UFC 130 is over and the pieces are still falling into place.
After Rampage Jackson dominated Matt Hamill in the main event, he revealed a fractured wrist. If it heals and he can fight in October, the opponent will be Jon Jones for the light heavyweight title.
Frank Mir has now won two fights in a row and will likely be in for a title shot. With all the injuries the heavyweight division is in need of a shot in the arm, and Mir’s popularity just might be able to do it.
Rick Story who defeated Thiago Alves in an exciting fight is now calling out top welterweight Jon Fitch and looking to keep fighting the top names. Story has won six UFC fights in a row and it’s likely a victory over Fitch would give him a title shot. If, of course, he can secure that fight with Fitch.
Travis Browne won the $70,000 bonus for knockout of the night over Stefan Struve, but is still very rough around the edges. It’s safe to say we will see him against a gatekeeper in his next fight to see exactly where he stands in the heavyweight division.
On Memorial Day Weekend, former Marine Brian Stann brought the house down with his knockout over highly ranked middleweight Jorge Santiago. I expect to see Stann in a No. 1 contender fight next, after two very impressive knockouts in a row.
Demetrious Johnson has a win over Miguel Torres after UFC 130, but he didn’t win the fight. This is the reason the UFC is pushing for different judging criteria. As soon as UFC 131 in June judges at cageside, monitors will watch the fight at all the different camera angles.
Torres controlled the fight when he was on bottom, had multiple sweeps into dominant positions, and in the third round even had full mount for about a minute. He was very close to two submission attempts and had Johnson covering up on top as Miguel completely out worked him from the bottom.
Johnson got the win solely because he took Torres down, not because he actually did anything with the takedowns. It is a shame Miguel doesn’t have a W from this fight.
This Saturday, the UFC will hold its 13th Ultimate Fighter Finale at the Palms. The finalists will be determined on Wednesday on the reality show’s finale. That airs on SPIKE TV, and so does the live Finale on Saturday.
Only the main event of Clay Guida vs. Anthony Pettis is decided for the main card to cover the results of the taped reality show on Wednesday, I can only give one pick. I like Guida at +135 to outwork Pettis and use takedowns to grind out a close decision. He has looked excellent since his move to Greg Jackson’s camp.