Note: To those who care Part 5 can be found here:
All right, let's pick up where we left off, shall we?
In June, 2013 resumes its ass kicking ways using a different approach.
It brings me sensory overload and great joy with a Limb-snapping, record-breaking, submission extravaganza, then tortures me like Bolton's Bastard does Theon with:
- A Canadian PPV that was doomed from the get-go (featuring Jake Shields)
- Brendan Schaub in a grappling competition.
We start off the month with UFC on Fuel TV: Nogueira vs. Werdum live from Fortaleza, Brazil, a veritable gambler's nightmare as it's no wiki page Brazilian versus no wiki page Brazilian and virtually no Americans to be thrown to the wolves.
That's why the Gambling Gods gave us coins to flip, and Brazilian cards always deliver.
Notwithstanding the conspicuous absence of Vai Morrer chants, this card did not disappoint as it shattered the record for the number of submission finishes on a single UFC event with eight (8!), topping the previous total of 6 that was held by three events.
We also get to witness 2 close decisions as well as Thiago Silva KO Rafael Cavalcante and Felipe Arantes KO Godofredo Pepey - both 1st round KOs.
Not to be left out of the Submission Bonanza, Fabricio Werdum gets his revenge on Big Nog via armbar.
Note: I would like to write this line to thank Big Nog for putting aside his Espírito do porco and opting to tap instead of letting his opponent break his arm this time.
Historical Tidbit: This was the last UFC to be branded with the Fuel TV brand; on August 17, 2013, Fox Cable Networks discontinued the Speed and Fuel TV channels, replacing them with the Fox Sports 1 and 2 channels. The next Fox Cable UFC matches were branded as UFC Fight Night on FS1.
The next day, on June 9th 2013, not being content with only stinking up one organization, self-proclaimed Legend-Killer Brendan Schaub gets a special permission from the UFC to compete in Metamoris 2.
He enrolled in the grappling competition so he could "show off his "skills" and new love for Jiu-Jitsu":
"Jiu jitsu is my passion," "[There are] so many disciplines when it comes to mixed martial arts that I have to work on, but I just gravitate toward jiu jitsu. I just happen to be pretty damn good at it. I really haven't had to showcase it too much in the UFC. This gives me kind of the biggest stage in jiu jitsu to kind of show people what's up... It's more of a thinking man's kind of discipline."
Fearing getting knocked out by a sweep or armbar, Brendan proves that he's a thinking man and spends the entire fight stalling, doing the Kalib Starnes and refusing to grapple.
Here is an excerpt of Luke Thomas' Metamoris 2 Live Blog (you can hear him seething!):
Lots of hand fighting early, but Abreu drives for a single and can't get it.
Abreu sits out and is butt scooting towards Schaub.
Schaub is stalling, but then moves to his knees. Abreu reaches for tornado guard and Schaub steps out.
Schaub is stalling to an unreal degree.
Finally Abreu locks up full guard. Schaub stands out.
Schaub is just stalling over and over and over.
In the end, time mercifully runs out and Roberto 'Cyborg' Abreu def. Brendan Schaub by decision
At the post-fight press conference (and in true halfwit fashion), Brendan manages to call one of his trademark boring performances as anything but and brags about "Shutting down his opponent".
He then brings up his fights against Cro-cop, Gonzaga, and Lavar to justify his masterpiece...
The Legend-Killer would later go on to say that: "his match at Metamoris helped Brazilian Jiu Jitsu"
Truth be told, his Metamoris "fight" was such an aberration that it actually caused the organization to change the rules of the competition.
Word to Schaub: When an organization whose sole purpose is the "promotion and holding of Jiu Jitsu competitions" decide to change its rules, it's because you are shameful disgrace to the genus of Homo Erectus.
It's like a pie eating contest having to specify that you have to eat the pies, not throw them at people. Idiot.
Fitch is clearly loosing the battle with life at this point. Unfortunately, he does not decide to retire or sit in his garage with the door closed and the car running.
