Frankie Edgar once again proved that he has BJ Penn’s number with a 3rd round stoppage victory over the former lightweight and welterweight champion. Frankie Edgar out-struck Penn on the feet and controlled the grappling exchanges throughout the fight, eventually forcing Herb Dean to step in and end the fight after delivering some huge ground and pound late in the third. Penn offered no real threat to Edgar in this fight and was a pale shadow of his former self. This fight proved to be enough for Penn to announce his retirement from MMA and on this evidence, it’s the right decision.
Chris Weidman cast away any doubts that surrounded his reign as middleweight champion with a five round domination of Lyoto Machida to retain his title. Chris Weidman dominated Machida in a fashion that hasn’t been seen previously, with Weidman only being in any trouble in the fourth round when he ate some big shots from Machida. The rest of the fight was all Weidman, who had Machida backing up for the majority of the fight and landed more strikes than we’re used to seeing on the elusive Karateka. Weidman used a variety of strikes to open up Machida with knees to the body doing damage throughout the fight.. Weidman was also able to take Machida down and land some groin and pound and dominate the grappling exchanges including mounting and taking Machida’s back in the fifth round. Machida did manage to stuff the majority of the takedown attempts and came back with a flurry at the end of the round but that fight was all Weidman and he’s once again defended the middleweight championship.
UFC Fight Night 43 Full Results
Nate Marquardt def. James Te Huna via submission – armbar – RD 1
Jared Rosholt def. Soa Palelei via unanimous decision
Charles Oliveira def. Hatsu Hioki via submission modified d’arce/Peruvian neck tie – RD 2
Robert Whittaker vs. Mike Rhodes via unanimous decision
Demetrious Johnson continued his stranglehold of the UFC’s flyweight division this past Saturday with a dominant win over a tough contender in Ali Bagautinov. Once again Johnson proved he’s head and shoulders above the competition in the weight class and is going to be tough to dislodge from the top spot. Rory MacDonald put on an assured performance in his win over Tyron Woodley but it’s not going to be enough for the Canadian fighter to earn a shot at the UFC welterweight title, with that dubious honour going to the winner of Matt Brown and Robbie Lawler. Nevertheless MacDonald showed that he’s still in the running as a top contender and a title shot can’t be too far away. Other winners on the card were Andrei Arlovski, Ovince St Preux and Ryan Bader.
Due to Jimbo being away making a documentary on Kimbo Slice, it will be just my picks this week. Sorry.
It’s not just the beginning of the FIFA World Cup that Brazilian sports fans will be celebrating today, as news of their arch nemesis Chael Sonnen’s retirement from MMA emerged overnight. The trash talking former middleweight and light heavyweight contender has officially hung up his gloves, following the recent furore over his failed drug test results and love him or hate him, he’s going to be missed by a large proportion of the MMA fan base.
Benson Henderson returned to form with a fine win over Rustam Khabilov in the main event of another UFC Fight Night Event. The former WEC and UFC champion faced some tough moments from the Russian but managed to pull off a submission victory, his first finish in his last eleven fights. The co-main event was a fight between Ross Pearson and Diego Sanchez with the judges awarding the fight to Diego Sanchez despite him doing very little against Pearson, who fought a very strategic and very clever fight albeit to no avail. Other winners on the card included John Dodson, Raphael Dos Anjos, Piotr Hallmann and Miesha Tate’s boyfriend or as you may know him, Bryan Caraway.
As usual me and Jimbo from Dinner With Gary Goodridge will be picking who we feel the winners on the main card should face in their next fight.
After a back and forth fight that saw both Rustam Khabilov and Benson Henderson exchange dominant positions a number of times and come close to ending the fight once or twice, it was Henderson that eventually prevailed. Khabilov provided plenty of problems for Henderson throughout the fight, having zero respect for the takedown defence of Henderson and seemingly taking him down at will. Henderson was always quick to escape the takedown attempts however and tried to keep the fight on the feet, where he was doing his best work. Early in the fourth round Henderson caught Khabilov with a combination before pouncing on his back as he turned away and securing the rear naked choke, forcing Khabilov to tap to the submission.