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POLL: most impressed
Struve 32% (12)
Ellenberger 5% (2)
Sanchez 8% (3)
Brookins 41% (15)
Menjivar 5% (2)
miocic 8% (3)
tmas
2/16/12 12:24:31AM
?

most....

why? i thought he was going to get dominated, thought Ellenberger had enough power to put him out, but he showed holes in Ellenbergers game and made a huge comeback, nearly pulled out a win..

least....



i know i know, he still beat deigo, but he was not as impressive as i thought he would be.. His ground game is suspect his standup and chin not quite as good as i thought.... maybe at this point he is just a very heavy handed wrestler. i still think he has potential to be a huge star though....but i was not impressed at all.
Adrenaline
2/16/12 12:40:51AM
Would you have been more impressed with Ellenburger if the last minute of the fight or so would have went differently? He beat Diego everywhere the fight went until a helluva comeback by Sanchez in the final moments of the fight. Diego may be a seriously strange dude but the guy is impossible to stop and keeps coming at you, BJ Penn massacred him for 5 rounds and he still didn't quit. I don't like Diego at all but he is tough as nails so it's not that surprising that Jake didn't get the finish and its not really a failure on his part.


And to answer your question.

I was impressed that Brookins got such and early and decisive KO

And I was dissapointed in Pee Wee. He has legit skills and had a good chance in this fight but he didn't pressure Struve enough by getting inside and blasting him and then he seemed to get tired early too.


Great night of fights though!
Aether
2/16/12 12:53:41AM
Honestly I was more impressed with John Albert than I was with Menjivar, even though Menjivar won.

Albert seems to be improving at an incredible rate, I think very few people gave him much chance against Pague, and probably even fewer gave him a shot against Menjivar, considering Menjivar was at -330 here on the playground.

I've underestimated him twice now and he's impressed the hell out of me twice. He's young and he needs to learn to calm down a bit and not go for a flying guillotine when his opponent is a couple of punches away from being finished, but I think if he keeps improving at this rate the guy could be really seriously dangerous.

I was also impressed by Diego in the third, I thought Ellenberger would walk right through him, but he came pretty close to ending it in the third. Who knows what the fight would've looked like if it were 5 rounds.
tmas
2/16/12 1:11:14AM

Posted by Aether

Honestly I was more impressed with John Albert than I was with Menjivar, even though Menjivar won.

Albert seems to be improving at an incredible rate, I think very few people gave him much chance against Pague, and probably even fewer gave him a shot against Menjivar, considering Menjivar was at -330 here on the playground.

I've underestimated him twice now and he's impressed the hell out of me twice. He's young and he needs to learn to calm down a bit and not go for a flying guillotine when his opponent is a couple of punches away from being finished, but I think if he keeps improving at this rate the guy could be really seriously dangerous.

I was also impressed by Diego in the third, I thought Ellenberger would walk right through him, but he came pretty close to ending it in the third. Who knows what the fight would've looked like if it were 5 rounds.




i agree 100% except i thought he would lose to Pague and picked him to beat Menjivar, i see big big things for him...



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the other question. No if Diego hadnt come back it wouldnt have changed... imo Ellenbergers stock went down a little tonight, i thought he was going to wreck diego. , but it didnt happen and the fight was somewhat closer then it looked. Ellenberger was hurt twice as well, not as bad as Sanchez though...

Budgellism
2/16/12 1:18:18AM
Most - Dillashaw
Least - Watson/Magalhaes
Kpro
2/16/12 1:23:14AM
Least impressive was Watson x1000. Even when standing, he was out-struck. Not his night. What were the final striking totals? I know it was 148-2 for Tj around 10 minutes in.

Most impressive to me was Brookins. Rocha took Cerrone to a decision and Brookins scrambled on top of him and pounded him unconscious in the first. Really good performance.
Adrenaline
2/16/12 1:29:06AM

Posted by tmas

the other question. No if Diego hadnt come back it wouldnt have changed... imo Ellenbergers stock went down a little tonight, i thought he was going to wreck diego. , but it didnt happen and the fight was somewhat closer then it looked. Ellenberger was hurt twice as well, not as bad as Sanchez though...






