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UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar Aftermath — Parlay Destroyed

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“I don’t think that was supposed to happen.”

That was the text I received this morning from a friend who is very much a casual MMA fan regarding last night’s UFC 156. Even though I assumed that my friend was talking about the end result of Bigfoot vs. Overeem, that statement could just as easily apply to almost any other fight on the card. We’re all familiar with the cliché that any fighter can beat anyone else on any night at this level, but we rarely see the underdogs win as frequently – and as convincingly – as they did last night. Simply put, it was an awful night for the guys who were supposed to win.

So let’s start off with the fight that went exactly as we all assumed it would: Jose Aldo defeated Frankie Edgar by a close, yet unanimous decision. Naturally, Edgar grew stronger as the fight went on. And naturally, the fight was close enough to justify an immediate rematch if one were to be booked (it probably won’t but who knows), because that’s just how Frankie Edgar fights work.

It’s impossible to be disappointed with Frankie Edgar’s effort in any given fight, and last night was no exception. Edgar provided Aldo with his stiffest challenge to date – after the champion returned from the longest layoff in his career, mind you – but Aldo was simply the better fighter.

Aldo used his leg kicks, a stiff jab and great takedown defense to control the bout during the first two rounds. Despite Aldo winning the third round, Edgar began to build momentum that he would have on his side for the rest of the bout. The crowd came alive in the fourth round after a magnificent slam from the challenger, and Edgar took the fifth round with his combinations. In the end, it was too little too late, as the judges all saw the fight in favor of Jose Aldo.

As for what happens next? That’s just about anyone’s guess. Frankie Edgar isn’t sure if he wants to stay at featherweight or move back up to lightweight for his next fight (although his boss has made it pretty clear where he feels Edgar should be). Dana White mentioned in the post-event press conference that Anthony Pettis texted him asking for Jose Aldo, and I don’t think anyone would complain about that fight being booked. Well, anyone except for Ricardo Lamas and Chan Sung-Jung, who would like to remind everyone that they exist and fight at featherweight. We’ll keep you up to date as this sorts itself out.

Elsewhere on the card…

- Lil’ Nog upset Rashad Evans, taking home a unanimous decision victory. Jon Jones may have very well beaten the aggression out of Rashad, as he seemed content with letting Nogueira occasionally jab his way to the victory. Okay, maybe it wasn’t that bad, but it was certainly enough to squash the ongoing Rashad Evans vs. Anderson Silva discussions for the time being. The less we say about this fight, the better.

- Dead serious question: Are we keeping that awesome Manto t-shirt we were trying to give away, or did one of you degenerate gamblers play the odds and predict that Bigfoot would knock out Overeem in the third round simply because no one else predicted that?

On paper, Antonio Silva defeating Alistair Overeem may very well be the most underrated upset of all time. I write this because the gambling lines had Silva at +315 - which actually made him less of an underdog than Jamie Varner was when he deflated Edson Barboza’s hype – even though I can’t think of a single reason that anyone thought Antonio Silva might win this fight. At least Jamie Varner was fighting a promising, yet unproven prospect. Silva, meanwhile, was taking on a proven destroyer who was going to issue a Cormeir/Velasquez-esque beating on his way to a title shot.

I can’t think of one advantage anyone was giving Silva before the fight, except for the token “Well, he IS pretty big, I guess.” And for the first two rounds, that’s exactly how the fight went down. Overeem didn’t look like he was ever close to finishing Silva, but it was convincing enough to justify the hype he’s been riding. And then round three happened. Holy shit, did round three happen. You’d swear Silva’s plan all along was “Let Overeem think he an defeat you, then humiliate him.” It was equal parts this and this, basically.

So the big question now is, where exactly do we go from here? It sounds like Overeem will be fighting Junior Dos Santos, and Bigfoot Silva will be doing anything but fighting Velasquez for his next fight. I like both of these ideas. Although JDS is a big name in the division, he is also coming off of a rather humbling loss and needs a victory to stay at the top of the division. Expect fireworks from that one. Also, after the beating that Cain Velasquez put on Bigfoot Silva – and even the beating that Overeem put on him during the first two rounds – I’d like to see a little more out of Silva before talking about him as a title contender.

- It’s almost like Demian Maia read all that mean stuff we published about him as a middleweight, because he has been on an absolute tear since dropping to welterweight. Maia took Jon Fitch down at will last night, and had Fitch defending against ground and pound and submission attempts the entire fight. There’s no other way to say it: Maia managed to out-Fitch Jon Fitch and actually be entertaining while doing so. Let that sink in.

- Ian McCall is officially a bust signing. McCall was considered the top flyweight on Earth before the UFC implemented the weight class, and signed to be an immediate contender in the new division. McCall quickly found that it’s a lot easier to be number one when anyone who can beat you is in the UFC fighting at bantamweight, and once he was matched up against stiff competition, he’s proven to be a tough, yet very beatable opponent.

- If you bet $100 on a Bobby Green, Demian Maia, Antonio Silva and Lil’ Nog parlay, you would have been put in a mental institution before the fights last night. You would have been released just in time for the main event, $33,663 richer.

- Fight of the Night went to Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar, Knockout of the Night went to Bigfoot Silva and Submission of the Night went to Bobby Green. All bonuses were worth $50k.

