March of the Champions
Saturday night wasn't a good night to be an underdog as the two champions headlining UFC 100 took very painful measures to prove why they're on top.
Even Dan Henderson, who isn't actually the champion of anything but was still the favorite, dominated Michael Bisping, sending him right back to the drawing board.
It only took two rounds for Brock Lesnar to derail any hopes Mir had of settling the belt around his waist. He came out at the opening bell looking much calmer than he has in previous fights, displaying patience and discipline. He went in for the early takedown, which he scored with no problem and it looked like the hammer fists of fury were about to come out, but again he restrained and stuck to a logical, thought-out game plan. He used his size to neutralize Mir's superior jiu Jitsu by laying all his weight on Mir's chest while he methodically worked the face and body.
Mir showed early signs of hope in round two as he scored with a few good punches and a flying knee to the face, but Lesnar kept his cool and brought the fight back to the mat where he pinned Mir against the fence and slammed those lunchbox fists into Mir's face. From there it wasn't long until referee Herb Dean put an end to Mir's suffering.
After the call, a very animated Lesnar addressed the booing crowd with a couple middle fingers and some primal screams. He didn't win many fans, but he did win the belt and he's already got people asking "who's next?" Dana White slipped us a few ideas about who that might be when he told media following the fight that he's optimistic about setting up a super fight between Lesnar and Russian fighter Fedor Emelianenko, the result of which would surely cause the universe to implode.
Speaking of super fights, George St-Pierre is running out of opponents in the welterweight division and a jump to middleweight, where he would face Anderson Silva, is looking more and more likely. On Saturday night he faced a fighter who was thought to be the most dangerous striker he'd ever taken on in Thiago Avles and he walked away from a five-round fight with nothing more some active sweat glands, a few red marks and a strained groin.