SPOILER ALERT!!Georges St-Pierre Vs. BJ Penn.
GSP was incredible. BJ defended his takedown attempts brilliantly in Round 1, but only the most biased could have given him a share of the round. GSP already looked stronger, and his stand up was razor sharp. After that, BJ's legendarily suspect conditioning didnt fail to fail him, and, finding himself beaten to the jab every time, and being caught with leg kicks and a sweet superman punch, you could see the dispondency descend on his face like a fog. GSP started to get takedowns in the 2nd, and dominated with some fantastic postional G n P. By the 3rd round GSP was taking BJ down at will, and finding half guard with little trouble. By the end of the 3rd Penn's face was badly marked from a ferocious beating in the last 30 seconds.
Round 4 was difficult to watch- and thats from someone who wanted BJ to get a beating. GSP treated his defence with distain, and, gassed and outclassed, all BJ could do was stay conscious and wriggle a bit to show he was still alive.
As GSP finshed the round he sprang up and punched the cage- never seen him that amped before. BJ looked disoriented, unresponsive, and exhausted, and his corner decided enough was enough and threw the towl.
Wise decision- during the victory announcement BJ collapsed into the arms of his team, and was not available for interview. I think the guy is an overrated d1ck, but I hope he is OK.
GSP is on another level. Lyoto Machida Vs. Thiago Silva
This was the Machida show, and i would watch a whole series
Awesome strikes, some of the best footwork I have ever seen, and tremendous sweeps from the clinch. Also one of the most decisive G n P KO's ever that will feature in highlight reels for decades to come.Stephan Bonnar Vs. Jon Jones
Bonnar is tough, no doubt, but he simply didnt know what to do with Jones, and to be fair, on this evidence, I dont know a lot of people who would. Jumping back kicks, suplexes, 'aikido' style 'use the dudes energy against him' throws from the clinch, judo, muay thai. This guy is crazy!!
and it all worked- he even tried a leg-scissor takedown at the end of round 2. The only real 'OMG' moment of the card was from Jones as he caught Bonnars foot from a kick, and then spun to close range and elbowed his head sending him face down on the canvas. Anyone else would have been KTFO's at that point, but its a testament to Bonnar's resilience that he saw out the whole fight to lose a clear points decision.
If GSP had not done what he did, this would have been fight of the night.Karo Parisyan Vs. Dong Hyun Kim
As soon as I knew they were both Judoka, I knew what sort of fight this would be, and I was right. Technical, but from a spectator standpoint, dull. Parisyan deserved the win though- just.Nate Diaz Vs. Clay Guida
WTF!!!! Where is Garth
Never seen Guida before, but he is awesome- like some genetic coctail of Ricky Hatton and Anthony Kiedis. Gotta love his energy, and his tenacity.
Diaz is a prat. Someone needs to tell him that a 13 inch gun show inbetween rounds convinces nobody
that he is winning, especially when he is getting his a$$ handed to him every second of the fight bar one punch combo in the 3rd.
Guida is such a wildcard- at one point he had Diaz pinned with a full-nelson!! You could almost hear Diaz thinking 'well this doesnt happen often!
' and then he gave Guida Side control from it.
An eccentric and dominant performance from Guida, who endeared himself to me and everyone in attendance. A popular winner.
We didnt get any of the other undercard fights in the UK sadly.
This was a really good UFC- and GSP is the fuggin' man