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UFC on FUEL Aftermath Pt. 2: The Missing Link

(You DID NOT just call me Chris from ‘N Sync!) 

Although Stipe Miocic‘s quick knockout of previously undefeated heavyweight Philip De Fries may have netted him the $50,000 Knockout of the Night bonus, our pick for sweetest KO went to Jonathan Brookins, who proved that not every Brazilian has the femur mangling leglock ability of Rousimar Palhares when he ground-and-pounded Vagner Rocha into oblivion inside the first two minutes of their preliminary card match-up. Not many of us knew what to make of Brookins after he dropped a UD to Eric Koch back in September of 2011. The fight proved that Brookins’ wrestling could in fact be thwarted, and that his striking had not made the leaps and bounds it needed to in order to balance things out. Last night’s fight was made to be a test of both.

Well, if anyone is still doubting the power in Brookins’ hands, they should probably shut right the hell up. Brookins did what Donald Cerrone, or any of Rocha’s previous opponents for that matter, couldn’t, and shut off his light switch with a series of increasingly punishing strikes before the ref managed to step in. To be honest, it was kind of scary to see that someone as docile and plain daffy as Brookins had the capacity for such brutality. And just as Brookins resembles the missing evolutionary link between man and ape, he was able to evolve in his own right, to connect one of the missing links in his game, and should be applauded for it. Not only did his knockout save a Facebook card that was luke warm at best to begin with, it made up for the fact that the Loeffler/Roberts match was cancelled after Loeffler rolled his ankle in the pre-fight warm up. Talk about shit luck.

Ivan Menjivar and TUF 14′s John Albert kicked off the main card by engaging in one of the wildest back and forth rounds that you will see this year, trading punches, kicks, knees, and submissions at an astonishing rate. A tip of the hat is also due to Albert for having the gusto to attack Menjivar in the fashion he did, going for omaplatas, heel hooks, and triangle/armbar variations on the more experienced grappler at every opportunity. That said, it appears his submission defense is not quite up to par with that of his offense. Albert had Menjivar on the defensive following a left hook/head kick combo, and looked like he would finish “The Pride of El Salvador” with a barrage of knees, one of which was blatantly illegal. But he made a huge mistake when he went for that guillotine, which gave Menjivar all the space he needed to flip the script and put Albert on his back, a shift in momentum that would lead to the the fight ending rear-naked choke, and a $50,000 Submission of the Night bonus for Menjivar. We would call it a rookie mistake by Albert, but even the most seasoned of veterans have made it.

I see I forgot to mention in the first aftermath piece that Sanchez/Ellenberger took FOTN. Fifty large could buy Diego that Coronado’s cross he’s always wanted, if only it didn’t BELONG IN A MUSEUM!!

Following the Menjivar/Albert match, TUF 14 bantamweight runner-up T.J. Dillashaw used his superior grappling prowess to grind out a unanimous decision over the lengthy Walel Watson. From the opening bell, it was pretty evident that Dillashaw wanted nothing to do with Watson’s striking game, and considering the manner in which he lost to John Dodson, this seemed understandable. Threatening with a rear-naked choke on several occasions throughout the first round, Dillashaw continued to take Watson down at will over the next two, utterly dominating him and walking away with a 30-25, 30-25, 30-26 unanimous decision.

Speaking of numbers, one thing we would like to compliment the UFC on was their usage of the strike counting graphic that would pop out of the clock every so often. It gives you something to consider when personally judging each fight, and in our opinion, will help casual fans gain an appreciation for one aspect of the ground game. So touche, UFC. Touche.

Oh yeah, and Ronny Markes had a successful middleweight debut, managing to overcome being nearly finished in the first round to out grapple Aaron Simpson and snag a split decision victory. With the win, Markes improves to 2-0 in the octagon and is now the biggest middleweight since Anthony Johnson.

-J. Jones. 

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NomadRip- February 17, 2012 at 7:39 am
RWR, I see what you did there.
hitekredneck- February 17, 2012 at 3:44 am
sabourcc, tell me if you can honestly, don't buddy brookins look like the geico caveman? Just glad he ain't all emo like those guys are
Kimbo Lesnar- February 16, 2012 at 7:20 pm
You're shocked that Danga is a douche?! Welcome to CP!

And yes it is Danga, you moron.
Sabourcc- February 16, 2012 at 6:36 pm
Comparing a man of african descent to pre-human apes, huh?

Keep it classy CP.
jimbonics- February 16, 2012 at 2:02 pm
@Kid, It's funny 'cause it's true.
and it's REALLY fucking funny. Good work.
RwilsonR- February 16, 2012 at 1:57 pm
Jonathan Brookins reminds me of that movie "Powder", because, you know... he's got lightening in his hands.
Kid Clam Curtains- February 16, 2012 at 1:57 pm
You may have a case for it not being racist but I always thought Patrick Ewing was the missing link and I felt white guilt about it. And notice that the Geico guys were white. In fact they played up their whiteness as much as possible so there wouldn't be any doubt. Had Geico's cavemen been dark skinned instead of white, wore rocawear instead of lacoste, and talked like thug nigs instead of yuppy fags, al sharpton would've lost his fucking mind.
J. Jones- February 16, 2012 at 1:46 pm
@Kid Clam
It can't be racist when it's talking about a scientific theory, right? RIGHT? Besides, if that's racist, then so is Geico.
The12ozCurls- February 16, 2012 at 1:41 pm
God Dammmit - I beg of you to stop linking that femur pic - god dammmit
Kid Clam Curtains- February 16, 2012 at 1:33 pm
I bet some people who are not fans of racism will find that comment about brookins looking like the missing link extremely offensive. I say fuck those people. Also, Stipe Miocic looks like a beast but his head movement is shit for a golden gloves boxer. He better learn some movement before he fights a good striking HW or he's going to get KTFO. How awesome was Brian Stann in the broadcast booth? He was trying a little bit too hard but still, the guy is a natural. Makes Jon Jones and Rashad look embarrassing.
ReX13- February 16, 2012 at 1:13 pm
Subtitle says "Missing Link" but you don't even mention the Pee Wee Sasquatch?
NomadRip- February 16, 2012 at 12:46 pm
Brookins still leads with his head when he punches and keeps his chin too high, but that was a great showing last night.
Get Off Me- February 16, 2012 at 12:44 pm
They brought Mr.Ed behind the barn. Chandella is gone.