(Canadian Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg will be calling the action from Quebec)
UFC 112 is live tonight from La Belle Province and we’ll be starting round-by-round updates starting at 10pm EST.
As much as people complained about it from the get-go, the card is pretty damn good. I’m predicting that a lot of the lower profile guys are going to steal the show tonight and some of the bigger name guys are going to disappoint.
Regardles of who wins, who loses and whose FightPicker picks shock Potato Nation and makes them a giant among men, this should be one of the better shows we’ve seen in a while
A lot of questions will finally be answered in Montreal tonight, like:
Who wins the Machida-Rua do over?
Will Koscheck really try to stand with Daley?
Will Kimbo eat Meathead with his bread?
Get on your Canadian tuxedos, grab a bottle of Molson and refresh often; it’s time, eh.
John Salter def. Jason "The Athlete" MacDonald by TKO (injury) 2:42 R1
Mike "Joker" Guymon def. Yoshiyuki "Zenko" Yoshida by Unanimous Decision (30-27 all judges) R3
Joey "The Mexecutioner" Beltran def. Tim "The Thrashing Machine" Hague by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-26, 29-28)
Marcus "The Irish Hand Grenade" Davis def. Jonathan "The Road Warrior" Goulet by TKO (Strikes) 1:23 R2
Joe "El Dirte" Doerksen def. Tom "Filthy" Lawlor by Submission (rear-naked choke) 2:10 R2
Main Card Results:
Alan "The Talent" Belcher vs. Patrick "The Predator" Cote
Belcher gets bonus points for walking out to "Little Wing" by Hendrix. It makes up for his hideous tattoo of Johnny Cash.
Cote looks focused in spite of his "Oh Canada" walkout song choice.
Buffer going en francais to get the crowd going.
Belcher dancing around after a failed kick attempt. "The Talent" seems a bit too comfortable. Lands a dead center kick to Cote’s junk. After a brief stoppage, Belcher lands a kick to Cote’s lead arm and another to his torso. Cote connects with a flurry of punches, but Belcher backs off. Cote takes him down and works to pass through the butterfly guard. Working a kimura from half-guard, Cote passes, only to be swept. Belcher works an arm-triangle from half-guard, but "the Predator" escapes and struggles to get out of Belcher’s grasp. The round ends with Belcher in control on top.
Cote is the aggressor now. Again, Belcher seems too loose. Cote lands with a few heavy hooks and Belcher clinches to close the distance. Belcher landing knees against the fence and connects with an elbow, that is answered by Cote with a pair of shots of his own. Cote isn’t impressed by a knee that connects and takes Belcher down. It doesn’t last long as Belcher regains his feet and slams Cote on his face, borderline DDT-style. Belcher capitalizes on a stunned Cote and takes his back, sinks in the rear-naked choke and elicits a tap from Cote.
In his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, Belcher asks for a shot at Anderson Silva. Is it just me or did anyone else say, "Yeah, okay Alan. Keep telling yourself you’re ready for Anderson,"?
Not sure if Mitrione picked his song, but Simple Man was a genius tune for Meathead to come out to.
Kimbo looks mean, but I’m not convinced he ever looks any different.
Mitrione looks like he’s thinking about a "Meow Mix" commercial.
Kimbo connects with a short hook and it’s shaken off by Meathead. Mitrione tries for a headkick and misses and after a second attempt is taken down via slam by Kimbo. After a second slam, Kimbo ends up in a triangle, but Mitrione isn’t strong enough on the ground to finish. Fighting for position, Kimbo takes Mitrione down again with a much less enthusiastic slam. Meathead throws up another weak triangle but fails to connect it. Back on their feet, they exchange sloppy knees and kicks, but Mitrione drops slice with a hard right hand. Kimbo is hurt. Mitrione tries for a gator roll, but he doesn’t squeeze or roll with enough torque to finish. The round ends with Meathead on top.
Both men seem tired as hell, but Mitrione is the agressor early. Alternating between inside and outside leg-kicks and knees to the body, Mitrione is landing at will. Slice is gassed and taking a lot of shots. Mitrione throws another head kick and takes Kimbo down and mounts him. Landing shots from the top. Mitrione abandons an Americana (or as Gus Johnson calls it, "a triangle") attempt to rain down shots to finish the fight.
Matt Mitrione def. Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson by TKO (strikes) 4:24 R2
Jeremy "Little Heathen" Stephens vs. Sam "Hands of Stone" Stout
Autotuner walkout songs in full effect tonight.
Stout coming out to his signature "Go to Sleep Bitch" by Eminem.
Yamasaki throwin’ up gang signs.
Touch of gloves. Stephens land and catching a leg kick lands another right. Stout uses his legs to push back and stand back up. Stephens is throwing hard with bad intentions, smiling as a left connects. Stout staggers, but shakes off the cobwebs, countering with a left hook to the body. Stout gets dropped with the left this time and escapes from a half-hearted guillotine, but takes a knee to the forehead in the process. Stephens gets fancy with a spinning back fist, but doesn’t do any damage. Stout is light on his feet and connects with a few shots to the body. “Hands of Stone” seems bothered by the blood flowing from his nose now. Stephens is controlling the fight, landing with leg and body kicks as the round ends.
