Another Monday morning has arrived and it’s filled with leftover thoughts stemming from Ultimate Fight Night 17, which took place this past Saturday night.
In keeping with my honest attitude in opinion pieces, I’ll say to you now that I was more so let down than pumped up by the majority of the fights. For instance, a new-to-fatherhood Mac Danzig dropped his second fight in a row. The TUF 6 winner who now fights at lightweight was dominated by a fan-booed Josh Neer.
Mac, it’s the Josh Neer who’s awaiting legal punishment for getting drunk on New Year’s Eve and leading police on a car chase. We were all hoping you could topple this lunatic and get your UFC career back on track. Instead, we were left with a bitter taste in our mouths as you sunk lower on the ladder and “The Dentist” will likely hang onto his spot on the roster with winnings to aid his legal woes.
Anthony Johnson, brightened my evening by taking care of Luigi Fioravanti in convincing fashion (as he’s been known to do in the past). “Rumble” takes his UFC record to 4-2 and is making all fellow welterweights take notice. This kid’s power and athleticism is something to get excited about, and we should all look forward to his future fights.
I had picked Jeremy Stephens to pull off the victory over Joe Lauzon, but I was proven wrong. Dead wrong. Although Stephens exhibited his classic toughness, the ground prowess of Lauzon was too much for the Hermes Franca protege Stephens. I’ll look to see Jeremy bounce back with a win over TUF 8 winner Efrain Escudero.
As for the under card bouts, we congratulate Kurt Pellegrino for his “W” after taking out Rob Emerson, Matt Riddle for ousting Steve Bruno, Nick Catone for making good on his chance in the Octagon, and Dan Miller for introducing Jake Rosholt to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Also, Rich Clementi…what’s going on man? We hope to see back in true form soon!