MMA Fighter Challenges People to Punch Him in the Face, Everyone Fails

UFC 152: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly


(I kept telling the bouncers that I was over 21; I even showed them my ID and told them that it was *my* afterparty that they were bouncing, yet this happens once again…) 

After enduring the longest card free drought in nearly two years, the UFC returned to action last Saturday, delivering an event that was thoroughly satisfying from top-to-bottom, unless you happened to be in the small minority of people who wished ill upon either Michael Bisping or Jon Jones, that is. But as is the case with most UFC events, the evening was not without its share of ups and downs, so join us as we take take off our fanboy pants, pull our analrapist stockings over our heads, and take a look back at the event that was…

The Good:

Seth Baczynski’s Second Tour of Duty: One of the more improbable, if not unknown, comeback stories currently circulating the MMA world, the story of “The Polish Pistola’s” second octagon run has seen him score submission victories over TUF 13 alum Clay Harvison, TUF 7 alum Matt Brown, and earn a split decision victory over Lance Benoist. His beautiful knockout of Simeon Thoreson this past weekend should have easily earned him the KOTN award, but we imagine that Baczynski will be happy enough knowing that he has more than earned a shot at some stiffer competition — and considering his finishing rate, a main card spot — in the near future.

Vinny Magalhaes‘ Second Tour of Duty: While we’re on the subject of TUF alums kicking major ass their second time around, we can’t overlook TUF 8 finalist Vinny Magalhaes, who clearly packed some of his M-1 swagger for his return to the big show (figuratively speaking, of course). Granted, it makes your job a hell of a lot easier when your opponent decides to play directly into your strengths, but for now, we’ll just congratulate Vinny on a sweet finish and a successful return.

Marcus Brimage – Hype Spoiler: With back-to-back victories over highly-touted prospects Maximo Blanco and Jimy Hettes, it’s safe to say that the TUF 14 alum has not only launched up the featherweight ranks, but is easily the most successful member to come out of the season despite only making it to the quarterfinals of the show (sorry, Diego). If Brimage can learn to control his pace a little better over the course of three rounds, we could be looking at a future contender.

The Bloodbath That was T.J Grant vs. Evan Dunham: Perhaps the only thing more surprising in this fight, other than the incredible improvement in Grant’s striking game, were the chins these two displayed while beating the ever-loving dog shit out of each other for three straight rounds. Dunham, who is no stranger to nasty cuts, had his forehead split so wide open in the second round that Grant could see his thoughts for the rest of the fight and prepare accordingly. Although Dunham has fallen on hard times as of late when it comes to getting the victory, the $65,000 bonus he walked away with should ease some of the pain, especially if he decides to stuff it directly into his open wound, which ironically resembles an empty wallet as viewed from above.

The First Flyweight Title Fight: Here’s how Dana White summed up Benavidez/Johnson:

If you didn’t like that flyweight fight, please, I’m begging you, don’t ever buy another UFC pay-per-view again…You’re a moron, you don’t like fighting and you don’t appreciate great talent or heart if you didn’t like that flyweight fight.

Now, although we wouldn’t put it as bluntly as DW (go figure), we’d have to agree with him on a fundamental level here. No, there weren’t as many grueling exchanges, insane submission attempts, or high-flying maneuvers as we’d hoped for in the first ever flyweight title fight, but it was an enjoyable five round affair nonetheless. The speed of “Mighty Mouse,” which has been described as “like pixie sticks on crack” by at least one person, led him to a decisive decision victory over a man who was considered “the uncrowned king of the flyweight division.” But judging by the comments section of CP and various other MMA sites, the questions that most people have about the flyweight division appear the same as before:

1. Can such tiny fists actually finish fights?

2. Will the lack of depth in the division lead to the recycling of contenders down the line?

At least the first question is a little easier to answer than the latter.

Bipsing and Jones Silence Opponents/Haters: Aside from a rocky moment in the first round for both gentlemen, Michael Bisping and Jon Jones looked pretty flawless last weekend, impressively out grappling Brian Stann and Vitor Belfort, respectively. Bisping’s case for the next middleweight title shot is as good as anyone’s at this point, we guess, so if he thinks he can jab-and-jog Anderson Silva into a living death, we say why not let him try? As for Jones, well, there isn’t much to say really. He dominated another former champ and made it look relatively easy. Any questions in regards to his chin or ability to fight out of a bad situation have likely been squashed and hey, at least we got to see him at least tested this time.

