Let’s take a look at what went down
in San Jose on Saturday night.
Henderson survives Shogun in epic
non-title fight had been slated as a 3 rounder, as it would have until recently,
Henderson would have won in convincing fashion and we would now be debating
Shogun’s ability to beat the upper echelon light heavyweights. But Dana White made sure that feature fights
on any UFC card would go 5 championship rounds whether or not there was a title
at stake. May I be the first one to say
thank you Mr. White!
Henderson was right at home last night at the HP Pavilion in San Jose as this
has always been a Strikeforce hotbed while the UFC was considered a distant
relative. But all that changed last
night when the UFC (who purchased Strikeforce and absorbed them under the Zuffa
banner) invaded the Strikeforce stronghold and gave the folks a show they won’t
forget. Henderson went into the Octagon
like a caged panther and Shogun looked like a big fat T-bone waiting for him to
dominated the first two rounds and then unleashed a fusillade of punches and
elbows upon a stunned and virtually defenseless Shogun who somehow exhibited
enough life to avoid getting TKO’ed by the referee. It was all Hendo and it looked as though the
4th round might be the final round before he put Shogun away for
good. But a funny thing happened. A bloodied and battered Rua would not concede
and came out with a vengeance. Shogun
proved he is as tough as anyone in MMA when he began to punish an obviously
fatigued Henderson through a veil of crimson.
The final two rounds belonged to Rua but when the judges’ scorecards
were read, it was Henderson who got the nod.
Henderson by unanimous decision
48-47, 48-47, 48-47 (Co-Fight of the Night)
Wanderlei Silva TKO’s Cung Le
there’s a reason why Dana White does what he does so very well. While I and other alleged pundits wagged our
finger at the White’s decision for allowing Silva back into the cage where he
had taken such hellacious beatings recently, White said “one more time.” And so the 35 year old Silva, loser of 3 of
his last 4 and 6 of his last 8, was invited back into the ring to take another
swing. The Axe Murderer made it count but
he was clearly vexed early on by Cung Le’s unorthodox array of Jackie Chan
style kicks and punches.
belonged to Cung Le but Silva’s patience in the 2nd round led to
Le’s undoing. Silva began to time his
counterpunches perfectly and finally scored cleanly with a furious right hand
that staggered the fading Le. Silva
seized the opportunity to pummel his dazed opponent and unloaded his full arsenal
before the referee had seen enough of what used to be Cung Le’s nose.
Silva TKO’s Le at 4:49 of Round 2
(Co-Fight of the Night)
Urijah Faber submits Brian Bowles
had it all working at UFC 139. He was
superior in all facets and even slammed his opponent, whose one major advantage
in the bantamweight division has always been his strength, to the canvas. Faber displayed a slick combination of
boxing, speed and grappling which ultimately led to a seamless guillotine choke
that put Brian Bowles away for good and cleared the path for a rematch with
bantamweight king Dominick Cruz. Faber
better hope his luck changes as his last 4 title matches have all been losses.
Faber submits Bowles at 1:27 of Round
2 (Submission of the Night)
In other action:
Catchweight (158 lb) bout: Shamar
Bailey vs. Danny
Castillo defeated Bailey via TKO (punches) at 4:52 of Round 1.
Welterweight bout: Matt Brown
vs. Seth Baczynski
Baczynski defeated Brown via submission (guillotine choke) at 0:42 of Round
Catchweight (141 lb) bout: Miguel Torres vs. Nick
Torres defeated Pace via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Lightweight bout: Gleison
Tibau vs. Rafael
Tibau defeated dos Anjos via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
Middleweight bout: Tom
Lawlor vs. Chris
Weidman defeated Lawlor via technical submission (D'Arce choke) at 2:07
of Round 1.
bout: Michael McDonald vs. Alex
McDonald defeated Soto via KO (punches) at 0:56 of Round 1
Light Heavyweight bout: Ryan
Bader vs. Jason
Bader defeated Brilz via KO (punch) at 1:17 of Round 1
Light Heavyweight bout: Stephan
Bonnar vs. Kyle
Bonnar defeated Kingsbury via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-27)
Welterweight bout: Martin
Kampmann vs. Rick
Kampmann defeated Story via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).