2 Cards, 2 Different Series of Outcomes

Posted: December 6, 2010 in Marketing, PR, Strikeforce, UFC

This was a great weekend of fights for MMA fans.  On Saturday you had the choice of watching The Ultimate Fighter Season 12 finale free on SPIKE or watch STRIKEFORCE on Showtime.

Since cable is a fickle mistress, I’m guessing more fans tuned into the free fights on SPIKE since that channel tends to come with more cable packages.  (I know that is why I only watched one of these cards.)  Both MMA organizations gave fans a great night of fights, however each provided a completely different experience.  The UFC card was filled with decisions.  This is not a bad thing, it means fans were provided their money’s worth and saw two athletes give their best in the time allotted.  The STRIKEFORCE show, gave fans a series of KOs and Submissions that likely made the stars wish they had the UFC bonus system in place.

I’m more of a fan of the ground game, so the knockouts are lost on me.  However, what do you think? Which card gave fans the better show?  Here is the full breakdown of both events.

UFC TUF Results

  • Stephan Bonnar defeats Igor Pokrajac via Unanimous Decision
  • Jonathan Brookins defeats Michael Johnson via Unanimous Decision
  • Demian Maia defeats Kendall Grove via Unanimous Decision
  • Ricky Story defeats Johny Hendricks via Unanimous Decision
  • Leonard Garcia defeats Nam Phan via Split Decision
  • Dave Branch defeats Rich Attonito via unanimous decision
  • Pablo Garza defeats Fredson Paixao via knockout
  • Nick Pace defeats Will Campuzano via submission
  • Cody McKenzie defeats Aaron Wilkinson via submission
  • Ian Loveland defeats Tyler Toner via unanimous decision
  • Kyle Watson defeats Sako Chivitchian via unanimous decision

STRIKEFORCE Results

  • Dan Henderson defeats Renato “Babalu” Sobral via knockout
  • Paul Daley defeats Scott Smith via knockout
  • Robbie Lawler defeats Matt Lindland via knockout
  • Antonio Silva defeats Mike Kyle via technical knockout
  • Ovince St. Preux defeats Benji Radach via unanimous decision
  • Fernando Bettega defeats Wayne Phillips via split decision
  • Justin Lawrence defeats Max Martytniouk via unanimous decision
  • Patrick Cummins defeats Terrell Brown via technical knockout
  • Cortez Coleman defeats Lucas Lopes via submission
  • Matt Ricehouse defeats Tom Aaron via unanimous decision
  • Mike Glenn defeats Lee Brousseau via technical knockout
  • Booker DeRousse defeats Colton Cole via technical knockout
  • J.W. Wright defeats Josh Epps via submission
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Comments
  1. Mike says:

    Since it feels like I’m always watching submission or decision matches, I love to see some KOs – the Strikeforce event was like the perfect storm of KO matches – you never see that many – it still won’t direct me to Showtime though…not even Dexter can do that.

  2. Ryan says:

    It was certainly chock-full of knockouts but in looking at the match-ups I wonder if the organizers had that in mind when they paired these fighters against each other. It seems that way in a couple of cases. I like a lot of their fighters but I am unsure if some of these match-ups were as competitive as they ought to have been. What are your thoughts?

    • I think on paper they had a lot of classic “striker vs grappher” match ups in mind. If they are both at the top of their games they can only result one way – KO or submission. I think you are right and they had their sights set on KOs for this card.

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