Reflecting on UFC199

This is late. UFC 199 happened on June 4th. Almost a full month ago, but I’ve only just gotten around to doing this. UFC199 was hands down, one of the best MMA events I’ve ever seen.

Here’s what I thought of the main card.

Dustin Poirier vs Bobby Green

Green has been on the shelf for a while now, and he was returning to the Octagon after a bit of a layoff. He’s a good fighter, but I couldn’t stand the constant posturing and taunting he was up to in the cage. Dude looked like a straight-up moron, shrugging off punches, acting like Poirier’s strikes had nothing on him etc. It was pretty satisfying to see Dustin Poirier win by a nice strong KO. Green was visibly embarrassed, but fuck that. Poirier looked amazing! I feel like the loss to Conor McGregor really hurt him, but it’s great to see him now tearing things up at lightweight?

Dan Henderson vs Hector Lombard

Hendo is an ancient warrior who simply defies logic and continues to win big. Lombard is a bad dude made almost entirely of muscle. Witnessing a 46 year old Dan Henderson KO Hector Lombard via back elbow is probably one of the greatest things I’ve seen in an MMA fight. The shot put Lombard completely out and had me jump out of my seat! At this point, Hendo could pretty much ask for a title shot and get it.

Max Holloway vs Ricardo Lamas

I’ve had trouble looking past Max Holloway’s borderline pedo mustache. He’s a great fighter, but that mustache distracts me. Ricardo Lamas is another great prospect, like Dustin Poirier, who fell to Conor McGregor last year. This fight was a great slugfest, but Holloway going into beast mode at the end of the fight permanently converted me into a fan. Great fight.

 

 

Max Holloway Beast Mode

Dominick Cruz vs Urijah Faber

Dom Cruz is a hero. He’s come back from serious injuries, insanely long layoffs and still somehow made it back to the top of the mountain. Urijah Faber is a legend in his own right. Been around since forever and is probably one of the most well rounded fighters out there. Cruz is damn near impossible to hit. Lyoto Machida used to be the most elusive fighter in the world, but Dominick Cruz is just so wonderfully awkward. Cruz took the fight to Faber and won a sound decision. Now I know Faber is the head of Team Alpha Male, but subtly asking for a title shot for his buddy Cody Garbrandt during his post-fight interview was a little tasteless. Let Cody get in line like everyone else, man.

Finally – the main event! Michael Bisping vs Luke Rockhold

I never thought I’d see Bisping fight for a title, let alone win one. He got this fight only because Chris Weidman injured himself in training, and none of the contenders were available on such short notice. Rockhold totally underestimated Bisping and got too cocky with this fight. Bisping KO’d him soundly and just like that, became the Middleweight champ. Post fight antics were fun. Bisping sarcastically reminding Rockhold that he was in the Octagon. Rockhold not wanting to shake Bisping’s hand. Oh boy. Let’s see if Rockhold gets an immediate rematch. Either way, there are lots of good fights waiting for Bisping. Jacare, Soldier of God – Yoel Romero, and maybe even GSP? Who knows?

  • TITLE FIGHT: Michael Bisping def. Luke Rockhold via KO (punches) at 3:36 of R1
  • TITLE FIGHT: Dominick Cruz def. Urijah Faber via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 49-46)
  • Max Holloway def. Ricardo Lamas via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Dan Henderson def. Hector LombardDan Henderson def. Hector Lombard via KO (elbow) at 1:27 of R2
  • Dustin Poirier def. Bobby GreenDustin Poirier def. Bobby Green via KO (punches) at 2:53 of R1

All in all, this was a great night of fights put up by the UFC. UFC199 set the bar really high for UFC200 – which should be the biggest fucking card ever.

Oh! I totally marked out like a little kid when they said that Brock Lesnar was coming back for 200! Simply. Cannot. Wait!

Over and out.