TGIF!

I’m back to report the outcomes of Wednesday night’s UFC Fight Night 15.

The winners are in bold:

Nate Diaz def. Josh Neer via Split Decision
Clay Guida def. Mac Danzig via Unanimous Decision
Alan Belcher def. Ed Herman via Split Decision
Eric Schafer def. Houston Alexander via Submission (Triangle Arm Choke) Round 1
Alessio Sakara def. Joe Vedepo via knockout (head kick) in round one
Wilson Gouveia def. Ryan Jensen via submission (armbar) in round two
Joe Lauzon def. Kyle Bradley via technical knockout (strikes) in round two
Jason Brilz def. Brad Morris via technical knockout (strikes) in round two
Mike Massenzio def. Drew McFedries via submission (kimura) in round one
Dan Miller def. Rob Kimmons via submission (rear naked choke) in round one

I went 2-3 with my picks, so needless to say, I didn’t do so well. However, that’s really the beautiful part about the sport of MMA. It’s sooo unpredictable. The two fights I did win, Diaz and Lauzon, were the two I was honestly the most confident in.

Diaz is like a cockroach the cage. If you don’t take him out early and fast, he just keeps coming back. His constant reversal of submissions and ground work in his fight with Josh Neer is what helped him secure a split decision victory.

Lauzon was simply just the more dominant fighter against Kyle Bradley. Although Bradley rocked Lauzon once or twice, Lauzon’s experience came into play and he was able to shake back to secure the 2nd round TKO. That’s two TKO losses for Bradley so don’t be surprised if guys continue to test his chin.

As far as the 3 losses I did not predict, two went to the judges and I have to admit, I wasn’t really pleased with either decision.

In the Belcher decision over Herman, it was a close fight, but I definitely think the judges made the wrong decision. It was a stand up war for the most part with both men doing an equal amount of damage standing. Both took some crushing shots that had the other fighter looking out on his feet, but the difference to me was the takedowns and ground work of Herman, specifically, his takedown and full mount in the last 30 seconds of the fight.

If you watched the fight, I’ll go ahead and agree that the fight was 1 round a piece going into the 3rd, with the last round the deciding round. While Belcher continued to work his stand-up, Herman kept advancing, doing some striking of his own and he secured a late round takedown that he eventually advanced to the full mount position, ending the fight pounding away at Belcher.

Personally, I think Herman took the last round with that late flurry, but apparently the judges felt otherwise and awarded the decision to Belcher. This should be a lesson that every fighter should learn early on. Never let the fight go to the judges.

In the co-main event of Guida v. Danzig, it was pretty similar to the Belcher v. Herman fight in that there was no clear cut winner in my eyes. Danzig was clearly the better striker on the feet and Guida took notice in the 2nd round and tried take the fight to the ground as much as possible.

My problem with the Guida decision is opposite of the Belcher decision. In the Guida fight, Guida secured a takedowns and slams against Herman, but the problem was, he never really caused any damage. Standing, Danzig clipped him throughout the entire 1st round and here and there in the 2nd and 3rd, and defended the ground the entire time he found himself there. There was no vicious ground and pound from Guida, no close calls in submissions, just a ton of wrestling. Hell, there was even a point in the 1st or 2nd round when Guida had slammed Danzig for the 2nd or 3rd time in a span of a minute and Danzig is spotted laughing to himself, because like the previous 2 times, Guida was unable to do anything but allow Danzig to make his way back to his feet.

Like I said, never let the fight go to the judges, but there needs to be some better judging on the part of the UFC sometimes. If I think there’s anything Clay Guida gets too much credit for, it’s exactly what happened Wednesday night. Guida takes punch after punch to the face, gets some takedowns, is over-hyper, and gets the benefit of the doubt for it. Either way, he’s still a great fighter, congrats to him on the victory.

In related news, Guida’s younger brother Jason is, err was, a member of the cast for TUF 8, which made it’s debut right after UFC Fight Night 15. However, Jason Guida joined the ranks of Gabe Ruediger as a guy who was taken off the show for failure to make weight. Of course, it was over-dramatized and Guida begged and pleaded, but I mean, hell, let’s be honest here. This is the 8 season of this show, you know you’re going to have to make weight.

Guida officially announced his signing with EliteXC yesterday. TUF 8 has been finished filming for a few months now, so Guida has been signed with EliteXC for a while now, but they had to wait until the show debuted before they could officially announce it.

Also, like I mentioned when referring to Nate Diaz in my last post, he did not disappoint in his post-fight interview by calling out EliteXC lightweight champion to fight his brother Nick, and then at the post-fight press conference, both Diaz brothers had to be escorted out after going on a 4 letter word filled tirade against no one in particular.

I have no problem with fighters being a little on the wild side, but when it comes to both Nick and Nate Diaz, I can’t wait until someone KO’s either of them.

Well that’s all for today, have a nice weekend. Let’s hope the Saints can de-throne the red-hot Broncos!

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