— As far as UFC events go, Saturday's UFC 72 from Belfast, Northern Ireland was an exciting affair. The marquee fight saw a former champion regain a title shot, and deservedly so. The weird thing about the event, especially to people on the west coast, is that it took place at noon on a Saturday. We're used to early college football games and baseball games and such, but Ultimate Fighting feels like a prime-time event, right? People want their MMA beat downs at night, not just after they've woken up and, possibly, nursing a hangover. Nevertheless, the event was a good one. Here's a look at the results:
Ed "Short Fuse" Herman defeats Scott Smith (via rear naked choke, 2nd round)
Herman, besides a guillotine scare, was in full control of this fight from the very beginning. He asserted himself on the ground, opening up a large wound on Smith's face in the first round that caused the referee to momentarily stop the fight. Exciting, high-energy fight to begin the proceedings.
Tyson Griffin defeats Clay Guida (via split decision)
By all accounts, just an incredible fight. What seemed like a majority of the fans thought that Guida had won, but it's hard to argue with the end result. It really could've gone either way. Griffin showed off some incredible takedown defense and easily won the first round, probably lost the second, and probably won the third. Guida has nothing to feel ashamed about in defeat here.
Jason McDonald defeats Rory Singer (via TKO, 2nd round)
This was not the best fight, but had its mildly entertaining turns. In the second round, McDonald got full mount on Singer, and started dropping punches. Singer wasn't doing anything to get out of the position, just trying to defend the punches and the ref eventually called the fight.
Forrest Griffin defeats Hector Ramirez (via unanimous decision)
Forrest Griffin took his time, picked his spots, and pretty much controlled the fight from the beginning. It was a patient fight, and looked like a step forward for crowd favorite Forrest.
Rich Franklin defeats Yushin Okami (via unanimous decision)
In the main event, fans were treated to...a boring first two rounds. Neither fighter mounted much of an offense in the first two rounds, rounds that Franklin took the points in, but mostly by default. Finally, in the third, Okami went on the offensive, but it was too little too late.
With the win, however, Franklin becomes next in line for a title shot
. He will have to wait to see who wins UFC 73's match between Anderson Silva and Nate Marquadt.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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