It was not the finish to the night we were expecting, with Patrick “The Predator” Cote’s (13-5 MMA, 4-5 UFC) old knee injury coming back to haunt him in the first half of the third round. The Canadian took the middleweight champion Anderson Silva (23-4 MMA, 8-0 UFC) further into a title fight, than he had ever gone in the UFC. Unfortunately for the two warriors and us fans, that third round was as far as the action could go.
Tonight’s title fight took off at a pace many (including myself) did not expect. Silva did not engage as quickly as he has in many of his past fights, likely due to a respect for Cote’s renowned power.
“I’m so sorry guys. It was a great fight before. … I was the only guy to go into the third round with Silva, so I was doing a good job.” – Patrick, after a buckling knee injury forced an end to the fight.
The crowd was quick to boo the top middleweight contender, as they were with many fights throughout the night. Chi-town MMA guys and gals, care to shed light on this? In fact, the grab-bag judges were unimpressed with even slight periods of inactivity and fighters working for position in the clinch, and on the ground. I hope for the fighters’ and fans’ sakes, Dana lets the commission know that a newbie ref relying on “come on guys let’s work” every 30 seconds does not make for quality officiating.
One of the fights I was most looking forward to at 90, was Josh Koscheck (11-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) against Thiago “Pitbull” Alves (16-3 MMA, 9-2 UFC). Alves was never in any major trouble against Josh, although KOS was able to stick it to the Brazilian-born Alves many times throughout the tough fight. Koscheck did suffer some damaging blows, but showed his heart and recovery skills.
“He gave me a really hard time.” – Alves talking with Joe Rogan after the bout.
Those who doubt Josh’s dedication to conditioning and improving his stand-up game, certainly had their minds changed tonight. Although suffering a 30-27, 29-28, 30-27 unanimous decision loss, Koscheck showed the world he’s a solid contender still in the title picture. He’s also scheduled to make his next appearance inside the octagon in December at UFC Fight for the Troops against Yoshiyuki Yoshida.
Fabricio Werdum (11-4-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) also was on the wrong side of a loss tonight, at the hands of knockout artist and Brazilan Jiu Jitsu purple belt Junior Dos Santos (7-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC). Just 81 seconds into the first round, Dos Santos delivered a violent uppercut that connected flush on Werdum’s mug. Fabricio is now, as one would imagine, officially out of the title shot picture.
Sean “The Muscle Shark” Sherk (33-3-1 MMA, 7-3 UFC) put on an impressive performance to win a unanimous decision victory (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) over highly touted lightweight Tyson Griffin (12-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC). Sherk came into this fight off a disappointing loss in May to current champ BJ Penn. Experience was on Sean’s side and he displayed a solid stand-up game with pin-point striking which even lead him to a few rear naked choke attempts.
Griffin could not answer Sherk’s flurry of beautiful combinations on the feet, with the same intensity, accuracy, nor frequency. Ultimately, Griffin lost but both men earned “Fight of the Night” honors. Sherk desires another shot at the title, and mentioned it in his post-fight interview.
Preliminary bout results can be found below, and congrats to our resident fight picker Tommy H. who called the Dos Santos shocker of a win, and prematurely identified Sherk and Maynard as victors as well. We hope you enjoyed UFC 90, and welcome you back here daily, for your MMA fix.
PRELIMINARY CARD RESULTS
- Thales Leites def. Drew McFedries via submission (rear-naked choke) — Round 1, 1:18
- Spencer Fisher def. Shannon Gugerty via submission (triangle choke) — Round 3, 3:56
- Dan Miller def. Matt Horwich via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Hermes Franca def. Marcus Aurelio via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Pete Sell def. Josh Burkman via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)