UFC — ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP — #124 — THE AFTERMATH NEWS AND VIEWS

Posted December 13th, 2010 by 1Wrestling News Team

I can’t say the results of 124 are too surprising. Anyone that put money on Koscheck, you probably got what you deserved. You just can’t bet against Georges St. Pierre.

The buildup for their UFC 124 main event in GSP’s hometown of Montreal began months ago, at the close of Koscheck’s last fight, when he took to the microphone and bashed GSP, and Montreal’s hockey teams. In the case that you’ve never met Canadians, Koscheck would have maybe been better off attempting to snipe out the Prime Minister. When it comes to that place, they love two things…hockey and GSP. Or at least that’s what the current stereotype is.

Throughout this past season of The Ultimate Fighter, in which GSP and Koscheck coached (and GSP dominated), Koscheck was still steadfast in his criticism of one of the UFC’s most legendary fighters. GSP, however, showing his class, said it wasn’t the way he did business. The trash talker vs. the nice guy, the classic heel against face matchup that has made money for years in combat sports and sports entertainment.

After being outwrestled by GSP in their last meeting, Josh Koscheck worked hard to improve his stand up game, and picked up some impressive wins by doing so. However, there were obvious flaws in his technique, such as the looping overhand right. While devastating, it wasn’t technically sound, and Koscheck was exposed for this.

Within two minutes of the fight starting, the story was told. The best way to counter a looping right overhand? Stiff left jabs, and GSP went to that well early and often, and continued to do so throughout all five rounds on his way to one of the most lopsided title victories in history. GSP landed dozens and dozens of jabs, and by the end of the first round, Koscheck’s eye was nearly closed. By the end of round three, Koscheck had to be examined by a doctor, but proved grit and determination by continuing to fight.

After the fight, Koscheck and GSP embraced, as this feud had ended with two victories for St Pierre. After this, what’s left in the 170 pound division for St Pierre? A matchup against Jake Shields that probably nobody wants to see? Fans have been clamoring for a super fight between Anderson Silva and GSP for years, but St Pierre said if he were to do this, he’d stay in the 185 pound division. Personally I don’t see why the UFC wouldn’t make this battle a catch weight fight at 177-180 pounds. You don’t need a title to sell that fight at all, and Silva has said he’d be willing to cut the extra weight.

With each passing victory, it looks more and more likely. If Silva makes it past Vitor Belfort in February, this fight should be targeted for July. No GSP/ Shields. That can wait. The UFC would get twice the buys off of GSP and Anderson Silva fighting than either of them taking on anyone else, and a potential loss beforehand could diminish some of the mystery and luster going into this fight. Dana White has went from saying no, to admitting he wants to see it, so hopefully, all of us will.

Other notables from the UFC 124 card, Mark Bocek likely sent Dustin Hazelett packing with his submission victory, and Jim Miller was the first man to defeat highly regarded jiu jitsu black belt Charles Oliveira. Oliveira and Hazelett, both Brazilian jiu jitsu prodigies, were submitted in the first round, in very swift fashion. Hazelett will probably be given his walking papers by the UFC, which would be unfortunate, as he’s one of the most exciting ground fighters in the sport. He comes from the Jorge Gurgel camp though, and Gurgel himself has been criticized for not utilizing his submission game, in favor of having stand up wars to excite fans, a tactic in which Hazelett is also guilty of. I’d actually like to see Oliveira and Hazelett square off instead of Hazelett being canned. Meanwhile, Jim Miller, after six straight victories, will be getting a high level opponenet very soon.

Mac Danzig and Stefan Struve also picked up wins at UFC 124, but don’t look for them to be in the title hunt. Both guys have some building up before they take on upper echelon talent in the company, but the way they looked at 124, they may very well be on their way.

Some interesting news making the rounds the last couple of days regarding the next season of The Ultimate Fighter. Miguel Torres/ Urijah Faber has been tossed around, Wanderlei Silva/ Chael Sonnen has been rumored…however, the newest gossip is that Dana White may be considering Frank Mir and Brock Lesnar to coach the next show. While I think it is a good idea for business and ratings, I don’t know how likely it is to happen. Brock is a very private guy, I don’t know how he’d handle cameras in his face for that long, and I’m unsure of how comfortable he would be coaching. Coupled with the rumor that Brendan Schaub and Frank Mir are set to square off in March, it may be a season too early to have these guys coach the show.

Thats it for this week folks, next week I’ll cover more of the fallout from UFC 124, as well as covering the LAST WEC show!

To ask any questions, and get live updates during the WEC show, as well as UFC pay per views, follow me on Twitter!

