Oh boy, was it just me or was the fight between Demian Maia and Jake Shields a bit boring? Yes, it was a clash between two BJJ specialists but it lacked of action so much that even the referee had to either warn them or stand them up a few times. The worst part is that this is not only non-title bout, but a non-title 5-round bout. In all fairness, they tried to stand for a while at the beginning of every round, but when they go to the ground and nobody did anything significant. The rolling, clinching and nothing went on for all 5 rounds with Shields being on top slightly more than Maia and thus winning the split decision in the end. This is a great example why I dislike watching a grappler versus grappler in a MMA fight. It was the main event, it went all 5 rounds and yet it wasn’t awarded the fight of the night. Guess even Dana White didn’t enjoy it much too.
The Korean Stun Gun, Kim Dong Hyun surprised me when he managed to pull off a one-punch knockout on Erick Silva while being seemingly out of gas and on survival mode in the second round of the co-main event bout. Both fighters punched at the same but Kim’s straight left landed clean on the centre of Silva’s face while ducking his head to his right to avoid the Brazilian’s left hook. Believe or not, Kim is the first ever fighter to finish Silva (aww yea, Asian pride!). The rather peculiar thing was that Silva actually didn’t seem like himself in the first. Although still explosive as ever, he wasn’t as aggressive and confident as he usually is. But take nothing away from Kim’s impressive “punch of death”, which may have been avoided if Silva moved his head like Kim did. Silva was completely out cold. A well deserved KO of the night.
Rousimar Palhares, known for his dangerous leg locks, has won with a highly impressive heel hook submission win against Mike Pierce in just 31 seconds into the bout but his refusal to let go his opponent’s leg immediately has caused him his career. Dana White announced that Palhares’ contract will be terminated and will never work with UFC ever again. While many agree that it was a class act decision by the organisation, some still feel that it’s a total waste to sack such a high level fighter. Palhares tweeted that he never meant to hurt his opponent and had always respected UFC’s decision but this was not the first time he had behaved poorly. In UFC 111, he was suspended for the same thing before failing a drug test so UFC really didn’t have much of a choice. But I won’t be too worried for Palhares, he’ll definitely get an opportunity elsewhere if he promises to change.
UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields results
Fight of The Night: Raphael Assunção vs. T.J. Dillashaw
Knockout of The Night: Dong Hyun Kim
Submission of the Night: Not awarded (Rousimar Palhares denied)
Welterweight: Jake Shields def. Demian Maia via Split Decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)
Welterweight: Dong Hyun Kim def. Erick Silva via KO (punch) | R2 3:01
Catchweight (208 lbs): Thiago Silva def. Matt Hamill via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-27)
Light Heavyweight: Fabio Maldonado def. Joey Beltran via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Welterweight: Rousimar Palhares def. Mike Pierce via Submission (heel hook) | R1 0:31
Bantamweight: Raphael Assunção def. T.J. Dillashaw via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Welterweight: Igor Araújo def. Ildemar Alcantara via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Welterweight: Yan Cabral def. David Mitchell via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Flyweight: Chris Cariaso def. Iliarde Santos via TKO (punches) | R2 4:31
Lightweight: Allan Patrick def. Garett Whiteley via TKO (punches) | R1 3:54