With the passing of the weekend came shocking endings to multiple fights. Two nights filled with thrilling MMA action were delivered to us in the forms of UFC 101 and WEC 42.
Saturday: 101’s card was near custom-tailored for a fan like myself who enjoys plenty of grappling mixed in with striker vs. striker bouts. Being a huge Kenflo and Forrest fan, I was eager to see them take on the highest levels of competition yet in their respective careers. This was echoed by others I’d chatted with and the buzz surrounding the UFC’s first show in Philly was prevalent. Although both aforementioned men were finished off by champs B.J. Penn and Anderson Silva, the venue was alive and two of the best in the world showed why they’re to be feared.
Sunday: World Extreme Cagefighting’s success has been quickly growing due to the high level of talent the promotion recruits and excellent match-making. If you’re not already a WEC fan and have perhaps only been exposed to UFC, start tuning into Versus for some of the best fighting to be found today. Fights such as Benavidez vs. Cruz and Torres vs. Bowles – ah heck, actually the entire main card, are clear examples of why Zuffa (UFC and WEC parent) is top dog in the MMA industry.
Let’s count down the top ten “wow” moments produced by this past weekend’s shows.
- Miguel Torres knocked out by newly-crowned champ Brian Bowles
- Anderson Silva’s walk-away right jab knockout of Forrest Griffin
- B.J. Penn submitting challenger Kenny Florian by rear naked choke
- Leonard Garcia dropping Jameel Massouh with a flush right
- Referee Dan Miragliotta prematurely stopping Sadollah vs. Hendricks
- Ricardo Almeida escaping Kendall Grove’s deep armbar attempt
- Dominic Cruz’s domination of rising star Joseph Benavidez
- Danny Castillo putting Ricardo Lamas to sleep after some great back-and-forth
- Aaron Riley exacting revenge on Shane Nelson, for early UFC 96 stoppage
- Shane Roller edging Marcus Hicks in a great under card battle