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—–Original Message—–
From: Sean Sapp
To: Bill Apter
Cc: Bill Apter
Sent: Mon, Dec 13, 2010 3:53 pm
Subject: UFC 124 column

I can’t say the results of 124 are too surprising. Anyone that put money on Koscheck, you probably got what you deserved. You just can’t bet against Georges St. Pierre.

The buildup for their UFC 124 main event in GSP’s hometown of Montreal began months ago, at the close of Koscheck’s last fight, when he took to the microphone and bashed GSP, and Montreal’s hockey teams. In the case that you’ve never met Canadians, Koscheck would have maybe been better off attempting to snipe out the Prime Minister. When it comes to that place, they love two things…hockey and GSP. Or at least that’s what the current stereotype is.

Throughout this past season of The Ultimate Fighter, in which GSP and Koscheck coached (and GSP dominated), Koscheck was still steadfast in his criticism of one of the UFC’s most legendary fighters. GSP, however, showing his class, said it wasn’t the way he did business. The trash talker vs. the nice guy, the classic heel against face matchup that has made money for years in combat sports and sports entertainment.

After being outwrestled by GSP in their last meeting, Josh Koscheck worked hard to improve his stand up game, and picked up some impressive wins by doing so. However, there were obvious flaws in his technique, such as the looping overhand right. While devastating, it wasn’t technically sound, and Koscheck was exposed for this.

Within two minutes of the fight starting, the story was told. The best way to counter a looping right overhand? Stiff left jabs, and GSP went to that well early and often, and continued to do so throughout all five rounds on his way to one of the most lopsided title victories in history. GSP landed dozens and dozens of jabs, and by the end of the first round, Koscheck’s eye was nearly closed. By the end of round three, Koscheck had to be examined by a doctor, but proved grit and determination by continuing to fight.

After the fight, Koscheck and GSP embraced, as this feud had ended with two victories for St Pierre. After this, what’s left in the 170 pound division for St Pierre? A matchup against Jake Shields that probably nobody wants to see? Fans have been clamoring for a super fight between Anderson Silva and GSP for years, but St Pierre said if he were to do this, he’d stay in the 185 pound division. Personally I don’t see why the UFC wouldn’t make this battle a catch weight fight at 177-180 pounds. You don’t need a title to sell that fight at all, and Silva has said he’d be willing to cut the extra weight.

With each passing victory, it looks more and more likely. If Silva makes it past Vitor Belfort in February, this fight should be targeted for July. No GSP/ Shields. That can wait. The UFC would get twice the buys off of GSP and Anderson Silva fighting than either of them taking on anyone else, and a potential loss beforehand could diminish some of the mystery and luster going into this fight. Dana White has went from saying no, to admitting he wants to see it, so hopefully, all of us will.

Other notables from the UFC 124 card, Mark Bocek likely sent Dustin Hazelett packing with his submission victory, and Jim Miller was the first man to defeat highly regarded jiu jitsu black belt Charles Oliveira. Oliveira and Hazelett, both Brazilian jiu jitsu prodigies, were submitted in the first round, in very swift fashion. Hazelett will probably be given his walking papers by the UFC, which would be unfortunate, as he’s one of the most exciting ground fighters in the sport. He comes from the Jorge Gurgel camp though, and Gurgel himself has been criticized for not utilizing his submission game, in favor of having stand up wars to excite fans, a tactic in which Hazelett is also guilty of. I’d actually like to see Oliveira and Hazelett square off instead of Hazelett being canned. Meanwhile, Jim Miller, after six straight victories, will be getting a high level opponenet very soon.

Mac Danzig and Stefan Struve also picked up wins at UFC 124, but don’t look for them to be in the title hunt. Both guys have some building up before they take on upper echelon talent in the company, but the way they looked at 124, they may very well be on their way.

Some interesting news making the rounds the last couple of days regarding the next season of The Ultimate Fighter. Miguel Torres/ Urijah Faber has been tossed around, Wanderlei Silva/ Chael Sonnen has been rumored…however, the newest gossip is that Dana White may be considering Frank Mir and Brock Lesnar to coach the next show. While I think it is a good idea for business and ratings, I don’t know how likely it is to happen. Brock is a very private guy, I don’t know how he’d handle cameras in his face for that long, and I’m unsure of how comfortable he would be coaching. Coupled with the rumor that Brendan Schaub and Frank Mir are set to square off in March, it may be a season too early to have these guys coach the show.

Thats it for this week folks, next week I’ll cover more of the fallout from UFC 124, as well as covering the LAST WEC show!

To ask any questions, and get live updates during the WEC show, as well as UFC pay per views, follow me on Twitter!

www.twitter.com/seansapp

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