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Semi-sober UFC Fight Night 24 Thoughts

Phil Davis vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira: Minotouro’s takedown defence looked pretty ironclad for about 1.5 rounds tonight. Not good enough, Lil’ Nog. Phil Davis took a pretty big scalp this evening (on short notice as a replacement for this perenially injured goofball, no less), and displayed a lot of mental fortitude in being able to turn the tide of a fight that wasn’t really going his way in the early stages. Is he ready to contend with Jon Jones for the belt? Absolutely fucking not. Davis’ striking still needs a LOT of seasoning if he’s going to give Jones any sort of challenge at all. And you can bet Jones’ take-down defense is a little better than Rogerio Nogueira’s. After this win, though, we have to assume that Davis has earned the coveted right to be “in the mix” at 205lbs and will probably take on another upper-echelon light-heavyweight in the near future. 

Dan Hardy vs. Anthony Johnson: Stand-up war my ass. How many times are we going to fall as a group for that particular line of bullshit? Don’t answer that. “Rumble” put a takedown clinic on in the Octagon this evening and while it hardly made for scintillating viewing (unless you just dig that kind of thing) it was a pretty effective display and reminded us all that 99.9% of British fighters can’t wrestle for shit. Sorry guys, it is what it is. The forecast for Hardy is pretty grim from here on out, but I imagine the UFC will toss him a rebound fight next time they head across the pond to sunny England.  Up next for Johnson? I dunno, how bout Carlos Condit? Diego Sanchez? 

Damarques Johnson vs. Amir Sadollah: I didn’t watch this fight because I was busy drinking. Another win for Sadollah and a little bit of momentum, and a loss for Damarques that probably won’t result in him getting a pink slip simply because he stepped in for an injured James Wilks (that guy’s still fighting?). Another fairly unremarkable gurgle in the bowels of the UFC’s 170lb division. 

Chan Sung Jung vs. Leonard Garcia: Oh my fuck was this fight satisfying to watch. It doesn’t seem fair to dislike Garcia just because of the all-around fucknuttery going on with MMA judging these days, but who said life was fair? The guy has gotten more gifts than a rich brat on Christmas and tonight he paid the pauper. Jung deserves every goddamn penny of his Sub of the Night bonus and built back up a lot of the hype that George Roop violently relieved him of at WEC 51. Good job, Zombie. Good job. 

All in all a pretty solid night of fights aside from the horrible, horrible walrus fights preliminary bouts put on by Jon Madsen, Mike Russow, Sean McCorkle and Christian Morecraft (who seemed to be channeling Paul Stanley in his post-fight interview). All of the flab, the gassing-out, the hilariously shitty stand-up and the desperate attempts of Rogan and Goldy to make the fights exciting by sheer force of will drove me back to the bottle in a state of near-hysteria. Sometimes you gotta let the liquor do the thinkin’, bud. The most surprising news of the evening? Nik Lentz was in an exciting fight. Which he finished. By choke.  Will wonders never cease? 

  • Redping

    rumble johnson is a giant girl who didn’t want to stand up with an english guy with a mohawk. no wonder he doesn’t want to fight at middleweight

  • thingvolds

    redping is correct. shameful performance by rumble. looked like a bully trying to put a little kid in a headlock for much of the fight. im no fan of hardy but he fought honorably considering. ffs rumble move to 185. the fact that you are physically capable of making 170 doesnt mean you should. rumble would probably fight in the womens division if they let him, and people like subo would say “its perfectly legal, stop crying about it”.

  • Grappo

    good write-up scissors.


    The Sadollah fight was pretty damn good. They took it everywhere, and the finish was awesome.

    I’m not gonna hate on the Rumble fight because he looked great on the ground.  He always looks so fuckin stiff to me that I was surprised at how smooth he was with his grappling.  How good he is vs. how crappy Hardy is, I don’t know.  Can’t blame him for playing it safe.  He’s coming off a loss and hadn’t fought since the last time Ryan got laid.  I’m impressed, even though he’s a shitty woman-hitter (can’t say wife-beater since she wasn’t his wife)  Suck it Subo. 

  • Reverend Clint

    here is what i wrote on my other site

    I missed all the good fights, damn you woman and our lack of edible foods! Well i did get to watch Figueroa vs that guy from Madtv. Pretty good fight and worthy of FOTN. Just watching the gif of the “twister” the Zombie put on Scarface over there is enough to make the card a B. The Spike portion I caught wasn’t that exciting since wrestling isn’t what gets me hard. Watching Amir beat on that other TUF guy was nice though, I’ve always like Amir for some reason.

    Johnson and Davis proved tonight that neither of them isn’t going to make a descent challenge to the current Champion in their respective weight class. Rumble looked like a black GSP but only crappier and Davis couldn’t take down Lil Nog for nearly 2 rounds. Speaking of Nog, when is the UFC gonna give him a non wrestling opponent? The man looks 400 years old, his brother looks 900 but somehow they are twins.

    All in all this was an ok FN but it sucks that there are no UFC’s until the end of April! Unless you count Zuffa’s other B league Strikeforce.

  • FiveBoltMain

    wtf bitch! no love for the cracker and beaner fight? that fight made the card.

  • frickshun

    Good write-up Skizz!!

    Between you & me, where did you dump Ryan’s body?

  • Jim Harbaugh Scramble

    I liked the Morecraft/McCorkle fight. Loved seeing McCorkle take a nap. Good fight.

    And what’s with the Rumble hate? He did the right thing. Fuck Dan Hardy get his ass out of the UFC.

  • scissors61

    wtf bitch! no love for the cracker and beaner fight? that fight made the card.

    it was a very good fight that i got too drunk to write about. frick–thanks, i hid ryan’s body in plain sight. mwahahaha

  • 7th Offensive

    Is NOBODY taking into account that Davis has fought like 5 times in a year and half?

    Dood needs a big long rest imo. That’s a hell of a pace to be super effective.

  • scissors61

    Is NOBODY taking into account that Davis has fought like 5 times in a year and half?

    Definitely, he’s kept a furious pace since starting in the UFC. They should give him at least 6 months off before his next fight IMO. 

  • Reverend Clint

    he had a 4 month lay off between this and the fight before.

  • 7th Offensive

    so he had a month off and trained for 3?

    still. i’m sure fighting constantly since feb of last year takes its toll.

  • Jim Harbaugh Scramble

    Doesn’t Dana want the fighters fighting 3 times a year? See his numerous quotes about when you are in the UFC you are fighting 3 of the toughest fighters in the world a year.

    or is that just a shtick?

  • scissors61

    or is that just a shtick?

    ask GSP, lol 

  • Reverend Clint

    gsp only fights 2 times a year but i think most guys fight 3+ times a year. Daniel Cormier fought 5 times in 2010.

    im sure they will give him a fight in like auguest

  • Blackula Jonez

    I have no problem with Davis’s performance, didn’t realize he has fought so much. It sucks that he is being looked down on because he isn’t progessing as rapidly as Bones as if Bones UFC career is the path of an average fighter.


    It was actually a good thing to see him fail at takedowns and adapt effectively than just another no resistance one sided win. Grit and ability can take you very far. Wish he would focus on leg kicks with those goddamn horse legs of his.


    Props to Amir for finally getting his striking on point and aggresively take an opponent out. Good on the Korean Zombie for pulling out that sub and Rumble…did take the obvious path to victory. Can’t hate on a guy for exploiting his opponents weekness…same thing happens in every other sport on this planet and pretty much life in general.