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- Updated: May 2, 2011
This Historic UFC card is offically in the books…. The Bard beaks it down…
Record Breaking 55,000 in attendance, two victorious title defenses, a heroic last fight from Captain America, all brought to you by Joe Rogan’s new thick beard.
I’d say UFC 129 was nothing less than a huge success.
I’d be crazy if I didn’t start this off by saying the Hominick-Aldo fight may have been the hardest fought bout I’ve ever seen. Despite losing the first four rounds and taking quite a beating from the champ Aldo, Hominick put on a CLINIC in the fifth and final round. but appaently 5 minutes of straight punches and hammer fists raining down on him whule in full mount was far from enough to take Aldo out of it. What most were focused on was not the champs ability to dish and recieve quite the beating but Hominicks amazing fortitude to stay in the hunt while having a hemorrhage the size of a grapefruit growing from his forehead the entire fight. who knows what the Canadian Hominick could have done if given another round?
The fight I looked most forward to coming into the card was “The Natural” Randy Couture vs. Lyoto Machida, and in hindsight rooting for a 47 year old may have been a bit jaded, but after seeing Captain America achieve so much throughout his Hall of Fame career including his last victory i don’t think anyone doubted his ability to win this fight coming into it including Machida himself. But 10 years from now noone will remember that crane kick, and few will remeber he lost his last fight, assuming that it was in fact his last bout. THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES CHAMP.
Lastly, I guess I’d be crazy if i didn’t at least reference the bout between welterweight champion George Rush St. Pierre and title challenger Jake Shields. in my opinon the fight was underwhelming to say the least. GSP didnt seem to come out of his “play it safe” defensive shell for more than a few seconds at any point in the fight. Although that should say alot about the champ that he can make one of the most dangerous fighters in the welterweight world look fairly ordinary. At no point did it look like Shields would take the belt, and to be honest, I dont see a single fighter in the UFC that has that chance to challenge GSP at this point. The only two interesting challegers in my mind would be a GSP v Hughes II or former Strikeforce champion Nate Diaz. Though nothing would generate more buzz than further talk of a GSP v Spider Silva fight.
All in all, UFC 129 was a huge success.
Written by The Bard
Photo Courtesy of John Latimer Photography