Sunday, December 13, 2009

UFC 107: Results


Main Event

***BJ Penn def. Diego Sanchez by TKO (Doctors Stoppage; Cut), Rd. 5

Main Card

***Frank Mir def. Cheick Kongo by Submission (Guillotine Choke), Rd. 1
***Kenny Florian def. Clay Guida by Submission (Rear Naked Choke), Rd. 2
***Jon Fitch def. Mike Pierce by Unanimous Decision
***Stefan Struve def. Paul Buentello by Majority Decision

Under Card

***Alan Belcher def. Wilson Gouveia by TKO (strikes), Rd. 1
***Matt Wiman def. Shane Nelson via Unanimous Decision
***Johnny Hendricks def. Ricardo Funch by Unanimous Decision
***Rousimar Palhares def. Lucio Linhares by Submission (heel hook), Rd. 2
---DaMarques Johnson def. Edgar Garcia by Submission (triangle), Rd 1
***TJ Grant def. Kevin Burns via TKO (referee stoppage) at 4:57, Rd 1

*** Correct Picks --- Incorrect Picks

Obviously, I had a great night. The Canucks picked up a big win, plus I went 10-1 (%90.9) on my picks. In fact, it was my best win/loss ratio since I began predicting cards over a year ago. I raised my record to 130-75 (%63.4) and 16-5 (%76.2) in main events. What feels even better than just picking the correct outcomes is how accurately I handicapped the way the fights would go. As a result, I finished in the top ten percent of all predictors at Of course, finishing the night up cash on with a big parlay on Florian, Penn and Grant didn't' hurt either.

More importantly, what a great night of fights that was. At a time when illnesses and injuries have ravaged the UFC's roster, they somehow managed to hold this stacked card together. "Rampage" in the main event would have played well in Memphis, no doubt, but the UFC has to be happy with tonight's fight. I was also impressed by the level of sophistication the Memphis crowd displayed. Their rapt attention during Fitch and Pierce's highly-technical grappling was perhaps the high-water mark for North American crowds to date.

Honestly, UFC 107 is going to be a tough act for the injury-riddled UFC 108 card to follow. On the other hand, what show wouldn't want a strong lead in? Hey, it worked for Kelsey Grammer for years when "Friends" was warming up the crowd for "Frasier"

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