My Thoughts On The UFC Fight Night 81 Main Card
Below you will find my thoughts from the UFC Fight Night 81 main card
Dominick Cruz def. T.J. Dillashaw via split decision (48-47, 46-49, 49-46)
This was a great fight. I think Cruz made Dillashaw look like an amateur with how much he was missing. I am pretty sure the arena was 80 degrees prior to the fight and Dillashaw dropped it about 10 degrees with all the wind coming off his fists from whiffing. I know a lot of people are talking about T.J’s octagon control, but you can’t call it control if you can’t touch the guy. That is like saying you are in control of your car but it turns when it wants to. That second judge needs to be fired immediately.
Eddie Alvarez def. Anthony Pettis via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
This fight was so exciting!!! Just kidding…Alvarez made it boring with a lot of clinch and ground work. There was a heavy dose of stalling throughout the fight but Alvarez ultimately fought smart. I hate watching these but sometimes you have to use your head to get a W.
Travis Browne def. Matt Mitrione via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 4:09
This fight will go down in history. Not for the actual fighting part, but for the gruesome eye injury Mitrione suffered. They call it a broken orbital floor, but I call it what the fu$&. That was a terrible sight (no pun intended). The fight itself was not great. Brown’s best punches were his eye pokes and Mitrione wasn’t the same after he could only see out of one eye. I was anticipating a great knockout but settled for a referee stoppage. I feel bad for the ref too. He had to stop the fight because Mitrione wasn’t defending himself but Brown was throwing pillows. I could have eaten those punches at the end.
Francisco Trinaldo def. Ross Pearson via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Trinaldo was elusive, dropped Pearson on his head and rocked him with a hard shot. That was enough to win this fight even though Francisco’s cardio seemed shaky in the third.