UFC 169 is over and the dust has settled. In the main event of the evening, Renan Barao defeated Urijah Faber by TKO in the very first round. The stoppage was somewhat questionable, but there is absolutely no doubt Barao hurt Faber badly, and Faber was in a dubious position. In the co-main event of the evening, Jose Aldo dominated Ricardo Lamas en route to a unanimous decision victory. The win was Aldo’s 6th UFC title defense in as many UFC bouts.
Here are my quick thoughts on tonight’s event:
- The main event stoppage was too quick in my opinion. Many people, including Dana White, believe that Herb Dean stepped in too early. With that being said, Faber was badly hurt and turtled up at the time of the stoppage. I would have liked it to go on longer, but Barao is undoubtedly deserved of that title. Before this fight I believed this was Faber’s last chance at a title, but after the controversial stoppage, another impressive win or two could get him right back in there.
- Before moving on to the co-main event, I believe Jamie Varner and Abel Trujillo deserve some recognition. After a ghastly preliminary card, the Lightweights opened up the UFC 169 pay per view card with absolute fireworks. The fight was a back and forth battle that reminded us fans that sometimes a good brawl is all we need to get excited. Both men pushed forward, threw caution to the wind, and exchanged blows until someone dropped. In the end, Trujillo got the comeback KO while on wobbly legs in dramatic fashion. The fight won both the fight of the night and knockout of the night honors.
- Jose Aldo is an unbelievably dominant champion, but he has seemingly lost the fire to finish his fights. Obviously Lamas is tough as nails and is no easy task to finish, but Aldo leaves with yet another decision victory. In 8 WEC fights, Aldo had seven finishes. In 6 UFC fights, Aldo has two finishes. One of those finishes also came as a result of Chan Sung Jung’s shoulder injury. I believe Aldo’s cut down to 145 is wearing on him, and the best career choice would be to move up for a superfight against Anthony Pettis.
- Alistair Overeem looked solid overall tonight. Overeem dominated Frank Mir throughout their fight, out striking him 139 to 5. Overeem fought extremely safe in the second and third round, and did not look for the finish. After his last two losses, in which he blew his gas tank and got KO’ed, it had to be somewhat expected that Overeem would fight safe. Unfortunately for Overeem, the win was not enough for Dana White, as he called Overeem’s performance ‘crappy’.
- Frank Mir should retire from MMA and become a FOX broadcaster. That man has nothing left to prove and really has no reason to continue fighting. He has been one of the greatest UFC fighters of all time and should not go to fight in any other organization.
- The Flyweight fight was decent at best. Bagautinov will likely get a shot at Demetrious Johnson, and I fully expect the champ to have no problem winning that fight.
- The UFC 169 card broke the record for the most decisions on a UFC card. All of the prelims went to decisions, and three of the 5 main card bouts went to decision as well. The prelims were horrendous other than Al Iaquinta vs Kevin Lee.
- There is absolutely no way someone can justify the fact that Alan Patrick defeated John Makdessi. That had to be one of the worst decisions I have ever seen.
- Overall, UFC 169 was a decent card. On paper, this event looked like it would provide incredible highlights and finishes, but that was not really the case. Aldo and Barao put on impressive performances, but the controversial ending to the main event, coupled with the 10 decisions really put a damper on this card.
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