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‘UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller’ Aftermath: Bringing Back the Ban

Barry didn’t check on Morecraft, but it’s safe to say he got some fans. Props:

Overall, the UFC’s fourth biggest debut on a television network, which showcased two of the best lightweights coming off of losses and the organization’s second best announcing team, was as successful as it could have been. Sure, there were some long pauses in between the fights, but that’s to be expected when you draw out 60 minutes of actual fighting into a five hour television broadcast. The rattling punches and tapping hands that signaled an early end to many of last night’s fights kept a perfect rhythm with a drum we’ve been beating on CagePotato for quite some time now: The key to victory in mixed martial arts is evolution, not regression. If a fighter wants to stay relevant- or even employed- within the UFC, he needs to develop himself into the most complete fighter he can.

For an example of this, look no further than Melvin Guillard. Both fans and pundits were calling his performance “Vintage Melvin” while the dynamic striker aggressively pursued Jim Miller, arguably coming closer to knocking out the submission specialist than anyone else has. However, after one flying knee attempt too many saw Miller putting Guillard on his back, “Vintage Melvin” demonstrated the same ground game that has always been his kryptonite. An impatient Melvin Guillard did everything he could to get back to his feet, which resulted in Jim Miller taking his back and sinking in the fight ending choke. “The Young Assassin” is now 10-6 in the UFC, with all of his losses coming by submission. While permanently relegating Guillard to the undercards may be a bit drastic, it’s obvious that Guillard will never be a contender unless he fixes those holes in his ground game- something far easier said than done at this point in his career.

Jim Miller did exactly what we knew he needed to do to win. He weathered the storm against Guillard’s attack, he was persistent with his takedown attempts and he kept the fight on the ground once it went there. While a quick submission wasn’t exactly unexpected, it was still impressive enough to earn him Submission of the Night honors.

The co-main event of the evening had knockout of the night written all over it, with both men known primarily for their standup games. As expected, Duane Ludwig got the better of Josh Neer on the feet. Yet Neer kept pushing forward against Ludwig’s crisp attack and managed to drag Duane “Bang” to the ground. Once there, Neer did what few anticipated and locked up a fight ending guillotine. “The Dentist” improves to 33-10 in his mixed martial arts career, picking up his twelfth victory by submission.

The evening’s Fight of the Night honors surprisingly did not go to Mike Easton vs. Jared Papazian, but rather Pat Barry vs. Christian Morecraft. Pat Barry may have struggled to stop Morecraft’s takedowns, but “HD” displayed a much improved ground game- a testament to his time training with Team Deathclutch. Never mind that impressive roll out of the armbar attempt- as little as two fights ago, Pay Barry would have been choked out the first time Morecraft mounted him and began to work for the rear-naked choke. Yet Barry’s continued efforts to evolve as a fighter paid off, as he managed both times to get back to his feet and outstrike Morecraft. After dropping Morecraft with a left hook, Barry swarmed in with some vicious ground and pound to end the fight at the 3:38 mark of round one.

If you didn’t get to see Mike Easton vs. Jared Papazian, you missed an excellent fight that has essentially become par for the course whenever the bantamweights step into the octagon. Both men displayed excellent conditioning in a quick paced fight, with Easton getting the better of Papazian in the standup exchanges throughout the fight. But don’t feel bad if you missed it- apparently one of the judges missed the fight as well, scoring it a 28-28 draw. Easton improves to 12-1 with the victory.

On a final note, Knockout of the Night honors went to Canadian prospect Nick “The Ninja of Love” Denis (seriously) for his brutal standing elbows knockout over Joseph “Not Dan Hardy” Sandoval (seriously). The impressive UFC debut for Denis improves his record to 11-2, with ten of those victories coming by knockout. All bonuses from the evening were worth $45k.

