*****SPOILERS***** Thoughts on UFC 89 *****SPOILERS*****
I thought it was a solid card.
Firstly, the Lytle v Taylor fight was quality, best fight i've seen since Guida v Huerta. Both guys deserve their fight of the night bonuses and i look forward to Lytle v Davis at UFC 94 (although i had Taylor winning this 29-28).
Next, i'm dissappointed with Sokodjou, although i've always been a big fan of Cane and wasn't suprised to see him get the upset. Sokodjou came out good, but seemed to gas after 3minutes and didn't like Cane coming at him. I hope UFC let him have one more fight though to prove himself, as i'm still a fan.
Another fighter i was dissappointed with was Vera, he seems to have lost all his aggression, and has been terrible in his last 4 fights, how the guy gets 100k a fight is shocking. Jardine looked quite good and i had him winning a pretty comfortable 29-28, i'm pleased for him.
The Davis v Kelly fight wasn't as good as i anticipated. It was a lot slower than i thought it would be, although Davis' stand-up did look crisp and he pulled out a nice submission. Kelly was very poor for the submission, i could see it coming about 15 seconds before it happened. Kelly made me laugh swearing after the fight though.
Carwin looked good stopping Wain, although Wain caught him with a punch early on. Carwin was just so much bigger than Wain, and Rogan said Brock Lesnar's gloves didn't fit him and he had to have the next size up, which is crazy. Carwins stand up didn't look as good as the Wellisch fight, but his ground and pound was great and he looks a beast.
Finally the main event, and i was really impressed with Bisping. He picked Leben apart in the fight and proved some critics wrong with the pretty dominant victory. Leben is a warrior though, and deserves a lot of credit for coming off the alcohol and training hard, and both guys made it a good fight. Both men were gentlemen after the ifhgt and both have gone up in my opinion. Leben looked sharper and fitter, but Bisping was just a little too fast for him and Leben never really managed to land his power left hand.
Overall it was a very good event, and i can't wait for 90 next week.
FORMER UFC CPL CHAMPION
Events Attended: UFC 120, CWFC 45, CWFC 52