02-23-2015, by JP Scarano, Exclusively for TheFightWorld.Com
We had an exciting weekend of fights for sure, fight fans! We had Legacy FC and BellatorMMA on Friday Feb. 13, 2015 and I loved both of these fights. Let’s take a look at them and then I’d like to talk about UFC Fight Night 60 on Feb. 15, 2015.
Legacy FC 38 was in Allen, Texas with a stacked card of up and comers and some WEC/UFC Vets looking to make it back to the UFC. 6 of the 7 fights were all finishes with the exception of one which was an Split Decision. That was fight of the night for sure. But, it was the main event that took the cake when Dave Burrow submitted Anythony Njokuani in the 3rd round .
Both Burrow and Njokuani were looking really good the first two rounds but it was Burrow’s size and ground game that beat Njokuani. Legacy FC is starting to be a promotion to look at for lighter-weight fighters much like the WEC was but they also have some big boys that other promotions will be looking at. I really like seeing Legacy FC on TV and can’t wait for their next card.
BellatorMMA 133 was in Fresno, California and it had two former champions returning to the cage after losing their titles. In the co-main event we saw former BellatorMMA World Featherweight Champion Pat Curran taking on Tournament Champion Daniel Weichel in what I consider a war between talented fighters. I couldn’t tell you who won until the judges came back with a SD that saw Weichel take the win by just one point over Curran. These men fought like this was a title match and we should see Weichel challenging the current champion soon.
In the main event we had Melvin Manhoef taking on former BellatorMMA World Middleweight Champion, Alexander Shlemenko. These men are kickboxers and love to strike more then anything so we all knew that this wasn’t going to be a MMA fight, really. I was okay with that. These men were out to prove they want a title shot soon. But it was Shlemenko in the 2nd round with a spinning back fist to Manhoef that got the KO and it was so pretty to see that move. I can see one maybe two more fights for Shlemenko before he gets his rematch for the title. Manhoef is going to need to come back stronger then before and really show why he isn’t done yet.
UFC Fight Night 60 in Broomfield, Colorado was a great fight card. We saw so many changes to this stacked card that I thought at one point that it would have been canceled for sure. I was wrong and I’m glad to say it.
The Main event changed two times and a late replacement fighter, being none other then former WEC/UFC World Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson, stepping up for the fight, the weight division and taking on the dangerous Brandon Thatch. But before we talk about this let’s talk about the co-main event with Max Holloway taking on returning Cole Miller in a featherweight fight.
Miller was looking really good for a man who hasn’t fought in over a year but it was Holloway with his change-ups in combos and taking the fight to Miller that got him the UD. It also gave him the chance to fight Cub Swanson in another co-main event fight soon. Now onto the main event of the evening where Thatch and Henderson looked great.
Everyone was talking about Thatch being a larger fighter than Henderson who looked really small compared to other fighters Thatch has fought. The first round saw Thatch taking it to Henderson and getting combos off in a show of power and strength that didn’t faze Henderson. We saw how the former champion accomplished this with his counters and moving his head around along with a really good ground game. The 4th round caught all of us off guard when Henderson got Thatch to the ground and got the rear naked choke for the win.
All this took place while Henderson had his trademark toothpick in his mouth. That’s right, you read that right. Henderson had his toothpick in his mouth during the entire fight.
After the fight Henderson said, “I am here to fight anyone in the Lightweight or Welterweight division.” I think Henderson has got his confidence back and could make another run at the Lightweight championship for sure, but Welterweight? I don’t know about that because he does seem a bit smaller than all the other fighters.
Thatch should be proud because he put on one hell of a fight and I can’t wait to see what happens now after his first loss in the UFC. I think Thatch will come back stronger and better then before.
What do you fans think ?
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