UFC 167 Aftermath: The Chosen One, Judges And A Gangster In The Wrong Weight Class

UFC 167 is in the books, and reigning champ GSP retained his Welterweight title in a very close decision win over Johny Hendricks; shortly after claiming that he would step away from the sport for a while.

With such an action filled card last night, and so many interesting bouts, I feel compelled to look over, analyze and speculate about all things 167. First off:

MMA judging

I actually thought that the judging leading up to last night’s main card was pretty good, the rightful winners were selected in all of the bouts that went the distance and everything was peachy. Then along comes the main card judging fiasco. Firstly Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald was a split decision? Really?

One ‘judge’ scored the bout 29-28 for MacDonald, who was dropped TWICE in round three. I scored the third round a 10-8 and assumed the unanimous decision was on the way, but the judge that scored it for MacD either gave him 11 points in one round or gave him the first two rounds and only scored round three 10-9 for Lawler. Don’t even get me started on St-Pierre vs. Hendricks (because that fight gets it’s own article shortly). Dana White says he is appalled by the Las Vegas judging; looks like the UFC might be moving hometown soon.

Tyron Woodley is for real

Many hailed last night’s main card bout between Tyron Woodley and Josh Koscheck as a do-or-die bout for the former TUF star, and it turns out that it may have been his last. Woodley survived an early scare to come back and destroy Kos, landing a perfectly timed right hand to put his foe away in impressive fashion.

T-Wood made up for his disappointing scrap againat Jake Shields by arguably retiring Kos, look for a big name opponent in the 170lb. division in Woodley’s next bout.

Chael Sonnen should stick to Middleweight

Chael Sonnen and Rashad Evans went at it last night, with ‘Suga’ emerging victorious by first round TKO. Sonnen, as always, was a game dog on fight night; something that isn’t really enough when you are outsized.

Chael P has spent his last three bouts in the UFC 205lb. class, going 1-2 (his only LHW win coming against a large Middleweight in Shogun Rua) and really needs to stay in the Middleweight division. I am actually becoming a Sonnen fan (*pukes in mouth) and would like to see him do well; but that won’t happen as long as naturally bigger guys are tossing him around.

Honorable mention goes to Thales Leites for most blanket like fighter, Rory MacDonald for least gracious psychopath, Donald Cerrone for the hitman performance and T-Wood gets another shout  for his epic post fight interview with Joe Rogan.


17 Comments

  1. Avatar of HATEOCRACY

    HATEOCRACY

    November 17, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Rashad rights & lefts to Phael head had him kickn his legs like he was racing Mike Phelps for the gold.

  2. Avatar of 1 fist at the time

    1 fist at the time

    November 17, 2013 at 9:33 am

    seriously, theres no way the third round on the mcdonald fight was a 10-8. I judge it clearly a 10-9 lawler, but this round was not dominated enought to give lawler a 10-8. Totally disagreeing with you on this one.

  3. Avatar of IChokePeople

    IChokePeople

    November 17, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Cheal losing had nothing to do with size. He actually looked to be the bigger fighter. He just got out wrestled by a better wrestler.

    • Avatar of nutshell

      nutshell

      November 19, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      I might agree with you if you were referring to level changes and mixing wrestling with strinking. However, Chael is a world-class wrestler. His driving power double-leg is the best, if not, in the UFC. Rashad is just stronger. That's just it. you see how easy it was for Rashad to turn Chael with his underhook? that's leg and upper body strength.

  4. Avatar of mmauk

    mmauk

    November 17, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Rashad Evans was in beast mode tonight simple as that, he's still a top 5 LHW and Sonnen just found that out the hard way. As for size difference behave yourself Rory that's not why Chael lost. The biggest MW and LHW walk around at roughly the same weight. Anderson Silva looks slim and slender but walks around at 220(according to him), something people forget.

  5. Avatar of thexperience1

    thexperience1

    November 17, 2013 at 11:20 am

    The Jake Shield fight was not Tyron's UFC debut…. Tyron's UFC debut was spectacular! He viciously knocked out Jay Hieron at 36 seconds in the first round! The kid is most def. for real!

    Like Chael said, Rashad is just a lot better than him and he looked SHARP last night! You can tell he's on a mission!

    Maccie D looked a hot mess… he looked HORRIBLE and Robbie put a whoopin' on him. The split decision is a fuccin' JOKE! Robbie CLEARLY won that fight. Now please let's see Robbie vs Hector next….!!!!!

  6. Avatar of OperationCWAL

    OperationCWAL

    November 17, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    when josh got rocked and his legs gave out, he shoulda fell back, but instead somehow his body weight fell down oh his legs instead, so he was in a squatting position and he was stuck there long enough for tyrone to land 2 nasty assssssss punches that made him go bye bye. Felt bad for kos, but damn only if woodley can avenge his loss to nate the same way! rematch!

  7. Avatar of UnderdogGreatness

    UnderdogGreatness

    November 17, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    As expected, Fail Sonnen, the O. Gangster, tapped again.

    Thank you, Rashad

  8. Avatar of PukeVomit

    PukeVomit

    November 17, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    sonnen is a good fighter…but he doesn't take any risks. he's not able to fight his fight after a little beating he get during a fight.

    and when you watch the fight against evans closely: HE TAPPED!

    …don frye would have slapped him for that!

    • Avatar of highkick12

      highkick12

      November 17, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      Tapped to strikes Tito style. Not something fighters should emulate.

      • Avatar of D

        D

        November 17, 2013 at 6:25 pm

        Actually, if you can't escape a position, and you're in the process of being pounded out, you should tap. Taking unnecessary damage is just stupid.

        Basically, what you are saying is Chael should have taken several more big shots to the head and risked brain trauma, so that jackasses like you on the internet view him as a "tough guy".

        Listen to Don Fry talk. Not something to emulate either.

  9. Avatar of Entity

    Entity

    November 17, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    And I agree Rory McDork did act like a spoiled little bich after his LOSS.

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