The baddest backyard live blog on the planet is about the graduate from internet sensation to official UFC sickness as we get ready to breakdown Kimbo Slice’s UFC debut, Jon Jones’ matchup with Matt Hamill and Roy Nelson’s six-figure battle with Brendan Schaub to see who will become the next Ultimate Fighter. Caution: Spoilers are included but all the action hits airwaves at 9pm ET/PT.
We’re starting off with the match between Marcus Jones and Matt Mitrione. Not sure if there’s any bad blood left over from Marcus’ freak out in the last episode but either way Jones is going to come in here looking to rip off someone’s head. Mitrione needs to stay away from the Frankenstein hands of Marcus and keep this on the feet. One punch from the hard-hitting Mitrione will end Marcus’ hopes of glory but if this goes to mat Mitrione could be in serious trouble.
These two dudes are Enormous. Marcus immediately goes for the takedown and gets it. He’s in side control. Matt pulls guard. He gets back to his feet. Marcus throws bombs but doesn’t land anything. Matt locks up a clinch, Marcus goes to his knees and Matt sends a knee that was questionable but the referee said nothing and Marcus seems to be OK. Marcus grabs Mitrion, completely manhandles him and pulls his head into a guillotine. I don’t think Marcus has anything but neither man is moving. Matt pulls his head out and gets free. He’s already breathing heavily. Marcus gets another takedown but gets back up quickly. Marcus lands a few but Matt answers solidly and seems to have Marcus stunned. Instead of attacking, Matt does nothing and allows Marcus to shoot in for a takedown. The bell rings and Matt may have just missed his best opportunity to win this fight.
Marcus charges and lands a right, Matt counters, catchin him clean and the big man topples. Matt jumos on him to deliver the finishing blows and the referee steps in to call the fight.
Frankie Edgar vs Matt Veach
Frankie eats a left hook. Matt shoots in for a single leg and Frankie defends. Matt sticks with it and gets Frankie above his head, runs him to the center of the Octagon and slams him hard. Frankie tries to get up, nearly gives up his back and gets slammed back down. He’s still fighting to get back up and Frankie hits a switch but lets Veach get to his feet. Frankie is bleeding a little from his nose. Frankie keeps looking for the body and his corner is yelling out combos but Frankie is having trouble putting together a complete combo.
Veach comes out swinging in the second stanza and Frankie is game, but Veach gives up on that pretty quickly and looks for another takedown. Frankie breaks free. He lands a right. He steps right into another one and Edgar pops him, his eyes roll back and he goes down but he’s still awake. Frankie jumps on the dazed Veach and continues to lay down punishment but Veach is holding on. Edgar gets the mount, Veeach gives up his back and Edgar sinks in a rear naked choke that ends the fight.
It looks like they’re going to slip in a fight from the undercard but in twenty minutes it’s tiiiiiiiiime for Kimbo Slice to make his UFC debut against the explosive Houston Alexander.
Wow, I just got an email from my friend in New York. Apparently, Hulk Hogan just announced on the televised braodcast that he’s going to put on live iMPACT Monday night, January 4th! I’m trying to get more details and see about getting the clip up on Spike.com. Stand by for updates.