Wow: Initial UFC 154 Reactions

Nov 17, 2012; Montreal, QC, Canada; Martin Kampmann celebrates his victory over Johny Hendricks (not pictured) during their Middleweight bout at UFC 154 at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

The fights just ended, my friends just left the house, and I’m still a bit buzzed on the cheap alcohol we had. That being said, here are some initial reactions from UFC 154 (more detailed reactions to come tomorrow):

GSP is back. Although he was clearly more tense than normal and appeared nervous at times, it is obvious that his knee injury has had no ill effects on his dominant wrestling game. When Condit hit the big kick in the third round that put GSP on the mat, I thought it was over. Let’s face it, that is the most trouble he has been in since Matt Serra sent him flopping all over the cage like a beached whale and took the title from him. I was impressed not only by the fact that GSP recovered so quickly, but that he didn’t go into super conservative mode and ride out the final two rounds.

Props to Carlos Condit for being so tough, but he just couldn’t stay off his back. No one has any chance to beat GSP without take-down defense.

I know that everyone is clamoring for GSP-Silva, including Dana White, but I want GSP-Hendricks. As Jay Glazer and Kenny Florian are pointing out on the post-fight show now, Hendricks may be the best match-up for GSP considering his wrestling prowess and striking. I love how giddy Hendricks was after the fight, he is easy to root for. I also love the fact that Hendricks said he always wanted to fight a friend and is glad that he finally got the chance to and won.

Notwithstanding what I just said, GSP-Silva is totally going to be the next fight booked.

Lyoto Machida’s mustache was one of the finer things I saw on the entire show. His whole get-up was out of this world. More analysis on this soon.

Such epic incompetency in the Cote-Sakara fight. I feel bad for both guys. On one hand, the number of strikes to the back of the head was completely insane, I think I counted 8. On the other hand, Sakara was clearly controlling the fight and the initial shots that rocked Cote were legal. If Big Dan had stepped in sooner he could have just deducted a point and that would have been it.

Tom Lawlor’s entrance fell flat tonight. The only thing that fell flatter was his performance.

Nice work Cyrille Diabate! Didn’t see a submission finish coming out of you.

Was it just me or did Mike Goldberg look kind of sickly tonight? He just looked a bit drawn out and pale. I thought it was odd. He still did his normal Goldbergy job at least.

All in all, I was entertained. More to come. Goodnight patients!

Topics: Carlos Condit, Georges St. Pierre, UFC 154

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