The main event could have cured the most stubborn case of insomnia and the card lacked big names, but the UFC’s second visit to Germany was packed with fights to remember.
Luckily for the 9,000 people who were in Oberhausen in November they had already got their money’s worth before Nate Marquardt and Yushin Okami entered the Octagon. With a shot at Anderson Silva’s title at stake, you would think both fighters would have put it all on the line to get closer to their dream. It never happened; the entire bout was a cagey affair, it was a classic case of fighting not to lose instead of fighting to win.
Marquardt got the better of the stand up with some decent shots and took Okami down on a couple of occasions but never capitalized when it mattered. Okami was constantly looking for takedowns behind his jab but never looked like he really wanted it. In the end his control of the centre of the octagon and tenacity in the third won him the unanimous decision. I doubt Mr. Silva is dreading August!
Thankfully this is where the boredom ends. Hometown hero Dennis Siver’s fight with Andre Winner was balls to the wall from start to finish. Despite his frightening speed Winner could never time the technical Siver, who dropped him with a counter left hook and finished with a text book rear naked choke at 3.37 of round 1 winning submission of the night.
Amir Sadollah gave a Muay Thai clinic on his way to a unanimous decision victory over the brave Peter Sobotta in their welterweight bout. Krzysztof Soszynski also won unanimously in a bruising encounter with Croatia’s Goran Reljic. Duane Ludwig and Nick Osipczak threw leather from the get go, however the Brit inexplicably stopped fighting in the third giving the lucky Ludwig a split decision win. The bonus features on the first disc are the weigh-ins which are uneventful.
Only one of the five fights on the second disc go the distance; the Fight of the Night between Germany’s Pascal Krauss and England’s Mark Scanlon. Krauss dominated the first two rounds of this Welterweight bout with superior grappling and nasty ground and pound but couldn’t finish Scanlon. In the third Scanlon came out swinging, landing some nice right hands but made the mistake of taking the German down, who mounted him and finished the fight on top in the crucifix position earning a well deserved unanimous decision.
None of the final four fights get out of the first; Karlos Vemola won knockout of the night with a devastating TKO of Seth Petruzelli, Carlos Eduardo Rocha submitted TUF 11 finalist Kris McCray via kneebar, Kyle Noke finishes Rob Kimmons with a rear naked choke and Vladimir Matyushenko beat Alexandre Ferreira by TKO.
The bonus features include the always interesting behind the scenes and a funny fan Q and A with Dana White and Joe Rogan. There are worse ways to spend twenty bucks.
UFC 122 is available at ufc.com for $19.95