My Thoughts From The UFC 202 Main Card
Featherweight champ Conor McGregor def. Nate Diaz via majority decision (48-47, 47-47, 48-47) – non-title welterweight bout
This was a great close fight. I scored it in favor of Diaz (2nd, 3rd and 5th) but for some reason I do not remember one of the two knockdowns in round 2 (either adrenaline or lots of beer) so if I go back and watch it again maybe my opinion changes. I would love to see these guys complete the trilogy (Nate deserves another big payday for all he has done for the UFC) at 155 lbs instead of 170 again. I am even open to Conor challenging for the lightweight belt and given the first title shot to Diaz. That would make for great drama and even more excitement. These two guys put in work on Saturday and I don’t think anybody can challenge their determination as fighters.
Anthony Johnson def. Glover Teixeira via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 0:13
I am not sure what to think about this fight since Anthony Johnson only gave me 13 seconds to ponder the matchup. I thought Teixeira was going to win this once Johnson got tired, but I underestimated the accuracy of ‘Rumbles’ punches. By accuracy, I mean EXTREME PUNCHING POWER. It is funny how accurate you become when any glancing blow can put somebody down. I guess Glover and I have more in common than I thought. I only last 13 seconds before I fall asleep too… I mean, no.
Donald Cerrone def. Rick Story via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 2:02
Cowboy up!!! I guess we all know where this story ends. Round 2 due to a vicious head kick and spectacular combos. I love how Cerrone lets his hands go and punishes the body just as much as the face. Story was a game opponent, but the reach really made an impact in round 2. I smell a title shot in Donald’s future…or that could be the horse crap on the bottom of his boots (that joke was eh, but it is less vulgar than the one I was going to say about my fingers and your girlfriend).
Mike Perry def. Hyun Gyu Lim via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 3:38
There is no better way to make your UFC debut than to TKO a veteran of the organization. Hyun Gyu Lim was huge compared to Perry but the newcomer was able to close the distance, get inside and land some crushing blows. Lim landed some good shots too, so I will be interested to see how Perry does moving forward with his standup defense.
Tim Means def. Sabah Homasi via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 2:56
Tim Means business!!! That is all I am going to say about that one. Actually, I am going to embed a tweet I did a week or so ago that Tim Means retweeted himself. Make sure to follow me!!!
— Chad Alden (@ChadAlden) August 9, 2016