Originally Posted by Rob_Floyd
UFC 147 just ended, and it's time to catch up on One FC, and the Soto/Matthysse card. Just threw it on, and it's always nice to hear the screaming pride lady. I love how they are introducing every fighter on the card in the introduction. That is one of the things about Pride that I miss. I don't know why, but it's always been something I have enjoyed. It makes each card feel like an individualistic event, I suppose. Although I don't like it, I really couldn't see the UFC adopting it. It just wouldn't work with their production.
First fight of the evening is between Quek Kim Hock and Peter Davis. I most certainly haven't heard of either of these gentlemen. I hear Renzo. It's always nice to hear that crazy bastard. Both guys cut promos claiming that they will win. I simply don't know who to believe. This fight proves to be a one sided beating for the Malaysian Peter Davis. He comes in utilizing his reach well, and quickly rocks Hock before pinning him against the cage with strikes that are mostly blocked. The legendary Matt Hume calls it off, perhaps a bit quickly, but whatever. I'm sure Davis was going to continue the beatdown.
We're off to an explosive start. Up next are two Brazilians: Marcos Escobar and Rodrigo Praxedes. In the first round, both fighters appear to be fairly evenly matched both on the feet and on the mat. Despite the back and forth action, it is a pretty clear round for Escobar, as he finishes in full mount, raining down blows. The second round is also very even until the last minute, where Escobsr again works his way to full mount and works his ground and pound. Hume appeared to be seconds away from stopping the fight, but Rodrigo survives to see the third. The third opens with a quick takedown from Escobar. He very quickly finds himself in half guard, where he snakes his arms around the neck and armpit of his opponent, securing a tight darce choke. It proves to be enough, as Rodrigo taps. A decent battle, with a nice submission finish.
Interestingly. during this fight, Renzo remarks that he will be returning to the ring. Anybody who watched the Hughes fight dreads seeing him back in the cage, but hey, he is a legend, and I suppose that entitles him to do whatever the **** he wants. I am sure he will get his ass kicked by any opponent that can even be mistaken for live. I don't look forward to his next fight.
The third fight is between two more guys that I have yet to ever see fight; Mitch Chilson and Al Lias Mansor. The fight opens up quickly with both fighters exchanging takedowns. Mansor appears more desperate for the fight to take place on the mat, but this proves to be a mistake as he gets sloppy and the Renzo Gracie bluebelt quickly works his way to back control and secures a tight rear naked choke. Pretty easy work for Mitch Chilson.
Thats a wrap for the prelims.
The first fight of the main card sees Brian Choi up against Arnaud Lepont. The fight opens with the two brawling like madmen before Choi secures a powerful double leg takedown. He stays sticky on top with a blanketing top game for the majority of the round before Yuji Shimada stands them back up. They brawl for the remainder of the round. Choi likely wins the round with his ground control. The second round opens with the two hugging and making out for a little bit before beginning to brawl again. Choi's wrestling proves to be the biggest difference between the two, as he spends the majority of round either inside of Lepont's guard landing meagre ground and pound, or Choi pinning him against the cage. Another round for Choi. They embrace again at the beginning of the first, as if this has been some sort of war. Choi takes him down again, but the tables are turned when Lepont goes for a guillotine. Choi defends well, but Lepont works his way to a very tight rear naked choke. A very nice come from behind victory for Lepont. Far from a great fight, but a nice finish nonetheless. He calls out Aoki in the post fight interview. Naturally, he would lose that fight, easily, but it makes me wonder if we will for sure see Aoki's next fight in One FC.
