||[May. 25th, 2008|10:01 am]
Watched at Garth's house on 5/24/08 with Garth, Rachel, Tim and various other guests.|
Lyoto Machida vs. Tito Ortiz
This was the famous Tito Ortiz's last fight with the UFC after 11 years. Machida was billed as an "elusive" fighter, and this term became extremely clear immediately in the first round. He ambled around, almost looking drunk, and easily ducked out of Tito's throws. Tito, on the other hand, had a bulldog stance with his head forward between his fists. I guess this is not an uncommon stance amongst UFC fighters. Much like a boxer, he brings his neck forward, almost perpendicular to his body and ducks his head down. One thing I noticed is that they guys who had this stance all lost their fights last night.
At the end of the bout, Ortiz was a bloody ragdoll, while Machida (Brazilian of Japanese descent) looked as he did when he started the fight.
BJ Penn vs. Sean Sherk
This was a thematically similar fight -- a loose, flexible guy vs. many lbs of intense muscle. Sherk was billed as a "cardio machine" as I guess it's hard for bulked up fighters to maintain their cardio endurance. Early in the fight, it looked like he'd never run out of energy. He had big muscles on his short frame, but his punches were like lightning. Unfortunately, they made contact less than half the time. The lithe in comparison Penn, however, threw fiercely accurate punches, albeit less frequently.
At some point it was apparent that Sherk had injured his right hand and was suffering. He had at least 3 bloody cuts in his face and seemed distracted by the wounds. Penn, like Machida, managed to make himself look downright lazy in his smoothness. He remained stone faced throughout the fight. Taking an opening, he took a cowering Sherk down and landed some fierce punches into his head. In slow motion, some of the hits take on a stabbing quality. Once a victory on Penn's side was declared, penn broke his stone face, licked his gloves and roared. Then he gave a victory speech that made Mike Tyson sound like James Earl Jones.