The fighters on the UFC 103 card all seemed like they wanted to go home early whether they were doing the knocking out or the ones getting knocked out. Needless to say, this event was extremely exciting. Also the event proved that Anderson Silva might actually have a fighter in his division that could most likely hang with him in Vitor Belfort. So let’s take a look at the main cards and compare them to my picks.
1st Fight: Hermes Franca vs Tyson Griffin – This fight was all stand up. This fight never hit the ground and these two really went at it. Even when Franca caught Tyson Griffin’s leg after an attempted leg kick, Griffin just kept striking like a mad man. The entire fight Griffin was winning at the striking game and in the 2nd round it really showed.
Results: Tyson Griffin via KO at 3:26 of the 2nd round
My Pick: Tyson Griffin via unanimous decision
2nd Fight: Josh “Kos” Koscheck vs Frank “Twinkle Toes” Trigg – This fight was a surprise but at the same time, it wasn’t. This fight was the shortest fight of the main card and Koscheck showed great ability.
Result: Josh Koscheck via TKO at 1:25 of the first round
My Pick: Josh Koscheck via unanimous decision
3rd Fight: Martin “The Hitman” Kampmann vs Paul “Semtex” Daley – Another fight that was all standup, this fight showed that there actually still is a good British fighter. Paul Daley is someone to look out for in the welterweight division. I would like to see him fight Mike “Quick” Swick.
Result: Paul Daley via TKO at 2:31 of the 1st round
My Pick: Martin Kampmann via unanimous decision
Co Main Event: Mirko Cro Cop vs Junior “Cigano” Dos Santos – WOW!!! This was an excting all out kickboxing match with Dos Santos getting the better of the exchange but Cro Cop having some viscious counter punches. Dos Santos ended up winning after he had a flurry of punches that leaded to an upper hook in which Cro Cop verbally quit because he said that he could not see.
Result: Junior Dos Santos via verbal submission at 2:00 of the first round
My Pick: Junior Dos Santos via TKO
Main Event: Rich “Ace” Franklin vs Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort – This fight is another wow but it’s more or less like a shocking wow. No one has ever done what The Phenom has to Rich Franklin, not even Anderson Silva. Rich Franklin only has ever lost to the best and Vitor Belfort is no different.
Result: Vitor Belfort via KO at 3:02 of the first round
My Pick: Rich Franklin via unanimous decision
WOW again is all I can say to describe what my blue eyes saw last night. As far as my picks are concerned, I went 3/5 which isn’t bad but I can do better. Also I had no idea that all these fights would be short ones but these guys came out swinging and that was very exciting. I’m still waiting to hear about the PPV numbers and how they compared with the PPV numbers of the Mayweather/ Marquez fight and once I do, look for an article on that aswell as the fighter salaries. See you next time for UFC 104 Machida vs Shogun.