UFC 148 was held last night and featured three fights that had my interest. Normally, I post my predictions prior to the events [otherwise they wouldn’t be predictions, would they?) and then the results the following day. I just couldn’t decide who I thought or wanted to win. So no predictions this time, but here are the results and my thoughts:
- Cung Le defeated Patrick Cote by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Thoughts: Although he’s 40, Le is still in excellent form. I always enjoy watching Cote fight and actually thought the fight was closer than the judges (although I still gave the edge to Le).
- Forrest Griffin defeated Tito Ortiz by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Thoughts: This was an interesting fight with a good deal of back and forth. After the final round, Griffin left the ring in a hurry (a la his loss to Anderson Silva) and had to be called back to the cage for the decision…. which he won. Leaving the cage before the decision is read shows a lack of respect for the other fighter and fans. This is the second time that Griffin has done that.
- Anderson Silva defeated Chael Sonnen by TKO (Ref Stoppage, 2nd Round, 1:55)
Thoughts: Sonnen took Silva down four seconds into the first round and totally dominated him. It seemed like this could be a replay of the first fight.
The second round quickly showed that wouldn’t be the case. Silva stuffed a takedown and then rocked Sonnen. Both men ended up against the cage and Sonnen was unable to take Silva down.
When Sonnen missed with a spinning backfist and fell to the mat, Silva kneed him in the chest and then rained down punches. The ref stepped in to stop it.
Although I think the fight could have gone on a bit longer, there’s no doubt that Silva was in control and I’d rather see a fight stopped too early than too late.
Silva showed class in the post fight interview when talking about Sonnen. (However when asked in the post fight conference, if he would like to fight Jon Jones, Silva simply replied, “No.” Where’s the champion’s heart, Anderson?)