This Is The Re-Watch: UFC 58: USA vs Canada.
Holy hell, Tom Murphy vs Icho Larenas was horrible. Murphy vs Larenas did indeed suck a cow's anus. Murphy's the guy who had a horrible, horrible fight against Rashad Evans on TUF 2. Larenas is a dude with a wacky name and shitty wrestling. Murphy takes him down and unleashes some really dull GnP. This is the whole fight. Larenas bleeds, but man, shit, this sucked. Thankfully, both men never fought in the UFC again.
Lambert has some saggy tits, but saggy tits is, like, what Lambert's all about. A shitty ground game and meh striking is what Rob MacDonald is all aboot. Whoa, Lambert executes a fun saggy titty slam, and pulls off a nice kimura to end things. Did Rob macDonald have any fans? Because, I don't remember anyone ever liking the guy.
Stout vs Fisher 1 was the total goods, and I actually scored it 29-28 for Fisher, as I gave him the first 2 rounds. Stout won the last round based on better striking. Spencer won the first 2 based on grappling and hard striking. This is the best fight on the card and a solid FOTYC for 2006. Also, this was much better than their one-sided rematch, but hey, that was still fun.
I liked Hominick vs Edwards, sort of. I mean, it was pretty fun, but Yves Edwards getting triangled by Mark Hominick was....just....embarrassing. Wow, that triangle was slow as hell, too. Yves just lays there and lets him slap it on. I think I shed a tear or 2. I've heard 2 stories about the ending. The first was that those body shots killed Edwards and he never recovered. The second was that Yves' family bet the house on him and he took a dive. I believe the former, but wouldn't be surprised if the latter was true, since Edwards did NOTHING on the ground. Edwards' career just never recovered after this. Dude got triangled by a 145 pound striker with bad grappling.
Oh yeah, Doerksen vs Marquardt was fun stuff. Doerksen has never had a boring fight, and Nate can bring the fun when he needs to. These 2 starts hugging it out like MEN in the beginning, and it's all punchy face action after that. Really fun grappling by both men, and fun stand-up. I like how Nate sets up his kicks. Dude's striking is damn underrated. Doerksen ends up rocking Nate in the second, and man, I love this fight. Third was pretty much all Nate. I ended up scoring it 29-28 for Nate. This gets almost no love, and that makes me sad.
The first round of Penn vs GSP is the most overrated round in MMA history. GSP landed his fair share of solid strikes, both punches and kicks, but people have said that this should've been a 10-8 round. What the hell are these people smoking? GSP gets poked in the eye and still hangs with Penn standing. A one-eyed GSP was able to beat BJ Penn. That shows you how good GSP is. Penn's chin is so manly that many seem to think that GSP never hit him standing. In the second, GSP lands some nice kicks and gets Penn down a few times. Penn is gassed. In the third, GSP gets Penn down a few times, but Penn's good enough to neutralize GSP. Penn tries a gogoplata, and GSP doesn't let it bother him.
How freakin' hilarious is it that Cecil freakin' Peoples scored the fight 29-28 for Penn?
Swick vs Vigneault was the debut of the Swickatine. Vigneault looks like Vladdy the Janitor, except he doesn't have Vladdy's talent. Swick tries a flying knee and then slaps on the Swickatine. Somewhere, BBJD7 craps his pants with joy.
Franklin vs Loiseau is, like, my favorite Franklin fight. Dude ends up breaking his hand and still beats the living shit out of Loiseau. Many (Including me) thought that this would be a competitive fight, but Franklin proved many wrong and battered the living hell out of him for 5 rounds. Holy shit, Loiseau looks like an alien that's been shot in the head. Franklin is the man, and dude showed his heart by going out there and performing greatly with a broken hand. While guys like Pellegrino and Vera wilted, Franklin never stopped fighting. What a beating. What a manly beating. I felt they sort of got rid of Loiseau early. I mean, he got his ass kicked here, but he should've been given another chance after the Swick fight. Ah well, can't say I'm sad to see him go. Franklin is a great fighter when he's facing non-Brazilian guys. Loiseau has never recovered from this beating.
Fun card, one of my favorite's of 2006. Fun concept, too, and some solid matchmaking by Joe Silva.