UFC 121 Results

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Brendan Schaub defeats Gabriel Gonzaga via decision

Sorry.  I was at dinner so I can’t truthfully report on this.

Matt Hamill defeats Tito Ortiz via decision
It was as if Tito Ortiz met a younger version of himself and got beat.  Hamill dominated in every facet of the fight.  Most will say Tito won the first round but if you saw their faces you would say that Hamill won the first round and dominated for the rest of the fight.  Hamill’s ground and pound had Tito stifled and really won the match in the third round with punishing elbows.

Diego Sanchez defeats Paulo Thiago via decision
Blazing first round with Thiago taking Sanchez down once and going for a variety of chokes on the ground and in the stand up.  Sanchez escaped them but Thiago certainly set the pace.  Incredible second round with a MONSTER takedown by Sanchez with a giant battle roar.  The crowd got behind him at that point and started chanting his name.  Diego also managed to escape two kimura attempts while being in top control.  Awesome awesome round.

Sanchez destroyed Thiago in the third round with top control and vicious blows thrown on Thiago’s head.  Sanchez obliterated Thiago with a ground and pound flurry to end of the fight with the crowd chanting his name.  Since I’m writing this in real time…this is definitely the fight of the night so far that got the crowd super amped.

Jake Shields defeats Martin Kampmann via decision
Tentative first round.  Both fighters had choke attempts averted.  Kampmann hit a a few huge knees in the second round.  Jake Shields managed to get full mount twice but Kampmann escaped both times.  At the end of second round Kampmann still looked relatively fresh and Shields looked spent and in Joe Rogan’s words, wobbly.

Kampmann looked like he was going to control the third round on top but Shields escaped a choke attempt and managed to regain top control.  Shields got Kampmann’s back a few times but didn’t seem to have the energy to submit Kampmann.

After the bell sounded, you could hear Kampmann explaining to his crew that if you looked at his face you could tell that Shields did no damage whatsoever.  Shields wobbled around the ring with a weary demeanor but he won and he’s the next in line for a 170 title shot.  If anything, I was more impressed with Kampmann’s ability to withstand Shield’s sub attempts.  It’s a shame he didn’t keep it standing.

Cain Velasquez defeats Brock Lesnar via TKO in the first round
Brock came out HUGE with big knees including a takedown. Cain escaped and took Brock down. Brock got back up but looked seriously winded. Brock went for another takedown and Cain spinned out with perfect technique. Cain took Brock down and punished him with elbows and hard blows to the body and head of Brock Lesnar. Brock curled up and didn’t defend himself and Herb Dean stopped the fight. Your new UFC Heavyweight Champion, Cain Velasquez.

The Card Overall

I’m looking forward to seeing Cain’s first defense against a more than formidable Junior Dos Santos. I’m sure Sanchez vs Thiago will get fight of the night. It wasn’t the greatest card of all time but it was a solid and entertaining card and I’m sure we’ll see Brock Lesnar in the Brocktagon again.

*Still frame courtesy of UFC

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