UFC 112: Invincible event recap and discussionPosted on April 10, 2010, 04:43 PM by Anton Gurevich
UFC 112: Invincible promised a historic event, and it truly delivered. MMA fans around the world witnessed another questionable performance from one of the best fighters in the world, and the defeat of arguably the best 155-pounder of all time, BJ Penn.
Everyone expected from the UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva to deliver an impressive performance like he did against Forrest Griffin at UFC 101. But arguably the best P4P fighter in the World had another plans for this evening. Anderson Silva decided to disappoint the action-loving part of the Mixed Martial Arts community with a strange performance. Silva spent most of his time taunting Demian Maia for lack of action instead of finishing the fight. Demian Maia did exactly what was expected from a grappling champion. He came with a cautious approach against one of the best strikers in the game, looking to counter punch and pulling guard against Silva. There is nothing bad in using your advantages to win the fight, Demian Maia is a better grappler in the same way as Anderson Silva is a better striker.
Make no mistake; Anderson Silva is a phenomenal fighter, who can finish the fight in every given position during the fight. But his awkward attitude towards his opponents raises more questions than answers. After all, Anderson Silva was more than once (or even twice) in a position to continue his onslaught on Demian Maia, but he still decided not to go with the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace to the ground. Anderson Silva knows his limits, and behind the ridiculous clowning during the fight, he knew exactly what he was doing.
In my opinion, "The Spider" still deserves his belt more than any competitor in the UFC Middleweight division. But it is clear as Sun that he has to face a much stronger competition, whether it is Light Heavyweight, Heavyweight or even Welterweight divisions. A fight against Georges St. Pierre or even another top ranked Light Heavyweight fighter is imminent.
Earlier, Frankie Edgar delivered one of the best tactical performances ever seen inside the Octagon, dethroning the Lightweight Champion BJ Penn in a match that can be safely described as War of Attrition. Frankie Edgar turned his size disadvantage into mobility, controlling BJ Penn’s movement inside the Octagon by delivering low kicks and effective jabs that left “The Prodigy” frustrated. BJ Penn looked heavy in that fight, failing to cope with Frankie Edgar’s energy and speed. “The Prodigy” was exhausted in the fifth round of the fight, letting the New Jersey-native to capitalize and delivering one of the most amazing upsets in MMA history.
Frankie Edgar shocked the world, but in fact, it was a strictly executed gameplan that left BJ Penn’s corner unable to react. Frankie Edgar came to win the fight, and truly deserved his unanimous decision victory. “The Answer” is worthy Champion, who proved that “The Prodigy” has still plenty to fight for at the UFC Lightweight division.
Renzo Gracie failed in his task to avenge the loss of his cousin Royce Gracie to Matt Hughes. Thirty-three year old legend had a very good performance in the first two rounds of the fight, but paid the price of his age, and if you want fight-rust, in the third round. Experienced Matt Hughes was patient in the first rounds of the fight, but when Renzo Gracie showed signs of exhaustion, the former Welterweight Champion had no mercy for the legend. Hughes knocked down Gracie twice with low kicks, and then finished the fight with a decent striking combination, adding another Gracie to his ongoing list of victims. I am personally unsure if Renzo Gracie has anything to sell inside the Octagon. A fight against Matt Serra could make sense, considering the grappling credentials of the two fighters.
Matt Hughes scores another victory since his comeback, and it looks like the former champion is back on track to compete against the UFC Welterweight elite for the shot at the Georges St. Pierre’s title.
Mark Munoz and Rafael Dos Anjos continued their winning streaks in the UFC, with very impressive comebacks. Munoz was outclassed in the first round by the much bigger Kendall Grove, before taking advantage in the second round of the fight. Thanks to his superior wrestling skills, Munoz dominated Grove before finishing the fight with a vicious ground and pound. Mark Munoz is now 3-1 inside the Octagon, as the fight against Ryan Bader is something most of the fans would love to see.
Brazilian prodigy Rafael Dos Anjos submitted the British hope Terry Etim in a very entertaining fight between two talented grapplers. Etim was the better grappler on the paper, and had a very good chance to submit Dos Anjos in a first round Guillotine Choke. Rafael Dos Anjos opened the fight with a very aggressive approach, dominating Etim, before submitting him via a perfectly executed armbar. Twenty-five year old Rafael Dos Anjos is now 15-4 in Mixed Martial Arts, with a very bright future ahead of him.
Looking on the bright side of things, UFC 112: Invinicble was a very entertaining event, which leaves a lot of food for thought. Next UFC attraction will feature the UFC Light Heavyweight title fight between “The Dragon” Lyoto Machida, and the challenger Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. The event will take place on May 8 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.