1: Were any of you there?
2: Why was there so much booing going on?
(I realize that the fighters didn't engage each and land as many hits as we would've liked, but they've got to respect each other's abilities and stick to their game plan. With the Kongo fight I would've been booing if I were there and I really think they need to take points off for people who're standing while touching the floor just to stop the other fighter from landing a knee or kick to the head. I've never seen that done so much from a standing position. Embarrassing. Pretty sad that Kongo couldn't finish him, as well.)
It actually wasn't a bad show from top to bottom. There were maybe 2 or 3 fights on the main card that the fighters seemed hesitant to engage which seemed strange... especially for Lombard.
I really didn't get the fan reaction to the main event. The problem with MMA cards in general is that you have a large portion of the fans in attendance only there to see knock outs and finishes. The Faber/Barao fight was actually very technical and fun to watch. Barao did a great job of getting the better end of almost every exchange with Faber. He kept him at bay with solid leg kicks and punished him all fight long. Faber is a terrific fighter and the fact that Barao was able to neutralize him to such a great extent really speaks to how skilled this guy is.
I am never a fan of booing fighters. At the end of the day it is there job to go in there and win by any means necessary. I don't understand the argument that fighters should try to make fights exciting for the casual fan.
Main Event didn't deserve the Boo's, it was very technical. Faber/ Barao was extactly what I expected it to be. It was the Kongo/Jordan fight that made it a snooze-fest. Two brawlers clinching agianst the fence for 15 minutes is brutal. I can't blame Lombard for having the UFC jitters. Boetsch didn't have to get excited, just had to counter whatever Lombard through at him, and keep his distance. Riddle fight was great. Standing arm-bar to the ground was a great submission.
And we all can agree the prelims were amazing. Nick Ring got really lucky there. All in all it was a decent card with what the UFC had to work with, especially after all the injuries.
People get very impatient when they see KO's & Submissions in the prelims, and everybody else going the distance in the main card.
I'm pumped to be going to UFC 152 in T.O. That is shaping up to be a sick card.