I don't want to say I told you so, but I told you so. Leading into UFC 149, I proclaimed how great the card would be, and how stoked I was in a fanpost. I was critized for making such a "moronic" claim, but the UFC 149 has come and gone, and boy was I right.
Man, where to start on a card of such epic proportions? Firstly, I'd like to say that I'm not the most wealthy person, but I will have a smile on my face when signing the DISH bill of the 60 hard-earned dollars I spent on this card. UFC 149 was worth every penny, and then some.
The Canadian crowd loved the show, chanting "refund" throughout the night. Thanks to Google Translation, I found out that "refund" is French for "This Was Fucking Amazing".
The main event was an excellent fight, but the fights that will define this phenomenal card are the three that took place in between those.
Chris Weidman can take a seat because Tim Boetsch let the entire world know that he is ready for Anderson Silva. Any other challenger for Anderson Silva would be stupid and unethical. Tim Boetsch came out and made a statement in a fight so exciting that it rivaled the first Forrest Griffin/Stephan Bonner fight.
The leg kick battle between Hector Lombard and Tim Boetsch was a tactical warfare that only real MMA fans can appreciate.
Even in defeat Hector Lombard impressed with an aggressive performance that showcased how badly he wanted to win this fight. A performance like that should guarantee Lombard a spot in the UFC until the end of his career.
I was truly fortunate to be able to witness this great fight between Lombard and Boetsch, and hopefully I will be just as lucky by winning the Be Hector Lombard's Sparring Partner For A Day competition I signed up for earlier this week.
The only thing better than a good ol' fashioned three round brawl is a three round cage control battle, and that's the treat we got in the Shawn Jordan/Cheick Kongo fight. Whenever an ignorant fan tells me that the clinch game is boring, I will show them this gem of a fight.
Cheick Kongo looked extremely promising in this fight, and he didn't even use his signature move, the low blow, in this fight. Similar to Boetsch, I find it extremely hard to make an argument that Cheick Kongo shouldn't be the next in line against Junior Dos Santos.
A fight that never had a dull moment was the welterweight clash between James Head and Brian Ebersole. Head was able to sprawl and brawl and make the fight exciting on the feet. This was a fight that would main event most events, but the fact that it wasn't even one of the top 3 billed fights showcases how deep this card was.
Going back to the main event. Renan Barao was able to win the interim bantamweight championship against Urijah Faber. On any other UFC card, this fight would garnered fight of the night honors, but not on this spectacular event.
UFC 149 is an event that will be remembered forever. Not only was it, without a doubt, the most exciting MMA show of all time, but it was the platform for the birth of future legends such as Cheick Kongo, James Head, and Tim Boetsch.
At the end of the day, I'm glad that I stayed at home, instead of hanging out with my girlfriend, friends, dogs, or educating myself, and spent my hard-earned money for UFC 149. It was worth every penny.