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UFC 120 Aftermath: Bisping Outlasts Akiyama; Condit Proves Far Less ‘Foolish’ than Hardy Anticipated

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We hope Dana White didn’t have to make any profane and vaguely threatening phone calls on Saturday night after several of his athletes ignored his well articulated desire for them not to let their fights go to the judges at UFC 120. Michael Bisping was among the offenders, claiming a clear-cut (and fairly compelling) unanimous decision over Yoshihiro Akiyama. Mike Pyle’s grinding upset win over John Hathaway also went the distance, as did wins for undercarders Claude Patrick and Spencer Fisher. Oh, and Cheick Kongo and Travis Browne fought to a frickin’ draw (which Big DW actually joked about on yesterday’s video blog) after Kongo got a little grabby with Browne’s shorts.

Only Carlos Condit and Alexander Gustafsson were good for televised stoppages and Zuffa even fudged that by adding Gustafsson’s choke out of Cyrille Diabate by the magic of tape delay. On the whole – and despite its overly judgy nature – UFC 120 was the kind of card that proved a bit better in practice than on paper. Still, we’re sure glad we didn’t have to pay for it.

It’s easy to kid Bisping because he comes across as such a pompous jackass most of the time, but he looked pretty impressive on his feet against Akiyama. Sure, his inability to finish a clearly exhausted opponent squashed his own claims that people have been underestimating his punching power, but after surviving some difficulties in the first he effectively controlled the rest of the action and looked fluid in mixing up his striking combinations. Did he look good enough to get that title shot he talked about over the weekend? No, not even close. Still, it was a decent win that pushed “The Count” to 3-2 in his last five fights and salvaged what was shaping up as a pretty disappointing night for the Englishmen.

The effort was good enough for the main event fighters to claim Fight of the Night bonuses, but man, what to do with Akiyama? White is right saying this guy knows how to have an exciting fight, but it’s also just as accurate to say he knows how to lose an exciting fight. His early fireworks, stinging Bisping with a punch that had the Brit admitting to seeing double, seemed to drain his energy and by the third it looked like he was just there for Bisping’s target practice. Dude didn’t poop out quite as bad as he did against Chris Leben, but you can’t expect to win many fights in the UFC if you don’t have your cardio together and insist on fighting away from your own strengths with the kind of verve and dedication that Akiyama showed last night.  It’s doubtful the UFC will cut ties with him just yet, but he better start winning some fights. And fast.

Condit netted Knockout of the Night, not only because his thunderous left hook nearly knocked Dan Hardy’s multicolored Mohawk sideways, but also because only one other fight on the card finished with any form of knockout. That’d be Fabio Maldonado’s third-round TKO of James McSweeney. Condit gambled and won by calling out Hardy, knowing that a win would rejuvenate a UFC career that had previously been pretty underwhelming. Hardy called him “foolish” for requesting the fight and did his normal trash talk bit leading up to it. That kind of stuff always makes you look pretty silly when you get devastatingly KOed, but that’s the game we play, isn’t it Dan Hardy? In the wake of the victory, Condit says he’d like to fight the winner of Jake Shields vs. Martin Kampmann. We wouldn’t quibble with that either.

Condit’s knockout would have been more exciting had ESPN not run UFC 120 results across its bottom line while we were trying to watch college football earlier in the day. Don’t know why ESPN would care about this particular event, but if the Worldwide Leader is paying attention, we’re not going to argue about it. Predictably, some MMA fans will be outraged by these “spoilers” and, really, that lack of understanding about how the national media works is kind of cute more than anything. Suffice it to say, real news outlets aren’t going to sit on results until after we’ve all watched the show, they just don’t play that.

Now, the rest: Pyle’s win over Hathaway was the biggest surprise of the night. Too bad the UFC doesn’t offer a bonus for screwing up its promotional plans for its best young English fighter. We’ll no doubt debate Hathaway’s “overratedness” in days to come. Paul Sass claimed Submission of the Night with the umpteenth triangle choke victory of his career, this time over Mark Holst. Fisher likely saved his job with his UD over Kurt Warburton. McSweeney did not. Smart money says he’s gone from the UFC by the start of business on Monday. We’d discuss Kongo vs. Browne, but that draw kind of says it all about where these guys are headed in the heavyweight division, does it not?