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ctastrophe- September 25, 2012 at 11:25 am
You forgot to mention the absence of everyone's favorite past-time: The Belfort Drinking Game! Take one shot every time Vitor mentions Jesus or god, two shots if he implies either of them like violence, and a swig of beer every time he points up to "heaven" or says the words "glory" or "sacrifice". Jesus was strangely absent from Vitor's post-fight speech...that is, until Jones butted in at the end to pull off the uber-combo Jones-and-Belfort "All Glory To God" technique. Jury is still out on whether that's worth two shots or more, but either way it felt odd being able to walk straight after a Belfort post-fight interview.
Ricardo Guitardo- September 25, 2012 at 10:06 am
DW is tough talking now i'll bet within a year he makes an announcement that the UFC will not be booking anymore flyweight fights due to lack of audience.

So sorry to hurt your feelings.
knucklesamitch- September 25, 2012 at 7:25 am
@hitekredneck I don't think Benavidez was trying to outpoint Mighty Mouse when that deep choke ... Just sayin'.
hitekredneck- September 25, 2012 at 4:13 am
JJ, why didn't you mention that while the rest of his fight pretty much sucked, Hammil actually set the record for significant strikes in the first round. 77 of em. Hell, ain't no wonder he couldn't raise his hands after the first. As for MM and Bennyboo, I would have enjoyed it better had they both actually tried to finish the fight instead of out-pointing each other, that's all. Was a good fight, but not a quality Championship fight imo.
holeeball- September 24, 2012 at 8:48 pm
I thought if I didn't like midgets fighting it was because they could kick my ass!!!
I'm so confused now.
J.Jones- September 24, 2012 at 5:42 pm
@ Get Off Me: self-promotional name drop much?
mdellyd- September 24, 2012 at 5:31 pm
a-men, bro, watching the munchkins fight is almost as bad was watching unattractive chicks fight!, lol.

Think about this, you have 3 classes below 155, 3 classes between 125-155, but then you have 4 classes over 155, 4 between 155-265.

4 classes from 125-155, just 30 pounds, but then 4 classes from 170-265 or 95 pounds.

Does that make any sense?

Add in that those 3 classes under 155 are munchkins and you have a huge controversy!
DannyDarko99- September 24, 2012 at 4:42 pm
MMA has been getting extremely lame these past 2-3 years. What ever happened to striking? It's almost as if mma has turned into a wrestling or jj tournament. The ratings have been going down consistently along with the quality of fights. Sorry to say it but mma is going to be back underground if they dont start making these guys fight rather than roll around like a bunch of highschool girls. I literally fell asleep during 152. I understand wrestling a jj are part of the sport but most viewers are casual viewers and want to see two men thrown down not roll around. Dana needs to give these people what they want to see or else it over for mma.
hitekredneck- September 25, 2012 at 4:08 am
Dude, it's MMA fer christs sake. If you want pure striking, hit up K-1 or boxing...there are lots of us who enjoy watching a technical match between a couple of BJJ guys.
Get Off Me- September 24, 2012 at 4:04 pm
The bad:GAE parlays for 152
The good:GAE props for 152
The ugly:The Toronto crowd...I could hear a pin drop during the Dunham/Grant FOTN.

itsgalf- September 24, 2012 at 3:22 pm
I think that the Charles Oliveira KO might have some medical condition behind it. The punch rattled his brain so much that after a few seconds he just 'feinted'.
ArmFarmer- September 24, 2012 at 2:53 pm
@mdellyd There's this thing called felony fights that might be more up your alley. No technique, just two dudes wildly winging haymakers til one drops. Go check it out.. and never come back to mma.
mdellyd- September 24, 2012 at 5:37 pm
hkhjk

A-men bro, when it comes right down to it I want to see nothing but striking first, wrestling next followed by ground and pound.

Jujitsu is boring, boring, BORING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There is nothing worse than seeing two pure jujitsu guys fighting. Thank God there aren't many in the UFC.

Listen, the days of Jujitsu dominance are long, long gone and over. You saw what Matt Hughes did to Royce Gracie, right? Gracie was good because back then nobody knew what he was doing, but he is a joke now. He is a 185 pound weakling who looked like a normal man, some guy they pulled out of the stands, with no chance or reason to be in the ring with Matt Hughes a true warrior. Yes, he was an old man when he fought Hughes, but only 7 years older than Hughes, but Hughes just destroyed him. Look at the belt holders in the UFC. All of them are stand up fighters except Henderson and St. Pierre who are wrestlers. I don't care about the munchkins, but all of them are pure stand up fighters.

Jujitsu is wildly over rated in the ring and you sure as hell can't pull that shit in an alley. Are you kidding me?
mdellyd- September 24, 2012 at 5:33 pm
A-men bro, when it comes right down to it I want to see nothing but striking first, wrestling next followed by ground and pound.

