My Thoughts From The UFC Fight Night 89 Main Card
Stephen Thompson def. Rory MacDonald via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 48-47)
This was kind of a boring fight. If I was in the crowd I would have been booing too. I was watching this with some MMA newbies and I was telling them how great this fight was going to be. I was preaching about the kicks of Thompson and the fighter IQ of MacDonald and it was a letdown. I think Thompson absolutely fought the right kind of fight and he was the better man on the night but I wanted to see a Blood Sport kind of war. A matchup with Lawler is intriguing and it makes me ‘Wonderboy’ who would win. <—Genius writing.
Donald Cerrone def. Patrick Cote via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 2:35
Donald Cerrone looked like a beast. He had dynamite in his hands, was patient and knew it was a matter of time before he got the finish. He was better everywhere in the fight and I kind of felt bad for Cote because he couldn’t get anything going. He really needed to cowboy up. Bam, how about that for content? I just threw Donald’s nickname in everybody’s face!!!
Steve Bosse def. Sean O’Connell via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
Talk about two guys that can eat huge punches like they are yummy French fries. This was one crazy fight that was a punch away from being stopped on many occasions. These are entertaining to watch but I always fear the impact such a brutal three round war can have on somebodies career. You can’t take that many punches to the face and be the same your next fight. This was one of those matchups where you realize fighters are underpaid for the job they do.
Olivier Aubin-Mercier def. Thibault Gouti via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 2:28
This was a great back and forth fight and Olivier Aubin-Mercier showed cardio can win a fight. I thought Gouti was going to win quickly based on round 1 but Aubin-Mercier held on, started grinding and wore Thibault down. He sunk in that rear-naked and Gouti tapped quickly.
Joanne Calderwood def. Valerie Letourneau via TKO (body kick and punches) – Round 3, 2:51
Joanne Calderwood owned Valerie Letrouneau. There were many strange and hard to watch points during this fight. Valerie would stop defending herself because she was hurt and eat a bunch of clean punches to her noggin. I think the ref should have stopped this one earlier because you are supposed to defend yourself at all times…not just 90% of the round.