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‘UFC on FOX’ Aftermath: Thank God for Facebook

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In the weeks leading up to last night’s Heavyweight Championship bout, Dana White trumpeted that “whether this fight goes 30 seconds or 30 minutes, this is going to be a fight right here.”  It was a fight, and it was slightly longer than 30 seconds, but in the post fight analysis Dana appeared frustrated and was searching for a reason that his champion went down so quickly. With all of the buildup and hype, I can’t help but think that first time viewers were equally confused and found the whole affair to be anticlimactic. Were that all the action we got to see last night, we’d probably be disappointed as well, but thank god for Facebook.

With regards to the main event, there’s not a lot to say, really. Junior Dos Santos hits hard. Cain’s game plan has been under attack, but it’s not like he got butchered on his feet for two rounds while doggedly refusing to shoot for a single. Velasquez got nailed with a huge overhand right just 55 seconds into the bout after already trying unsuccessfully for a takedown. Obviously, getting Dos Santos off of his feet quickly would have been Cain’s best option, but for a versatile heavyweight fighting under the brightest lights ever shone on a UFC fighter, shooting in for a Couture-Toney ankle pick with the opening bell still ringing wouldn’t do. Props to Dos Santos for getting it done quickly and violently in the Knock Out of the Night. It wasn’t the most epic fight that the UFC and FOX could have hoped for, but it was a memorable one. That Dos Santos did it with a torn meniscus is all the more impressive.

It’s easy to say that the Henderson-Guida bout should have been broadcast in hindsight, but it was pretty obvious ahead of time as well. There was no doubt that their fight would be balls to the wall, and it may have been the organization’s best chance of finally securing the Prell sponsorship that’s eluded them for all these years. Guida’s style relies on a relentless pace and a controlling top game, but he met a superior wrestler and a cardio-equal in Bendo. His take down defense gave him control of the fight and his crisp striking allowed him to counter Guida’s wild barrages. It’s a shame that only a small fraction of those who caught the FOX broadcast are even aware of their Fight of the Night performance, but I’m sure the extra $65k makes up for it a little.

Cub Swanson headed into his bout with Ricardo Lamas with an abundance of confidence and some of the ugliest tattoos I’ve seen since “Katie’s Revenge”. After getting the better of Lamas in the striking department, Swanson nearly ended the fight with a deep guillotine in the first. He seemed indifferent as Lamas took him down and worked his way behind him, but that apathy was nowhere to be seen as he struggled to break free from an arm triangle. Lamas secured the tapout, and the Submission of the Night bonus, at 2:26 of R2.

Alex Caceres put on an absolute clinic against Cole Escovedo in his debut at 135 lbs. “Bruce Leroy” came after the former WEC champ from every possible angle with every strike in the book from the opening bell. On the ground Caceres was too much as well, coming close to sinking in a triangle and an armbar as he transitioned from one sub to the next. He picked up the unanimous decision—his first win in the Octagon–in his bantamweight debut.

Quick Notes:

Tough break for Mackens Semerzier. No one wants to get knocked out, but when it comes from an illegal (albeit accidental) headbutt it’s a lot harder to swallow. Hopefully he can get the “L” overturned.

It was judge Gene Lebell that scored Rosa-Lucas 28-28!

Darren Uyenoyama knows a thing or two about grappling. Kid Yamamoto is now 0-2 in the UFC with only one win in his past five fights, and once again JMMA looks to be on life support. I’m sure Kid will be kept on board for Zuffa’s upcoming visit to Japan. His slide started just after divorcing this. We’d be depressed too, Kid.

This was Clay Harvison’s second straight loss, and it came via knock out at the hands of a mid-pack fighter just 1:34 into the bout. It was a nice recovery for DaMarques Johnson, but I don’t think Clay’s up to snuff.

