Sunday, July 20, 2008

UCF Fight Night 14 Results

Let's take a look at the results of last night's fights:

C.B. Dollaway
looked like his was going to have a long night with Jesse Taylor when three-quarters of the way through the first round he pulled off a "Peruvian necktie" forcing Taylor to submit. I busted out laughing while watching C.B. work Taylor into the hold. I'd never seen the move before and didn't realize what was happening. I don't think that Taylor did either. Then when it was announced that Dollaway had one via "Peruvian necktie" I started laughing again -- the hold sounded like something that Gordon Solie would come up with while announcing Professional Wrestling from Florida in the early 70's! Hats off to Dollaway for the win.

Frankie Edgar convincingly defeated Hermes Franca by winning every round. for a unanimous decision. Franca's year off must have really taken its toll. Except for a few brief bursts by Franca, Edgar controlled the entire fight and looked good in winning.

Brandon Vera defeated Reese Andy by unanimous decision in the most boring fight of the night. Andy tried to pressure the much bigger Vera, but was pretty ineffective. Vera was just plain tired, but did enough to win.

Anderson Silva defeated James Irvin by TKO at 1:01 of the first round. Silva landed a strong kick that knocked Irvin to the mat and then followed with several unanswered shots to the head forcing the ref to call it. Silva looked strong and confident while Irvin seemed a bit stiff. Then again, who wouldn't be when facing the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world? Although Silva says that his main priority is defending his middleweight title, I don't think that we've seen the last of Silva at light heavyweight and he may even challenge for the title before to long.

In the strangest decision of the night: Kevin Burns won via TKO at 3:35 of round three over Anthony Johnson. Johnson was well ahead in the fight and Burns needed a knock out to win. Suddenly Burns swung and appeared to connect with Johnson's chin. Johnson spun around and went to the mat. Burns hesitated and then dropped down reigning blows on Johnson until the ref stepped in to call it. Johnson immediately and repeatedly complained he'd been poked in the eye. Replays showed that's exactly what happened. Burns had jabbed with his left and his fingers went into Johnson's eye and Burns' followup right totally missed. Johnson went down because of the pain to his jabbed eye. Add to this the fact that Burns had poked Johnson in the eye earlier in the match and was warned if it happened again he would lose a point or be disqualified and you have the makings of a DQ win for Johnson. Nope. Burns was given the victory. Looks like Burns unintentionally took a cue from either Rick "The Dirtiest Player in the Game" Flair or Curly of the Three Stooges.

If you tuned out after the Silva win, you missed the KO of the Night. Rory Markham was on his way to being knocked out by Brodie Farber. We were still in the first round and the two had been exchanging punches like it was the final seconds of the final round that both needed for a victory. Farber landed a couple of shots that rocked Markham. As Markham back peddled, Farber began stalking him. Suddenly Markham unleashed a head kick that knocked Farber out cold!

Overall a good card that opened up the potential for more great fights.


rory said...

Hey, just wanted to say thanks for commenting on my blog and damned if I did'nt find a UFC fan!

You are right about that last fight, Markham was getting tagged repeatedly, I thought he was done, and out of no where that kick just flattened Farber! Crazy!

And Silva isn't human, I think the guy has super heightened senses and everyone moves in slow motion for him. He just caught Irvin's leg like it was nothing and punched him square in the nose...he's not human!

Again, thanks for the kind words, I will be bookmarking you and looking forward to seeing what happens with the GSP fight, some goods fights on that card.

Craig Zablo said...

Thanks for the comment.

Yeah, Silva doesn't seem beatable at this point. The crazy thing is that neither did Matt Hughes or Chuck Liddell at points in their careers. If someone does beat Silva... WHO will beat them? LOL.

Thanks for stopping by!