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Monday, November 21, 2011

UFC 139 HAD SUBS ALRIGHT: 2 GUILLOTINES AND A SIDE OF D'ARCE.


By now, your girlfriend has heard enough about the Henderson-Shogun fight and how it may have been the greatest MMA bout of all time (and, it may have indeed).  She knows, and she still doesn't care.  What you should be telling her is that UFC had a decent about of grappling and 3 actual, high quality submissions.  That's assuming you saw the fights and weren't watching "Twilight: Breaking Dawn" instead.  And, if you did see Twilight, don't be a spoiler.

It's pretty simple:  (1) Chris Weidman scored a textbook D'arce choke finish on Tom Lawler in Round 1, (2) Seth Baczynski nailed Matt Brown at the outset of Round 2 with a guillotine off the double leg sprawl/defense and Urijah Faber crushed Brian Bowles with another guillotine after battering him with punches and elbows.  All three subs were great examples of modern day submission grappling in MMA (as opposed to more traditional BJJ-type subs, which are becoming rare in the UFC).   I'm gonna give the event a 10 out of 10 over all and a solid 8.5 for grappling badassery.  There was also plenty of ground fighting in the co-main event between Henderson and Shogun; it was just overshadowed by all the mind-boggling striking.  

We're lucky, as always, that the Bros. Gracie have come through with another video analysis in their Breakdown series (complete with the requisite hoody/keychain/t-shirt sales pitch at the end ... for the holidays).

Check it out.   

2 comments:

  1. Seriously, girlfriend? Does anyone who follows this site have an actual girlfriend?

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