Saturday night, the UFC returned with yet another free event that was headlined by a magnificent bantamweight bout between frequent training partners Urijah Faber and Scott Jorgensen. The event was the finale of Season Seventeen of the UFC’s hit TV show, The Ultimate Fighter. This bout capped off a great night of fights which included the second women’s fight in UFC history and the finals of TUF 17. The main event had just about everything one would expect from a main attraction of a fight card, not only did the fight go into the fourth round, but the bout ended in definitive fashion, Faber by Rear-Naked Choke at 3:16 of the fourth round.
While MMA’s combat cousin pro boxing aired a somewhat one-sided, albeit it unexpected upset on HBO, the UFC produced a rather superb and evenly matched main event in addition to a respectable under card. Which was by no means boxing’s fault, it just turned out to be a one-side shellacking. However I would like to place the blame on HBO and Top Rank for having absolutely no co-main event or even an undercard on the broadcast, shame on you HBO and Top Rank. In that respect, this was certainly not the UFC’s most stacked card either, but realistically you can’t expect a Super Saturday card every month. None the less, the UFC offered an under card, period.
Anyway, back to the main event. The bout displayed the very definition of mixed martial arts, with portions of the contest taking place on the ground and with both fighters having their moments while there. Constant scrambles, submission attempts and submission defense gave viewers the impression that if you were to look away, even for a brief second, you could and most likely would miss a crucial moment of the bout. The stand up displayed its rendition of the same, with both combatants throwing their fair share of punches, kicks, knees and elbows. Some of these strikes landed while some missed, some to the face and some to the body but all thrown with fight-ending intentions. Urijah’s high pace and active ground game coupled with Scot’s heavy hands and willingness to plant his feet to mix it up all but ensured fans that we would witness a very entertaining bout.
Credit must be given where it’s due, these fighters showed moments of technically sound grappling, some fundamentally basic striking sprinkled in between with mild defensive skills on the feet to up the ante in the drama department. But in reality, even if two other mixed martial artists with similar traits and skill sets met in the octagon, it wouldn’t necessarily deliver the kind of action Faber and Jorgensen did. It took the will of both of these particular fighters to take chances, go for broke and put on a show for the fans who purchased tickets for the event and for the viewers at home, only a week removed from a rather lackluster event last week in Sweden. This bout even had a low blow tossed in the mix for shits and giggles, but besides that there was constant action with very few lulls, if any.
Its fights like this that make me appreciate the sport on an entirely different level, fights like Cruz/Benavidez 1, GSP/Condit, Henderson/Cerrone 1 and others that I’m sure I’m leaving out. Faber and Jorgensen displayed heart, guts and were very deserving of that main event spot. 2013 has produced some high lever and entertaining main events which Faber and Jorgensen added to, let’s keep the momentum going next week shall we?
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