Full Results: (via:

Main Event (On Fox):
-Junior dos Santos def. Cain Velasquez by KO at 1:04, R1

Undercard (On Facebook and
-Benson Henderson def. Clay Guida by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
-Dustin Poirier def. Pablo Garza by submission (d’arce choke) at 1:32, R2
-Ricardo Lamas def. Cub Swanson by submission (arm triangle choke) at 2:16, R2
-DaMarques Johnson def. Clay Harvison by TKO at 1:34, R1
-Darren Uyenoyama def. Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-27)
-Robert Peralta def. Mackens Semerzier by TKO at 1:54, R3
-Alex Caceres def. Cole Escovedo by unanious decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
-Mike Pierce def. Paul Bradley by split decision (28-29, 30-37, 29-28)
-Aaron Rosa def. Matt Lucas by majority decision (28-28, 30-26, 30-26)


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rophelius- November 15, 2011 at 6:16 am
Actually, I would like to retract my foregoing remark. There are some pedestrian flaws, but on the whole, this article is pleasurable to read.

Please forgive my sharp tongue.
rophelius- November 15, 2011 at 6:13 am
Your writing is not getting-better, but it is getting worse.

J3t- November 14, 2011 at 12:37 pm
Lmao another big ass paragraph I didn't read!! What a fucking loser I've never read anything you've said but you still try you're hardest to talk to me ROFL! I love it!!
jfjjfjff- November 14, 2011 at 12:37 pm
apparently his name is actually benson henderson. its not a shortening of BENjamin henderSON.
i only saw the ufc on fox bit, none of the facebook nonsense (because, fuck facebook). anyway i want to echo the feeling that the UFC on fox generally sucked. once it came on with the ridiculous FOX SPORTS treatments, graphics, and music, i was turned off. then when i realized that it was ONLY going to be the main event i was even more turned off.
dranokills- November 14, 2011 at 9:18 am
J3t Says:

Sun, 11/13/11 - 11:18

Awww look at that! Drano also writes little sentences that I don’t read! You sure follow me around for someone I don’t like (nobody else likes you or thinks your funny either)
yeah right, you never read em, I believe that. funny how you never read em but you take time to respond to em. the only person you have fooled is yourself.
Uh huh keep telling yourself that moron. Keep telling yourself that Drano isn't popular or cool. keep dreaming that, cause if I was you and everyone thought I was a retarded douchebag I would daydream that shit as well. whatever keeps you from putting the barrel of the gun in your mouth and pulling the trigger......on second thought, REALITY! GO eat a bullet.
You challenge everyone to a fight, you chicken out like the cunt you are. face it you couldn't beat your meat without getting knocked out. There is a not person on here, large or small who wouldn't enjoy beating the brakes off you.
Todd M- November 14, 2011 at 6:57 am
^ Yeah man that was definately a factor going in, I thought he looked a little doughier than usual. Cain will be back, a win or two and he'll be fighting JDS again, I could watch these guys fight 10 times if they have to.
Dagnut- November 14, 2011 at 4:34 am
No one mentioning the velasquez lay off??he hadn't fought in over a many time have we seen a champ disposed after a long lay off? His timing and judgement were badly out if you look he dropped both hands for the lead jab normally he would just bob..sparring doesn't get your timing fully back as no one is throwing haymakers..long lay-offs have a huge effect
I'm not saying JDS wouldn't beat him but he looked very awkward taking that shot..bit flabby as well
J3t- November 13, 2011 at 11:18 pm
Awww look at that! Drano also writes little sentences that I don't read! You sure follow me around for someone I don't like (nobody else likes you or thinks your funny either)
dranokills- November 13, 2011 at 8:08 pm
J3t Says:

