So UFC 72 is in the books, and it was an entertaining pay per view.
Here are my thoughts on the fights this afternoon:
Ed Herman defeats Scott Smith by tapout due to a rear naked choke in 2nd round.
Herman caused a nasty cut on Smith’s nose with some pin point elbows to the face in 1st round. Herman got Smith’s back and it was lights out from there.
Tyson Griffin wins over Clay Guida by split decision.
This was a UFC instant classic, especially the 2nd round. It was some of the most technical grappling, and countering, you could want to see. I felt that Guida was more of the aggressor and should have won the decision.
Jason McDonald defeats Rory Singer via TKO in 2nd round.
Rory almost seemed unsure of his game plan versus Jason. Once Jason got control on the ground and started dropping punches, Rory was done.
Forrest Griffin wins over Hector Ramirez via unanimous decision.
Forrest was in control of this fight from jump street. Forrest was way more under control in this fight than he has been in a long time. Usually Forrest is a guy who will lower his head and just stand and swing with anyone. This afternoon he seemed to have a much better and smart game plan. Ramirez was frustrated that he never could get that chance to throw the haymaker to knock Forrest out.
Rich Franklin wins over Yushin Okami via UD.
Rich was in control of this fight for the first two rounds. What Yushin was waiting for was the question of the day. In the 3rd round Yushin came out on the offensive and had Rich in some serious trouble, but Rich found away to escape and get the win. As much as I like Rich, if Yushin had been on the attack for more than the four minutes of the 15 minute fight, he might have won.
Overall grade of the pay per view I would say was a B-. Again did not have the flash and buzz that Liddell vs Jackson had, but was still a very solid event.
The fight of the night was clearly Guida vs Griffin.
Anyone watch UFC 72? What were your thoughts?