All Steven Seagal jokes and Vitor Belfort mockery aside, last night's excessively hyped UFC, for the most part, lived up to it's promises - plenty of the kind of KO highlight reel action we all like so much in MMA. BJJ and submission grappling had a place as well in a few fights. Let's break it down a bit:
TA DANADO v. ELLENBERGER. We hyped this fight, so we had some serious interest in the outcome. Carlos Eduardo Rocha (aka "Ta Danado") did an amazing job in Round 1 applying very pure BJJ skills on the ground against the experienced Jake Ellenberger. He had North-South and side control positions for much of the round and attempted some solid submissions (e.g., Americana from side control, kneebar from N-S). Unfortunately, he wasn't able to finish Ellenberger who wised up and kept the fight standing for the most part for the remainder of the fight. Ellenberger got a very close split decision and we still contend Rocha was robbed (of course).
CERRONE v. KELLY. This was all Cerrone, who faced a burly scrapper in Paul Kelly. Kelly started things out poorly with an unsportsmanlike attack after the initial glove touching and the rest seemed downhill. Multiple Cerrone takedowns led to some nice brutality from mount. Cut to Round 2 - Cerrone easily out-grappled Kelly to mount, take the back and secure the RNC for the sub.