Full analysis and results: UFC 162
UFC 162 is one of the biggest fights on the 2013 calendar, headlined by number one ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the world Anderson Silva defending his UFC middleweight crown against undefeated wrestling and jiu jitsu ace Chris Weidman.
What's up fight fans? Justin Faux here. Before we get to the big one, MMA Kanvas has you covered with full coverage of the 11 bout fight card from Las Vegas, Nevada. Get in touch with the site on our Facebook page and be sure to follow us on Twitter
David Mitchell vs. Mike Pierce
Mike Pierce has somewhat assumed the role that Jon Fitch formerly held. He’s a top level welterweight, can tussle with the cream of the welterweight crop, but doesn’t have a fan friendly style.
David Mitchell, to his credit, was prepared for the style of Pierce, he showed excellent takedown defence and found holes to land strikes and knees in the clinch but Pierce controlled the contest, slowly broke down the 33 year old veteran and eventually dropped him to the floor with a short punch and finished him shortly thereafter.
Rating: 1 star
Mike Pierce def. David Mitchell by TKO (punches) at 2:55 of round two
Seth Baczynski vs. Brian Melancon
What an impressive UFC debut! Seth Baczynski has morphed into a really good welterweight, and Brian Melancon dominated the entire contest, ripping shots to the body from the beginning, stunned Saczynski with a right-hook that sent him to the floor and continued to pressure, finishing the contest with literally one second on the clock with ground-and-pound.
Rating: 2 stars
Brian Melancon def. Seth Baczynski by TKO (punches) at 4:59 of round one
Edson Barboza vs. Rafaello Oliveira
The story of this fight: Edson Barboza can kick really, really, really, really, really hard. From the opening bell, Rafaello Oliveira was unable to implement anything that resembled a game plan as the Brazilian chopped away with a series of kicks to the leg, body and head. Eventually, Oliveira was unable to continue, falling to the floor before referee Herb Dean stopped the action.
Rating: 2 and a half stars
Edson Barboza def. Rafaello Oliveira by TKO (leg kicks) at 1:44 of round two
Fantasy matchmaker time, who do you want to see Barboza meet next? The ultimate fight of insanity to make down the line is against Anthony Pettis, but who is a logical next step for the Brazilian powerhouse? Discuss on Facebook.
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Dave Herman
Boy, what can you say about a 17 second fight? Gabriel Gonzaga has excellent submission chops but they weren’t necessary today, the Brazilian clobbered Dave Herman while he attempted a low kick, earning the fourth fastest knockout in the history of the UFC’s heavyweight division.
Rating: 2 stars
Gabriel Gonzaga def. Dave Herman by TKO (punches) at 0.17 of round one
Norman Parke vs. Kazuki Tokudome
Norman Parke, the lightweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes collects his first victory outside of the reality TV series. The Irish native dominated the first two frames, using Kazuki Tokudome as his personal punching bag, while he doesn’t have serious power, Parke put together great combinations which earned him the fight. Tokudome began to mount a comeback in the late stages of the bout when Parke's gas tank was running low but it was too little, too late.
Rating: 1 and a half stars
Norman Parke def. Kazuki Tokudome by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Andrew Craig vs. Chris Leben
Chris Leben was never a world class fighter, but he was clearly a shell of his former self against Andrew Craig and it was sort of saddening. Craig was well prepared for a fighter like Leben, showed excellent foot work and landed the better punches for the bulk of the bout.
In the final frame, a clearly exhausted Leben ran on nothing but instinct as Craig pummelled him with punches, knocking him to the canvas on two occasions and outright dominating the original Ultimate Fighter “bad boy”.
Rating: 1 and a half stars
Andrew Craig def. Chris Leben by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
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Dennis Siver vs. Cub Swanson
The featherweight duo trade low kicks early, Siver catches Swanson as he comes in with a short left-hook. Swanson clobbers the Russian fighter with an overhand-right but Siver hits a takedown. In half-guard, Siver gets head-and-arm control but Siver shows good instincts on the floor. Siver transitions to side control and starts hitting short elbows. Siver attempts to take mount but Swanson defends well, grabs a front facelock and instead of looking for the guillotine-choke he uses it to get back to the feet. Swanson hits a pair of low kicks, charges with a flurry as the round finishes, 10-9 Siver.
