We’ve all had a little time to sober up and reflect on Fight Night 13. Overall, I have to admit that the show was a real winner, like most of these free fights on Spike. The formula works; send in a bunch of hungry guys to combat one another, and reward the really great fighters by putting them on the main card in pay per view events. I don’t normally comment on fights in blog format, but poor Ryan ate some bad Pizza Pockets, and now he’s stuck on the toilet bowl. So the show must go on. We didn’t get to catch all the fights, since my internet crapped out a bit, but here are the fights we did see that I wanted to comment on:
TIM BOETSCH VS. MATT HAMILL
Now that I’m no longer drunk on “Alberta’s Best” (one of the worst beers I’ve ever had, btw), I’d just like to say this: Dana, sign Boetsch right fucking now. This guy definitely deserves a chance to be a regular at light heavyweight. He’s got great potential, with solid wrestling skills, and very decent striking. His second fight with Hamil was another “last minute notification” affair, and having done some serious damage to “The Hammer”, Tim would do well in the UFC. Any guy who steps up to the plate TWICE deserves a fucking contract. You owe him that much. Sure, he has some obvious weaknesses (like the fact that he gassed really hard core), but all in all, I’m really pleased with this guy, and I now call myself a fan.
ANTHONY JOHNSON VS. TOMMY SPEER
My candidate for knock out of the night. The fast hands and deadly accuracy of Anthony Johnson momentarily got me out of my drunken stupor. Man, that was brutal. Tommy Speer, who never really impressed me in TUF, got knocked out hard enough that his eyes were rolling in the back of his head. I also quite enjoyed Johnson’s cocky little attitude, and his takedown defense was very decent. This is definitely someone that I’m looking forward to see develop.
NATE DIAZ VS. KURT PELLEGRINO
I never really liked Nate. Perhaps it’s the fact that he sounds like he has marbles in his mouth, or maybe it’s the general “Diaz” attitude that gets to me. He faced his first real dangerous opponent in Pellegrino, and the first round was brutal for Diaz. For a little while I was convinced the ref would have to stop the fight, with Kurt raining blow after blow on Nate, but to his credit, he was still defending himself. Then, bam, Diaz pulls a fucking triangle choke out of nowhere, and after flipping the bird, it’s over. Diaz victory. Fuck. It was a pretty sweet reversal, and despite the fact that he’s a smart fighter, Kurt got caught hard core. I’m now officially impressed with that cocky son of a bitch. Submission of the Night, just for giving the finger.
THIAGO ALVES VS. KARO PARISYAN
Yes, I know what you’re all thinking. Why the fuck did that fight get stopped as quickly as it did. Maybe Karo was turtling up. We can accept the fact that he was, at least momentarily, rocked hard enough that his legs gave out from a solid knee to the face. I’ll also give him credit for being able to defend himself even after such a monster blow. The problem is, stuff like this isn’t always ideal. Was the stoppage a little quick: yes. Do I think Karo would have gotten out of it? No. Alves was raining down on him. Hard. And in truth, I’m convinced that had he continued, Thiago would have done some pretty fucking serious damage. It should have been allowed to play out a little longer, but I can’t fault a referee for putting the fighter’s health over his pride. Besides, the bad Karma Karo built up ducking Fitch is at least partially to blame here.
FRANKIE EDGAR VS. GRAY MAYNARD
Allow me to quickly cover the first and second round for you in one word: BORING! Sure, you can call it a chess match, but generally, I don’t watch those. I prefer fights. Luckily, Maynard somehow woke up, and got some nice slams in before the bell rang. It was a nice little “checkmate”, but not enough to impress me.
KENNY FLORIAN VS. JOE LAUZON
Now this is the fight everyone is having a giant hissy fit over. The fact that Lauzon had the upper hand in the first round somehow makes everyone question Florian taking this fight. There’s some truth to the fact that Lauzon did receive some pretty brutal elbows to the back of the head, but they were honest blows on the part of Florian. Still, I want to make it clear for everyone: Florian had a mount Lauzon wasn’t breaking, and Herb Dean gave the boy a serious chance to intelligently defend himself. I like Joe. I think that since he started training with BJ Penn, he’s become a serious force. But when someone is on top of you in full mount, raining blows, you just have to admit that someone got the best of you.