With another successful trip down under, the UFC delivered a heaping dose of fistic entertainment with UFC Fight Night 33. It was a quality card from top to bottom and as usual some interesting story lines emerged and some impressive performances were put on. Let’s take a look at the card from top to bottom and touch on some of the shows moments that stood out.
Where have I seen this kid before?
If Alex Garcia looked familiar to some of you it is with good reason, actually good reasons. For one he was seen in a few of the UFC’s multiple trips up to Montreal to film Georges St-Pierre in UFC countdown shows, Primetimes, interviews, etc. And then there is the fact that this kid Garcia looks, and fights, like a mixture of Hector Lombard and Thiago Alves. Seriously, looking at him you could tell he was seriously explosive, seriously athletic, and seriously skilled. Once the fight happened and he started throwing strikes we knew our suspicions were true. He has great potential with his youth (26), skills, and his gym (Tristar). Keep an eye out for Garcia.
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The World Series of Fighting had their seventh event last night somewhere in the wilds of Canada, but thanks to the miracle of modern television, fans were able to watch what transpired in the cage from the comfort of their own home. However, if you don’t have NBC Sports on your cable box, fear not! Because through the miracle of GIFs, you can have a glimpse of what you missed!
Hey, look, it’s Kalib Starnes – and he’s not running away!
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In an effort to saturate the market with more MMA than anyone can possibly handle, the powers that be have arranged for an Invicta FC and a World Series of Fighting installment to go off concurrently tonight, just a short 18 hours after last night’s UFC. And in an effort to instill a bit more chaos in your life, we’re going to have one single chat for both events, starting at 6pm for the first WSOF prelims. So come on in and join us in talking about two different events at the same time. It will be fun! Or not!
The scene: the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame dinner last night. The woman at the podium is Tara LaRosa – an old school female MMA fighter who was at one time the best in the world – and she’s just been inducted into the HOF for being a trailblazer.
If you went into the Mark Hunt vs. Bigfoot Silva match-up with low expectations, then you would’ve been happy with a quick KO. But we didn’t get a quick KO – we got an five-round war waged by these two heavyweight warriors upon each other. How good was Hunt vs. Bigfoot? It was this good…