Ehhh I don't really think his stock went down at all, it's his sixth consecutive win against a quality opponent. If it weren't for a very close split decision loss to the current interim champ Carlos Condit he would be riding like an 11 win streak. I will concede that his stock did not rise as much as it possibly could have but I think what you may mean to say is that some of his hype has been deflated after this win because he didn't run through Diego.
Twenty20Dollars
2/16/12 1:30:28AM
Most - Brookins, nasty Gnp

Also, Albert thought he should have had the finish. I don't remember him really standing out on the show.

Means, looked good, but thought he should have got the finish in the third. struve should watch him to learn how to use that reach.


Least - Ronny Silva, idk just didn't impress me.

Also, Struve, can't use a jab or his reach or try to get it to the ground more where he has an adv.

And Loeffler for injuring his ankle
Poor_Franklin
2/16/12 1:49:18AM
Brookins imo.
Struve did a good job of using leg kicks & fighting his fight. He looks so dumb not using his jab w/ all that length. we can only hope he hires a boxing coach.
Ellenberger's stock shouldnt go down. He got in a war & maintained the composure to stay alive & win the fight. That's a nasty division & during a 6 fight win-streak, they can't all come easy.
ncordless
2/16/12 1:54:55AM
Dillashaw looked really impressive. That was a 30-25 pwnage. Looked really smart too in setting up his strikes with feints at the TD.

Albert really impressed me in defeat. I thought that round he and Menjivar was one of the more exciting rounds so far this year. Had a little bit of everything, and a lot of back and forth action.

prozacnation1978
2/16/12 2:01:20AM
Gotta go with dillashaw

Least probably the arena. The arena.looked very small
hotrodttt
2/16/12 2:47:30AM
Honestly, I thought Trekko was going to do a lot more than that, if you fight for the ufc and you can't close the distance on a fighter and hope for a lucky punch on a guy who used to fight for kotc, it's pretty disappointing. I mean, his record is good, but there's guys that deserve to be in the ufc more than him.
Lesnar1
2/16/12 4:06:53AM
I was impressed with how Walel Watson survived like 55 guillotine attempts by Dillashaw and some brutal g&p, and then came back in the 3rd almost locking in the triangle & a couple leglock subs.

Overall though I was really impressed with Miocic, he looked like a beast against De Fries, he's one bad dude.

Struve also put on a solid performance against a tough dangerous Herman.

I was least impressed with Phillip De Fries, never good getting beat down the way he did. He tagged Miocic a couple times though i'm sure he'll come back better and stronger in his next fight.
kopower
2/16/12 8:25:30AM
Least impressed with Herman. He looked real good in the first, then either faded, or got nonchalant in the 2nd. Struve still doesn't know how to use his reach, and imo, it was Herman's fight to lose; which he did.

Most impressed with Dillashaw. Showed great control, gnp, sub defense, and gas tank. His striking was pretty crisp as well. I didn't expect to see that much offense from him against Watson.
emfleek
2/16/12 8:39:49AM

Posted by prozacnation1978

Least probably the arena. The arena.looked very small





You never cease to amaze me.

MOST: Dillashaw

LEAST: The combination of Anik/Florian. I like 'em both but it's hard to tell which one is talking at times and my girlfriend wouldn't stop complaining about it. "Who's talking now?" or "Which one is that?"
State_Champ
2/16/12 8:58:28AM
Most- Brookins

Least- Aaron Simpson
emfleek
2/16/12 9:02:52AM

Posted by Lesnar1

I was impressed with how Walel Watson survived like 55 guillotine attempts



I'm assuming you mean rear naked choke attempts.

Anyways...I think that was more of an issue with Dillashaw's technique. Had he secured a proper position over Watson when he had his hooks in, Watson shouldn't have been able to roll or turn his body time and time again.
State_Champ
2/16/12 9:19:21AM

Posted by ncordless

Dillashaw looked really impressive. That was a 30-25 pwnage. Looked really smart too in setting up his strikes with feints at the TD.

Albert really impressed me in defeat. I thought that round he and Menjivar was one of the more exciting rounds so far this year. Had a little bit of everything, and a lot of back and forth action.




It's almost hard for me to be impressed by Dillashaw because of how awful Watson seemed, and how unable Dillashaw was to get a finish.
That may not make any sense, but I do think it is the case for myself.