Undercard Results
-Nick Denis def. Joseph Sandoval via KO (standing elbows) 0:22 of Round 1
-Daniel Pineda def. Pat Schilling via submission (rear-naked choke) 1:37 of Round 1
-Fabricio Camoes def. Tommy Hayden via submission (rear-naked choke) 4:03 of Round 1
-Charlie Brenneman def. Daniel Roberts via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
-Habib “The Nurm” Nurmagomedov def. Kamal Shalorus via submission (rear-naked choke) 2:08 of Round 3
-Jorge Rivera def. Eric Schafer via TKO (punches) 1:31 of Round 2

Main Card Results

- Barry def. Morecraft via KO (punches) at 3:38 of Round 1
- Mike Easton def. Jared Papazian via majority decision
- Josh Neer def. Duane Ludwig via submission (guillotine) at 3:05 of Round 1
- Jim Miller def. Melvin Guillard via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:04 of Round 1

- @SethFalvo

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MMAposeur- January 23, 2012 at 8:37 am
So, drano, how's being fuckin' clueless working out for you?
KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike- January 23, 2012 at 4:39 am
This really has nothing to do with anything except the caption made me think of it....did anyone else see that incredibly douchey commercial that Bones Jones was in where he's kicking a little girl's swing on a swingset? I think they were trying to make fighters look like normal, child raising people, except he kicked a small girl 100 feet in the air....I don't know, it was retarded, he looked like a huge douche and it gave me more reason to hate him....carry on
MrUnsocial- January 23, 2012 at 1:21 am
Mike Easton lol ...

that is all ..
dranokills- January 22, 2012 at 11:47 am
Oh and Sean Mccorkle if you can read this, I got that bag of dicks you wanted for dinner tonight.
Ok Karma pay ME!
NomadRip- January 22, 2012 at 10:55 am
Which ban are we bringing back?
RwilsonR- January 21, 2012 at 9:39 pm
-I didn't have a problem with either Anik or Florian except that they should not be teamed up doing it together. As Get Off Me said, they sound too much alike, and I would be wondering which one was talking at certain points.
-I'm okay with the FOTN choice. Both were exciting, and DW said he'd take care of everyone.
-Poor Guillard is the Kevin Randleman of this generation of fighters. All the physical tools and talent, the same, uh... explosiveness, the same Simon Phoenix hair, and none of the brains to match their athleticism. Guillard can KO any LW on the planet on a given night, but if he wants to talk about "fluke" wins, those match up better with his puncher's chance style than the well thought out gameplans of his opponents that end with him tapping out.
- Even with Nick Denis and Joseph Sandoval on the card, "The Nurm" still takes the award for worst nickname of the night.
Kid Clam Curtains- January 21, 2012 at 9:39 pm
The people giving Anik a hard time need to chill the fuck out. This was his FIRST night as the color guy. He is far more well spoken than Goldie who's been around forever. I think he and Kenny did a great job and Anik will only get better. He thinks on his feet and actually knows what he's talking about. He's already better than almost every non-analyst in the game and fuck you if you don't like him. I hope he takes Goldie's job.
Spitting into the wind- January 21, 2012 at 7:12 pm
Few thoughts on the show.
It was a really good night of fights.
I thought Kenny Florian did a very good job. I thought Jon Anik looked coked out of his mind every time he entered the ring to interview the fighters. I found Glazer(especially) and Bonner uncomfortable viewing. I think its ridiculous that Easton vs Papazian didnt get FOTN.
But most of all I do sincerely believe that it was the worst collection of tattoos ever brought together on the one fight card in UFC history.
An Historic occasion one would agree! From Morecrafts belly stamp to Riveras faces, to Guillards pitbull with a human body, to every motherfucking tattoo visible in the Neer vs Ludwig fight, it really was a night for connoisseurs of incredibly ugly body work.
I salute you UFC fighters, you purveyors of terrible tattooistry!
KarmaAteMyCat- January 21, 2012 at 6:27 pm
@Miles; What bothered me is how he walked around claiming that the fight with Miller should be a contender fight. How he claimed Zuffa understood that "Some fighters" are just a fluke and mid pack fighters. I wonder who he was referring to?
ronburgundy- January 21, 2012 at 5:17 pm
@amsterdamheavy.. Dropping to 205 isn't the answer, the wrestlers there pat barry would have less of a chance than he does in heavyweight, face it if he went on a winning streak and started looking promising they'd feed him velasquez, ( would be hard to watch as im a massive fan) and he would get thrown from one side of the world to the other, same with many wrestlers at 205. He's pure entertainment.
fitdaws- January 21, 2012 at 4:29 pm
We enjoyed the entire card....but they need to LOSE the football music! I mean WTF!!
Miles- January 21, 2012 at 4:16 pm
exactly Karma! The moment Melvin started saying the stiff jab was the reason he lost the Lauzon fight I knew he was doomed.
KarmaAteMyCat- January 21, 2012 at 2:39 pm
Melvin should really learn to ego check himself, Number 1# contender my ass. It was amazing to see it go down just the way it did in ironic fashion it was almost like that time Joe Lauzon jabbed him, then got on his back and did the same exact submission. Yeah you would think after bragging about being in this sport for fifteen years he might have picked up some type of defense for a RNC. Oh well better luck next time.
Oh and Sean Mccorkle if you can read this, I got that bag of dicks you wanted for dinner tonight.
Like a Bas- January 21, 2012 at 2:29 pm
Did anyone else think Shalorus vs Nurmamenenenandnenagov was FON worthy? Some good back and forth, just saying. Easton shitted me a bit as he was supposed to such a heavy favourite, seemed like he underperformed. I had him in my parlay and he had me panicking that he might have lost. Either way, I'm tipping Nurm as one to watch.

