An interesting card, LOL. Some good fights, some awful ones, and some truly bad, WTF-are-they-thinking judging.
Mitrione vs. Beltran was a sloppy, if entertaining, brawl. Neither technique nor endurance was much in evidence, but a lot of heart from both guys was.
C.B. Dollaway vs. Joe Doerksen was maybe the best MMA groundfighting match I have ever seen. Non-stop sweeps, reversals and sub attempts, such that even people who couldn't normally care less about the ground game stood up and said "WOW!"
Melvin Guillard vs. Jeremy Stephens was fairly disappointing to me. The "new" Guillard, bereft of his normal devil-may-care aggression was not thrilling to watch, IMHO. Not sure how Guillard pulled out a victory, considering that Stephens peppered him with leg kicks throughout the entire fight. I won't go so far as to call it a robbery
, as the fight was pretty close either way, but......dunno.
Sean Sherk vs. Evan Dunham was more of a robbery, IMHO (see here: http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2010/9/26/171...-vs-evan-dunham
.) While I gave round 1 definitively to Sherk with takedowns - and a gruesome cut above Dunham's eye from an elbow that was lucky a doctor didn't stop it right there - from round 2 on it was all Dunham. No idea what the judges were thinking on that one. Sherk did show some truly incredible submission defense, escaping countless *serious* guillotine chokes from Dunham, to the point that Dunham gave up trying them, LOL. However, by round three, Dunham was using Sherk as a punching bag, landing strikes at will, including some nasty jumping knees that reminded me of how BJ Penn finished Sherk years ago.
Chris Lytle vs. Matt Serra. WTF was Serra thinking. Not one takedown or sub attempt. If I want to watch boxing, I'll watch boxing. Those guys are better at it, anyway.
Ryan Bader vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. OK, I'm not arguing the decision in particular - but 30-27? Huh? Who could possibly score round 2 for Bader? Paaass the dutchie on the left hand side.........
Mir vs. Crocop. Mir's standup looked very good, but his constant pressuring of CroCop to the cage and then doing nothing was bizarre, and reminiscent of his fight with Carwin. He was lucky that Mirko was so much smaller, otherwise I think it might not have gone as well for Frank. The knee KO was a good cap to a boring fight, though. Sad to see CroCop asking "what happened?" at the end.