Posted by Mark Figula on December 12, 2010 at 12:53 AM
By "The Mouth," Rogue MMA Commentator
I know three things about Montreal:
- They have the highest hottie per capita rate of any city.
- Their cab drivers will actually tell you your destination is only a block away instead of taking your dumb American ass around the city on a scenic tour and running up a triple digit tab.
- Their citizens will show up in droves to see a bully beat down!
The fans got what they came for tonight. More on that later, though... Here's my take on what we saw a few short hours ago:
- Don't be a fool, stay in school! Mac Danzig KOs Joe Stephenson with a counterstrike he'd been "studying" how to do correctly since his last fight. You get an A, Mac. The fight was too short to really get a feel for one guy outclassing another, but Mac certainly has raised his stock in the, now packed division.
- Thiago Alves on the proper diet is scary. This Thiago we saw tonight was the guy I was afraid might take out GSP when they fought. His striking was crisp and technical and he laid so many brutal leg kicks into John Howard, I am pretty sure that John will be hopping to the bathroom when he gets out of bed for the next few weeks. To his credit, Howard made it to the decision. He'll probably regret that tomorrow.
- Jersey boy, Jim Miller had nasty knee bar to go with that gunstore.com hat. Charles Oliveira looked game, but at 21 he still has some seasoning to add to that skinny Brazilian frame. He'll be back for certain. Until then... Jersey, bitches!
- As Stefan Struve entered the ring for his bout against the trash talking Sean McCorkle, he let out a ferocious roar... Or was that a billy goat? How does a 6'11" tall guy have the most tenor/alto scream you ever heard? No matter. He showed off some scary "jits" in what amounted to a one round BJJ match, using a simple hip bump sweep from a kimura attempt to gain mount and pound out his opponent. Who knew two guys with a combined reach of 13'8" would go back and forth with kimura attempts until one won?
- In a bout that we DID expect to go all Twisty Pretzel, Mark Bocek jumped into a triangle from mount and rolled it into his guard, tapping out the well schooled grappler, Dustin Hazelett. Afterward, Bocek declared himself the best grappler in the division. Somehow, with such a friendly mug, it didn't seem cocky when he did.
- And now, it's time... For the... You get the idea. After MUCH hype, UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre stepped in the ring for the second time with TUF "villain" Josh Koscheck. The people in and around the UFC kept telling us that Josh was just acting the part to promote the fight and he must have done one heck of a job of it, judging by the most animated crowd the UFC has likely seen to date. The story of the fight can be summed up as follows: Jab meet MMA, MMA meet Jab. GSP proved once again that you can't train for the GSP you saw in the last fight. He brings something new to each fight and at UFC 124 it was a jab that hearkens back to the day of the great heavyweight champ, Larry Holmes. We've never seen anything like it in MMA and it's probably got all those old school boxing nut huggers cheering, "I told you so!" St. Pierre rode that jab all throughout the five round fight, busting up Koscheck's right eye to the point where Josh couldn't see out of it by the third. To Koscheck's credit, he argued with the doctor after round three to stay in the fight. His reward for doing so was more of the same. Although GSP couldn't finish Koscheck, he certainly kept the damage up. It was a bully beat down.
Montreal got their win tonight. Fans of the "nice guy" got their win tonight. The UFC got their win tonight by having another good show. Where does GSP go from here? I don't know but, you have to love a place that has the word "pousse" on every public door!
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