Kicking off Fox Sports 1′s UFC Fight Night coverage on Wednesday afternoon was Allan Patrick vs Garett Whiteley, and what a way to start the show! Patrick is one of those Brazilian guys who is apparently unafraid to fire off some ambitious capoeira moves during and after his fights. It’s hard to tell what kind of prospect he is based on one quick finish against another UFC virgin, but I’m definitely very excited to see more of him!
Jake Shields did was Jake Shields does best last night and shut down Demian Maia for just enough of their five round fight to squeak out a decision. In the least surprising development ever, Maia thinks he got screwed over and opened up in the post fight press conference on exactly how he had things scored.
“The fight was decided in the fifth round. I think I won that round. I defended the takedowns and I believe I had the more effective stand up. I cannot understand the judges. My strategy was to defend the takedowns in the last part and try to stand upright. In the first round, I was more dangerous but it could have been given to anyone. The second he won. The third I think I won, and fourth and fifth.”
Judge Richard Bertrand and Sal D’Amato gave Shields the win, and Guilherme Bravo scored the contest 48-47 to the Brazilian. Maia thinks the judges should open up and explain their scores after the fight.
“I think the judges should make their criteria more clear, and the judges should go public,” he said. “A decision like this change a fighter’s life and these guys never show up. They need to show up. They need to know the responsibility they have with judging, and they should clarify the rules.”
MMA Junkie provides the scorecard and here’s the Fightmetric report. MMA Decisions has media outlets giving the fight to Shields by an 8 to 3 score with 2 draws. My scoring is skewed by the fact that I think Jake Shields is all about the dump and hump / wall and stall and the only thing he really deserves for that is to be shot out of a cannon into the sun.
Okay, maybe he’s got a few slick moves.
Rousimar Palhares has a long history of refusing to let go of submissions after his opponent taps, a seriously dangerous predilection when one’s specialties are kneebars and heel hooks. It’s gotten him suspended for 90 days in 2010, and last night it cost him $50,000.
Palhares, with the only submission on the card, should have won the “Submission of the Night” bonus. But because he continued to hold Mike Pierce’s leg in the fight-ending ankle lock, UFC officials elected to not give him the bonus.
UFC officials announced the winners at the night’s post-event news conference, which MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) attended.
After his fight, Palhares said if he won the bonus, he’d donate his winnings to the Doctors Without Borders charity. Now that charity apparently misses out on a big check thanks to the way he finished – or decided to not finish – against Pierce. In addition, Brazil’s athletic commission also apparently will be looking into whether Palhares will get any official punishment.
The UFC may also go further than just taking away some bonus money – Dana White said after the event that Palhares would be receiving some ‘additional punishment.’ As for the condition of his opponent Mike Pierce’s ankle, coach Phil Claud told MMA Junkie “I think he’s OK, but we’re going to get an MRI.”
It kinda sucks that Rousimar holding onto his sub for too long is overshadowing the immaculate execution of the sub itself, but 1) guy does this shit practically every time 2) heel hooks can result in career ending injuries. I know ol’ Paul Harris has a reputation as a simple man from the dirt poor rural areas of Brazil, but he isn’t feed a carrot to a bus dumb. He knows what he’s doing here and it has to stop. If that means renouncing this sweet finish and suspending him long enough that it’ll actually hurt, then that’s what’s gotta happen.
Last night’s episode of TUF featured this season’s best fight yet, and perhaps the best TUF fight in several seasons. Raquel Pennington and Jessamyn Duke went to war, and the UFC has the entire fight up for everyone (in America) to enjoy.