King, I offered you the opportunity to prove yourself by beating me in the predictions game. You didn't reply back. As far as I'm concerned, you really can't say sh!t now. You have shown zero knowledge for MMA, and zero respect for the fighters, so there is no reason why any of us should show you any respect.
That is the last time I will address KING and his dumba$$ disrespectful posts. I encourage you all to do the same. If we don't feed the troll, he'll die away.
On to the fights....
Danzig/Bocek- I was very impressed with both of these guys. I feel like an a$$ for not giving Bocek any credit in my predictions, I didn't even do any research on the guy. I just figured they were feeding Danzig a win. Danzig looked great, as did Bocek, and now we have even more additions to an already overstacked LW division. I'm thinking it might be time to open up the 145 division...
Bisping/McCarthy- I've been critical of Bisping before, but he looked excellent in there at 185. And, that comment about him not even having to cut to make 185 makes me wonder what he'd be like at welterweight. But, smart of him to stick to 185 considering how shallow that division is right now.
Quarry/Starnes- I laughed my a$$ off when they announced that one judge scored it 24/30, serves Starnes right for not doing anything. I am baffled as to what his strategy was. He just got hit and ran the whole fight. And, the worst part was, his corner kept telling him to stand with Quarry. He's clearly getting his a$$ kicked there, why not at least go for a shot or pull guard? As for Quarry, he looked very impressive and very fluid. His last fight was pretty sloppy, so I was glad to see him look so smooth in there on his feet.
Franklin/Lutter- VERY fun fight, probably my fight of the night. The first round, Franklin did awesome on the bottom, he was so squirrelly and did a great job of using his legs to create space and neutralize Lutter. Of course, this was a bit easier as Lutter didn't throw much so there wasn't that to be worried about. Eventually, Lutter mounts and gets the armbar. And, here's my rant: How in the world does a supposedly world class BJJ guy not finish that armbar?? This might be my ignorance (in fact, I'm sure it is, so correct me if I'm wrong), but a basic armbar involves squeezing your knees together to lock the arm and keep the guy from turning out of it. Lutter triangled the arm, which I don't doubt is some advanced armbar, but with that extra space and Franklin's technical knowledge, he was easily able to spin his arm out. Sorry, but it's just rare that you see a guy get his arm fully extended like that and not have it result in a tap/snap.
GSP/Serra- I'm not at all surprised that GSP took Serra down. He took Kos down, he outwrestled Hughes. I was sure GSP was going to try to out-BJJ the BJJ guy just to prove a point, even if GSP had a clear advantage on the feet. On the ground, Serra didn't offer much. I'll give him credit for not just staying there and hanging on for the stand-up, but he really didn't do much else other than squirrel around down there. I really do hope he goes back down to 155 because he could be a pitbull in that division.
As for GSP, it was sort of a lose/lose situation. Either he loses again to Serra and everyone sh!ts on him for it, or, if he doesn't absolutely kill Serra in the first 5 seconds like he was supposed to, people aren't impressed. Tough spot to be in, but a win's a win and now we can get the welterweight division rolling again. With the Ultimate Fighter 6 and Serra's injury, that belt had gone far too long without being defended. Now, it's exciting to think about who's next for GSP.
A couple of odds and ends:
-KenFlo did awesome on commentary.
-The Canadian fans were crazy disrespectful all night. One thing I love about MMA is that it's not about hometown heros. It's just about who is the best fighter. I don't care if Anderson Silva can't speak English and he's fighting Marquardt, a guy from my home state. In the cage, all that matters is who is the better fighter, period. There's always going to be some morons in the crowd that boo the fighter that's from another state, but the chants of "Fvck you, Serra" were way over the line.
-I wish we could've seen more prelims. The submission of the night by Damien Maia on Ed Herman looked sick, I might have to d/l that fight.