Posted by Mark Figula on December 5, 2010 at 3:29 AM
By "The Mouth," Rogue MMA Commentator
Don King is trying to kill MMA. There, I said it. It's the only explanation for two of the judges in tonight's TUF 12 live event giving Leonard Garcia the win over Nam Phan. Remember folks, the judges aren't hired by the UFC, they are put in place by the state athletic commission. In this case it was Nevada's. The same commission that has been in Don's pocket since, oh 1971?
Okay, perhaps I jest, but it sure is horrible to see Nam get robbed like this after such a great performance. Garcia shouldn't be slighted for delivering his side of an exciting fight, swinging for the fences with every punch. Nam was just more precise and owned the only stretch in the fight with a significantly dominant position, after he downed Garcia with a side kick in round two and rode him out from top position until the bell rang. This fight was just another example of the DIRE need for new scoring practices (as mentioned by our grand poobah editor in his MMA Needs New Scoring Practices piece
). I for one, can't wait to see what comes out of California's new scoring experiment next year.
As for the rest of the night?
- Cody McKenzie proved that, if at first you don't succeed, guillotine again... and again... and again. For some reason known to only Aaron Wilkinson, the Brit kept leaving his head in where the crazy Alaskan could continue to try and pop Aaron's head off. After umpteen attempts, Cody finally jacked Wlikinson's jaw to the point where the kid had to tap. Score one for persistence. Cody may seemingly be a one trick pony, but so is "Mo" Rivera with his cutter and he's on an express train to baseball's Hall of Fame.
- Demian Maia apparently asked for for Christmas. I say this because he practiced for the day Santa delivers by riding Kendall Grove around the pasture for 15 solid minutes. While he was still, as usual, outclassed on his feet, he's seemingly made improvements there and had enough stand-up to stay safe while getting past Grove's crazy long limbs and in for multiple takedowns. Where does Maia go from here? I'll give Joe Silva a call and find out. I'm sure he'll take my calls, right?
- Stephan Bonnar showed he's got plenty of game left. He controlled his opponent, Igor Pokrajac for the entire fight, but wasn't able to get the Croatian to say "yes, master." You have to take what you can get Stephan.
- In the big finale fight, we saw a much improved looking Michael Johnson pick apart Jonathan Brookins jaw for the first five minutes of the fight, only to succumb to an onslaught of takedowns and ground control for the following two. Brookins mighty chin is likely the only reason he got that far and he will need to work on that aspect of his game if he plans on climbing the ranks of the division. It was nice of him, however, to prove the previously mentioned grand poobah of our site right by winning the whole thing. Seeing as he was the fourth overall pick and all.
- Honorable mention goes to GSP for having the his best "eye of the tiger" look ever in his pre-fight interview with Joe Rogan and Kos. If the steely look in his eyes is any indication of what's to come, we may see Koscheck's curls used as Brillo to wipe up the canvas next Saturday night.
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