Well I’m sure you all know what happened since it was on Spike TV, but how could I call this an mma news site if I didn’t cover the results? The show was good overall, a few dull spots, but was pretty good all around.
In a very impressive performance, Hermes Franca beats Spencer Fisher by TKO in the second round. In the first round, Franca controlled most of it with take downs and some decent ground and pound. Fisher landed a few decent shots but the round went to Franca easily. The second round rolls around and Franca really took it to Fisher, landing some heavy shots and Jorge Alonso steps in to stop it. To Fisher’s credit he never gave up, hell, he never even left his feet. Overall the fight was ok and the outcome was expected.
The next fight was a complete abortion. Jake O’Brien beat Heath Herring by unanimous decision and for the second time in a row, Jake O’Brien was booed out of the building. Lay and prey at it’s finest, however, Herring didn’t have ANY defense what so ever. He did absolutely nothing at all to stop O’Brien. I really don’t want to waste too much time on this fight, I pretty much covered the whole thing already.
In the main event of the night we saw Rashad Evans take on UFCjunkie sponsored fighter Sean Salmon. Very good fight with a frightening ending. Sean came out and worked his jab effectively to keep some distance, got a takedown and landed a few elbows. Rashad was able to scramble back to his feet and after a short exchange, went for a kick which Sean caught and took him down. Rashad got up after taking minimal damage and they circled to finish the round. I would definitely give the first round to Sean but he looked to be gassed for sure. The second round starts and Sean goes for a takedown without success. They have a brief exchange and Sean was holding his hands low and paid the price for it with a vicious head kick and slams his head violently as he falls to the mat uncouscious. I can only hope that Sean is ok, he is in my thoughts and prayers. We will definitely be checking over at UFCjunkie for an update on Sean. We hope for the best. Sean has nothing to be ashamed of. He took it to one of the top 5 light heavyweights in the UFC and won the first round definitively. If it weren’t for a lack of cardio, who knows, we might be talking about how Sean Salmon shocked the world. Regardless, we are praying for Sean and wish him a speedy recovery on his quest back to the octogon. There is no doubt in my mind that we will have a different result in Sean’s next fight. I just hope he takes this as a learning experience and moves on.
The undercard saw Rich Clementi choke out Ross Pointon in the second round. Din Thomas beat Clay Guida by decision, and according to people in attendance, the fight could very well have gone to Guida. I definitely look forward to watching Clay in the octogon again, he never fails to entertain. The next fight, which ended up being shown on the live broadcast, had Ed Herman rebound from two straight losses to submit Chris Price via first round armbar. Herman was upset by Jason McDonald by triangle choke in the first round of his last fight, and lost in the Ultimate Fighter 3 finale to middleweight champ Kendall Grove but was awarded a contract none the less. Josh Burkman was victorious against Chad Reiner by unanimous decision. Rounding out the undercard, Nathan Marquardt gave Dean Lister an absolute beating and won a unanimous decision. One judge even scored the bout 30-25 for Nate. Although Nate hasn’t gotten the push he deserves, this win puts him right in the thick of things in the middleweight division. With another win or two, we might be seeing him get a title shot. Where does Dean Lister go from here? I think he would match up great with Travis Lutter if Anderson Silva is able to retain his title. That would be an excellent match-up and both of them would be coming off losses. Their styles are very similar.
Overall I give the show a B grade. Very entertaining but it did have a lot more potential. As soon as I find something out about Sean’s condition I will be sure to pass it along. We are praying for him and hope he is ok. Be sure to keep checking back as we are getting close to UFC 67, which is next saturday, and we will have the latest updates for you guys.