The UFC 146 all heavyweight fight show delivered what you wanted if you expected fast knockouts, exciting fights, and lots of blood. It was only fitting that the main-event would end with a 6’3” 261 pound man flat on his back in the championship fight.
Junior Dos Santos throttled Frank Mir with a second round TKO. Dos Santos kept the fight up top and refused to go to the ground with Mir. Dos Santos noted after the fight that his hand hurt which could signify a broken hand for the champion. Otherwise it was a fairly crisp performance for a first-time heavyweight title defense.
JDS continued picking Mir apart in round two. It appeared it was only a matter of time as the round started and it was. JDS dropped Mir with a right, jumped on him, and the fight was stopped at 3:04. Mike Goldberg called it a great performance out of Dos Santos. I don’t know if I’d call it great but it was very good. He won but I got the feeling that a faster, healthier Cain Velasquez would have picked him apart as opposed to the slow, plodding Mir. That is more than I can say for Mir who looked like he came into the fight with one game plan and when that failed he knew it was over.
In the semi-main event, Cain Velasquez brutalized Antonio Silva with a first round TKO. Velasquez made a serious statement tonight and looked better than ever. Velasquez caught a Silva kick in the open and took him down. The former UFC heavyweight champion immediately opened up a nasty cut with a series of elbows and ground and pound. Silva was drenched and could barely see past the blood. After a check by the doctor, the fight continued, and Velasquez just brutalized Silva with ground and pound until the referee stopped the fight at 3:36 via TKO.
I said it after the Velasquez-Dos Santos fight and I am more convinced than ever that there is no way that a healthy Velasquez would get dominated the way he did by Dos Santos. It has since been reported that Velasquez was hurt going into that title fight and I think it was obvious tonight. I can’t recall seeing a guy beaten that badly for a title coming back with such a dominant performance. Cain looked simply awesome at UFC 146 dominating the giant Antonio Silva.
It is an interesting predicament that the UFC has when it comes to Velasquez. The money fight right now is obviously Velasquez vs. Dos Santos in a rematch. Cain should probably win another fight before getting the title match, but the dominant performance shoots him right to the top in my opinion. I can’t think of anyone besides Velasquez deserving of the title shot other than Alistair Overeem who can’t fight until next year anyway. Does the UFC go with Velasquez vs. Mir in Cain’s next fight? While I think Cain would win, a loss would be devastating. I think the UFC plays the hot hand and we get Dos Santos vs. Velasquez in September or October (depending upon Junior’s hand) in what will be one of the most anticipated UFC heavyweight title fights in history.
As for the heavyweight division, it was painfully obvious to me how much the UFC and the division misses Brock Lesnar. I know that he is a polarizing figure to MMA fans but the UFC heavyweight division is not nearly as deep without him. Past Mir, Dos Santos, and Cain you have a pretty stale division. I understand Brock was on the downside due to his medical conditions, but he could have possibly put a short run together if he stuck around for one more year. Alistair Overeem had a shot at taking that spot but he is out of the mix until early next year. I know Daniel Cormier and Josh Barnett are right around the corner, but they are hardly the intriguing fighter that Brock was.
Full UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir results & winners…
Junior Dos Santos defeated Frank Mir via second-round TKO
Cain Velasquez defeated Antonio Silva via first-round TKO
Roy Nelson defeated Dave Herman via first-round TKO
Stipe Miocic defeated Shane del Rosario via second-round TKO
Stefan Struve defeated Lavar Johnson via submission (armbar)
Diego Brandao vs. Darren Elkins
Jamie Varner defeated Edson Barboza via first-round TKO
C.B. Dollaway defeated Jason Miller via unanimous decision
Dan Hardy defeated Duane Ludwig via first-round KO
Paul Sass defeated Jacob Volkmann via submission (triangle armbar)
Glover Teixeira defeated Kyle Kingsbury via submission (arm triangle)
Mike Brown defeated Daniel Pineda via unanimous decision