Swanson, sensing he’s behind after round one, starts stalking, connecting with a nice combination before Siver throws his signature spinning-back-kick. Siver attempts a takedown, which is easily stuffed by Swanson. Cub attempts a cartwheel kick to no avail. Siver is dictating this fight with his leg kick, but Swanson is landing the better shots. The Jackson-Winkeljohn fighter hits with a two punch combo to the body, Swanson connects with a big uppercut and throws Siver to the floor, landing in mount. Swanson pours on the pressure late, both men scramble and Swanson attempts an omoplata as the round comes to a close, 10-9 Swanson.
Siver has clearly slowed down over the past few minutes, interesting to see if he has the gas tank to win this final frame. Swanson has some unorthodox striking, but it is paying off. Swanson connects with a ripping shot to the body, followed by a hard uppercut. The speed and agility of Swanson is too much right now, connecting with a kick to the body. Swanson crumples the former lightweight with a big three punch combo and jumps all over him, unloading with punches to stop the contest.
Rating: 3 stars
Cub Swanson def. Dennis Siver by TKO (punches) at 2:24 of round three
Swanson clearly wants a title shot, do you want to see him fight Aldo again? Chat on Facebook.
Tim Boetsch vs. Mark Munoz
Boetsch immediately shoots for a double-leg takedown, gets it to the floor momentarily but Munoz uses the cage to get back to his feet. Both men fighting against the Octagon, Boetsch slams Munoz to the floor but he gets back up again right away. Munoz holds the cage to stay upright as Munoz tried to slam again with his back, no point deduction from ref Steve Mazzagatti. Boetsch hits a knee, but it’s used to get taken down. This time, Boetsch uses the cage to get up after a Munoz takedown. Both men clinched against the fence, Munoz hits a big knee, slams him to the mat again. Boetsch uses the cage to get to the feet, gets dumped back down. Boetsch grabs a front-facelock, looking for a guillotine-choke. Boetsch scrambles, unable to complete the choke as they return to the feet. Munoz hits with an uppercut, Boetsch answers with a big right-hand before they clinch again. Munoz hits with a knee in the clinch, hits with a two punch combo and goes back to working for the takedown against the fence as the round expires, 10-9 Munoz.
Boetsch opens with a kick to the body, Munoz answers with a left-hook. Munoz backs up “The Barbarian”, working well with knees but unable to take him off his feet. Both men separate, Boetsch charges with a flurry, connecting with one. Munoz ragdolls Boetsch to the floor, lands with Boetsch turtled on the floor. Munoz hits with big shots to the liver of Boetsch, generating huge power with his punches. Boetsch gets to his feet but Munoz hits with another takedown. Munoz goes back to his ground-and-pound, some serious thudding punches to the torso. Boetsch gets back to the feet, thrown back to the floor as Munoz continues to unload with punches to the body, leg and head. Boetsch attempts to get up with the cage, eats a big knee and several punches as the round expires, 10-9 Munoz.
Munoz hits with a superman punch, hits with a takedown and almost falls into a guillotine-choke. Boetsch attempts another choke, Munoz gets to his feet, Boetsch gets on top of him but Munoz begins to unload with shots again. With Boetsch turtled, Munoz goes back to landing shots to the head and body. Some thunderous punches from “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” who looks for a kimura from half-guard but abandons it, a tough position to finish that hold from. Munoz takes the back of Boetsch and looks for a rear-naked-choke, quickly gives up on that to take mount. Boetsch pushes him off but Munoz continues to pressure with ground-and-pound. Boetsch attempts a kneebar, complete desperation. Munoz leaps to the floor with a punch, lands a few more shots to conclude the fight, 10-9 Munoz (30-27 Munoz)
Rating: 1 and a half stars
Mark Munoz def. Tim Boetsch by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-28)
Roger Gracie vs. Tim Kennedy
Kennedy hits with a leg kick, Gracie backs him up with the clinch and hits a takedown. Kennedy, who clearly doesn’t want to play on the floor, looks to get to his feet using the cage. Gracie attempts to take his back which gives the US Army op a chance to get back on his feet. Gracie backs up Kennedy against the fence again, takes the back of Gracie and immediately gets a body triangle. Gracie, a multiple time BJJ world champion, is constantly working for the rear-naked-choke but Kennedy gets out of danger as the round comes to a close, 10-9 Gracie.
Kennedy backs up Gracie against the fence and takes the grappling champ to the floor. The former Strikeforce title challenger connects with a pair of big punches to Gracie. With Gracie turtled up, Kennedy lands some big shots but Gracie gets back to his feet. Kennedy hits with punches and knees with Gracie backed up against the Octagon fence. Kennedy hits with another takedown, clearly not afraid of the submission ace. Kennedy lands in full-guard, lands some punches before ref Kim Winslow stands them up. Kennedy, again, backs up Gracie, hits with punches to the head and body as the round concludes, 10-9 Kennedy.