And yeah, Albert was impressive to me as well.
gartface
2/16/12 9:22:23AM
The way that Stefan Struve absolutely obliterated Herman in round 2 was impressive. I was also impressed by Miocic's Incredible Hulk routine last night. Dude has dynamite in his fists.
KungFuMaster
2/16/12 11:58:01AM
I was most impressed with Diego Sanchez even-though I personally think he is a nut. Most fighters on this earth know when they are outclassed but not Diego. During every minute of that fight, Diego never wilted and still believed - he can win. I would have loved to see a fourth and fifth round. I don't even know why this main event was not a 5 rounder. So, in a sense, we can say Diego was robbed.
BlaZion
2/16/12 12:04:36PM
I actually think that Ellenberger's takedown around the final minute mark of round 2 sealed that victory. Had he not done that, Diego would not have suffered the GNP. Assuming the fight plays out the way it did, Diego could have taken it 29-28.

And when Anik said "for some reason Struve is not utilizing his reach...." I thought to myself I know for a fact you've seen Struve fight before.


Most Impressed: Brookins
Least Impressed: Herman (When is he going to get himself together? Not like he doesn't have talent)
Cooler
2/16/12 12:18:01PM
Most:

Stefen Struve - his striking finally didnt look awkward, threw in great combinations, pressed forward instead of playing defense, i agree with k-flo that he needs to use the jab but other than that he looked great, didnt get rocked once by Herman, he's still evolving, even his gnp was evolved

John Albert - not sure what happened to him there at the end he was winning the fight at that point, looks like he almost gassed himself out trying to finish Menjivar which he failed to do, but what a performance, threw everything at Menjivar, could've stuck to the striking more but overall the kid has a future at bw


Least:

Dave Herman - I actually think he has some potential to be pretty good if he took the sport seriously, maybe jiu jitsu didnt win struve the fight but any knowledge of bjj in mma would've shown Herman how to attempt at getting out of the mount, buck, roll, do something other than lay motionless gettin hit

Ivan Menjivar - Another fighter i think still has great things for the sport and i like as a fighter but the ref almost stopped the fight and it would've changed the public opinion of him as possible contender, and this performance even though a fotn candidate still hurt his status in the division, expect a big step up for ivan in the next one


FastKnockout
2/16/12 12:36:13PM
Most: Struve - I'm still not sold on him being a future contender but I'll admit he's doing a lot better then I thought he would. I had him written off in these last two fights.

Least: Miocic - I keep hearing about he's the next big thing in the division but he didn't impress me last night.
jae_1833
2/16/12 5:07:06PM
Most Menjivar.....looked awesome against a surprisingly very game Albert.
Least Watson.....got out classed even while striking against Dillashaw!
BlueSkiesBurn
2/16/12 5:40:11PM

Posted by FastKnockout

Least: Miocic - I keep hearing about he's the next big thing in the division but he didn't impress me last night.



Were you high? He straight destroyed de Fries with dynamite in his fists. Just because he got hit doesn't mean it wasn't impressive. He's 2-0 in the UFC as a HW. Impressive no matter what
Aether
2/16/12 6:46:28PM

Posted by emfleek


Posted by prozacnation1978

Least probably the arena. The arena.looked very small



LEAST: The combination of Anik/Florian. I like 'em both but it's hard to tell which one is talking at times and my girlfriend wouldn't stop complaining about it. "Who's talking now?" or "Which one is that?"



I really notice this too. I have to listen really attentively in order to tell them apart, if I'm focusing on the fight and just kind of hearing them in the background they're barely distinguishable.
Gaz1012
2/16/12 8:50:06PM
I thought Struve looked a lot more calmer, proffesional and showed his power and g&p! seriously this guy has got the blue print to do great stuff!!
Geoffo
2/16/12 10:38:55PM
MOST: Ellenberger, fast and stronger welterweight. Probably needs to improve to win a title.

LEAST: Jon Anik.
Bubbles
2/16/12 11:32:14PM
most: Struve, Diego, Dillashaw
least: Anik, Florian, Herman, Simpson, Florian, 3 round main event
jakewalters
2/17/12 12:12:47AM
I was most impressed by myself. I got 78 points and was #32 overall

Honestly though, I was most impressed by that late onslaught Diego was seemingly able to pull out of his ass.

Least impressed by Walel Watson. I thought Dillashaw would win but jeez... didn't foresee a 30-25 fight.
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