Sun, 11/13/11 - 05:54

UFC on Fox was Seth Petruzelli Vs. Kimbo Slice with talented actors.
You're a fucking idiot.
Todd M- November 13, 2011 at 8:03 pm
^ LOL, Funny bastard, I'm assuming your full name is Jarrod Doggington. @mt59801, Sometimes there are early stoppages, and worse sometimes late one's, but last night was definately a good time to stop it, Cain's shoulder slouched into the mat and the ref jumped straight in, in the Brock/Carwin fight Brock was never out and still defended himself. At the end of the day it is up to the ref and the clear cut criteria is when you are out cold or can not defend yourself the fight should be stopped, in some cases the ref's might Under/Over step that.
J-Dog- November 13, 2011 at 7:44 pm
When did Ben Henderson start wanting to be called "Benson"? Rogan and Goldie never referred to him as Ben or even as his last name during the fight... it was always "Benson" every time. I like to shorten people's names. If your name is Steven, I'll call you Steve. If you insist on being called Steven, I'll assume you are gay and I will probably disassociate myself from you. That's just how it is.
mt59801- November 13, 2011 at 7:19 pm
I'm not questioning the stoppage, I'm bitching about officiating in MMA. We've all seen guys who are borderline out, or out of view who then recover and live to fight another round, minute, whatever. I'm just tired of the inconsistencies with officiating and judging in MMA.Sometimes I feel that popular opinion seems to have more influence than the rules. I used to be a boxing fan before the 8 million organizations, belts, weight classes, and obvious fixed fights I'd hate to see MMA de-volve into the same bullshit spectacle.
J3t- November 13, 2011 at 5:54 pm
UFC on Fox was Seth Petruzelli Vs. Kimbo Slice with talented actors.
Smackdaddiest1- November 13, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Cain was toast, he tried to turtle but couldn't do it because he was OUT COLD. Brock kept moving and was "somewhat" defending himself. If Rosenthal had stopped that fight I don't think you would have found anyone complaining except for the Brock ballswingers.
Anhonestmoose- November 13, 2011 at 3:49 pm
If you didn't think Cain was out, you may want to look at this.
mt59801- November 13, 2011 at 3:08 pm
So carwin beats the piss out of lesnar for 5 times as long .....fight doesn't get stopped, 2saints hits brownie 3 times fight over. WE NEED SOME CLEAR CUT CRITERIA FOR STOPPING A FIGHT! Also....Roy Nelson may have just knocked Cabbage out of the top spot for best chin in fighting.
GistoftheFist- November 13, 2011 at 3:05 pm
Oh by the way, does anyone else hate Fox for playing the fuckin NFL theme music before and after the fights? Does anyone else get tired of hearing that goddamn theme after 20 years? Does anyone honestly like that ditty anymore?
CrushCo- November 13, 2011 at 1:02 pm
@DoctorWood: You sayin' dad's been drinking again?
DoctorWood- November 13, 2011 at 12:57 pm
RE: Gene Lebell 28-28 decision... According to that website, there was only ONE Media score that matched Gene Lebell. Some of you may know him has Old Dad... Ben Fowlkes ( 28-28 DRAW
Spitting into the wind- November 13, 2011 at 12:57 pm
Watched in Europe so didn't get to see Dana be a cunt after the fight. Sounds fucking petty and dickish. I'm normally a big Dana defender but his response to those complaining about the guida vs Bendo fight being online was also cuntish.
The stress of the occasion seems to have gotten to him.
He was expecting a Griffin v Bonnar slobberknocker or something.
Should have told Fox to stfu and trust him the guida bendo fight should have been forced by the UFC onto that broadcast.
After all, no one knows how to sell their product like them.
It should have been them leading and educating fox, not Fox deciding what works best with a product they don't understand.
Get Off Me- November 13, 2011 at 11:43 am
A "Good Chin" refers to a fighters ability to absorb punishment to the head....not just the chin. As I said, Cain was hurt by Kongo, Nog and Lesnar didn't even hit him in their respective fights..I was not sure about Cain's granite chin as a result.
Put it this way, after watching Roy Nelson(granite chin) vs. JDS I pretty much felt confident that if JDS hit Cain with anything he hit Roy with, the fight would be over quickly.
This does not mean Cain has a glass jaw kids, it just means he may not have a granite chin or good chin...get it...good.
Iskander Neptu- November 13, 2011 at 11:36 am
Overroid got tired in his last "fight" against a guy doing a christmas turkey impression.
If Brock can make it out of round 1 its not so cut and dry. Assuming he doesnt lose control of his bowels till then
MediumRare- November 13, 2011 at 11:17 am
For you trolls that say Cain got hit behind the ear, Cain has a glass behind-the-ear-region......... . nuff said
HandsofGold- November 13, 2011 at 11:02 am
For you trolls that say Cain has a glass jaw, he got hit behind the ear.......... nuff said
RwilsonR- November 13, 2011 at 11:00 am
@ Danga - Marked for Death was clearly the best Seagal movie.
But here's another from your fav...
A nice petite white boy like you in a federal penitentiary... now let me just put it this way, I don't think you'll be able to remain anal-retentive for very long.