This was the best one in recent memory, great razor close knockouts for many of the bouts.
Most surprising is the difference in Chris Leben, and I thought I would never say this but, he has matured for the better and is fighting much smarter now (though as he gassed slightly in the third I though he would possible get KO’ed as he was keeping his hands down), fantastic showing and a fantastic ending.
Terry Martin also answered the questions on his limited gas tank, and I feel Chris’s at ease and calm demeanor nullified Terry’s brawler raw power, and Terry looked confused and soon gassed when he wasn’t getting that quick KO. Smart move, and I feel Terry needs to expand his game…and cardio.
I hope Din Thomas’ left knee is ok after blowing it out like that, in hindsight I found it strange that Din wasn’t trying to move out of that position that Florian had him in, until I used the DVR to rewind the failed slip/takedown. Kenny Florian is a very talented fighter and a monster on the ground, but any guy who stayed active with Sean Sherk (who will overpower anyone in the current UFC lightweight division) for 5 full rounds has tons of heart and even more talent.
Very bad recap as I am too lazy to type I am sure Donut will give a much more detailed post-fight breakdown.
I was surprised by Nate Diaz who I think is really weak even for his division (plus I think Manny Gamburyan would’ve won if not for the injury and Diaz looked terrified of Corey Hill until Hill basically gave that fight up), but his BJJ is much more solid than I gave credit to him in the past.
I feel good about Nate Quarry after 22 months off from heavy back surgery getting a win, during the bout I didn’t see him winning as he looked odd on his feet, and I don’t think he is anywhere near ready for any B or A level talent at all, but Pete has the hand speed/power on Nate as Nate admitted. That could’ve gone either way until the finish.
Mario Yamasaki is getting a rep for (Matt Hughes bursting into the ring incidient at EliteXC unaired - long story) kind of “late” (by some critics), though I personally prefer this as it leaves no doubt in the minds of the two fighters and those watching of who truly won.