Long time no see, and as explained on THIS post, I experienced some technical difficulties on top of some life’s miserable little moments. But we’re back in business and this is the second of the three posts I share with you this week to try to compensate for this short absence.
The format is “slightly” different as I couldn’t do a prediction post in time. You can see the below twit I shared the night of UFC 188 Which was pretty good all things considered. How did I do? Let’s look it over.
— Gil Shalev (@cobainco) June 13, 2015
Let’s talk fight by fight:
Tecia Torres Vs. Angelah Hill: I have to say that, though I’m big on women MMA, this fight was likely the least exciting women fight in recent history. It looked like a case of styles cancelling each other out. While I expected Torres to win, being a little more well-rounded than Hill, I did not expect to see her going for take down after take down with little to no action on the ground. Hill disappointed me a but by not doing more than controlling Torres’s posture. Low striking, low submission attempts, very little action. 1 for 1.
Yair Rogriguez Vs. Charles Rosa: Thank the booking gods for giving us an immediate response with this fast pace, furious fight. One of the judges left his glasses at home and gave the fight to Rosa, but though he was a tough and worthy opponent, In the fight I watched, Yair won 29-28. I thoroughly enjoyed this one! 2 for 2.
Kelvin Gastelum Vs. Nate Marquardt: Kelvin – please ditch your ill-advised plan to drop back to 170. This is the weight class where Gastelum belongs. No issue cutting weight, or gassing out. It allowed Kelvin to keep a good pace even at Mexico City altitudes. Nate might be done. I’m sorry to say that as I think very highly of the great one. He did not find himself in 170 and 185 will not allow him to climb up the ladder and at 36 he needs to make a career choice. 3 for 3.
Gilbert Melendez Vs. Eddie Alvarez: Here’s where things started going south for me… Gilbert, who I fondly nicknamed “The best Diaz brother” looked way off his game. Either that, or he gave Eddie too much respect (Not that Alvarez doesn’t warrant some…). The normal in your face for 15 to 25 minutes Melendez did not capitalize on an early blow that rocked Eddie, and allowed him to make his way back into the fight and eventually win it by all rights. 3 for 4.
Cain Valasquez Vs. Fabricio Werdum: I did NOT see that coming. I admit. Not that I didn’t think Fabricio had a chance. I certainly knew he could. It was the how, not the win itself. We did see a consistent improvement in Fabricio’s striking in recent fights. I mean, almost unparalleled improvement. Just think Werdum/Overeem and then picture Werdum/Nelson. We know Werdum is the best HW BJJ (if not the best period) practitioner in UFC. What I did not see is a Werdum who’s better conditioned and more in your face – in other words, more Cain – than Cain. I really think Werdum opened up the question about the best HW of all times. I still need to sleep on that for a while, but just review his ongoing list of victims – The Emelianenko brothers, Overeem, Bigfoot, Nelson, Minotauro, Travis Browne, Hunt and now Cain Valasquez… this is by far the most impressive list I can think of. I’m sure he wants to avenge a loss to JDS and Arlovski and perhaps a rubber match with Reem. Kudos to the NEW HW champion of the world! 3 for 5.
Well folks, it was fun to watch, fun to review here. Now let’s saddle up as we prepare for
WWE 189. that is UFC189 with Aldo Vs. McGregor and the overlooked Lawler Vs. MacDonald. See you then with a back-to-normal prediction post!
Until then, Let me know what you thought of UFC 188, comment, like and share like a champ!