn't dominant either way. Everyone is also awesome according to Stephan Bonnar. And has anyone else noticed that the guy who plays the CEO (or is the CEO?) in that Domino's commercial with the apology for the screwed up pizza sounds EXACTLY like Bonnar? Because I do, and it freaks me out every time.