UFC 123 Recap / TUF 12 Preview
For the third straight UFC fight card the main event favorite lost in an upset, as Quinton Jackson knocked off the favored Lyoto Machida with a split-decision victory.
With the victory Jackson gets the next shot at the UFC Light Heavyweight title despite the fact that everyone involved in Saturday’s fight felt there should be a Machida rematch. For now White has plans for Machida to take on the winner, or loser, of the Jon Jones/Ryan Bader fight.
B.J. Penn showed why he was the favorite against former Welterweight champion Matt Hughes by knocking him out inside of 22 seconds in the first round. Penn landed a big shot early and it was over before the Octagon girl had a chance to sit down. Penn will stay at Welterweight for now, and Dana White has already announced that his next test will be against the very tough John Fitch.
Also winning on the UFC 123 fight card were Maiquel Falcao, Phil Davis, George Sotiropolis, Brian Foster, Mark Munoz, Dennis Hallman, Edson Barboza, Paul Kelly, and Nik Lentz. The KO of the night bonus went to Penn, while the submission of the night bonus went to Davis. Fight of the Night bonuses went to Sotiropoulos and Lauzon. All fighters winning bonuses had $80k added to their purse.
Next up for Zuffa Promotions will be The Ultimate Fighter 12 finale scheduled for December 4. Besides the TUF finals, fight fans will be treated to a full card of seven other fights. Headlining the card will be former TUF finalist Stephan Bonnar (12-7-0) taking on the tough Croatian Igor Pokrajac (22-7-0). At Sportsbook.ag Bonner will be a -220 favorite, while Pokrajac will be worth +180 for an upset.
Damian Maia (12-2-0) should be safe money at the 5Dimes price of -350 when he takes on +290 underdog Kendal Grove (12-7-0). Maia should have little trouble getting Grove to the mat where he will get a submission victory. The only chance Grove will have against Maia will be to keep his distance and wear down his opponent with strikes, but it will be near impossible for him to maintain that for three rounds.
Bovada is offering -225 odds on undefeated Johny Hendricks (9-0-0) against Rick Storey (11-3-0). Storey is on a four-fight win streak and will be worth +185 if he can stop the NCAA wrestler from winning his 10th straight. Hendricks already has wins over Amir Sadollah and T.J. Grant and doesn’t look like he’s going to lose to the caliber of opponents he’s currently fighting.