My Thoughts From The UFC 204 Main Card
Michael Bisping def. Dan Henderson via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46)
This was one of the most highly anticipated rematches in the history of the UFC and it turned out to be way closer than anybody expected (by anybody, I mean me). The predictions were Hendo by KO or Bisping to run away with the decision (not run away like Dodson in his last fight, but pick him apart with great kickboxing). Henderson landed the H Bomb a few times and was close to putting Bisping out but the champ survived and squeaked out a close decision. Some are arguing round 1 could have been a 10-8 round for Dan which would have resulted in a draw. I would have been fine with that but I wouldn’t have been fine if I looked like Michael at the end of the fight. His face was a mess. They call him ‘The Count’ but I don’t think he could count the amount of hematomas on his mug. Check out the picture below.
Gegard Mousasi def. Vitor Belfort via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 2:43
Gegard Mousasi was a pressuring beast (like my girl to get married) that never let Vitor Belfort breathe during the fight. He kept moving forward, mixed up his strikes and turned Vitor into a counter puncher. Belfort was trying to time the kick of Gegard and had a few explosive spurts (I couldn’t have chosen a grosser sounding word) but couldn’t really get anything done against Mousasi. In round 2 the pressure continued, Vitor dropped his hands and got hit with a nicely placed head kick. The fight was over a short time later when Gegard followed him to the ground and forced the referee to stop the fight.
Jimi Manuwa def. Ovince Saint Preux via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 2:38
Jimi Manuwa was controlled on the ground in round 1 but survived and laid out OSP in the second with a left hook to the body, a right hook that sent him to the mat and another left hook that completely knocked him out and had Ovince doing the stanky leg (see what I mean with the picture below). Jimi has always been a guy to look out for but some bad luck and injuries have slowed down his rise. I think people will know his name now!!!
Stefan Struve def. Daniel Omielanczuk via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 2, 1:41
A trip and a D’arce and the fight was over. That came after the first round where Struve dominated Omielanczuk (I dare you to say that 5 times fast) on the ground. The win gives Stefan two in a row and I expect somebody in the top 5 next (or an NBA contract).
Mirsad Bektic def. Russell Doane via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:22
Doane stepped up in short notice to fight Bektic and is showed. He was unprepared to deal with the ground game of Mirsad and got choked out at the end of round 1.