Stephens is looking to finish and Stout is looking to set something up with technical striking. After a few ineffective shots, Stephens knocks Stout back and tries to follow up with a flying knee that fails to connect. Taking Stout down against the cage, Stephens can’t capitalize on the dominant position as Stout works for a kimura. Back on their feet, Stephens seems to be waiting for the opportunity to catch Stout with a counter. Stout’s shots seem like they’re coming from fists of foam, rather than hands of stone at this point as Stephens seems to connect 3/4 of the time. The round ends and both men seem uncharacteristically fatigued.
Stout connects unfairly and squarely with Stephens’ Little Heathen. Brief stoppage to recover and then Stephens goes back to business trying to knock Stout’s block off. Stout repeats the left hook to the liver a la Bas Rutten. Stout seems to have his wind back and looks more fluid on his feet. Neither fighter is looking like they want this fight to finish. Stephens gets caught with a shin to the leg and looks like Paulo Filho talking to ghosts. Stout catches him napping and connects with a flurry, dropping Stephens and inflicting damage from the top while Stephens lays on his back. Standing back up, Stout fails to seize the opportunity to finish an obviously hurt Stephens and the round ends with him being taken down and regaining his feet with little fanfare.
Josh "Bob Kos" Koscheck vs. Paul "Semtex" Daley
Daley’s walk out is all business — no smiles no jokes with his corner, just eyes forward.
Koscheck seems a bit nervous. His eyes are shifting from side to side and his face is twitching a bit.
Daley starts off with a bang and tries for a flying knee. "Semtex" is staying low, ready to sprawl. Koscheck says "Forget this shit," and takes Daley down. As Daley seems to stand back up, Kos slams him on his back. Throwing some short punches from side control against the fence, Koscheck steps into Daley’s guard. Daley is neutralizing Koscheck from doing any damage, but Koscheck takes his back with over-under and stretches Daley out looking for the rear-naked choke. He sinks it, but Daley escapes and throws a knee to Koscheck’s forehead that the replay shows didn’t hit him. It’s looking like the same situation as the Anthony Johnson eye-poke. The round ends with Koscheck failing at a single leg and with Daley hopping on one foot.
The point deduction was taken back.
Koscheck works for, and eventually gets another takedown, but does little when he gets it. After gaining mount, Daley shrimps out and regains half-guard. Kos seems content to lay-and-pray his way to a starring TUF role. Daley is working diligently at keeping Koscheck from mount and is trying to use the fence to stand up. Koscheck utilizes the position to take Daley’s back again, but "Semtex" is able to hold onto Koscheck’s wrists to avoid any danger. The horn sounds and Daley is happy that he gets to start again on his feet in 60 seconds.
Daley comes out the aggressor. Grazing Koscheck with a jab and a pair of uppercuts, Daley is pushing his opponent back on his heels. After missing with a head kick, Koscheck shoots and eats a knee in the process. Koscheck pauses a few moments to get his wits back and slams Daley on his back. Quickly moving to mount, Koscheck seems content to just do enough to win the round without hurting Daley or finishing him via submission. The Fraggle blanket squeaks out another one as the horn sounds.
WHOAH!!! Daley takes the liberty of landing the left he didn’t land in the fight. He’ll be suspended and possibly fined for sure.
I guess he”s making up for Kos not wanting to fight.
Goldberg makes sure to say THIS IS NOT WHAT THIS SPORT IS ALL ABOUT. I won’t be calling Dana on Monday, FYI.
Kos endears himself to the Montreal crowd, that is now giving him a Bronx cheer, by telling them the Pittsburgh Penguins are going to kick their beloved Canadiens’ asses next week, just like he will kick their beloved "Georges St-Pierre.
Sure, Josh. Maybe in a quilting bee.
As a thank you to the bipartisan crowd, Koscheck invites them all to attend his afterparty.
Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua
Both fighters seem confident, but Machida wins the douchiest walkout song award for his Linkin Park selection.
Here we go.
Shogun starts off where he left off with an opening leg kick. Machida responds in kind. Both fighters seem tentative. Rua is the first to land with a flurry of inconsequential punches, but they make Machida more cautious now. Shogun pushes Machida down, but ends up on his back. A sweep allows him the distance to get up and once there, he wastes little time in tagging the champion with a hook and a leg kick. Machida takes Shogun back down but can’t hold him there. Lyoto lands a knee in the break, but his nose is bleeding causing him some breathing issues and prompting him to open his mouth for oxygen. Rua catches Machida coming forward and drops him with a grazing hook, pounces, and finishes him with strikes from the mount with a KO finish.
Mauricio "Shogun" Rua def. Lyoto Machida by knockout 3:35 R2 to become the new UFC light heavyweight champion.
Unfortunately, Ed Soares will be tasting crow tonight instead of his own warm piss.
*Editor’s Note: Douglas Crosby gave the nod to Machida by submission.