Full Results:

Main Card:

Jose Aldo defeats Frankie Edgar via Unanimous Decision
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira defeats Rashad Evans via Unanimous Decision
Antonio Silva defeats Alistair Overeem via TKO (Strikes), 0:25 Round Three
Demian Maia defeats Jon Fitch via Unanimous Decision
Joseph Benavidez defeats Ian McCall via Unanimous Decision

Preliminary Card:

Evan Dunham defeats Gleison Tibau via Split Decision
Tyron Woodley defeats Jay Hieron via KO (Strikes), 0:36 in Round One
Bobby Green defeats Jacob Volkmann via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), 4:35 Round Three
Isaac Vallie-Flagg defeats Yves Edwards via Split Decision
Dustin Kimura defeats Chico Camus via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), 1:50 Round Three
Francisco Rivera defeats Edwin Figueroa via TKO (Strikes), 4:20 Round Two


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John_Craft- February 4, 2013 at 10:18 pm
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Ramseyleon- February 4, 2013 at 9:19 am
Showtime....Pettis will smash either Aldo or Henderson (again)
2Dogs- February 4, 2013 at 5:43 am
Antonio Silva defeats Alistair Overeem via TKO (Strikes), 0:25 Round Three....that was a seriously sick/awesome thing to see
Jonny5- February 3, 2013 at 11:15 pm
A little early to call McCall a bust signing...
Japanadian- February 3, 2013 at 6:01 pm
just because a shitty guy beats a good guy doesn't mean he's good now. I mean look at matt serra and mike russow. you wouldn't say Ryo Chonan is a good fighter, but he submitted anderson silva
mackenho- February 3, 2013 at 5:35 pm
I picked Silva to win it in the 3rd round at 36 to 1. Put down 3 pounds and won 108 back - if I send you the screenshot of my betting site can I get that T-shirt? :)
painvelasquez- February 3, 2013 at 4:48 pm
I picked reem to win but I wasnt surprised by the finish.. Sasquatch has heavy paws you know. But now the heavyweight division is a big clusterfuck. Me thinks cain will be champ for a long time. Hurray!
dipsetkilla316- February 3, 2013 at 4:37 pm
i scored the 3rd 4th and 5th for Edgar but, i could see how they scored the 3rd for jose, but 49 46 from 2 judges wat the fuck were they smoking
SonOfSerbia- February 3, 2013 at 2:27 pm
Bigfoot should fight JDS for the number 1 contender spot. Cain should fight the winner of Hunt-Struve first, even though they dont deserve it. Maia should be hovering around title contention, give him the winner of Condit-McDonald and give Big Rigg the title shot after he beats Ellenberger.
Buster Hyman- February 3, 2013 at 1:03 pm
i don't know who made this pic but i laughed for while when i saw it

KarmaAteMyCat- February 3, 2013 at 12:59 pm
kmfdmkid- January 31, 2013 at 3:40 pm
Bigfoot def. Ubereem via TKO(Ungodly ground and pound) Rd 2, bout halfway through...maybe a little longer...but probably not...
KarmaAteMyCat- February 3, 2013 at 12:59 pm
jinx5128- January 31, 2013 at 7:21 pm
Silva defeats overeem via tko 3:56 into rd2
KarmaAteMyCat- February 3, 2013 at 12:58 pm
First off last night was a great night for jujitsu fighter. That should be the first thing stated thats important about this card. A great night of finishes and wars. Also Seth looking through the Bigfoot/Overeem thread guess and I found this

knuckleup101.2- February 1, 2013 at 9:03 am
Bigfoot via TKO round one at the 2:35 mark.
Sabado Gigante- February 3, 2013 at 12:55 pm
Maia was also threatening with armbars all night, but I suppose only a small percentage could identify the set up... Not to mention the nasty body triangle that I'm sure was squeezing Fitch's guts, which I imagine it very difficult to maintain against a guy like Fitch... Seems boring, I get it, but submitting a guy like Fitch is extremely difficult. I can see how many may have seen a stall-session. But I saw it as set ups and baiting... Fitch's defense is so good that that was as far as Maia could take it... Fun fight though

Also, I think Pettit should get a title shot at 145... Poor kid has been waiting his turn since the WEC/UFC merge... A promise for an immediate title shot ended up melting away... He's performed well, spectacular even, since his loss to Guida... He seems very professional, and even "company-manish." Give the kid a chance against Aldo... And give the fans something to say "holy fuck!" about....

PS: Bigfoot Silva's 3rd round emotional intensity was refreshing... Reminded me of 2007 for some reason
angry little feet- February 3, 2013 at 12:31 pm
Even though I picked Overeem to win - I'm not as shocked as many about the outcome. If you beat JDS - THEN you are a destroyer in my book. Beat Lesnar,the Great White Hype, not so much.
ctownhood- February 3, 2013 at 12:28 pm
Maia-Fitch was entertaining for those of us who train jiu jitsu and understand the complexities of what was happening. To the average "punch him in the face yo!" guy....probably was boring.
DaltonSwayze- February 3, 2013 at 12:33 pm
I don't train, but I do enjoy watching dynamic grappling battles, and Maia just hung on, and only threatened in the first round. Other than that, he did nothing, except get mount at the absolute last second.

He didn't take any risks, he put on a miserable show, but I suppose the W is all that matters
Fried Taco- February 4, 2013 at 7:39 am
"I don't train..." says it all. STFU.
KINGMADE- February 3, 2013 at 12:25 pm
The fights last night other than Bigfoot vs the horse sucked donkey balls. First time I have seen people leave a bar before the main event... Including me. Shittiest card I can remember.
El Guapo- February 3, 2013 at 12:23 pm
Bigchin, Lil Nog and Scarface parlay... $10 o win 365!! Yeah buddy.
SethF- February 3, 2013 at 12:28 pm
I hate you. (Edwards-Maia-Overeem Parlay, FYI)
El Guapo- February 3, 2013 at 12:39 pm
I abide by the "a fighter should never be more than 2-1 favorite" rule more so than actually thinking Bigfoot would win.
DaltonSwayze- February 3, 2013 at 12:08 pm
What world do you live in that Maia-Fitch was entertaining? He threatened with a RNC in the first round, and after that, it was just Fitch getting Fitched.

Fuck Maia