5 Great Photos from UFC on Fox 2 Prelims
The prelim fights brought more excitement than the main card on UFC on Fox 2. This is where you witnessed Fight of the Night between Evan Dunham and Nick Lentz, Knockout of the Night by Lavar Johnson, and Submission of the Night by Charles Oliveira. Also, I didn’t even mention the mouthpiece knockout from Cub Swanson, which I felt should have won KOTN.
If they only had time to show one of these during the main card, it would have made it a ton better for the new fans watching it on Fox.
(Photos via Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)
So let’s just understand this first. Joey Beltran is literally a walking zombie who always comes forward despite whatever comes at him, but unfortunately for him Lavar Johnson came at him with some of the most fierce uppercuts that won Lavar Knockout of the Night. These punches were so powerful they were holding Beltran up after he was already out cold.
It looks to be an end of an era with Fedor Emelianenko suffering his second straight loss to Antonio Silva. When they say anything can happen in a tournament, believe it. The Strikeforce World Grand Prix: Heavyweight Tournament did just that today. Are you still excited about the tournament after the Fedor loss? I know I am.
1. The Last Emperor falls — an end of an era?
From the beginning, you knew this was going to be a great fight. The back and forth between Fedor and Bigfoot was exciting, and I was literally at the edge of my seat. Then came the second round. It was all down hill for Fedor from there. After a misfire with his overhand right, he was taken down and he never got up until after the round ended. When he got up, you could see the work Silva put on Fedor. It wasn’t good. I couldn’t believe Fedor survived.
After the second round, the the confusion ensued. Note to Strikeforce — please be more professional during these type of situations and the let us know what’s going on. Anyways, doctor stoppage ends the fight and may have ended an era.
2. Sergei Kharitonov shows the world why he’s the Dark Horse
People are talking about Fedor retiring, but the real talks of retirement should be directed toward Andrei Arlovski. Sergei Kharitonov literally showed the world why he’s in the tournament, and after the loss of Fedor — he’s the last Russian hope in the tourney. I loved the calm aggression he brought to the table and once he saw an opening on Arlovski, he poured it on. He landed some heavy shots on Arlovski — I don’t see him coming back after that loss.
And so it begins. The Strikeforce World Grand Prix: Heavyweight Tournament starts with a bang this Saturday — two Heavyweight bouts that include Fedor Emelianenko. I’m interested in seeing how he bounces back from the loss against Fabricio Werdum. If anything, people should tune in for Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva just to watch the main event.
1. Fedor will shrug off that loss like it never happened
It’s not good timing to be Antonio Silva nowadays. Granted, he’s a huge Heavyweight with skills both on his feet, and especially on the ground — but come on, Fedor is coming into this fight on a mission. He wants to show the world that the loss to Werdum was just a clumsy mistake instead of him being past his prime. Look for him to bring about some forward aggression like he always does, which will allow him to catch Bigfoot in a TKO victory.
Prediction: Fedor Emelianenko over Antonio Silva via TKO
2. Andrei Arlovski needs to just hang them up!
Sergei Kharitonov is one tough dude. He’s not going to back down and he’s going to take it to Andrei Arlovski. I just don’t think Arlovski has it in him anymore. It may seem like he has the desire to fight, especially joining the Greg Jackson camp — but I don’t see it. Look for Sergei to smother Arlovski, which stifle his striking game he truly desires. He’ll get caught like he always does and Sergei will finish accordingly.
Prediction: Sergei Kharitonov over Andrei Arlovski via TKO