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UFC Live on Versus 4: 5 Things to Take Away

Seems like you should be able to predict the fight based on the shorts alone. PicProps: MMAJunkie

It happens everytime.  You write off a UFC card as uninteresting and decide to paint along with Bob Ross (or whatever it is you do with your personal time), and the fighters get wind of it and take your lack of interest personally.

They get in to the Octagon and perform stupifying acts of athleticism and heartitude, Dana White gets a huge boner at the press conference, and now you have to read recaps and watch GIFs to catch up on the action.  Sucks to be you, we guess.

Frankly, you need to be making better choices in your life — you cannot paint those happy little clouds and friendly little mountains like Bob Ross — no one can.  Frodog himself couldn’t even paint like that; all of Bob Ross’s shows were actually produced by Industrial Light and Magic.  There, the secret is out, and we can die in peace.

For those dedicated souls that tuned in, hey wow, how about that show, huh?  Like you, we had some thoughts during the fights, and unlike you, we wrote some of these thoughts down during and after the fights.   Come on in and let us tell you how you’re feeling right now.

All hail Zombie Prophet!

1. Cheaters still prosper…or do they?

Charles Oliveira and Nik Lentz were putting on a damn show in the prelims, until Oliveira blasted Lentz in the eyepiece with an illegal knee. When referee Chip Snider missed the blow completely and kept the fight going, Lentz was submitted like he had no clue what was going on. (Because he didn’t.)  Oliveira gets the win, and our blood pressure started going up … until we’re informed that reps from the Pennsylvania Athletic Commission were on the case, and the fight and the result would be examined. Props, kudos, and respect to the AC for being on the ball to: A) catch the foul, and B) move swiftly to assure everyone that they caught the foul.

2. Hey look! Another walk-off knockout!

It was quickly apparent in the Mitrione-Morecraft fight that Meathead hits quite a bit harder than Christian Morecraft appreciates being hit, and we were surprised to see it make it out of the first.  It was the accumulation of damage, rather than one crushing killshot, that sent Morecraft to the floor, but Mitrione knew his work was done.  Morecraft shying away from the referee like he’d just been tag-teamed by a honey badger and a silverback gorilla hopped up on Cialis only served to reinforce that he was done for the night.  Mitrione was already off shaking hands with Joe Silva and thinking of a joke for his Rogan interview.  Walk-off knockouts:  yep, still awesome.

3. Maybe it’s NOT such a good idea to take fights back to back ….

Saturday, Rick Story was riding an impressive win streak (poised to join the 7 Win Club), coming off a great victory, shooting up the welterweight rankings, and was a chic pick to spoil Nate Marquardt‘s debut at 170.  Sunday night, he’s getting outwrestled by some guy from the prelims.  While the late change in opponents could have been a factor, Story looked to be having some fatigue issues as the fight went on.  Whether he was over-trained or under-gameplanned, Story probably wishes he’d taken a couple months off.  On a related note…

4. It’s time to take a good look at Charlie Brenneman.

And we don’t mean his skinny-puppy physique or those awesomely bad highlighter vale tudo shorts.  Charlie Brenneman is now 14-2 professionally, with losses to John Howard (three years ago) and Johny Hendricks — no shame there.  In the UFC, he’s sent two other fighters home with a pink slip, including his debut victory over Jason High.   On one hand, it seems surreal to even mention Brenneman against guys like GSP, Fitch, or Koscheck; on the other, he deserves more than just returning to the prelims versus TJ Grant.  There’s plenty of fights for him:  Brian Foster (if his brain is ok) or Matt Brown would be appropriate tests for him, but if he wants to make a splash he’ll go after Thiago Alves.  We can’t see him winning that fight, but then again,  dude, did you see what he did to Rick Story?

5. Hey look! Another “back from the dead” win!

Cheick Kongo and Pat Barry brought the artillery for their fight, and they manages to use all of it in just about two and a half minutes.  HD had Kongo reeling all over the Octagon between two knockdowns, and everyone expected ref Dan Mirgliotta to jump in and save Kongo — including Mirgliotta himself. Kongo managed to regain his footing, shaky as it was, and land a right hook and a follow-on uppercut that put Barry directly in touch with his belated great-nana .  It was a scary KO and we were glad to see our boy HD was ok, but holy Scott Smith Batman!  Between his “hay ladies” physique and his concussive knockouts, Kongo reminded all of us why he’s still in the UFC last night.




