Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

UFC 91 -- Two thumbs up!

I only got to watch UFC 91 in its entirety last night. Previously I only saw the Main Event between Brock Lesnar and Randy Couture.

And here's what I thought.

In a Middleweight battle, Damien Maia beat Nate Quarry at the 2:15 of the 1st Round with a choke submission. The dangerous Brazilian remains undefeated at 10-0.

Gabriel Gonzaga vs Josh Hendricks. Gonzaga sent Henricks to the mat at 1:01 of 1st round with a big right hand. TKO for the Brazilian who stands at 10-3 in the heavyweight class. Was Hendricks in shape? Anyone notice all that flab on him? While Gonzaga, man that big dude is all muscle.

Matt Brown vs Ryan Thomas in a welterweight match. Thomas was getting to Brown early on in fact, the Immortal, as Brown is nicknamed, was sucking air. But Brown suckered Thomas into an arm bar submission in the 2nd Round with only 57 seconds gone by to hike his record up to 11-7.

Aaron Riley vs George Gurgel Easily the Brawl of the Night. Gurgel for all his talent seems to have an attitude problem. Time and again you could hear his trainer tell the Brazilian to stick to the game plan with kicks to Riley's body that was turning red. But instead, he chose to slug it out and got the raw end of all the exchanged. Riley won by unanimous decision and Gurgel no doubt should see a doctor because after the fight, his body surely was tenderized.

Dustin Hazelett vs. Tamdan McCrory. Hazelett, who just received his black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu came out to Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Badmoon Rising." In a thoroughly entertaining match, he took affront as McCrory, the New Yorker tried to use him as a stepping stone to move up in the welterweight division. And he got Tamdan who stands 3 inches taller at 6'4" to submit via an armbar at 3:59 of the 1st Round. Hazelett is now at 14-4.

In a lightweight bout, Jeremy Stephens threw a vicious uppercut to Rafael Dos Anjos that sent the Brazilian to the canvass. From there, the Heather pounded Dos Anjos who was plenty tough for a 3rd Round knockout to go to 16-3.

Kenny Florian vs Joe Stevenson.
A tough and entertaining match-up. An impressive performance by Florian as showed various sides to his over-all game by grappling and an intelligent ground game to get Stevenson to submit in 4:03 1st round. Then Florian, the Boston, Mass. guy challenged champ, BJ Penn after being interviewed by Joe Rogan.

The Main Event. Randy Couture vs Brock Lesnar. I was hoping for Couture to beat Lesnar. Was I thinking of age here? Not really. I figured Captain America would beat Lesnar because of his relative inexperience which showed in the two rounds.

Despite Lesnar's advantages in height, mass, and speed, he didn't have it easy against Couture. He even looked winded when he was forced to the fence by the defending champ.

If you ask me, Couture made a mistake. He lowered his guard and Lesnar dropped him with a right hand to the temple. From there on, Brock pounded the UFC Hall-of-Famer and Mario Yamasaki stopped the fight at 3:07 of the 2nd Round to award the Heavyweight Belt to the challenger who is now 3-1.

No matter... am still a Randy Couture fan! Captain America rocks!

Over-all, UFC 91 had very good and entertaining fights. Maybe except for the Mark Bocek and Alvin Robinson match. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know it was a technical match. Still....

And as always, great commentary and analysis by Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan!

Now on to UFC 92 next month where Rampage faces Wanderlei Silva and Forrest Griffin battles Rashad Evans.

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