UFC 85 Review
Source: Submit To MMA
Anyone ever been to London, England out there? Well, the UFC sure has. Along with this, UFC 85: Bedlam came to us live from where our British friends reside on June 7, 2008 ( the O2 Arena ). Let's get to the skinny on this event-Matt Hughes vs. Thiago Alves. What's more, the night featured fights such as Marcus Davis vs. Mike Swick and Fabricio Werdum vs. Brandon Vera.
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Fabricio Werdum vs. Brandon Vera : Controversial Stoppage
"It's gonna be a brawl. But training with my team at Chute Box, I'll be ready for anything he's got," said Werdum. On the other hand, Vera wasn't exactly sure if Werdum was necessarily ready for anything. "Nobody knows if he has a chin yet. I want to test it," said Vera.
This was a very fun round. There's the hint, by the way. Did you catch it?
Simply put, Vera did well on his feet every time that there was distance. Along with this, he hit home with a left in the middle of the stanza that really hurt his opponent. But Werdum, the BJJ wizard, took Vera down twice. The first time, Vera kicked him off and got to his feet. The second didn't go as well.
Basically, after an outstanding trip by Werdum he moved to the mount position. From there, he began raining down punches until the referee pulled him off.
Interestingly, at the time of the stoppage Vera was covering up. Was he getting out of the position? No. But he was not truly in grave danger yet.
Thus, the controversy. Many, including Joe Rogan, believed that the match was stopped prematurely. So did this writer. But Vera was in a very bad position and it's hard to know if the bell would've come before the inevitable end or not.
Either way, Fabricio Werdum wins via TKO at 4:40 of round one.
Nate Marquardt vs. Thales Leites : Can you say point taken away?
Here's the bottom line on this fight- Leites landed a hard shot in the first round that rocked Marquardt, but Nate "The Great" fought through the problem. Still, the big punch gave Leites the initial stanza.
In the second round, despite dominating the action, Marquardt had a point taken away for kneeing a downed opponent. In the third, he had another point taken away for elbowing to the back of the head, even if it was a seemingly poor call as the elbow appeared to connect with the side of Leites' head.
In the end, Leites showed a lot of heart, even if Marquardt clearly dominated the action. But those lost points hurt Marquardt.
Thales Leites wins via majority decision.
Michael Bisping vs. Jason Day : England's Favorite Fighter
"I'm gonna finish Bisping early, in the first or second round with a vicious KO, and I don't think he's gonna know what hit him," said Day beforehand.
Isn't that what they all say?
Michael Bisping absolutely dominated this fight in ground and pound fashion. It was a mauling, if you will. He looks like the real deal at 185.
Michael Bisping wins via TKO at 3:42 of round one.
Marcus Davis vs. Mike Swick : TUF Paradise
"The bell's going to ring and we're going to walk out and just clash. And that's perfect, there's nothing I want more than that," said Swick beforehand. But would he be saying the same afterwards?
In the end, Mike "Quick" Swick was the better striker in this one from a distance and controlled the fight on the ground when the opportunity showed itself. Was it a great performance? No.
But beating Marcus Davis is never an easy task.
Mike Swick wins via unanimous decision.
Matt Hughes vs. Thiago Alves : The Main Event
"Well, Matt Hughes- I hope he's in the best shape of his life, because I'm ready," said Alves before this fight. Of course, Hughes had a different take on things. "I'm the nine time world champion here," he said. "He's the guy trying to make a name for himself."
Let's put it this way, folks. Thiago Alves has made a name for himself.
The bottom line on this bout was this- Matt Hughes was nowhere near as good a striker as Alves in the fight. Further, he had difficulty getting him to the ground. And finally, even when he did get Alves to the ground, such as he did in round one, he was unable to do anything with the situation.
Not good news for Hughes.
During the second stanza, Hughes got rocked on the ground and then again later with a knee to the shoulder when the two fighters were standing that sent him to the canvas. Unfortunately, his knee buckled on the way down, prompting a stoppage.
Afterwards, both fighters were gracious. Alves asked for Georges St. Pierre. Matt Hughes indicated that he still wanted to fight Matt Serra.
And the beat goes on.
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The Whole Enchilada
-Thiago Alves def. Matt Hughes by TKO (Strikes) at 1:02, R2
-Michael Bisping def. Jason Day by TKO (Strikes) at 3:42, R1
-Mike Swick def. Marcus Davis by Unanimous Decision, R3
-Thales Leites def. Nate Marquardt by Split Decision, R3
-Fabricio Werdum def. Brandon Vera by TKO (Strikes) at 4:40, R1
-Martin Kampmann def. Jorge Rivera by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:34, R1
-Matt Wiman def. Thiago Tavares by KO at 1:57, R2
-Kevin Burns def. Roan Carneiro by Submission (Triangle Choke) at 3:56, R2
-Luis Cane def. Jason Lambert by TKO (Strikes) at 2:07, R1
-Paul Taylor def. Jess Liaudin by Split Decision, R3 -Antoni Hardonk def. Eddie Sanchez by TKO (Strikes) at 4:15, R2
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