The Punk: UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar Review
by, 02-03-2013 at 08:50 AM (3115 Views)
Superbowl weekend usually brings out the best in most other American sports and the UFC is no different. Featuring a stacked card including a number of bouts that might result in number one contenders being crowned, and what can only be best described as a dream title fight. Jose Also has looked unstoppable since being brought over in the WEC merger in 2010 but former Lightweight champ Frankie Edgar represents perhaps his toughest challenge yet. Will Edgar have the answer for Aldo? Lets fight!
Bout One - Flyweight
Ian McCall vs. Joseph Benavidez
As you would have guessed, this Flyweight match up between the two highly rated combatants was yet another fast paced scrap. Benavidez utilised quick but effective kicks for the duration of the fight and was also able to stop the majority of takedowns from "Uncle Creepy". McCall did find some success with some nice ground and pound work but his Alpha Male opponent showed great defence in this area. Always one of the most exciting fights on any MMA card, this Flyweight bout again went the distance and the final decision was a fair one.
Winner: Joseph Benavidez via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Fight Rating: ****/5
Bout Two - Welterweight
Demian Maia vs. Jon Fitch
An interesting bout which matches the best submission grappler in the UFC versus the fighter with the best submission defence. Both fighters enjoy long, grinding fights so it was no surprise that this one went to the ground almost immediately. What did surprise however was that Maia's complete domination over his wrestling based opponent Fitch did succeeded in avoiding the multiple choke attempts from his Brazilian opponent but had nothing to counter the vastly superior grappling. A great display of grappling and an even greater example of why the ground game is so important in MMA. Maia takes the UD and is still undefeated as a Welterweight.
Winner: Demian Maia via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Fight Rating: ***/5
Bout Three - Heavyweight
Antonio Silva vs. Alistair Overeem
If it wasn't for a failed drugs test last year, it would be quite possible that Alistair Overeem would be Heavyweight champion by now. That never happened and the Dutchman has had to start all over again. Antonio Silva is all that stands in the way between him and a shot at Cain Velasquez's title. Overeem began the fight in an overconfident manner, utilising knees in the clinch and doing his best to keep the fight standing. His biggest mistake? Showing nothing but contempt for his opponent's underrated knockout power and superior jiu-jitsu skills. We didn't see much of the latter but Silva definitely used the former with devastating results. Silva caught Overeem up against the fence and literally proceeded to knock the former Strikeforce champion's head off his shoulders. A massive win for Silva who might get another shot at Cain thanks to this upset. It was far from the most impressive fight of the night but it more than made up for this thanks to it's highlight reel finish.
Winner: Antonio Silva via KO (Punches) in Round 3
Fight Rating: ***/5
Bout Four - Light-Heavyweight
Antônio Rogério Nogueira vs. Rashad Evans
If you thought that this bout would produce fireworks then you were sorely mistaken. This co-main event fight between the legendary Brazilian boxer and the wrestling/striking hybrid might just go down as one of the worst main card fights in UFC history. Almost completely contested on the feet, Evans failed to utilise his superior wrestling and opted instead to slug it out with the former Pride combatant. This could have been a really bad idea but Little Nog didn't seem to capitalise on this tactical error and the two proceeded to engage in a battle of half-powered jabs for the entire 15 minute fight. Nogueira managed to eek out the decision victory but it could have easily been a draw. No damage to either fighter physically but the fight may have damaged their chances of any title shots in the near future.
Winner: Antônio Rogério Nogueira via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Fight Rating: */5
Bout Five - Featherweight Championship
Jose Aldo (c) vs. Frankie Edgar
At the end of the day, it doesn't matter how great the card was because this was the fight we all wanted to see. As probably one of the hardest fights to predict, I had Edgar going over via Split decision...and I was almost right! A fast paced fight, as to be expected, the champ and his challenger engaged in 25 minutes of striking with very little going to the ground thanks to Aldo's brilliant takedown defence. Edgar usually takes a lot of punishment in his fights and this bout was no different. Aldo's stikes were able to hit their mark and there were times these strikes could have easily ended the fight. Edgar hung in there however and arguably won the last two rounds with the third causing great debate between fight fans. Aldo surprisingly took a pretty one-sided UD victory but Edgar's heart and determination means that he will surely have another shot at the title very, very soon. A fantastic fight and a great way to end the night.
Winner and STILL champion: Jose Aldo via Unanimous Decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47)
Fight Rating: ****/5
Overview: UFC keep the quality shows coming after their strong 2012 finish. UFC 156 contained upsets, highlight reel knockouts and showcased almost every single aspect of MMA. The co-main event was bitterly disappointing but the performances by the other fighters more than made up for this little hiccup.
PPV Rating: ****/5
KO of the Night: Antonio Silva
Submission of the Night: Bobby Green - PRELIM BOUT
Fight of the Night: Aldo vs. Edgar
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