Coming into this card, you had two title fights that I am not sure they would have sold well by themselves which makes me believe this is a reason they put this card together. Aside from the fights, the buildup was well done on the part of the UFC. It’s super bowl weekend and having it on Fox does not hurt one bit.
UFC has to have mixed feelings about how this card went.
To kick off the night you had Abel Trujillo def. Jamie Varner by KO at 2:32, R2 which was a slugfest to say the least. Of course as we reported earlier, Trujillo caught Varner with one of the sickest knockouts you will ever see. This fight was awesome from the start of the first round all the way the fight ended in the second round. You could not have asked for a better fight to kick off a PPV and get things started after what is described as one of the worst/ boringest preliminary card in UFC history.
Ali Bagautinov def. John Lineker via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) which some people thought might be the fight of the night ended up being a skip-able fight. I will however say that it had some interesting points in the fight.
In what could be a loser leaves the UFC or a retirement fight to say the least, Alistair Overeem def. Frank Mir by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) in the fight that got to the bigger names on this card. Overeem dominated this fight in all three rounds and looks like he finally lived up to his hype that was given to him when he first debut in the UFC back in 2011 against Brock Lesnar. Speaking of MR. Lesnar, Overeem called him out in his post-fight interview which is interesting. I don’t think Brock will be coming back anytime soon, but you never know. As for Mir, He looked slow and not the same fighter. To me I hope he does not retire as a fan, but as someone who watched his last couple of fights. It might be time that the former champion hangs the gloves up.
Aside from George St. Pierre, Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva, Jose Aldo is the best fighter in the world. He showed that against another dominating win over challenger Ricardo Lamas at UFC 169. Jose Aldo def. Ricardo Lamas (49-46, 49-46, 49-46) – to retain UFC featherweight title. The first four rounds it was all Aldo, I believe he gave the final round to Lamas just for a challenge. With devastating leg kicks by Aldo that backed the challenger off early in the fight. To the amazing and un-human combinations, Jose Aldo proved that no one can beat him at 145 any time soon. Anthony Pettis you might be next brother!
Lastly in the main event, Renan Barão def. Urijah Faber by TKO at 3:42, R1. This fight will be talked about for the next couple of weeks for the way it ended. Barao had Faber hurt several times in the fight and when Herb Dean stopped the fight, Faber had his thumb up to indicate that he was OK. Either way, Faber was hurt and Dean made the right call. This probably saved the UFC from going over the PPV time slot as they were only in the first round with fifteen minutes left.
Overall this was a decent outing with the UFC. The preliminary card sucked and the first fight of the night on the PPV side of the coin was awesome. The final three headlining fights, were OK and met my expectations.