Michael Bisping is notoriously hard to take down, and even harder to hold down once you get him there. That didn't stop Tim Kennedy from managing to do both in the first round of their Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale bout, even advancing to mount at one point.
While Bisping was able to come back well in the second round, winning the stand-up against a seemingly fading Kennedy, it was a one round swing only.
Kennedy was able to win the remaining rounds with great takedowns and an aggressive passing game on the ground. He constantly was either improving his positioning or countering the movement of Bisping.
It wasn't the sexiest of performances for Kennedy, especially given the "grudge match" treatment they gave in the lead-up. But, it was a solid, professional effort that should be respected.
- Patrick Cote was the one fighter on the card who brought the crowd to life at all, grinding out the decision over Kyle Noke in the coaches fight.
- Speaking of the crowd, there were some amazing shots of just how empty the arena was tonight. Some reports said the paid attendance was around 1,200, that's not confirmed but the way they kept the arena dark and had very few crowd shots lends credibility to the idea that it was pretty empty.
- Elias Theodorou put in a good performance, overcoming a slow start against Sheldon Westcott to get the TKO win. I don't know where his ceiling is, but he got the job done tonight.
- Dustin Poirier vs. Akira Corassani was a hell of a fun fight. Poirier is a very talented fighter and his youth would seem to be a benefit, but he has serious defensive liabilities that will hold him back. Those issues make his fighter more exciting, but they're also why Corassani is able to hang in and hurt him in a fight that Poirier was heavily favored to win. Still, when Poirier turned it up he was able to get the stoppage in round two, so no harm, no foul on this trip to the cage.
- KJ Noons absolutely blasting Sam Stout wasn't a complete shock, but it was impressive. Less of a surprise was Ryan Jimmo's starching of Sean O'Connell.