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Sunday, February 6, 2011

UFC 126: DON'T LET A STEVEN SEAGAL APPEAREANCE AND A CRAZY FRONT BALL KICK OVERSHADOW THE GOOD GRAPPLING.

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:

JONES v. BADER.  We have been hesitant to jump on this Jon "Bones" Jones bandwagon, but, after last night, we packed our stuff, hopped on and are now on our way to Joneslandia (I think it's in Mexico somewhere).  This guy is insane good, and last night he really impressed us with his display of solid grappling skills against the former NCAA wrestler, Ryan Bader.  It's often very difficult to exhibit submission skills against a great wrestler, but Jones managed to use his own wrestling skills to repeatedly put Bader in dangerous submission positions, ultimately securing a guillotine finish.


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. 

2 comments:

  1. Man, that first round of Rocha vs Ellenberger was a beautiful thing! Rocha needs to spend six months in Thailand though; Ellenberger wanted no part of the ground after the first, and neither guy could really get off on the feet.

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  2. You have to admit, Ellenberger did very well defending Rocha's groundwork.

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