Jon Fitch actually fighting an entertaining fight. Maybe it is because he hasn’t fought in nearly a year, maybe it is because in his two fights in the past two years he is just 0-1-1 with his loss coming by way of extremely quick knockout. Maybe it is because after all of his victories inside the cage his cash reserves were starting to shrink up and Fitch was very vocal about his need for funds. Regardless of the reasoning, Fitch fought the most memorable fight of his career against Erick Silva. When Silva had a rear naked choke locked in, I was certain Fitch was going to go to sleep, lose the fight and get cut from the promotion. But he battled his way out of the choke hold and then some. Silva who has stated he has zero respect for his opponents’ skill sets, learned a valuable lesson.
Finding a fight for Anderson Silva that will be competitive. Yes this was the “fun fight” that we expected. Bonnar came forward, ate a punch and landed a punch just like he said he was going to. Then Silva stood still against the cage with his arms down at his sides and said punch me. Bonnar did, but Silva barely moved. And then Silva did it a second time. After letting Bonnar hit him straight in the face, he turned around and landed a knee to the solar plexus of Bonnar and was the first person to finish him by technical knockout. What’s left for Silva in the middleweight division is Chris Weidman and possibly Michael Bisping. Other fights that are intriguing are against other champs Georges St-Pierre and Jon Jones. While Silva has stated he doesn’t want to fight Jones, Dana White said he would offer him gobs of cash. Silva is in a very unique position in that he seems to be invincible, yet could find himself without a massive fan base as everyone EXPECTS him to just win at this point while making his opponent look silly.
Fabio Maldonado and Glover Teixeira were billed as two extremely heavy handed fighters with granite like chins. Both fighters proved this theory. While Teixeira was the first to land and hurt his opponent, when he took a second to almost gloat, Maldonado returned fire and it was Teixeira who was in danger. But Teixeira recovered and kept his pin-point striking aimed at Maldonado’s head. Even when on the ground working punches and elbows, it seemed like it was impossible to knock Maldonado out. A massive cut was caused by one of the elbows and Maldonado said he could still fight after the doctor checked it. He continued on, getting pummeled by Teixeira and stumbled to his corner after the bell sounded the end of the second round. Thankfully for Maldonado, the doctor saw enough and called the fight.