UFC 84 'ILL Will'
I watched UFC 84 'ILL WILL' this past weekend and it had some of the best mma fights I have seen in a while. Many of you have most likely already read the results, but below is review of each of the bouts.
I especially enjoyed the Tito Ortiz ~ Lyoto Machida
mixed martial arts fight. I have a background in karate and the way Lyoto has adapted his karate to the mma is very impressive.
UFC 84 ~ Preliminary CardHeavyweight: Christian Wellisch vs. Shane Carwin
This heavyweight fight was everything you general expect from this weight class. Both fighters were heavy hitting strikers. The fight ended without even making it to the mat.
Carwin hit Wellisch so hard his head twisted and his mouth piece flew across the ring. Shane Carwin won by TKO, only 44 second into the first round. Although it was quick, it was an impressive hit.Welterweight: Jon Koppenhaver vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida
Welterweight Yoshiyuki Yoshida took this fight to the ground fast crawling around Jon Koppenhaver's defenses to perform a nice anaconda choke. Yoshida submitted Koppenhaver in the first minute of round one.Middleweight: Rousimar Palhares vs. Ivan Salaverry
Rousimar Palhares defeated Ivan Salaverry with a very impressive armbar submission in the middle of the first round. His armbar won him the submission of the night award.Light Heavyweight: Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura
This was a decent fight of which Sokoudjou had his first UFC win. He defeated Nakamura by TKO at the end of round one.
UFC 84 ~ Main CardLight Heavyweight: Thiago Silva vs. Antonio Mendes
A short fast paced light heavyweight fight. Antonio Mendes came out attacking hard and fast in the stand up, but about mid way through the first round Thiago Silva took the fight to the mat and commenced a ground and pound which caused the fight to be stopped at 2:24.
Silva won over Mendes by Submission in round one.Light Heavyweight: Tito Ortiz vs. Lyoto Machida
An action packed three round fight. Lyoto Machida systematically defeated Tito Ortiz in what Tito called his last fight in the UFC. Each round was exciting, from the first till the third, when Lyoto Machida won by unanimous 30-27 decision. Tito fought well but was unable to penetrate Lyoto's style.
In the stand up fight Lyoto would move in, attack and move out. If Tito attempted to take it to the ground, he was often thrown off by Lyoto. When the fight did move to the ground Lyoto dominated and evaded all of Tito's attempts. Lyoto is a very technically skilled fighter who has been able to adapt his karate style to MMA Fighting. Light Heavyweight: Wilson Gouveia vs. Goran Reljic
Yet another of the many light heavyweight bouts of the evening. This was the debut fight of Goran Reljic who hails from Croatia.
In the first two rounds Reljic continued to kick Gouveia, while Gouveia blocked with his shoulder and upper arm. Gouveia returned a flurry of strikes near the end of the first round almost knocking Reljic out.
In a daring move, Reljic jumped up on Gouveia, wrapping his legs around his opponent's upper body, taking the fight to the ground and placing himself in a guard right before the bell.
The second round had quite a few exchanges between the two fighters, but at 1:53 Reljic defeated Gouveia by TKO.Light Heavyweight: Wanderlei Silva vs. Keith Jardine
This was a light heavyweight mixed martial art fight that I half expected to be intense. Both Wanderlei Silva and Keith Jardine are know for dishing out what they take. But this one ended quick, when Wanderlei Knocked Out Jardine in the first 36 seconds of round one.Lightweight Championship: B.J. Penn VS. Sean Sherk
A title fight for the lightweight 155lb belt. This was a very good fight between B.J. Penn and Sean Sherk.
These two fighters had a lot to prove. Sherk was looking to redeem himself, while B.J. was out to prove he deserves to have and keep his title.
B.J. Penn dominated this fight, but Sean Sherk made him earn each and every second of this fight.
Sherk's determination was not enough though, B.J. Penn defeated Sherk with a flying knee followed by a flurry of punches at the end of round Three.