What a blessing it was to be an MMA fan last night(thank you Based Tebow). Last night, with MMA as the centerpiece, was one of my favorite nights as a sports fan. It's been many hours since and I am STILL pumped up. Half of me still can't believe what happened. It is like every single thing worked out so it would be the best night ever. Even when it seemed like there were conflicts they all worked themselves out. It was simply incredible!
- Michael McDonald/Hector Lombard - After watching Chris Weidman sink in an awesome D'arce Choke I was excited to watch another top prospect fight. I initially thought the Hector Lombard fight was opposite the Brilz/Bader fight, but I was disappointed when I found out I had to chose. The McDonald fight started sooner so I intended to stay on that for a couple of minutes and then switch over. A minute later Alex Soto was doing the stanky leg and I was able to watch my boy Hector crush another can to my glee. Oh and Hector REALLY has a Mike Tyson aura around him. Trevor was cool at first, but when Hector landed on him he fought scared until he got knocked out.
- Ryan Bader/Eddie Alvarez - The times were off again, but I expected the Ryan Bader vs. Jason Brilz fight to be a boring fight. So I was much more interested in seeing Eddie Alvarez versus whoever he was fighting. Bellator was on commercial and/or running pre-fight montages so I watched the prelim fight. This of course ended in devastating fashion also and by the time I finished picking my jaw up off of the floor for the third time in 10 minutes Eddie and Michael were getting ready to go at it. And go at it they did. The fight was awesome as we all now know. Since both of the SpikeTV fights had ended at 8:40 there was nothing to distract me from the complete shock and awesomeness I was experiencing
- Shogun Rua vs. Dan Henderson - I don't have the vocabulary to fully describe how awesome this fight was. It was magnificent and is why I'm an MMA fan. It following everything else that happened(including the Faber/Bowles and Silva/Le) just made the night so awesome. The closest analogy I can think of is that it was like having sex for the first time after you've gone through a super long dry spell. It was an iron fist versus a granite chin(the fight not the sex). Simply incredible.
If all that was not awesome enough I was then treated to Oregon getting upset by USC AND Oklahoma getting upset by Baylor. I do have a few final thoughts/comments though:
- Shogun's performance last night showed how mentally draining it is to fight Jon Jones. Mauricio has heart for days. Since he always felt he was "in it" he kept coming. However when you're fighting a guy who can hit you, but you can't hit them back then that just takes everything out of you. Hendo hurt Shogun WAY more than Jon did, but Jon is the one that broke him mentally. Anderson Silva also has a similar effect.
- I still think Zuffa should try to steal Eddie Alvarez. That didn't look like a situation where Eddie was overrated, it just looked like Michael Chandler was damn good. He's still extremely talented and he could end up being a similar fighter to Benson Henderson in situation and result.
- I know Dana has to say it, but everyone knows he's lying out his ass about not wishng that fight was the one on Fox. That fight would have turned off quite a few people, but would have made huge fans of A LOT more. It would have gotten over 10 million viewers easily.
- Faber's complete domination over Brian Bowles just goes how freaking good Dominick Cruz is.
- For those that watched with a crowd or at a bar how were people during the final 3 main card fights and after? I'm assuming the energy would have been off the chain.