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Cheap PS3 Bundles- October 28, 2011 at 12:47 am
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MoTropolis- October 18, 2010 at 2:58 pm
There can be only one Highlander.
Dagnut- October 18, 2010 at 1:28 pm
Good point- but then again I live in the future 6 hours ahead so I'm always right.
MoTropolis- October 18, 2010 at 8:54 am

Well he did kinda put a disclaimer for himself out there considering he posted at 12:22
sikgimp- October 18, 2010 at 2:58 am
After sitting through the card on sat bisping does not derserve a shot hes a boring cunt. If you watched the leben fight , mike ran away from him for the whole of the 3rd round so is that champion mentality, think not. I reckon his game plan for that night was "im at home if im still stood in 15 minutes this fuckers mine". The only thing he deserves is a nice smash to the the chin from nate or flown over to the states to fight leben out of his safety bubble. Im a dirty limey and would love bisping to be the best in the world ....he just isn`t....not even close

Dagnut- October 18, 2010 at 1:46 am
@ Travis.Logan...the irony of your post has me talk about " bad comments" in the afternoon?
Did you even watch the Leben V Bisping fight? I don't usually insult people I don't know straight up but your a muppet. Bisping took care of Leben, decision or not.
No one likes Bisping, but that's not the point you need to be subjective, he's too smart for Leben which he showed in the fight ,Did anyone think that was a close fight or the wrong decision?
He doesn't put people away because he knows his own chin is suspect and doesn't put enough hip into his punches, if you watched the fight and watched his technique you would know this. He was afraid of Lebens power, as he should be, and adopted a stick and move gameplan which worked.
He underestimated Hendersons power got sucked into all the hype talk about knocking him out and tried to open up and got KO'd .
Is he a contender? No. Is he a better fighter than Leben? yes and he proved it.
vt- October 17, 2010 at 11:16 pm
Okay, so I've been giving this some thought.

First off let me say that I can't stand Bisping as a person. It's not so much that he's cocky, but more that he seems so insecure, that he just comes across as terribly unlikeable. No doubt, Muhamid Ali was cocky, but the guy had confidence and charisma. How Bisping was nominated coolest guy in Britain over Daniel Craig (007) in 2008 is a mystery. Bisping is many things, but cool definitely isn't one of them.

Anyway, with that out of the way. I was thinking about Bisping and the idea of him deserving a title shot. At first I was thinking. No way man. This guy definitely DOES NOT deserve a title shot. But then I stopped myself, and thought to look at his actual record, vs other guys who got title shots against Aderson Silva. Here's how they go: (this is their record previous to fighting Anderson Silva)

chael sonnen 4-3 ufc 24-10 overall 3 fight win streak

Damean Maia 6-1 ufc 12-1 overall 1fight win streak

Thales Leites 5-1 ufc 14-1 overall 5 fight win streak

Patrick Cote 4-4 ufc 13-4 overall 5 fight win streak

Dan Henderson 2-1 ufc 22-6 overall 0 fight win streak

Rich Franklin 9-1 ufc 24-2 overall 2 fight win streak

Michael Bisping 10-3 ufc 20-3 overall 2 fight win streak

So, as you can see. Yes, Michael Bisping is a giant douche and deserves to be jeered and derided for his weak sniveling personality. However based on the numbers the guy isn't as terrible as we all wish he was...

ghostboner- October 17, 2010 at 9:12 pm
@liquid plumber - Why all the Condit hate?

Is anyone else completely disappointed in James Wilks? I thought for once the Brits had a likeable fighter, and I really thought he coulda been a contender. Maybe not a contender, but I sure didn't see him taking the kind of dumps he has been taking in the cage lately. Dude seems like he is just on the verge of being completely awesome, but can't quite put it together. Bums me out. Seeing Kongo shit on the canvas bums me out like mad too.
LAS- October 17, 2010 at 7:13 pm
@ Ryan M.

Pyle was a 4:1 underdog in the betting lines, far and away the widest spread on any fight, which is why his win was the biggest upset. By contrast, Hardy was only favored at about -160 over Condit. Is it really that confusing?
fatbellyfrank- October 17, 2010 at 6:57 pm
@ Motropolis, sorry bro, Wilks, fucken Wilks, was he aware that he was actually in a sanctioned fight, fuck, shitty, shitty display by Wilks
fatbellyfrank- October 17, 2010 at 6:54 pm
@ hank, I know Drano can come across as slightly antagonistic at times ( cant we all) but he is definitely not of English origin, and I reckon he's a top bloke, and would happily sit down with him for a beer anytime, anyplace, just dont take it to heart , Drano calls em as he sees em
Hank Mardukis- October 17, 2010 at 6:33 pm
@ drano

Change your tampon, a bleeding vag does not a happy woman make. After that, you can eat some spotted dick. Limey twat.
rearnakedchickenchoke- October 17, 2010 at 5:12 pm
I was glad Condit won, but it would have been amazing if that fight ended in an actual double-ko.
Ryan Meleedy- October 17, 2010 at 5:11 pm
listen fellas, first off, i wish they would give some initials as to who is writing what piece. anywho, there is no way that pyles win was the biggest upset of the night. I KNEW pyle would win. Pyle is a beast. wouldnt maybe you agree that condit's win was the biggest surprise of the night? especially HOW he won? thats my opinion anyway.
MoTropolis- October 17, 2010 at 4:59 pm
@FBF...Dont you dare forget Wilks sorry ass...dont you dare.