Jujitsu is boring, boring, BORING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There is nothing worse than seeing two pure jujitsu guys fighting. Thank God there aren't many in the UFC.

Listen, the days of Jujitsu dominance are long, long gone and over. You saw what Matt Hughes did to Royce Gracie, right? Gracie was good because back then nobody knew what he was doing, but he is a joke now. He is a 185 pound weakling who looked like a normal man, some guy they pulled out of the stands, with no chance or reason to be in the ring with Matt Hughes a true warrior. Yes, he was an old man when he fought Hughes, but only 7 years older than Hughes, but Hughes just destroyed him. Look at the belt holders in the UFC. All of them are stand up fighters except Henderson and St. Pierre who are wrestlers. I don't care about the munchkins, but all of them are pure stand up fighters.

Jujitsu is wildly over rated in the ring and you sure as hell can't pull that shit in an alley. Are you kidding me?
mdellyd- September 24, 2012 at 1:59 pm
I do not want to pay MONEY to watch munchins fight!!!!

125, 135, 145, 155, c'mon, this is Dana White seeing:

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

He just wants to use the munchins to fill out pay-per-view cards!

Does the UFC need THREE "Munchin" divisions?

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

I love the UFC and what Dana White has accomplished has been incredible, but he has $$$$$ in his eyes and he is ruining the UFC with the addition of the "munchin" weight classes.

I want to see "MEN" fight, not little boys in eighth grade!!!!!!!!!

I paid for UFC 152, but I did not waste 25 minutes of my life watching two little 125 boys wrastle, because they were NOT fighting!!! Little boys that small don't hit hard enough to fight.

Dana White has never wanted to see women fight. Well, he is seeing it with his fly weight division. The reason I don't like watching women fight is because the fights are very technical and boring because of the lack of knockout power and the same is true with most of the UFC divisions under 155. These little boys are just to small to knock each other out. They just don't hit hard enough!

The UFC needs to get rid of the Flyweight and the Featherweight divisions so that only the Bantamweights are under 155 and at least this will cut down on the munchins fighting on pay per view because believe it Dana White, you will see more people booing munchin fights on pay per view!
amsterdamheavy- September 24, 2012 at 3:38 pm
Demetrious Johnson would kick the every living shit out of you if you stepped up to him. You probably cant even tie your own fuckin shoes. Stop being an MMA fan please, youre a fuckin idiot.
gruge- September 24, 2012 at 2:43 pm
First off, its "Munchkin" dumbass. Maybe you’re so used to "munchin" food and filling your fat stupid face that saying that word comes second nature. That was quite a long post, im sure you built up a sweat just typing it.

If your honestly bored watching these athletes fly around the cage, keeping up a pace that I’m sure would flatline your fat ass, then you obviously have no respect or understanding for any of the disciplines that go into this sport. Might I suggest giving WWE a try?. There’s plenty of colours a drama to keep folks such as yourself amused.


dipsetkilla316- September 24, 2012 at 12:40 pm
Taco im afuck ur mother in the ass fight me
Flying Wristlock- September 24, 2012 at 12:14 pm
Flying wristlock
Flying Wristlock- September 24, 2012 at 12:15 pm
Woooow...I was just going to log in to make fun of Igor Pokrajac. I guess the jokes on me then.
Fried Taco- September 24, 2012 at 12:13 pm
Igor cracks me up! If he had been knocked out, he would've tweeted "This is MMA, not boxing! WTF is he throwing punches at me for?"
El Guapo- September 24, 2012 at 12:10 pm
The F'Ugly: The go to spot I normally watch the fights at if none of the homies get them at their pad, let's call it Shmallagher's Pub in Shmong Beach Calishmornia, didn't show them. Light heavyweight championship bout featuring Bones Jones... and they didn't show them. A place that's known for showing UFC PPV's and poppin(in a good way)off... Didn't show the fights.
This on top of none of my friends giving a shit about this card when normally somebody- ANYBODY- would be down to order them if a few heads chip in. Suffice to say the PPVnumbers prob'ly aren't gonna be too high.
FightZen- September 24, 2012 at 12:09 pm
Add to "The Good" - Big John McCarthy for calling out Jones on "playing the game". Crawling out on your hands and knees to start a match offers no tactical advantage other than to fuck with your opponent. Vitor didn't go for it, and Big John didn't stop him. It's an interesting precedent... the next guy out should just swing for the fences and see what happens.
NomadRip- September 24, 2012 at 11:51 am
I had to leave a comment for Igor since he invited it.
KarmaAteMyCat- September 24, 2012 at 11:34 am
ROFLROFLROFL PHOTO CAPTION EPIC
BaghdadBob- September 24, 2012 at 11:28 am
Fekkin' Canucks.
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