Kennedy hits with a pair of low kicks, steps forward and misses with a big left-hand. Kennedy takes a body lock momentarily but abandons it immediately. Kennedy with a kick to the body, Gracie answers with a shot, using his length well. Gracie hits a takedown, but Kennedy gets back to the feet without issue. Kennedy hits punches to the body and head but Winslow separates them. Kennedy hits with an uppercut. Gracie answers with a front-kick. Kennedy backs up the submission ace against the fence again, hitting nice short shots as the round concludes, 10-9 Kennedy (29-28 Kennedy)
Rating: 1 star
Tim Kennedy def. Roger Gracie by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
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Frankie Edgar vs. Charles Oliveira
Oliveira hits with a body kick, Edgar immediately hits with a left-hook, seems to have hurt Oliveira who gets the fight to the floor. Edgar gets back to his feet, gets hit with a knee as he moves forward for a takedown, goes for another right away to slam him to the mat. In the guard of the dangerous Brazilian. We return to the feet, Oliveira hits with a knee, Edgar rips a nice punch to the body. Front kick from Oliveira, struggling to establish his reach edge though since Edgar is constantly moving. Oliveira tags Edgar as he circles. The former lightweight champ hits with a two punch combo, followed by a nice uppercut. Edgar’s combination gets blocked, Oliveira answers with an uppercut. Oliveira gets taken down with seconds left on the clock, Oliveira hits with elbows from the bottom while Edgar lands punches as the round concludes, 10-9 Edgar.
Edgar hits with a shot to the body, looks for a body lock but Oliveira won’t have any of it. Oliveira hits a leg kick, Edgar has it perfectly timed to catch the leg and dump him on the floor. Oliveira challenges the former champ to join him on the floor, Edgar doesn’t follow. Back on the feet, Edgar hits with a combination and then hits a takedown. In full-guard, Edgar is landing some big shots but “Do Bronx” is active as well, hitting with elbows on the bottom. Oliveira gets back to the feet, Edgar attempts another takedown but it’s fended off by the Brazilian. Stepping right-hand from Edgar, Oliveira hits with a nice front kick, Edgar answers with a body-head combo before closing the distance and hitting another takedown, almost falling into a guillotine-choke, if that were earlier in the round there would be a real chance for Oliveira, a BJJ black belt, to finish him, 10-9 Edgar.
Oliveira leads with his jab, but gets tagged by Edgar who gets backed up against the cage as Edgar continues to land shots. Oliveira gets dumped to the floor, Edgar doesn’t want to join him on the mat, just kicks his legs. Oliveira hits with a body kick, almost gets taken down for it. Oliveira hits with a knee, Edgar dumps him on the floor but the Brazilian scrambles to his feet. Oliveira trips Edgar, who rolls through to his feet. Oliveira gets hit with a trio of big punches from the former UFC champ who picks his shots nicely. Edgar tries a flying knee, dances around and hits his punches. Edgar lands another takedown. In full-guard, Edgar hits with some nice shots, is unable to pass the guard of Oliveira but does some damage on the floor, 10-9 Edgar (30-27 Edgar)
Rating: 3 and a half stars
Frankie Edgar def. Charles Oliveira by unanimous decision 30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman
Tentative start from both men, a strong Brazilian contingent in the crowd begin chanting things I don’t understand. Weidman hits a takedown, moves to half-guard and hits the UFC middleweight king with some shots, but Silva is making it real difficult. Silva thrusts the challenger off, who has to really battle to get a clear punch off on Silva. Weidman attempts a kneebar but gives up on it shortly thereafter, allowing Silva to get back up. Silva shows off his insane head movement, evading Weidman’s punches. Silva drops his hands, challenges Weidman and hits with a knee. The champion has found his rhythm, toying with Weidman on the feet. Silva hits a low kick, challenged Weidman to do the same, 10-9 Weidman.
Weidman attempts a takedown, is fended off by the champ. Silva attempts a front kick, Silva taunts the challenger who clobbers Silva as he pulls backwards, sends the champ crashing to the floor and Weidman follows up with punches, game over and new middleweight champion.
Rating: 3 stars
Chris Weidman def. Anderson Silva by TKO (punches) at 1:18 of round two
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