MMA Weekend Recap: The Running Man, Diesel Rolls, Aces High

June 25, 2012


With two UFC events in as many days and the start of Bellator's 2012 Summer Series, last weekend was a great time to be an MMA fan. While one seemingly phenomenal piece of matchmaking left fans with a sour taste in their mouth, the rest of the weekend contained enough excitement to relieve it.

UFC ON FX 4: MAYNARD VS. GUIDA

As the common tale goes, once the cage door shuts anything can happen. This brilliant bit of matchmaking – and the most relevant fight the UFC offered last weekend – was, sadly, an absolute dud. Clay Guida outright abandoned his typical relentless attacking style against Gray Maynard. Guida turned in five rounds dominantly filled with a combination of the ridiculous head movement he utilized against Takanori Gomi and incredibly cautious back pedaling – the kind that drew Nate Quarry/Kalib Starnes comparisons.

A clearly frustrated Maynard flipped "The Carpenter" the bird and even dropped his hands in the latter rounds begging for anything kind of offense. The blatant lack of engagement eventually prompted referee Dan Miragliotta to issue Guida a warning, ala Anderson Silva/Demian Maia. When the boo birds died down, Maynard walked away with the split decision win and plenty of new fans.

BELLATOR 71

Travis Wiuff entered Bellator's light heavyweight tournament with a win over the current champion, making him the default favorite to take the tournament. The veteran of more than 80 fights showed he still has plenty left in the tank, as the enormous 205 pounder earned his first finish in the Bellator cage and improved his promotional record to 3-0.

Wiuff made short work of Chris Davis in the tournament quarterfinals and blasted him with ground and pound for a first-round TKO win. With just one loss in his last 14 outings, "Diesel" seems primed for one more title run.

UFC 147: SILVA vs. FRANKLIN II

A rematch absent of immediate implication certainly had no shortage of excitement, as Wanderlei Silva and Rich Franklin once again put on a "Fight of the Night" performance. While Franklin won their first meeting back in June 2009 by a tight unanimous decision, he controlled the rematch, save for a close call in the second round, and earned a much more clear-cut decision win.

"Ace" was quicker to the punch than the legendary "Axe Murderer" in the first, but Silva connected and swarmed late in the second, nearly finishing the former middleweight champ with ground and pound. Silva never fully recovered from his offensive flurry, and Franklin picked him apart with a measured pace for the final three rounds to earn an undisputed 49-46 unanimous decision win.

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