IT'S ANOTHER DAY IN THE LOVELY MONTH OF MAY, COMBAT FANS, SO THE CREW AT NHO DOES IT LIKE NO OTHER AND BRINGS YOU YET ANOTHER REVIEW FOR YOUR VIEWING PLEASURE. TUNE IN TOMORROW BECAUSE WE'LL BE BRINGING YOU....WHAT'S THAT? ANOTHER REVIEW! BUT FIRST....
Being one of 2 huge MMA fans writing for the blog, we have followed the latest piece of MMA news, being StrikeForce now belongs to the UFC, so I wanted to jump back into their lineage and review their first fight card.
1) Ray Routh v. Crafton Wallace - 3
Not a great fight to start with- Routh with a huge monkeydunk early on but after about 2 minutes, was just searching for oxygen anywhere he could get it. to avoid taking a punch, he pulled his head backwards like a dog pulling away when you grab them by the collar. Crafton took measure and ko'd his Lion's Den ass in the 2nd.
2) Jesse Fujarcyk v. Daniel Puder 5
haha, Puder came out with a t shirt saying "I tapped Angle", wonder how much merch that moved? Still funny. Puder gets rocked right off the bat, wishing he was back doing belly shots with the Miz after Smackdown tapings. Puder warmed up though and just started throwing wild shit and it was working and then cinched in a brilliant choke.
3) Matt Horwich v. Brian Ebersole- 4
So here's the characters, Horwich came out to some D-level Christian rock, beboping with a King James in his hand; Ebersole was on a cell phone call. They called him "the TO of MMA." Ebersole couldn't afford TO's restaurant bill for one night. So the famous judge Cecil Peoples used to be a ref, and a terrible one at that- breaking up tons of ground stuff as the guys were actually working locks and submissions. Didn't make a bit of sense. The announcers were blowing Horwich but he look awful- tried a of submissions, they all looked looser than a Kardashian snatch. Ebersole pretty much controlled every facet of this but in pretty unimpressive fashion.
4) Gilbert Melendez v. Harris Sarmiento- 4
Gil does exactly what he does now, just breaks guys' wills, and Sarmiento was touted as the favorite in this. Gil just pushes him against the cage, works the body, actually Sarmiento tapped to strikes, great young performance as we actually see buck toothed Jake Shields outside with the goofiest expression on his face
5) Krzysztof Soszynski v. Mike Kyle- 2
Real short bout, Krzysztof (from Ultimate Fighter fame, being the guy who shrink wrapped a dude's bed & clothes together) took a low blow and a thumb in the eye and that was it.
6) Clay Guida v. Josh Thomson- 6
This is a classic Guida performance, just overwhelming Thomson like no one else has. He does it all 5 rounds, meanwhile Thomson going for submission after submission, several of them Guida was caught really tightly but as he always has done, he pulls through them somehow. Very exciting fight that didn't take place much on the feet but was still a very fun, tough fight to watch.
7) Cesar Gracie v. Frank Shamrock- 3
Bwaaaaahahahaaaaaaa, He clipped Gracie within 20 seconds and beat that ass. Wow, unbelievable.