MMA this past Weekend
This weekend MMA fans were entertained by another exciting edition of UFC on FOX Diaz vs Miller. The premier mixed martial arts promotion has joined forces with the FOX network to air their FIGHT NIGHT series, a portion of the promotion that covers more up and coming talent or top contenders and a viewer would very rarely see a title fight going down on this network.
This weekends fight card was headlined by two of the very best lightweight contenders in the UFC in ultra tough Jim Miller (22-4) and Brasilian jiujitsu ace and The Ultimate Fighter winner Nate Diaz (18-5),a fight in which Diaz was the victor via guillotine choke late in the second round which now makes Diaz the only person to have ever stopped Jim Miller.
The co main events were welterweight contenders Johnny “Big Rig” Hendericks (13-1) vs Josh Koshcheck (19-6) which saw Hendricks eek out a spit decision victory over the veteran Koshcheck in avery close three round decider.
And the other co main event was a meeting of top Middleweights and a clash of opposing styles in Brasilian ground specialist Rousimar “Tocinho” Palhares (23-4) vs muay thai specialsit and kickboxer Alan “The Talent” Belcher (17-5). Even though both men are BJJ black belts Palhares has a edge over almost anyone in the division on the ground, or so we thought, but when the fight went to the ground Belcher had the answer and was able to defend against the scary leg locks and eventually get the top position, mount him and pound him out for a TKO victory in the first round.
One more fight to highlight on the undercard was a meeting of two heavyweight strikers as former K1 kickboxer Pat “HD” Barry (7-5)took on relatively new comer in the UFC Lavar Johnson (17-5). Both of these men are known for their preference to stand and bang and they did not disappoint, this was the perfect style matchup for the casual MMA fan cos both guys stood in front of each other and traded heavy blows, eventually close to the end of the first round Barry fell victim to an onslaught of Johnson’s uppercuts.
Well now in the lightweight division we would probably see Nate Diaz either get a title shot and square off with the winner between the rematch of Henderson vs Edgar II or he’ll get given another rising superstar in Anthony “Showtime” Pettis who is the last person to beat current lightweight champion Benson Henderson. Pettis vs Diaz I think would make a very interesting and exciting match up, any hardcore MMA fan would know the caliber of potential possessed by these two fighters is as good as it gets right now in all of MMA. But we’ll have to wait and see what the suits come up with.