I decided against blogging the Facebook portion of UFC: Rio (also known as UFC 134) so I’ll just cover the two live fights on Spike TV plus any Facebook broadcast fights shown on delay to fill time.
Join me after the jump!
Rousimar Palhares vs. Dan Miller
Round 1 – Toquinho looks like a tree stump. Feeling out process early. Miller catches a kick and fires a jab. How does Palhares make 185? Lead right hand by Palhares and he pulls guard. He tries to get a triangle locked in but Miller shrugs it off and lands a few punches and they’re back to their feet. Good leg kick by Palhares. Miller with the lead jab. HUGE FRONT KICK ROCKS MILLER! Palhares slams him and Miller is back up and gets Palhares down. Miller wants back up for the sake of his limbs. Palhares fires two right hands and lands a solid knee. What just happened? Miller got dropped by a leg kick and then Palhares landed ground and pound and thought the fight was stopped!! Fight was never stopped and he was celebrating. They restart and then Miller drops Palhares! Holy crap. Palhares survives and then dumps Miller to the mat and the round is over. Huge mistake by Palhares and what a round. 10-9 Palhares
Round 2 – They’re swinging to start the round and Palhares just slams Miller again. Miller attempts a triangle and Palhares power slams him again. Herb Dean constantly warning Palhares to stop grabbing the fence. Damn is Dan Miller game. Again he grabs the fence. Another slam. Miller is getting dominated off his back. Short elbows by Palhares in Miller’s guard. Two minutes left in the round. More ground-and-pound by Toquinho. Herb Dean is telling Miller to fight back. :45 left and it’s become an ass kicking. OH MY GOD HUGE CUT OPENED UP. They should think about stopping this. 10-8 Palhares
Round 3 – Pace has slowed. Both men are gassed. Good right by Miller. Nice uppercut by Palhares. This isn’t what I was expecting. This is largely a striking round and Palhares pretty much has the decision locked up in what has been an insane fight. Counter-jab by Rousimar. Miller is slapping at this point but he lands a solid jab. Palhares goes to the body twice. Ten seconds left. Miller needs a miracle and……he doesn’t get it. Great fight. 10-9 Miller but 29-27 Palhares overall. OFFICIAL SCORECARDS: Rousimar Palhares def. Dan Miller via Unanimous Decision (29-27, 30-27, 30-25). Awesome fight.
Thiago Tavares vs. Spencer Fisher
Round 1 – Tavares slips firing a head kick early. Lands a body kick. Fisher looking to open up with the jab. Thiago shoots for the takedown and has it. Fisher’s back is up against the fence. Not much happening otherwise. They trade ineffective close-range strikes. Fisher trying to wall walk but Tavares has him stuck. Referee Marc Goddard stands them up. Tavares takes him down again near the fence and this round sucks. He had Fisher’s back but lost positioning. Spencer with a short elbow but the round ends. 10-9 Tavares
Round 2 – “Stop kicking” says the corner of Tavares. He immediately throws two kicks and then clinches up and gets a big takedown. Lands a few elbows. Very safe gameplan. Oh boy Fisher gave up his back and Tavares is landing a bunch of ground-and-pound. Referee is telling Fisher to fight back. He isn’t. The fight is over and this crowd has erupted. Spencer is going to get cut. Thiago Tavares def. Spencer Fisher via TKO (strikes) at 2:51 of round 2.
Erick Silva vs. Luis Ramos
Round 1 – Facebook action here. Silva shoots for a takedown and it’s stuffed. Ramos lands a leg kick. And a big right hand by Erick Silva wrecks Ramos! Silva pounces on him and it’s over before it barely started. Vicious stuff from the 13-1 (now 14-1) prospect. Erick Silva def. Luis Ramos via KO (punches) at :40 of round 1.
Well that was fun bar much of the Fisher/Tavares scrap. Enjoy the PPV and if you live along the East Coast, please stay safe.