The main event to me had potential to be a fight of the year. Josh Burkman and Mike Swick were set to slug it out in a fight between two up and coming stars. It was nowhere near the fight it was hyped up to be. It actually was one of the least exciting fights in some time.
Josh Burkman looked to take Swick down over and over for three rounds and was unable to do so. The ref must have set a record for break up in this one as they were stalled up against the octagon countless times. There were no significant punches landed and zero attempts for submissions.
Somehow Mike Swick got a unanimous decision in a fight nobody deserved to win.
The undercard wasn't much better than the so called main event.
Thiago Tavares, who many consider a top flight contender in the lightweight division looked average in an easy win against Michihiro Omigawa. This fight was simply two fighters in different leagues. Tavares took home a victory via decision in another fight that didn't provide a whole lot of action.
One fighter who did look impressive was Ultimate Fighter winner Nate Diaz. He submitted a tough Alvin Robinson via triangle choke in the first round. Diaz continues to get better and prove doubters wrong. His over game is very solid and he'll be climbing the ranks of the lightweight division.
Gray Maynard continued his winning ways with a unanimous decision over Dennis Siver. Maynard had the best of the standup game as well as the action on the ground. Look for big things for Maynard as continues to grow into a complete fighter.
Mike Swick def. Josh Burkman via majority decision
Patrick Cote defeats Drew McFedries via TKO - Round 1, 1:44
Thiago Tavares def. Michihiro Omigawa via unanimous decision
Nate Diaz def. Alvin Robinson via submission - Round 1, 3:39
Kurt Pellegrino def. Alberto Crane via TKO - Round 2, 1:55
Gray Maynard def. Dennis Siver via unanimous decision
Jeremy Stephens def. Cole Miller via TKO - Round 2, 4:44
Corey Hill def. Joe Veres via TKO - Round 2, 0:37
Matt Wiman def. Justin Buchholz via submission - Round 1, 2:56
If this event was a pay per view, fans would be asking for their money back. I saw a few fighters on the card that don't deserve to be in the UFC. Nobody wants to see a sport get watered down, but that's what happened tonight. Some of the guys on the card were in one decent fight in the past and were brought back for more.
All in all, a very bad night for the biggest and best organization in mixed martial arts. In just a week and a half, they'll have a chance to make it up to fight fans with UFC 81 on February 2nd. Stay tuned for that.