Victory in Vegas
Sedore loves fighting.
On Friday the
28th of September, the UFC was back on PPV and in Las Vegas. Now sanctioned
by the athletic commission and with 8 great fights lined up, I was very
excited about Friday. At 6:30 we started watching the pre-show, which
was kind of boring and repetitive, but okay for newer fans. It is important
to know who and what you are watching. I didn't see the preliminary
fights so I'm not going to talk about them except to say I don't know
why they were not on the main card because they sounded very exciting.
The first fight of the night was Dave
Menne Vs Gil Castillo. This was a great fight; both of these fighters
are very skilled. Castillo is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighter and Dave
Menne is one of the best all around fighters out there today. These
2 fighters went to war for 25 minutes. Most fights that go the distance
end up being boring - not this one though. After 25 minutes of fighting,
Dave Menne sure had won over many new fans and had become the first
The next fight up was Matt "The Terror"
Serra Vs Yves Edwards in another great match that also went the distance.
"The Terror" is a great BJJ player, while Edwards represented "Thugjitsu"
which is apparently a mix of BJJ and Muai Thai kickboxing. "The Terror"
dominated this match scoring takedowns and being very aggressive on
the ground looking for submissions. Serra got the nod after 15 minutes.
I had never seen Edwards before but I would like to see him again.
So far I was stoked on this event. There
had been two great fights in and another coming up which I was looking
forward to - Chuck "The Iceman" Liddel Vs Murilo Bustamante. Liddel
is one of my favorite fighters and I was looking forward to seeing Bustamante
live for the first time. Liddel is a great striker and wrestler while
Bustamante is a BJJ player on the Brazilian Top Team (one of the best
fight teams in Brazil). This was a strange fight however. Chuck couldn't
seem to get off the strikes he wanted to and Bustamante couldn't get
Chuck to the ground but was striking really well for a Jiu Jitsu guy.
Chuck seemed to gas out in the first round which is not like him at
all. This fight also went to decision after 15 minutes. I thought it
should be a draw because neither of these guys really won or lost this
fight but the judges thought Liddel won. This left Murilo with his first
loss in MMA.
The next match had some promise because
these guys supposedly didn't like each other. However, Jens "Little
Evil" Pulver, the light weight champion, Vs Dennis Hallman was a mediocre
fight at best. Snoozer to the max here - both fighters seemed way too
defensive so neither got anything done. In the last round of this fight
Hallman tried to do a WWF style dropkick, which failed spectacularly.
Also in the last round Jens finally seemed to open up and use his boxing
skills. It wasn't enough to end the fight so this was another that ended
up in the hands of the judges. Jens got the nod, as he should have;
he was in control of the fight most of the time.
The last fight of the night featured Tito
Ortiz, the light heavy weight champ and fan favorite, Vs Valdimir Matyushenko.
This fight was going to be exciting, I knew it. Tito is one of the best
fighters at this weight, if not the best. A lot of hype had gone into
Matyushenkos wrestling skill and strength, however neither seemed to
help him at all against the powerful Ortiz. Ortiz was in control of
this fight until the 4th round when my cable was cut off because Zuffa
didn't buy enough time on PPV. So, annoyed at the PPV, I had to go look
on the Internet for the final match's out come. Inevitably, it was Tito
getting the win via decision.
Now there are a few things that should
change in the "new" UFC. The rules have changed way too much - on the
ground you are not allowed to use your knees. This alone changed the
outcome of a lot of the matches and maybe if allowed, it would have
spiced it up a bit. Another thing that needs to be addressed is that
the UFC needs to buy enough PPV time or cut out some of the useless
crap they had on the screen like little commercials for beer and other
random crap. Yes, this is supposed to be the "new" UFC and the guys
at Zuffa have come a long way in a few short months, a lot further than
SEG got in years, but they need to not make some of the dumbass mistakes
SEG made like not buying enough PPV time. They need to buy enough for
every fight to go the distance because with their great match making
the guys fighting could very well go the distance. Overall this was
a good show, but not being able to see the last round of the main event
is totally unacceptable. UFC 34 is coming up on November 2nd and it
looks like it could be a great card. I will get it on PPV again but
the word is that they need to make a few changes in how they run the
show or a lot of people will stop buying them.