UFC On Fox 8, saturday night, basically summed up everything that is good, not so good, and controversial in the MMA scene. Early on in the night, we got to see Melvin Guillard stay true to the potential that he occasionally shows, as he essentially clobbered Mac Danzig en route to a second round TKO. Danny Castillo showed his potential, besting Tim Means in a three round unanimous decision. After quite a bit of trash talk, Jorge Masvidal backed up his words as he choked out Michael Chiesa in the second round with a brabo choke, right in front of Chiesa’s hometown crowd.
Coming off of a tough loss to Ronda Rousey, Liz Carmouche proved she still has what it takes as she TKO’d Jessica Andrade in the second round. Joining the list of MMA veterans who recently have bounced back into the game and KO’d people with their feet, was Robbie Lawler saturday night when he knocked out Bobby Voelker with a high kick to the head.
What was long anticipated to be the most potentially exciting fight of the night, and seen by most as the actual main event, Jake Ellenberger vs Rory MacDonald, did not live up to the hype. After months of trash talk coming from the usually respectful Ellenberger, he was content to stand on the outside counter striking and occasionally stepping in with a couple inaccurate haymakers. Rory exploited this strategy as he employed a very safe strategy reminiscent of his training partner St-Pierre, jabbing his way to victory. By the end of this snoozfest, the entire crowd was booing.
Demetrious Johnson vs John Moraga turned out to be the most exciting fight of the night. Whether you like the smaller guys or not, these two went at it for four and a half rounds of nonstop action. This was concluded by “Mighty Mouse” getting his first finish in the UFC, breaking the record for latest finish in UFC History.
Earlier in the night, Yaotzin Meza picked up a RNC win over John Albert. Aaron Riley announced his retirement after a hard fought loss to Justin Salas. Germaine de Randamie stole a spit decision over Julie Kedzie. Ed Herman won his first fight in a long time, taking a split decision from Trevor Smith. Finally, Yves Edwards was disappointed with a split decision loss to Daron Cruickshank.
Overall, UFC on Fox 8 served an interesting dish of good, bad, and ugly, but I think good triumphed in the end.