UFC 121 Review and Opinions

Gabriel Gonzaga Vs Brendan Schaub

Brendan Schaub,  I take my hat off to you. You’ve stepped up significantly, a lot more than I thought you could in your short amount of time in the Octagon. Schaub spent a significant amount of time out-striking his opponent and breaking him down piece by piece. Many people feel that the jab is a tool that is sadly not used anymore when it comes to striking. However, Schaub snapped his jab on Gonzaga numerous times during their fight, keeping the usually aggressive Gonzaga at bay.

What I was most impressed about, was the patience of Schaub and the quality of his conditioning. He unleashed when he felt he had a strong opportunity and never seemed significantly tired during the fight. During a conversation on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, he mentioned that he’d like a fight with Frank Mir if he beat Gonzaga. After watching him convincingly beat Gonzaga for three rounds, a fight with Mir seems more likely and even more appealing.

Matt Hamill Vs Tito Ortiz

I’d said before that this was a fight to see if Tito Ortiz was still a relevant fighter and it turns out that MMA might have just passed the UFC legend by. During the opening rounds of the fight it seemed that Ortiz was ready and raring to go against his protegé. However, once Ortiz got a gash near his ear, Hamill simply schooled him. Hamill was able to take him down at will and out struck him for the majority of the match. I don’t see any fighters that Ortiz could fight besides from a potential fight between himself and Liddell. There isn’t anyone in the top tier of fighters that I truly believe Ortiz could hang with. Age has simply caught up with the future UFC Hall of Famer.

As for Hamill, Dana White has promised him a Top 10 opponent in his next fight. If that’s truly the case, then I see a potential fight between Hamill and Antonio Rogerio Nogueria on the cards.

Diego Sanchez Vs Paulo Thiago

The nightmare returned on Saturday night and it was long overdue. After being soundly beaten by BJ Penn and humbled by John Hathaway, it was high time that Sanchez showed that he truly belonged in the welterweight division of the UFC. He left a huge exclamation mark on his opponent, Paulo Thiago, by beating him in all areas on Saturday. Thiago simply couldn’t deal with the high pace that Sanchez was setting from round to round. Whether it was on the floor or in the stand-up, Sanchez gave Thiago a convincing beating that proves many of his doubters wrong. It doesn’t matter what you heard, or what you think – Diego Sanchez is back.

Jake Shields Vs Martin Kampmann

One of the most interesting fights on the card, due to the debut of Jake Shields and Martin Kampmann’s recent resurgence after his thorough beating by Paul Daley. Kampmann definitely looked dangerous during the entirety of the match, most specifically the third round. However, Shields ground game and ability to takedown his opponent and continuously work from top position allowed him to come away with the win. The funny thing is that it wasn’t a bad performance by Kampmann, but it wasn’t the Jake Shields that we know he can be. Whether or not he deserves a title shot against GSP is up for debate, as I still think Fitch deserves it more than him. However, Shields won a split decision that put him in pole position to face the winner between Georges St Pierre and Josh Koscheck.

Cain Velasquez Vs Brock Lesnar

What an intense and brutal fight these two had. I don’t think people were stunned that Velasquez beat Lesnar as many people had stated that they thought that Velasquez could beat the then champion. However, I think everyone was surprised how convincingly he beat the champion. Velasquez essentially finished off what Shane Carwin started by taking advantage of Lesnar’s limited offensive and defensive striking capabilities and punishing him with some brutal ground and pound.

The most impressive thing was that Velasquez was able to stuff one of Lesnar’s takedowns and when he was taken down, he was able to get straight back up. The first ever Mexican – American champion proved people wrong and was gracious in victory.

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  1. […] UFC 121 Review and Opinions (via MMA UK Blog) Posted on October 26, 2010 by teamredragonz Gabriel Gonzaga Vs Brendan Schaub Brendan Schaub,  I take my hat off to you. You've stepped up significantly, a lot more than I thought you could in your short amount of time in the Octagon. Schaub spent a significant amount of time out-striking his opponent and breaking him down piece by piece. Many people feel that the jab is a tool that is sadly not used anymore when it comes to striking. However, Schaub snapped his jab on Gonzaga numerous tim … Read More […]


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