Stipe Miocic gets checked by the Nevada State Athletic Commission at UFC 146 in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 26, 2012. Image via Esther Lin of MMA Fighting
In the second main card bout at Stipe Miocic picked up a second-round TKO victory over Shane del Rosario. The finish came at the 3:14 mark. Both fighters had their moments in the first round but it was Del Rosario that probably landed the harder shots, especially brutal kicks to the body. Miocic decided to change things up in the second and took down a seemingly tired Del Rosario, which was definitely a good idea.,
Once he got the bout the ground, he was able to open up with some methodical ground and pound that hurt SDR badly. His short elbows cut up Del Rosario's face and left him wincing with every shot that landed. Finally it was just too much and the referee was forced to step in and hand SDR the first loss of his career. Miocic remained undefeated with the win.
What was the high spot of this fight?
Probably the visual of a battered SDR eating elbow after elbow on the ground, basically defenseless.
Where do these guys go from here?
Miocic has probably earned the right to say he's the top heavyweight prospect in the UFC now. In such a shallow division it will probably be tempting for Zuffa to push him up the ladder a little quicker than usual, but hopefully they let him build himself up at a more measured pace. I said that Roy Nelson would be a good matchup for him last night, but it's probably too early for that. Gabriel Gonzaga might be a more viable alternative.
Del Rosario looked pretty good in the first and his striking was on point. He seemed to gas a bit in the second though, then just got stuck and couldn't escape. Despite the loss he's probably still a pretty good prospect, but it makes you wonder if he came back from his car accident a little too soon. A bout with Dave Herman could be interesting.
Watch it now, later or never?
Later. Normally I'd say now but with all the quick finishes on the card, this one can wait. You should definitely watch it at some point though.
More Bloody Elbow coverage of UFC 146 in the full entry.