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The general consensus after the UFC on Fox 2 show last night was that most people found it hard to stay awake during the main event.  In fact, the entire main card was not very exciting and will probably hurt next week's UFC PPV sales rather than help--which was the whole idea behind putting the UFC on Fox.  In the main event, Rashad Evans and Phil Davis, two highly skilled athletes, more or less nullified each other in terms of excitement.  The fight was a five round grind and Evans was able to control Davis on the ground, enough to win a shutout decision on all three scorecards.  There was little drama in the fight, and the lack of exciting action turned off a lot of hardcore fans.  Any noobs watching were surly not bowled over, and it's hard to see how they should be excited about paying 60 bucks for the PPV next week.

This marks the second straight time that the a Fox card turned into a disaster for the UFC.  The first one featured 59 minutes of talking about how great Cain Velasquez was, and ended with Cain getting knocked out in 1 minute.For many fans, that probably seems like a dream card now, because all three main event bouts last night went to decision, and none of them could even begin to touch the excitement of the now legendary Griffen-Bonnar fight on Spike.

This is most definitely not the way that Dana White wanted the UFC on Fox to debut.  The good news is that we didn't have to watch him implode again on national TV like we did last time.  Instead of Dana sitting with Curt Menefee, it was Randy Couture and Jon Jones who analyzed the fights.  Both fighters did a good job of breaking things down for fans.  Fans that were able to stay awake for the whole show, that is.

We'll have to wait and see how this dud on Fox affects the PPV numbers next week.  I'll post those once they become available.

Here are the complete results of last night's fights:

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Check out this collection of wrestlers in this photograph.  You have three, count em, three, future UFC fighters all in one pic, all back when they were college wrestlers.  Chris Weidman, Ryan Bader, and Phil Davis.  Weidman, Bader and Davis, oh my!

Tonight, two of these three will be fighting on the UFC on Fox card.  Chris Weidman and Phil Davis both look to take a big step up in the rankings by beating their opponents, Demian Maia and Rashad Evans, respectively.  Actually, Weidman beat both Bader and Davis in college wrestling matches.

Here is some wrestling footage of Davis and Weidman in college, doing what they do best.

Chris Weidman continues his UFC ascent tonight by taking on top ten contender Demian Maia at the UFC on Fox 2 event.  Chris is a late replacement on the card after fights got juggled around due to Mark Munoz getting injured.  Originally Chael Sonnen was going to fight Munoz, while Bisping took on Maia.  When Munoz went down, the UFC made the decision to put Chael and Bisping in a fight to determine Anderson Silva's next opponent for the UFC MW title.  This move left Maia with no opponent.  Rusiamar Palhares was offered the fight but declined, which opened the door for Chris Weidman.

Weidman is undefeated and has been on a tear his whole MMA career.  Like so many other East Coast fighters, the Long Islander got his start at Lou Neglia's Ring of Combat in Atlantic City.  In just his third fight ever, Weidman knocked out highly touted Uriah Hall to win the ROC championship.  One fight later and he got the call from the UFC.

In his first UFC fight, he was in with fearsome puncher Alessio Sakara, and Chris looked great in a dominating performance, winning by unanimous decision.  He finished his next two UFC fights in the first round, both by submission, to set up this fight with Maia.

In one online poll I've seen, Maia was polling at more than 2-1 to win tonight, but I am confident that Weidman will win this fight, and look great doing it.  Maia is a phenomenal BJJ player, and his stand up is much improved.  But Chris Weidman is just as well rounded.  His wrestling is extraordinary, and he's been working his stand up with legendary Long Island trainer Ray Longo.  Ray has done a great job with Chris's striking, and it has really improved his overall game.  Chris also trains with Matt Serra, who is a BJJ blackbelt himself, as well as former UFC champion, so nothing Maia does tonight should surprise Chris.

I see the fight playing out mostly on the feet.  Both guys have great ground games, and we might see a chess match on the mat, but more likely is that both guys keep it standing, with the result being a 3 round decision victory for Weidman.

This fight could very well put Weidman into the top ten of the UFC's middleweight division.  It's a great opportunity for Weidman, despite the fact that he had to drop so much weight so quickly that he found himself hallucinating, something he talks about in the following video with Kristen Brown.

Chael Sonnen showed up to the UFC on Fox 2 press conference with a title belt that he claims is the UFC MW title belt.  In this video you can laugh out loud with everyone else as Chael proclaims that he's the "reflection of perfection" and drops other great lines.  Also, a great feud between headliners Rashad Evans and Phil Davis takes place.  Good shit!

 

On the heels of a cyber-attack on UFC.com, Dana White is making the rounds, puffing out his chest and telling reporters that he's "not afraid of the Internet."  In an interview with Maruo Ranallo, Dana compares hackers to the terrorists who brought down New York's World Trade Center on September 11.   This analogy is insulting to victims, survivors and families who suffered through America's worst terrorist attack in history.  To compare the maniacs who killed 3000 American citizens to the people who redirected UFC.com's URL is ridiculous, and does nothing to help Dana make his case against illegal streamers.

As usual, Dana is histrionic and hysterical.  The hacking issue is just another subject that he can claim ownership of, since all the big decisions in the company now fall almost exclusively to Lorenzo Ferttitta.  Issues like Miguel Torres' poor sense of humor and the SOPA hackers are all that's left for Dana, and he goes after those issues with the tenacity of a miniature pit bull, leaving the big issues, such as the deal with Fox, for Lorenzo.

