a blog by La Kifo
UFC 197 was overall a good fight card. There was 5 fights on the night of April 23, 2016.
When I look at the event from hindsight's perspective, this could have been one of the worst events UFC has put together this year. I don't find that true, but a lot of people who only watched the main event had to have been disappointed.
Ovince St. Preux and Jon Jones went all five rounds in their interim Light Heavyweight bout. Jones was the winner by unanimous decision. Casual fans of UFC want the knockout or crazy submission. They do not want to see tactical breakdowns of opponents, and that was what Jones did. It was also what Edson Barboza did to Anthony Pettis, and what Robert Whittaker did to Rafael Natal.
To be honest, I don't remember a lot about Whittaker v. Natal except I was bored, almost the entire time. The thing is though, the main card was a short notice fight, the expectation was not big since Jones was coming off a 14 month forced hiatus and St. Preux had around three weeks to train. People should not be mad at the main card, they should be mad at the rest of the event.
Anthony Pettis, who is 29, had his worst appearance in the UFC. Pettis is not even a couple years removed from being labeled as the poster boy for UFC. He was doing things that made it worth blowing checks for. Now he's 0-3 in his past 3 fights, including a title defense loss to Rafael Dos Anjos. I imagine, his chances for a title fight are strongly diminishing. Unless he has some resurgence, we may have seen the last of the great Anthony Pettis.
The most electric fight of the night was by and large the first.
It kinda came out of nowhere. I wasn't expecting it, nobody was but it got everyone, including me, sucked in. The only bad part about it was that it was the first fight and some people had too high expectations based off that knockout.
The only other knockout we got on Saturday was Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson v. Henry Cejudo.
DJ, as they call him, landed a good amount of knees to Cejudos body. They looked vicious and fast, so it was no plot twist that Cejudo left a grapple exchange tumbling like a drunk sailor. Once Johnson saw that, he went in for the kill and finished Cejudo off.
The preliminary title fight lasted only one round, as it was clear from the opening seconds that Johnson was the better fighter that night.
Finally, the main event, Jones v. St. Preux. I already talked about it so I will keep it short, I liked the fight. At that time of the night, I was pretty fucked and wanted to see a big knockout. It never came, but boredom didn't either. It seemed pretty close, but after the first round, I could see Jones had an advantage on the cards.
Apparently Preux broke his arm checking Jones kicks.
I had a good time, I hope everyone else who watched did too. Nothing better than watching half naked people beat the life out of each other.
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