Well Rory just schooled BJ in MMA, wonder if he'll retire again after this fight
AND he called out Condit too!!
He's his only loss but he's on a downward path while Rory is climbing quickly. Maybe they'll put him against Hendricks or Diaz?
Haven't seen the prelims yet, but the main card was amazing.
Mike Swick vs Matt Brown - Matt Brown is on a 4 fight win streak. I'll say that again, Matt Brown is on a 4 fight win streak! A guy who was 12-11 just a few months ago has built a solid streak at WW. Swick didn't do anything wrong, Brown was just too much, attacking on the feet and on the ground with fury. His next fight should be a step up in competition to test his mettle. Here's an idea, how about Thiago Alves? Or even that lame duck, Yoshihiro Akiyama? He's not championship material but I'm curious to see how far up the ladder can he climb.
B.J. Penn vs Rory MacDonald - Rory just destroyed Penn, toying with him for 3 rounds. He could've easily gotten the finish on the 2nd and 3rd but decided to take his foot off the gas because it was not worth the risk. The 2nd round was devastating, he could have finished Penn right then and there with body shots. Penn did his usual thing at WW and wilted completely, looking extremely tired and sticking to his standard attack. Like I said above, B.J. probably retires yet again or stays on as a name opponent for up and comers. Maybe have him fight Matt Brown, I don't know. As for Rory, Diaz, Hendricks, Condit (maybe) or a side move like Kampmann or Ellenberger. He has claimed he won't fight GSP but... if he beats any of those guys, what else is there but a title shot? Will he be constantly beating contenders into the ground until GSP retires or goes to MW to fight Silva?
Maurício Rua vs Alexander Gustafsson - Shogun looked like ****. Ignore the commentary, he was sloppy, his cardio wasn't good and he just wasn't fighting smart. A Muay Thai based guy like him and he doesn't throw leg kicks like they're going out of style against a guy that long? I think I'll call it Stefan Struve syndrome. Unless you're Paul Harris, skip the leg locks. Gustafsson also was merciful, taking his foot of the gas on several occasions and sticking to his gameplan when he could've pushed for a finish. With a title shot on the line, I can understand his motives. Why risk it? But still, a signature finish would solidify that title shot because right now he can just be "in the mix". This fight was almost a carbon copy of his Thiago Silva win but this isn't the style to beat Jones, that's for sure. Shogun should just retire, he struggled with Vera and he looked very bad here. Gustafsson needs one more fight before Jones. He must fight either Phil Davis or Rashad Evans, powerhouse LHW wrestlers. If he can't get past them, there's no point in fighting Jones.
Benson Henderson vs Nate Diaz - For a guy who had troubles making weight, Diaz looked very "dry", severely lacking in muscle mass and it cost him. Benson dragged and tossed him around the ring. It was pretty clear that if you don't fight the Diaz's fight then they can't beat you. Nate got kicked and punched into oblivion and couldn't make adjustments to his "game plan" of stand and bang to take the fight to Benson. I knew it was going to be a decision but that was a total domination. So, now that Diaz is out of the way, who's next? Winner of Pettis vs Cerone? Seems like the obvious choice. WEC never die. As for Diaz... Diazweight at 165lb? He doesn't have the size for WW and he's a bit too lean for the current breed of LW. A interesting fight for him would be Gray Maynard or Rafael dos Anjos.