Next up is Bae Young Kwon vs Eric Kelly. They open up at a very high pace with Kwon scoring some nice takedowns, and Kelly playing excellent defence. As the round comes to a close, it becomes apparent that this is a clear striker vs. grappler match. Kelly does some good work in the final minutes, and it appears that his defence on the ground may be enough to get him through. The second round starts off as a continuation of the first. Kelly controls the standup, and Choi scores a takedown that he is able to do little with thanks to Kelly's defensive skill.I'm not sure whether Kelly's defence and scrambling is stunning at this point, or Young's ground work isn't as proficient as it appears, as he fairly easily gives up back control. The end of the round sees the fighter in a wild striking exchange that lands Kelly on Kwon's back. He sinks a rear naked choke, but is saved by the bell, similar to Mayhem vs. Shields. The third round is full of scrambles and submission attempts. It's hard to give either fighter the edge after the first four minutes. It's really a BJJ fan's dream. I feel as if the majority of the offence was done by Kwon, so I give him the edge, as the fights are not judged round by round like in North American, but rather as a fight as a whole. A fantastic battle between two skilled, yet unrefined competitors. The judges disagree with me, but **** it, I may even disagree with me at this point. No one is even reading this. **** you.
Now we have Gregor Gracie vs. Adam Shahir Kaydom. Gracie is obviously a submission specialist, but Kaydom also claims to be, so this may be an interesting one. Naturally, the vast majority of the first round takes place on the round, with both guys putting up defence, with Gregor getting the better of it with his back control and ground and pound. The second round opens up with Kaydom kicking Gracie directly in the ****. Fair enough. I think I may have fallen asleep for a little while here, but Gregor spent the majority of this round on top on the ground, and Adam finished up strong with retorted looking leg kicks, one after the other, in the last minute. The second round opens up on the feet, naturally, with Adam throwing a lot of kicks. Gregor seems to have gassed hard, and Renzo seems to have abandoned his commentary position, which I just noticed. Gregor looks like Mousasi, kind of, but a Mousasi that is far worse at fighting. At this point, I can't see Gregor securing any sort of submission, but he has controlled the majority of the fight, so he will likely get the decision if we make it that far. I would say that Kaydom is being more offensive from the bottom than Gracie from the top, and I hope that the judges note this as well. Gregor is gassed as **** at this point, lazily shooting for a takedown and getting reverse for the rest of the round. I give the fight to Kaydom. I just realized now that I have been calling him Kaydom this whole time despite his name being Kayoom. I will not be correcting this, **** you. The judges agree with me, and Kayoom takes the victory. I wouldn't say that this was a terrible fight, but probably the worst of the night, thus far.
I am sorry if you are actually reading this. It must be a mess. I think it changed to a straight up play by play at one point. That wasn't what I intended. I was just going to write a small note about each fight, but I seem to have abandoned that plan in place of this idiocy.
Now it's time for one of my favourite's in Masakazu Imanari as he takes on Leandro Issa. Who doesn't love a leg lock specialist? If you don't love a leg lock specialist, go **** yourself. Learn to enjoy better things.
Imanari comes out in his usual hands down, I don't give a ****, stance. The first few minutes has Issa controlling the action with low kicks before dropping Imanari with a big left hand. Issa stays in guard for the remainder of the round throwing the occasional big elbow, while Imanari is unable to get anything done from his guard. Imanari doesn't chance facial expressions, despite this. Again the round starts out with Issa throwing a lot of leg kicks, and actually dropping Imanari with one. Imanari isn't setting any of his striking up, and is simply throwing wild haymakers and stupid looking spinning back fists. So he kicks him the ****, instead. Issa scores a nice takedown that I am sure that Imanari is thankful for. Again he rains down nice elbows while Imanari is unable to get anything going. Imanari makes his way back to his feet, but in the closing seconds, he is dropped by a left hook. Things are looking grim. The third and final round is more of the same in the opening minutes, as Issa kicks the shit out of Imanari's leg. This is probably some sort of karmic payback for all of the legs that Imanari has injured throughout his career. Issa scored another nice takedown, but I doubt that his attempt was met with any real resistance. Imanari just can't get anything going, so far. Imanari tries to muster up his last bit of craziness and walks down Issa with wild hooks. He gets taken down again, and that's the end of the story. Issa's defence was too good for the leg lock specialist.
That one was disappointing. Oh well. I think there are only two more fights left.