@TravisLogan...I really thought Belfort had a good chance against Silva, but with all this time off, who knows. And your time line has Leben getting the belt in 2-3 years unless the UFC lets him fight at his own pace, then he can prolly snag it in under a year. I'd like to see him with the Belt by the end of 2011. I think after the Stann fight, one more legit win, maybe over Belfort (if he loses to Silva) and he should get a shot after Nate.
fatbellyfrank- October 17, 2010 at 4:03 pm
Bisping v leben, and Hardy came across as a decent human for a little while, shame Condit rattled his cage so convincingly, (sorry drano), but as someone pointed out early in the thread, he'd probably be a decent bloke to have a beer with. As a Hathaway NH, Im just gonna say, get across the Pond, get yourself into a decent training camp.You gotta long way to go son, but you got plenty of time and a fair bit of heart so go for it. McSweeney, Browne, Kongo, you might wanna get Scott Coker's phone number
Kimbos Bread- October 17, 2010 at 2:04 pm


Also, I am all for giving Bisping a title shot after one more top contender win. Seriously, much less deserving people have gotten title shots already, and Bisping has come a long way to deserve a shot.

Before he gets one, I'd like to see how he fare against any one of these guys (below). If he wins, he deserves an immediate tile shot (regardless of a finish or a decision):

Nate, the Great
Vitor, the Phemon
Damian, the Maya calender
Rousimar, Toquinho
Chael, the Cheater

Any one of those will do. Any one.
choncho- October 17, 2010 at 1:42 pm
WalksInTheDarkness- October 17, 2010 at 12:58 pm
The ESPN thing makes a lot of sense as they own the broadcasts rights in the UK so they're simply displaying it as sports news. On the other hand, aren't ESPN big fans of the UFC as their favoured form of MMA?

Not to be funny but unless you're in the US or in the home of a recently added partner to the UFC family, you really only ever get shitty cards. Oh, and in the UK, you have to pay for those cards. We don't get given "charity" fight cards by the UFC. We still have to stay up until 3 in the morning to watch UFC cards live (even when they turn out to be awful in the case of UFC 119).

I'd really have been annoyed if I'd have had to pay to go to the event or the expo to see a load of British fighters that I'd previously been able to see at my local events. When they cross an ocean they could at least try to make it worth our while to go to the event. And weren't weigh-ins free to go to a while ago? You had to pay $30 to go to the expo which held the weigh-ins.

Oh, and Sherdog ranking John Hathaway after one decent victory really does show the stupidity of that website's ranking system. And I'm tired of reading about what people in England are like from people who have never been to England and all they know of England is from UFC broadcasts and Mary Poppins. If us Brits thought the same of the US we'd never go anywhere near a place that's filled full of trailer trash and gun rampages. I on the other hand love the US and love the South to be specific as that's where my fiance is from...
tnbp- October 17, 2010 at 12:48 pm
So, the author is still riding that "Bisping wants a title shot next" business, even though he never said that, huh? Interesting.

Also, speaking of Bisping, I think his skills as a fighter are decent enough-- but not decent enough with that suspect chin of his. He gets rocked seemingly every fight. Seriously. EVERY fight. How he's had as many victories as he has is a bit of a mystery to me when one solid shot gets him wobbling. That's the single biggest reason why I never see him being a champion. But again, I'd be fine if they gave him one top guy next and a title shot should he be victorious.

@dranokills: Wow. You certainly are taking this personally. Always funny to me to see someone attack other "fanboys" while they are obsessing over their own fighter like they're defending their wife. Great fight by Condit. Great punch. Sorry your wife lost but it happens. You might think about taking up meditation or just going for walks before you die far too young from hypertension...
Jubbie- October 17, 2010 at 12:42 pm
He trained with him but he wasn't in his corner. It was his normal Japanese team. Maybe Jackson crafted his gameplan but I'm kinda doubting it. The impression I got was he just trained there for cardio more than fight strategy. Even if he did get strategy help, his corner didn't help him during the fight to get him to mix things up. He didn't even attempt to grapple at all when the standup was failing him midway through the fight.
Mr_Misanthropy- October 17, 2010 at 12:38 pm
Chalk one up for theory of stupid haircut-induced losses. I knew Hardy's red mohawk was going to catch up with him sooner or later. As soon as I saw the red AND black I knew he was doomed. A bi-colored funny shaped mohawk with a grip of fresh ink? Doomed. Hardy's got skills and all, but piss off the fight gods with your rehtahrded haircut and suffer the pains of fate.
Ballkick- October 17, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Not a fanboy of Condits at all,...just a fan of good technique and fine execution.

,.....uh you wouldn't happen to be a fan of the Mohawked one would you?

Sorry your boy lost, if this is the case but as MMA fans,....we all have our crosses to bear.

I like Hardy too but you can't throw a hook from your knees, takes too long to arrive.

P.S. fuck you too.
FreddyFangers- October 17, 2010 at 12:23 pm
so you are a pretty big Leben fan??