Late Saturday morning I google searched the start time for UFC on Fox 21. The first result showed a start time of 8 pm eastern which I assumed to be the start of the Prelims and then the main card would start at 10 pm, like normal. As I got home from a fast food run and sat down in my recliner I pulled up the Fox Sports Go app, and to my dismay I saw the prelims started at 6 pm and that the main card started at 8pm. I missed the first 3 preliminary fights.
To make things worse, I tuned in just in time for the “Smiling” Sam Alvey fight, a fighter who forced me to rain down negative judgment on him for his post-fight interview at UFC Fight Night 91. I really dislike this guy.
Preliminary Card (FS1)
Middleweight – Sam Alvey def. Kevin Casey – TKO Punches – (RD 2 – 4:56)
I don’t have a lot to say about the actual fight because my hatred for Alvey’s personality overshadows his fighting skills. He finished Casey in the second round after knocking him down for a second time.
After receiving the victory, Alvey ran to the center of the ring, extended his arms and gave the most trollish smile I have ever seen. He is the human embodiment of an internet troll. His “smile” isn’t even a smile, he clenches his teeth together and opens his mouth. To take his persona to the next aggravating level, he shaved a smiley face in his hair on the back of his head.
He then hijacked the microphone in his post fight interview talking about his stupid newborn, called out European fighters again, and then brought up the MMA knowledge of his wife who was awkwardly standing the mat next to him. This guy is my least favorite fighter in all of MMA. Unfortunately he is a good fighter and will be on a PPV card in the near future. I hope whoever he fights damages his face so hard that it will be impossible to smile afterwards.
Main Card (Fox)
Lightweight – Jim Miller def. Joe Lauzon – Decision Split – 29-28, 28-29, 29-28
I have a hard time writing about high action 3 round fights. There are multiple fights worth of significant strikes and take down attempts. These two guys participated in the fight of the night, re-matching the fight of the year in 2012 which looked like a blood bath (I only saw highlights during the telecast).
I thought the decision could have gone either way. The events that put Miller ahead of Lauzon, I believe took place at the beginning of the third round. Miller landed a couple of strikes on Lauzon who was clearly affected and then Miller went in for the kill. He threw so many punches that he almost punched himself out trying to finish him. Lauzon survived and Miller calmed down a bit to reserve the little bit of energy he had left. That flurry of attacks is what gave Miller the third round and therefore the decision.
Women’s Strawweight – Paige VanZant def. Bec Rawlings – KO Switch kick and punches – (RD 2 – 0:17)
For admitted perverted reasons, this was the fight I was most looking forward to watching. I had yet to see the beautiful and easily promotable VanZant fight. She was up against a powerful strawweight in Rawlings who is known for her striking ability.
This fight saw VanZant bounce around throwing fancy spin kicks as Rawlings looked for an opening. Knowing about Rawlings striking power, VanZant kept her distance throwing cool looking kicks that weren’t even close to landing.
That changed in the second round when VanZant leaped forward and connected a switch kick to the jaw of Rawlings who collapsed to the mat. VanZant then jumped on top and landed a couple heavy hammer fists to the head of Rawlings and the ref stopped the fight, declaring VanZant the winner.
Featherweight – Anthony Pettis def. Charles Oliveira – Submission Guillotine choke – (RD 3 – 1:49)
Similar to VanZant, Pettis has been heavily promoted in Metro PCS ads and his change to the featherweight division has been highly publicized.
Oliveira is a ground fighting expert. He attempted to take Pettis to the ground constantly and was successful several times. But when Pettis was unable to stop the takedowns, he was able to maneuver himself on the ground to attempt his own submissions or get back to his feet. He was the better striker, and he held his own on the ground as well.
In the third round, Oliveira took Pettis down to the ground, and Pettis made a great move rolling over and getting on top of Oliveira. He moved so quickly and got in position for a guillotine which forced Oliveira to tap out.
I was impressed with Pettis, he is going to be successful in the featherweight division.
Welterweight – Demian Maia def. Carlos Condit – Submission Rear naked choke – (RD 1 – 1:52)
Forgetting that he entered the ring to a Linkin Park song, Maia owned his fight and the night. The fight started, Maia took Condit to the ground, maneuvered to his back, and completed the rear naked choke. It took less than 2 minutes for Maia to show off his superior ground fighting.
The next UFC event takes place in Germany on Saturday September 3rd. All 12 fights are going to be on fight pass and I plan on being heavily intoxicated all weekend, so my observations may not be the greatest.