It was the UFC that no one could get fired up about. It was the UFC ppv that I didn't know was happening this weekend until the news of the weighs-ins broke. It's been my experience that cards like these, that is lower profile cards that don't have a lot of excitement around them, usually deliver on great all around fights, and this card was definitely....bleh. It unfortunately underwhelmed me to the point that I could have fallen asleep during Jose Aldo v Chang Sung Jung. That's not to say the prelims were awful, they were good and by good I mean Creepy, to be more precise I mean Uncle Creepy. That's right, everyone's favorite creepy uncle/mustache aficionado Ian Mcall got his first UFC win, which made me happy, a feeling that I would lack the rest of the night. Then Amanda Nunes elbowed Sheila Gaff into oblivion and Anthony Perosh knocked out Vinny Magalhaes in 14 seconds. The biggest excitement I got from the main card was the thought that if Aldo lost, the Brazilian fans might have burned the place down, but more on that later. Let's get into the main card.
The first fight on the card was a flywieght bout between Jon Lineker and Jose Maria Tome. The first round saw Tome stun Lineker with a spinning back fist (that's right spinning stuff) and come close to finishing him but Lineker survived and came back and won in the second after what appeared was Tome's knee buckling, win's a win. There was talk of Lineker getting a title shot against Might Mouse but since he missed weight I'm not sure what the plan with him is going to be, maybe a fight with McCall or John Moraga.
The second fight saw Thales Leites take on the "no nonsense fighter" Tom Watson who came out dancing in a gorilla mask. Leites used his jiu-jitsu to dominate a portion a the fight, then he started getting tired. This led to Watson being able to mount something of a comeback and make it a fairly entertaining fight, but jiu-jitsu won the day and Leites walked away with the decision. Having Leites fight Tim Kennedy or Ed Herman would be interesting fights. Tom Watson impressed me in defeat, he showed a lot of heart not getting submitted by Leites, I'd like to see him fight Nick Ring or Roger Gracie.
The next fight was Cezar Fierreira against Thiago Santos a fight that was over in 47 seconds by way of guillotine choke by "Mutante". The UFC needs to keep building Fierreira up, not rush him by putting him against the upper tier of the division just yet. How about a fight with Daniel Sarafian or CB Dollaway?
On to the co-main event, where we saw Lyoto Machida fight Phil Davis. Before we get into this discussion I have a bone to pick with Phil Davis, or as he calls himself "Mr. Wonderful". There is only one Mr. Wonderful and his name is Paul Orndorff, so get a different nickname. In this fight we saw Machida duck, dip, and dodge the majority of Davis punches with Davis landing only 21 of 90 attempted significant strikes, and stifle 8 of his 10 takedown attempts; he even blocked Mr. Wonderful's piledriver attempt. Machida landed more significant strikes than Davis even though he threw less, but effectiveness be dammed as the judges gave the decision to Mr. Wonderful, a result from what I can only assume was Bobby "The Brain" Heenan throwing sand in the judges eyes. I don't know what to make of this most people including myself thought Machida won. I would like to see a rematch, they might just sweep this under the rug like they did Machida's "win"(or loss however you want to put it) over Rampage.
The main event was really interesting to me because I was wonder of the possibility that the Brazilian fans might burn the place down if Aldo loses, possible by some BS decision. In one night they had to put up with Vinny Magalhaes getting ko'd, Machida getting screwed, and I wasn't sure if they could take it if Aldo lost. Aldo won by tko over "The Korean Zombie" Chang Sung Jung due to injury. Aldo employed a surprising grapple heavy game plan that is possibly due to a broken foot, TKZ show'd spunk in fighting Aldo, but just when he seemed to come alive he injured his shoulder and the fight was over. Aldo should fight Ricardo Lamas and TKZ should heal up and see where the division is when he gets back.
Ultimately, I find that my experience with UFC 163 is a lot like my last girlfriend, shower thoroughly and forget it ever happened.