Post-Hangover Thoughts - UFC 111: St. Pierre vs. Hardy

- I'm not really understanding all the hate that Georges St. Pierre is getting.  Yeah, a finish would have been nice.  But both the armbar and kimura were legitimate attempts at a finish that probably end fights with most men.  The comparisons keep getting made between what GSP does to men and what BJ Penn does to them.  Look, BJ Penn is Manny Pacquiao and GSP is Floyd Mayweather.  There is a certain kind of beauty to both styles.  One is a wrecking machine who leaves his opponents battered while the other possesses rare skills and is able to fight complete fights while barely getting touched, even by top end fighters.  Would I like to have seen GSP decide to abandon the submission hunt and just flatten Hardy with a barrage of punches and elbows?  Sure.  But the fact that he didn't do it does not cheapen his performance in my eyes.

- As for Dan Hardy, the heart he displayed to tough through the two armlocks was impressive.  But when the best you can say about a guy is that he kept going even when his arm was being torqued, that's not good.  Training with Eddie Bravo was a bad idea.  The rubber guard is just not something that is going to work on GSP, and it's certainly not going to work after only training it for a few months.  The focus should have been much more on finding ways to scoot to the cage and use it to stand back up.  Honestly, I'm never a fan of hearing that someone is going to train with Bravo before a big fight.  Clarification: I'm aware that Hardy has worked with Bravo in the past, but from all reports they were working much more intensively together and focusing much more on the rubber guard before this fight.

- It was obvious mere seconds into the fight that despite the added size, Frank Mir was at a significant disadvantage in the strength department.  Shane Carwin was able to muscle him into the fence and hold him there while landing small punches before eventually creating the space to unleash a flurry of violent uppercuts that put Mir on the mat.  More violent punches followed to the downed Mir who eventually went out.  The fight was the longest of Carwin's career but he controlled it in every way possible and made sure the finish was a no-doubter.  Mir's biggest liability is (and always has been) his ability to be physically controlled and that showed again at 111.

- Speaking of Carwin/Mir, Dan Miragliotta is going to get someone killed.  In the great Rousimar Palhares freak-out people are forgetting the dangerously poor job that Miragliotta did of handling Mir/Carwin.  Once Mir had obviously gone out, hands and arms flat on the mat and body limp, Dan refused to step in.  Mir was defenseless, with his head pinned to the mat while a 265+ pound animal dropped massive bombs.  This is exactly the kind of situation where we could eventually see a UFC competitor suffer a life ending injury.  The "accumulation factor" that leads to a lot of boxing deaths isn't really as much at play in MMA but the fact that the head is taking punishment with nowhere to go and the competitor is out and unable to move to defend the blows is a concern.  When the ref does his job it should be a non-issue, but Dan did not do his job.

- It's probably hypocritical given my defense of St. Pierre, but good lord was Jon Fitch / Ben Saunders a snoozer.

- Jim Miller may have gotten the win, but that was as disappointed as I've ever been in one of his performances.  It wasn't that it was a bad fight so much as the fact that Miller is the superior fighter to Mark Bocek, but rarely during the fight looked the part.

- For the first time in a long time, I was actually impressed with Nate Diaz.  While Rory Markham looked to be there to serve as a punching bag, Diaz was at least able to do good bag work.  His shots looked like they had more power on them, and his aggression looked much more focused.  I'll have to see him in another fight at 170 before I'm sure how good he really is at the weight.  But the early indicators are positive.

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