Captcha: because oregasa. Indeed.
RaginAsian- January 21, 2012 at 1:44 pm
Barry-Morecraft had more excitement-per-minute, but Easton-Blahblahblah probably deserved/have more need of it.
Lesnarischamp- January 21, 2012 at 11:39 am
Sandoval, Roberts, Shalorus, Morecraft all probably hitting the chopping block.
amsterdamheavy- January 21, 2012 at 11:37 am
@BigBear - Im saying he needs to drop his walking around weight - he was on the scale at 242 or whatever for this fight. With a nutritionist to get his diet under control, he should be able to do that with not that much effort and some time without sacrificing power or performance - its body fat and a little muscle that needs to go so that he could then have an easy 15-20 lb cut to 205. This means his walking around weight needs to drop FIRST - not that he should CUT 40lbs a fight.

Work on your fucking reading comprehension.
DangadaDang- January 21, 2012 at 11:35 am
Add me to the list of people who were shocked that Easton/Papazian didn't get FOTN. I'm guessing Dana gave it to Barry because he started the broadcast with a sweet KO.
J-Dog- January 21, 2012 at 11:24 am
FOTN definitely should have gone to the little guys.

The football jingle bothered me, a lot. That doesn't belong on a UFC broadcast, FOX or not!
Omelette Platter- January 21, 2012 at 11:24 am
not down with the announce team at all. it sounded like some budget 80's pro wrestling commentary work. someone needs to tell kenflo what a color man is supposed to bring to the table.

guillard didn't just lose by submission, he showed that his game's not improving at all once he hits his back. he did nothing to keep miller in his full guard, nothing to lock down the half guard, and tried to escape mount by giving his back to o?n?e? ?o?f? the best backmount guys? in the division. (bj's still retired, right?)
Get Off Me- January 21, 2012 at 11:06 am
Am I the only one who thinks Florian and Anik sound the same, sounds like the same guy is talking to himself and calling the fight.
Even though he moved to blackzillian, it's safe to say that maybe Greg Jackson as a coach may be a little over rated. Melvin has spent a long time at Jackson's and from the looks of it has not learned much submission defense at all, same rnc finish. Maybe he should go visit deathclutch, if they could teach Barry sub defense, they gotta be able to help Melvin.
Nippletwist- January 21, 2012 at 11:01 am
sad. i've been a fan of melvin as long as i've watched the sport. always thought he had the talent to be the best lightweight. i was starting to think now was his time. really sucked watching him lose another fight like this.
BigBear145- January 21, 2012 at 10:59 am

Its why i love and hate dana white.
BigBear145- January 21, 2012 at 10:56 am
@ amsterdamheavy You have no idea what your talking about when it comes to cutting weight... Your saying drop 20 pounds so he would have an easy 20 pound drop? thats a 40 pound cut and ravages your system. He also would not stand a chance against anyone in the LHW division.
SethF- January 21, 2012 at 10:56 am
Seems to be the popular consensus...!/danawhite/status/160661708413747200