(Yep, Kenny finishes fights. Photo courtesy of MMAWeekly.)
It’s a shame that the UFC couldn’t squeeze a fourth hour out of SpikeTV for last night’s Fight Night broadcast, because the preliminary matches were just as action-packed and stoppage-heavy as the televised card. Some highlights:
— Clay Guida dominated Samy Schiavo, taking the Frenchman down in the middle of the opening round and ground-and-pounding him against the fence until the ref stepped in.
— Thiago Alves defeated Karo Parisyan, and Din Thomas dropped a unanimous decision to Josh Neer.
— Of the three Armenians competing last night, only Manny Gamburyan found a win, finishing Jeff Cox in the first round with a guillotine choke; Karo Parisyan and Roman Mitichyan both suffered second-round TKO losses.
Full results are below:
Kenny Florian def. Joe Lauzon via TKO, 3:28 of round 2
Thiago Alves def. Karo Parisyan via TKO, 0:34 of round 2
Gray Maynard def. Frank Edgar via unanimous decision
Matt Hamill def. Tim Boetsch via TKO, 1:25 of round 2
Nate Diaz def. Kurt Pellegrino via submission (triangle choke), 3:06 of round 2
James Irvin def. Houston Alexander via TKO, 0:08 of round 1
Josh Neer def. Din Thomas via unanimous decision.
Marcus Aurelio def. Ryan Roberts via submission (armbar), 0:16 of round 1
Manny Gamburyan def. Jeff Cox via submission (guillotine), 1:41 of round 1
Clay Guida def. Samy Schiavo via TKO, 4:15 of round 1
George Sotiropoulos def. Roman Mitichyan via TKO, 2:24 of round 2
Anthony Johnson def. Tommy Speer via TKO, 0:51 of round 1
Some final thoughts…
— Houston Alexander could be leaving the UFC after his devastating loss; maybe his enormous skull is too large of a target? We hope Zuffa sets him up in the WEC, because their thin light-heavyweight division could definitely use him.
— Tommy Speer’s status with the UFC is just as uncertain. Mac Danzig exposed his submission defense, and Anthony Johnson was able to overwhelm him with strikes; it may be time to regroup in smaller shows.
— Nate Diaz has finally grown on me. He’s ugly as sin and talks like he has fetal alcohol syndrome, but the dude is now 4-0 in the UFC with all four wins coming via submission, and his triangle choke last night could end up being the best sub of 2008. It’s time to start giving the guy Top 5 opponents.
— Kenny Florian is probably the UFC’s #2 lightweight contender now (after Sean Sherk), but it would be nice to see him take on Roger Huerta or Nate Diaz to secure his spot. If anything, the lightweight division became even more exciting after Ultimate Fight Night 13.
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