UFC 146 Aftermath
UFC 146 was exiting, nobody can dispute that. There were plenty of 1st round finishes, knock outs and submissions as well as a title defense. Was this the result of mismatches or just because heavyweights can end fights fast? Well a little bit of both. Of course there were lots of changes with this card. Overeem was going to fight JDS for the heavyweight title, due to Overeem testing positive for to banned substances (14:1 testosterone-epitestosterone ratio according to the NSAC). Frank Mir stepped in to fight JDS for the heavyweight title. After Mir attempted a take down early on in round one JDS showed is excellent take down defense and was able to keep the fight on the feet. Although Mir landed a few good leg kicks JDS was able to get some significant strikes with his hands and almost finished Mir in round one as the round came to an end. In round two Mir choose to stand with JDS and did not attempt one take down. He paid for that and was knocked out by JDS who defended his title for the first time. Dana White has now confirmed a rematch of Cain Velazquez vs. JDS for the next heavyweight title fight. A date and location has not been named yet. JDS walkout shirt can be found at truestore.eu
Another change in the card was Roy Nelson was going to fight Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva then was set to fight Gabriel Gonzaga then was finally faced against Dave Herman. Roy “Big Country” Nelson was able to knock out Herman in the first round with a trademark overhand right. This was a much needed win for Big Country. He showed that he can hang in the heavyweight division. He also made the point that he is the only one that has really given JDS a “run for his money”. Basically he is the only fighter that was not knocked out or totally destroyed by JDS (even though he lost). Although it is unlikely that Roy Nelson will get a title shot anytime soon, he did make a good point. On twitter fans also retweeted this point and lobbied for a Nelson title shot. Others told Nelson that he should drop down to 205. He is a shorter heavyweight and would most likely dominate at 205, but getting down to 205 would be a hard cut and would require major dedication.
Other first round finishes included Stefan “Skyscraper” Struve submitting Lavar Johnson in the first round via armbar. Jamie Varner defeated Edson Barboza in a big upset and in his return to the UFC. Two rumors are that Brock Lesnar might come back to the UFC. Dana White eluded to this and Lesnar was in attendance at UFC 146. Jason Miller was defeated by decision by C.B. Dollaway. It seems that there was some kind of backstage misunderstanding, fight, or heated discussion involving Miller and he was/will be cut by the UFC. During the fight Miller hurt C.B. but was unable to finish him and unable to defend take downs. It looked like he might have been fighting with a hurt knee. What was clear was his bad sportsmanship during the fight, waving his head around while failing to defend himself on the ground. It looked more like “Brat Beatdown” (Miller acting like the spoiled brat) than “Bully Beatdown”.