Japan is now a colony of the USA! Aoki looked game but physically outmatched. Could be a threat at...135 maybe? I credit Melendez for fighting smart but also looking to finish. Aoki survived, but the final flurry ended the fight with a flourish and made a satisfying conclusion.
Mousasi looks great as far as skills go. His jiu jitsu allowed him to avoid any major danger on the ground, and his stand-up looked nice and crisp. He totally wilted after round 2 though, and I can't see why. Lawal showed great heart to recover from seemingly being gassed out after round 2 and ground out a decision. I question Mousasi's heart or his conditioning, or both, because I don't think he had to lose that fight. King Mo just, to use the sports cliche, "wanted it more."
Henderson's guard looked approximately as hard to pass as Cheick Kongo's. How significant was Hendo's back problem that the announcers alluded to? Is it fixable? Or is this the beginning of the end for him? Dan is a warrior, and I think he's still a threat to just about anybody, but for someone with his wrestling pedigree to be so thoroughly outclassed on the ground is not a good sign.
It may be late goings in his career to change his style much, but a few months with a top-notch jiu-jitsu camp might be worthwhile for him. Shields practically handed him a rear naked choke, and Hendo could not convert, and Shields was verrrry casual about leaving his arm in between Dan's legs a few times and there was never even a hint that Hendo might go for an armbar or omoplata or any sort of submission.
Credit to Shields on the win, although I cannot applaud him for his non-violent ground and massage and lack of threatening submission attempts.
Picture quality was great and the production value was fairly solid with some nice interspersing of interviews, highlights, and background on the fighters. The animations of the keys to victory were cheesy though. That needs to either be cleaned up or cut out.
The commentators made me appreciate Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg. Joe and Mike are easy to nitpick and criticize, but they give a lot more insight and a lot less nonsense that most other crews in the sport.