UFC 99…

…Took place Saturday June 13th in Cologne Germany. The main card featured a couple of good fights. Mirko CroCop showed he may be able to still get it done. He was fighting a lower level oponent in Mostapha Al-Turk however he did put on a good showing. He kind of whored Dana White and the UFC by asking to come back then signing a deal with Dream before his UFC fight. I guess we’ll have to check the inter-web-connect t osee if he still has it.

Rich “Ace” Franklin took on Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva in the main event. Franklin won 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 on the judges score cards after 3 rounds of fighting. This was the only fight I was able to see, Franklin looked a little slower at 195 then he does at 185 but he looked more natural at that weight. He did a good job of keeping his range and using his left leg kick to the body and legs of Silva. Franklin does however need to keep his left hand up when he throws his leg kicks. He was caught more then once by Silva throwing a right hand over the top of Franklin’s low left when he threw a few body kicks.

This event was just to tide every over for the REALUFC event coming up Saturday, July 11th. UFC 100! It will feature not one, but two title fights. Welterweight champion Georges “Rush” St. Pierre defends his title against Thiago “The Pit Bull” Alves. The co-main event features the current UFC Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar defending his UFC heavyweight title against “Interim” UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir. Mir won the UFC heavyweight champions on June 19th 2004, but was in a motorcycle accident a few months later and was unable to defend his title. Because of this he was stripped of his title and had to earn it back. It took him four and a half years to win it back, but on December 28th 2008 he won the “Interim UFC Heavyweight Championship” by defeating Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Lesnar was at the fight sitting cage side when Mir beat Nogueira. Almost immediately after being announced the victor of the fight Mir looked and pointed at Lesnar and announced “You have my belt!” Lesnar just smiled.

The other story line here, besided the fact both men are UFC heavyweight champions, is this is a rematch from UFC 81 in which Lesnar was doing a pretty good job of pounding on Mir until he stood with his legs too wide open and Mir caught him in a knee bar forcing him to tap out.


~ by laracroftssidekick on 2009.Monday.June.15..

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