(I say the main card, as I didn’t watch the preliminary bouts.)
I took my girlfriend to this past Saturday night’s UFC 180 — her first UFC — and the card didn’t disappoint. All five fights ended in finishes, and the first four ended in the first round. While I’ve spent the last three months indoctrinating her into the sport, the last thing I wanted her to witness was a barrage of three round, judges’ decision-deciding wrestlefest. We got the opposite — three submission victories and two striking finishes (the latter of which was included in the main event).
Fabricio Werdum and Mark Hunt was a fun, quick fight. I’m not sure anybody expected that one to go the distance. Seven minutes in, Hunt had knocke Werdum down twice, but as anybody who watches MMA knows, it’s a combat sport of gratuity and spontaneity. Werdum dropped Hunt with a flying knee and finished him with strikes on the ground, being crowned the new interim heavyweight champion, as we all await the potential title unification bout with Cain Velasquez. Props to Mark Hunt for taking this fight on short notice and putting on a solid performance before his unfortunate ending.
I’m proud of Kelvin Gastelum. He has remained undefeated, and he did so on Saturday night by outclassing veteran Jake Ellenberger, finishing him with a rear naked choke, as he continues his gradual rise into the upper echelons of the UFC’s Welterweight division.
By the way, this is amusing as hell. I was at Books-A-Million, just chilling out, and spotted the UFC: The Official Magazine and saw none other than Nick Jonas on the cover. What in the hell? Well played, UFC, well played. What a joke.