The next day, it's time for UFC 161: Dog Shit, err, I mean Evans versus Henderson.
To be fair, this event was supposed to feature:
• Interim Bantamweight Championship bout between Renan Barão and Eddie Wineland.
• Antônio Rogério Nogueira versus Maurício Rua in a rematch in the co-main event
• Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson
• Stipe Miocic versus returning veteran Soa Palelei
• Shawn Jordan versus Pat Barry
But the injury bug struck and we ended up with:
• Rashad Evans vs Dan Henderson
• Stipe Miocic vs Roy Nelson
• Ryan Jimmo vs Igor Pokrajac
• Alexis Davis vs Rosi Sexton
• Shawn Jordan vs Pat Barry
... And Jake Shields vs Tyron Woodley to lead us into the Main Card
Side note: Sonnen was slated to replace Nog but couldn't get a work visa in Canada because of his conviction in the USA.
So with apprehension and the mantra of "Any fight is better than no fight" in mind :
Here we go! (Say it, Fukkos!)
This was fucking brutal.
9 mind-numbing decisions, including a Jake Shields fight where after getting his back pummeled into smithereens by Tyrone in the first, Simple Jack takes Woodley down and hangs on for dear life for the decision win.
If watching Brendan Schaub fight is as painful as watching a monkey trying to fuck a football, watching a Jake Shields fight is like watching a retarded child do calculus.
A friend of mine who is a huge Hendo fan was in attendance.
Here is a direct quote :
One would think that with a name like WINnipeg, only a positive could come from a UFC card held there!
As soon as I stepped off the plane, I immediately realized that I has stepped into a sewer. Not literally but figuratively as the city has the appeal of an AIDS-ridden Thai post-op ladyboy.
The fights only made my experience worse. It was akin to having a TV with 1000 channels and all of them all Kelly Ripa shows all the time.
From decision to decision, I drank myself into oblivion or so I thought. It didn't numb the pain. Jake Shields still walked out. I tried to summon the courage to hurl a can at him in a desperate attempt to get removed from the arena.
Alas, my will to live and fight were gone and I weakly dropped the can to my feet and prayed to Odin.
The only noteworthy glimmers of hope in this cesspool of boredom were:
- Newcomer's James Krause's gorgeous guillotine choke on Sam Stout
- PAT BARRY OUTDOING HIMSELF AND GETTING KNOCKED OUT IN 0:59 SECONDS (Pat Barry has been knocked out so many times he doesn't understand why "AllCaps" is annoying to read. It's OK Pat, you still get to bang Rose.)
I won't even bother recapping the rest of the event, 2013 has left me broken.
June Folklore and Tidbits
Despite having face 'deformed' at UFC 155, Junior dos Santos says Cain Velasquez 'hits like a girl' (Stop talking, Junior...)
While Anderson Silva is skipping press conferences, Weidman's doing interview after interview, stating among other gems that: "he's to eff up Anderson's superfights with Jon Jones and Georges St. Pierre." "He wants to make beating Anderson look easy" he's thinks he's a nightmare matchup for him". He's worried that Silva might not even show up for the bout." (Cocaine is a hell of a drug!)
After most likely watching one of his own fights, Jacob Volkmann suffers blackout seizures one day before his WSOF 3 debut against Lyle Beerbohm. (He would end up winning the fight by boring ass decision).
Matt Brown states that he would destroy GSP and that Thiago Alves is tougher matchup (That's what you get when you mix meth with false hope and pixie dust...)
Quote of the Month
"It sucked. Shit fucking fight. Sucked all the life out of that place, I almost went home."
Dana White, making his opinion clear on Jake Shields' split-decision win over Tyron Woodley at UFC 161.
Yeah, the rest of the event was awesome...
That does it for June. Thank you for reading. Coming up next (Go on!): Why 2013 Kicked this MMA Fan's @ss Part 7: July: He took it for granted...