To begin my review of this mixed martial arts bout I have to say this: I only caught the last 3 fights on the card. So expect this post to be short but packed with UFC goodness. But to be fair, they were amazing! Both main events were relatively quick and amazing. This much needed rematch with Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz had to have been one of the most hyped matches all year, and it certainly did not disappoint. We watched the Pay-Per-View at Buffalo Wild Wings. Needless to say, the place was rip-roaring with excitement.
The third fight I saw with octagon veteran Dennis Hallman vs. Brian Ebersole was quite the bout as well. The round was almost over and Ebersole just unleashed his barrage of strikes and TKO’d Hallman at the 4:28 mark. It was a match that really highlighted the newer fighter Ebersole’s striking and grapling abilities. The match began with Hallman jumping on Ebersole’s back and keeping it for a solid 30 seconds. Ebersole turned him over and was in Hallman’s guard for a good portion of first round exchanging strikes until the end of the match. I think Ebersole may be going places in the UFC. Only time will tell.
The Vito Belfort and Yoshihiro Akiyama bout was amazing. Akiyama entered the ring in his Hayabusa Brazilian Jiu Jitsu kimono and looked quite ready to fight. Vito entered the ring in his white track suite followed by his entourage in wearing the same thing. The whole time I knew Belfort was going to win but I wanted Akiyama to put up more of a fight. The bout began and Belfort was just feeling out Akiyama and his timing. At about 1:30 into the first round Belfort hit Akiyama in just the right spot and so began the series of perfectly positioned punches that KO’d Yoshihiro Akiyama Cold.
The main event was the highlight of the night at Buffalo Wild Wings. Rashad Evans entered the ring on all fours like usual acting like a monkey and entertaining everyone. Tito Ortiz entered with his double sided flag and beanie…like usual. My choice to win was Rashad. I like his style and his attitude. Since the beginning of the whole match Rashad had the upper hand. In the first round Tito attempted a takedown and Rashad defended it with ease and even took Tito down (dumped him more like it) towards the end of the round. The second round began and the fight went to the ground. After a few punches following up a knee to the chest of Ortiz, the fight was stopped and Rashad was declared the winner.
Now Rashad has to face the UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones. This fight I cannot wait for! Stay tuned for more UFC coverage.
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