Saturday, January 2, 2010

UFC 108: Quick Results


Main Event

***Rashad Evans def. Thiago Silva by Unanimous Decision

Main Card

---Paul Daley def. Dustin Hazelett by TKO (Strikes), Rd. 1
---Sam Stout def. Joe Lauzon bu Unanimous Decision
***Jim Miller def. Duane Ludwig by Submission (Arm Bar), Rd. 1
***Junior Dos Santos def. Gilbert Yvel by TKO (Strikes), Rd. 1

Preliminary Card

***Martin Kampmann def. Jacob Volkmann by Submission (Guillotine), Rd. 1
***Cole Miller def. Dan Lauzon by submission (Inverted Triangle/ Kimura ), Rd. 1
***Mark Munoz def. Ryan Jensen by Submission (Strikes), Rd. 1
---Jake Ellenberger def. Mike Pyle via TKO (Strikes), Rd. 2
***Rafaello Oliveira def. John Gunderson by Unanimous Decision

*** Correct Picks --- Incorrect Picks

After going 7-3 (%70) at UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva, my record now stands at 140-79 (%63.9) overall and 17-6 (%73.9) in main events.

A detailed review post will be available tomorrow morning, but for now suffice it to say that a very clear lesson was demonstrated by tonight's fights: in any match up between a larger, more powerful striker and a submissions expert with limited wrestling-- go with the striker.

All three of my busted picks resulted from my apparently erroneous former belief that submissions ability more-often-than-not trumps both striking and physical strength. Boy was I wrong as Pyle got pounded out, Lauzon was treated like a heavy bag for three rounds, and Hazelett was KTFO'ed all on the same night. It didn't help, in hindsight, that both Lauzon and Hazelett were coming off one-year layoffs due to injury.

However, Rashad proved a lot of the MMA media wrong tonight by showing that his unique brand of slick wrestling, wacky striking, and innate athleticism can defeat a more technical striker...well, it can for two rounds at least.

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