Last night UFC 141 provided fights that shocked a lot of people. Let’s look at the results….
Jon Fitch vs. Johny Hendricks.
Prediction: Fitch by unanimous decision.
Result: Hendricks won via 12 second KO making me 0-1 for the night.
Nate Diaz vs. Donald Cerrone
Prediction: Cerrone wins a tough battle.
Result: Diaz won a unanimous decision making me 0-2 for the night.
Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem
Prediction: Overeem by TKO.
Results: Overeem won via TKO due to strikes in round one making me 1-2 for the night.
- The only person who had a worse night than me [1-2] was Brock Lesnar. Even Fitch could argue his loss was a lucky punch. Brock and I, though, just got badly spanked.
- Some are arguing that the Fitch fight was stopped early. They make the point that Fitch was still fighting back when the fight was stopped. While that is true, he was fighting the ref since Hendricks had already been declared the winner and had walked away.
- It’s no secret that Dana White didn’t like Fitch’s fighting style and called it boring even though Fitch was beating everyone in front of him. I’ll bet Dana is glad that this loss will put a stop to all of the questions that White was getting about a title shot for Fitch.
- I was glad to see that Cerrone and Diaz had a mutual respect for each other after their 3 round war. I wonder though, if Cerrone had won, would Diaz have shown the same respect that he received from “the Cowboy”?
- The Lesnar fight ended the way I thought it would. No surprise there. The shock, at least for some, came when Brock announced his retirement before leaving the octagon to go to his dressing room. I’m not shocked or even surprised. Think about it. What was left for Brock in the UFC?
- Lesnar had repeatedly shown he not only didn’t like to be punched, but that he couldn’t deal with strikers. Cain Velesquez and Alistair Overeem destroyed Brock. Were they to fight Lesnar, both Junior Dos Santos and Shane Carwin would probably go in as favorites. [And yes, I know that Lesnar beat Carwin the first time they met in the cage. Would that happen again? I seriously doubt it.] Frank Mir [who split wins with Lesnar in two fights] and even Dan Henderson [a light heavyweight] had let it be known that they’d welcome a fight against Lesnar.
- Who was left for Lesnar to fight that he could beat? All of the top contenders had his number. Suppose Lesnar fought Mir again and won. Would that put Lesnar closer to a title shot? No. What if Lesnar fought Henderson? If he won, which is questionable, he’d have beaten a light heavyweight. If Lesnar fell victim to Hendo’s punching power, it would be more evidence of Lesnar’s inability to take a punch.
- So, with it clear that Lesnar would be out of the hunt for a title shot, what’s he to do? The obvious answer is to retire and go back to the WWE where he can make a ton of money by just working the big event pay-per-views. What’s even better for Brock is that he’ll know going in that he’s going to win.
- Alistair Overeem gets the next title shot against Junior Dos Santos. THAT should be a great fight.