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ajaykumar- October 12, 2011 at 4:37 am
Gotta agree, great night of fights. That Lauzon sub was BEAUTY and I’ve basically can’t stop talking about the Kongo KO. God was that insane.AIEEE Papers
HateKozJustCuz- June 27, 2011 at 9:54 pm
Great night of fights. But am I the only one out there that feels that a UFC fighter should be prepared to take on anyone, at any time, regardless of their skill set? At this level it shouldn't matter what style you prepare for- you should be ready for them all. No sympathy here for Story. If he's a legit top-level talent, and suppossed elite-wrestler, he should be able to compete wherever the fight goes, especially if it goes to the ground. And also, after seeing what Charlie did to him, what makes anyone think that he'd stand a chance against Fitch?
Redping- June 27, 2011 at 8:08 pm
Story spent a month straight preparing for a kickboxer after fighting a kick boxer, openly said at the post press conference that he hadn't trained wrestling for 3 weeks prior, but isnt the type to back out of the fight. Kudos to him for stepping up but jeez, couldn't they have picked somebody who wasn't the complete opposite game plan and stature with a home side advantage? I wouldn't like the spaniards chances in an organised rematch. Shame for Story but I don't think he'll drop too far, that screws his chances of getting to beat up Fitch though,
DangadaDang- June 27, 2011 at 6:02 pm
Gotta agree, great night of fights. That Lauzon sub was BEAUTY and I've basically can't stop talking about the Kongo KO. God was that insane.
Jubbie- June 27, 2011 at 2:09 pm
rngeorgeh I totally agree. It was a mix of referees and retarded fans booing the second it wasn't a ranged striking brawl. Any attempted takedown or clinch and the crowd was booing. Then the ref would immediately say action guys or i'm stopping this. Ridiculous at some point this is just gonna turn into k-1 with smaller gloves.
k-onda- June 27, 2011 at 1:29 pm
Yeah, it's time to admit that meat head can at least play with the big dogs - now lets do it.
I love me some Velazquez, but I wasn't sure his walking through three Kongo knock downs was such a big deal, but now I've got new respect for his chin seeing how he did Barry like that.
That come back is almost as impressive as the one CP's writing did.
And I also think Breneman did a great job, but Story is the better fighter - bad night for him.
Gladheateher- June 27, 2011 at 12:57 pm
Story looked like garbage. Thiago Alvez must be over rated at this point. Damn.
Bare Grappler- June 27, 2011 at 12:57 pm
Brennemen was like the the Ramsey guy on TUF, but extremely new (at least new to me) and improved. I'll call him Ramsey 5.0

Outstanding wrestlers with that kind of reach tend to do very well in this sport.
kellyman- June 27, 2011 at 11:54 am
This site used to load so quickly... What happened? Does it have to do with the SEO/Shortlink thing at the top? I can't be the only one.
knucklesamitch- June 27, 2011 at 11:45 am
This card was great. Not sure about the ref who stood up Story in the middle of the sub attempt while also saying, "I'm not saying anything.", and not sure why that stupid ref didn't see the illegal knee, but he could be overheard telling the head of the comission, "I was going to stop it..." Really? Then why didn't you?
Get Off Me- June 27, 2011 at 10:51 am
@Fried Taco
I believe it's crimson red mixed with a little titanium white.
Hey where's that photoshop of Koscheck Bob Ross...amazing.
ccman- June 27, 2011 at 10:51 am
Mitrone v. Schuab. Heard it here first. They hate having 2 tuf alum non winners making runs without facing each other. I would take mitrone these days. Schuab I see as waaaay over rated.
Id like to see the story fight re-done with actual preparation and rest on both sides.
Kongo is a gate keeper. 240 ish is his best weight but he still can't handle the big kids that can wrestle.
El Guapo- June 27, 2011 at 10:26 am
Also, I'll cosign all day on the "free cards are better than PPV" viewpoint. Not just because they're free, either, Mr Obvious. But rather because the fights themselves ARE actually better.
jimbonics- June 27, 2011 at 10:24 am
Lidda bidda green, lidda bidda green.
And if you tell ANYone, that that tree is there, I will come to your house and I will CUT you!
Can't believe I missed this card. Meatrione needs a real test now.
El Guapo- June 27, 2011 at 10:23 am
It looked like Kongo got knocked back into conciousness, if that makes sense. 'Cause he was out... then Barry popped him again ... and he woke the f'k up! If the ref stops that fight when Cheik was flopping around, nobody complains. Hell, I thought Rogan was gonna pop a blood vessel.
Mofo- June 27, 2011 at 10:07 am
How the FRAK did that ref not see that knee?? He was standing 3 feet away staring right at it!

While I'm at it, how the FRAK did the other ref stand up Story in the middle of going for a submission FINISH?

Who the FUCK hire's these inbred monkeys?
Mofo- June 27, 2011 at 10:05 am
@Rex - Great post! Good writing. Oh my fucking god I gotta watch that whole honey badger thing when I'm not at work.


And the "i got this" ant eater. And Bob Ross FTW.


THIS is why I'm always telling the CP haters to stop whining!
PurpleDickMeat- June 27, 2011 at 10:05 am
Hey Dog Dick, you can borrow some of mine.... hope its the right shade for you though ;)
AZSportsMaven- June 27, 2011 at 9:50 am
Another great recap folks!! LOVE the Meathead clip, it's the only one missed seeing live, putting the kids to bed.

ANYONE that didn't watch these fights isn't a fan at all, I get tired of the bandwagoneers bitching about a fight sucking BEFORE the bell. Two things to know about MMA: you NEVER know what's going to happen & the prelims are full of hungry fighters.
Fedor Penn- June 27, 2011 at 9:42 am
The free events are usually better than the PPVs in my opinion. I think it's because the fighters on the free cards are not as high profile and are still hungry. It sucks Story lost.
Horsepower- June 27, 2011 at 9:42 am
That whole card was exciting like a pay per view, if you didnt watch cause of the marquardt B.S. you really missed out.
joshuan29- June 27, 2011 at 9:26 am
he'd* dammit
Fried Taco- June 27, 2011 at 9:15 am
Bob Ross is a god. If he were a Mixed Martial Artist, his knockouts would be works of art, painted with blood.
joshuan29- June 27, 2011 at 9:13 am
...One thing I took away from the prelims: Why the hell is Joe Lauzon not a black belt by now. That guys ground game is absoloutley top level. That kimura was awesome, and his transitions are always so crisp. If he were under the Nogs, he's have had it by now.
rngeorgeh- June 27, 2011 at 9:11 am
Ref's seemed more annoying then usual. They seemed to be ignorant of the ground game in some cases and were riding the fighter's asses way too much! Maybe it was just me, I don't know?