In two separate interviews I've seen, including the one above, Dana tells the reporter that Internet journalists are afraid of the Internet--like it's some sort of major revelation.  When Ariel Helwani heard that, he reacted the same way that Mauro did--by giving Dana a perplexed look as they tied to make sense of his twisted logic.  And speaking of not being afraid of the Net, it sure seemed like Dana was peeing his own pants after his mother released a tell all book about him.  He acted like a distraught, hysterical child upon the book's release, and banned people from his Twitter account if they dared to mention that book that cannot be mentioned.   Where was his bravado then?

For all his tough talk, Dana is only making things worse.  Anonymous, the collection of hackers from around the world, is known to not only knock down websites, but to order vast amounts of pizza to the homes of people who piss them off.  But judging by Dana's bloated countenance and sagging chicken neck lately, maybe those pizzas is exactly what he's angling for.

Go get em, Dana!

The Miller brothers, Jim and Dan, have the best chins in MMA.  Neither one of these two New Jersey fighters has ever been knocked out, and neither has been submitted in a fight.  That's quite impressive considering they have a combined total of 43 fights between them, many of those against the top fighters in the world.  Last night, Jim's "hard head," as he calls it, was on full display as he absorbed some big shots from Melvin Guillard before taking him down and finishing him with a rear naked choke late in the first round.  It was a great performance by Miller, and he earned a fat check for winning not only the fight, but Submission of the Night honors as well.

In my analysis before the fight, I predicted that Jim would hang with Melvin on the feet, take him down and submit him, and that's exactly what happened. Miller is a beast, and this win puts him right back into title contention.  Yes, he lost to Ben Henderson, but at the time he was unaware of a kidney infection that he had, and you could tell there was something wrong that night.  He made amends last night, and will likely face a top contender next time out.

Jim trains out of the AMA Fight Club in Whippany, New Jersey.  He's trained by Mike Constantino, who runs a great camp.  In addition to Jim, there were two other AMA fighters on the card last night, Charlie "The Spaniard" Brenneman, who beat Daniel Roberts by unanimous decision, and Khabib "The Eagle" Nurmagomedov, who submitted Kamal Shalorus with a rear naked choke. A fine showing by one of the sport's top fight camps.

After the fight Miller gave a shout out to his nephew, Dan Miller's son, who is battling kidney disease.  He thanked the fans for all their support of Danny Jr., and was emotional as I'd ever seen.  It was really a special moment for Jim and his family, and he made New Jersey very proud last night.

The entire card was excellent, and it was a great debut show by the UFC on FX.  Here are the complete results:

Move over Jon Jones.  There's a new crime fighting UFC veteran in town and his name is Guy Mezger.  Guy, who is the president of HDNet fights, and a former world champion kickboxer and UFC and Pride veteran (and the only man to submit Tito Ortiz), saved a woman from her deranged, knife-wielding boyfriend recently.

Guy explained the story on the Carson's Corner radio show yesterday.  He was out shopping for a bike for his daughter when he came upon a guy beating up his girlfriend.  Guy got in between the two and was attacked by the man.  Mezger threw the guy, who landed on his head and was knocked out briefly. When he came to, he attacked Guy again, this time with a knife, and cut Guy on the hand.  Guy then knocked him out again, but once again the guy came to and attacked.  So Guy did what Guy does best and put a Jason Fairn style beatdown on his ass.  In the midst of all this, the cops showed up and almost tasered Mezger, but soon realized that he was the hero.  They then hauled the beaten and bloodied attacker off the big house, where hopefully he will be dropping his soap and biting his pillow for years to come.

Great job, Guy Mezger!

After the jump, check out this excellent highlight reel of Guy in action.

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Imagine walking around with a shark chomped down on your elbow.  That must be how Mark Munoz felt with those giant bone spurs ripping at his right elbow, the spurs that caused him to pull out of tonight's fight with Chael Sonnen.  Take a look at this pic and try to imagine the pain that Munoz must have gutted through in previous fights.  The surgery to remove the spurs was successful and now Mark is looking at a recovery period of a month or two.  It also appears that he's keeping the spurs as a souvenir.  Hopefully he won't have a Jaws sequel thing going on in the future.  The last thing we want to here is: Just when you thought it was safe to back in the Octagon.

We wish Mark a speedy recovery and return to action.

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Michael Bisping, expecting to fight Brazilian jiu-jitsu master Demian Maia, was training with Jake Shields recently, brushing up on his own BJJ game.  But now his opponent is Chael Sonnen, who comes from a wrestling background.  Still, training with Shields could be a big plus in the Sonnen fight, because Bisping says he plans on submitting Chael if taken down.  Speaking with Fighters Only Magazing, Bisping said:

"Chael Sonnen can take me down if he likes, because I know I can submit him off my back. I know I can. That’s his big weakness."

He went on to say that he actually hopes Sonnen will take him down:

“Working with these guys recently, these top level jiu-jitsu guys, has really brought on my game and I am so comfortable on my back right now. In the past I have stood fights up a lot but the way I am training right now, I will be delighted if Chael takes me down. If he does, then it will be a short night for him.”

While it's true that Sonnen has been subbed before, it will be in Bisping's best interest to avoid the takedown and pick him apart on the feet.  I just don't see his BJJ skills being at a high enough level to pull off a sub against Sonnen.  If he winds up on his back, it could be a long night for the cocky Brit.  Time will tell.

 

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