UFC on FX 6 is in the books from Australia and we now have two TUF: Smashes winners to add to the ever-growing list of champions of the reality show. In addition, we remembered why there was so much hype surrounding Hector Lombard. All in all, it was a fun night of fights that thoroughly entertained me. Here are my thoughts about the main card on FX:
I like Jon Anik and Kenny Florian about as much as I can like an MMA commentary team. Ken-Flo does a very good job breaking down the action, and Anik has gotten smoother with every appearance. My only wish is that Anik wouldn’t shake so much when he gets so pumped up. I understand he’s excited, but it’s kind of distracting watching him on camera at times.
Tonight was the night I remembered how much I miss the WEC. It seems like it’s been forever, but the smooth voice of Joe Martinez made me yearn for the blue cage. No one can pump up a crowd like Bruce Buffer, but something about Martinez is just so soothing. Glad to see him back, even if only for a night!
Great work with the giant numbers Kristie Jane McKeon and Kahili Blundell! After hearing it tonight, I have to say that the name Kahili is fun to say. I think it would be extra fun to hear Joe Martinez say it.
So much for that whole “Hector Lombard better be impressive or his job is in jeopardy” nonsense I was talking about earlier tonight. Goodness gracious that one-sided beating of Paul Harris was violent. It seemed pretty clear that Lombard was content to load up the left and keep winging it until it connected, and that he didn’t feel threatened by his opponent’s striking. That strategy paid off in a big way, as that left hand found the mark and Lombard was able to turn off the lights. Hopefully he will keep the aggression going and build on this great performance.
I’m not going to lie and pretend, I didn’t follow TUF: The Smashes. One TUF at a time is more than enough for me at this point. So, going in to tonight, I didn’t know much about the finalists other than the UFC-prepared video packages.
Colin Fletcher has some impressively bad tattoos, even by MMA-fighter standards. Are those front wings? Not sure, but kudos too for the “Freak Show” nickname. Norman Parke’s takedowns, transitions, and left hand were clearly too much for Fletcher, even though Parke was generally unable to do much with them. Overall Parke was solid, but I think he’s a work in progress who might not be ready to make much of an impact in the UFC lightweight shark tank, especially seeing that Fletcher may have won had he utilized his jab as well in the first twelve minutes as he did in the last three.
I was impressed with both the hand speed and awesomely bad hair of Robert Whittaker. I thought he would have a finish in the first round, but Bradley Scott did a nice job of staying composed. I loved how after the first round, Scott raised his arms to play to the crowd like the fight had just ended and he was trying to convince the judges he won. Speaking of judges, I agree that Whitaker deserved the decision, as most of Scott’s offense was limited to clinching, while Whitaker was more aggressive and did more damage. I also agree that Scott looks like Forrest Griffin, which cannot be called anything but a tough biological break.
I haven’t decided how I feel about Ross Pearson’s new-found hair, but my initial thought is that it’s a good idea. Joe Martinez absolutely murdered the call prior to the main event; I love his voice irrationally.
I can’t believe Sots stayed on his feet after the initial barrage from Pearson. The was he was wobbling around the cage, it is a minor miracle that he didn’t go down. My main question about the fight is why Sots didn’t go for the takedown more. He got one at the end of the first round, took Pearson’s back, but then only tried one other time before getting his lights turned out. It’s not like he could have thought he was getting the better of the striking, as he was rocked about 10 times in the two plus rounds. Overall, impressive boxing from Pearson. Not sure where he goes from here, but he definitely deserves some more attention.
All in all, an exciting night of fights that I hope can be duplicated tomorrow night!