KO (Punches)
      The first round was a solid round of boxing, with Weidman picking apart Souza with combinations, while Souza was mostly sticking with a handful of hard leg kicks, and some big body shots. That was a competitive round, but I'm giving the first round to Weidman, 10-9.
     The second round was pretty similar to the first round, with Weidman working some slick boxing, while Souza was mostly sticking to power strikes. Souza's nose was also broken, so he was breathing heavily out of his mouth. He still clipped Weidman with some hard shots though. I have Weidman ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but Souza is always dangerous.
     The final round looked like more of the same, both guys were landing a lot of great shots, Weidman's hands looked really sharp tonight, but it ultimately didn't matter, as Souza dropped him with a big right hand, Weidman got knocked the fuck out, the referee let the fight go, Weidman tried to sleep walk his way through a takedown, Souza punched him a few more times, Weidman was clearly out the entire time, and the fight was finally stopped. That was a big win for Jacare Souza.
Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke)
      This fight started slowly, they traded a few jabs, and then Weidman grabbed a single leg, took down Gastelum 2 minutes into the opening round, and he quickly took his back, as Gastelum turtled up. Weidman worked some ground & pound, Gastelum stood up, and Weidman held onto a tight back clinch, threw him back to the ground, passed to side control, slapped on a Kimura, Weidman cranked for it, but Gastelum was able to struggle his way out of it, and they stood back up with a minute left in the round. They traded some light jabs and front kicks to finish out the round. Round one goes to Chris Weidman. WAIT! As soon as I said that, with 10 seconds left in the round, Gastelum knocked down Weidman with a massive right hand, and he nearly finished the fight, but Weidman was saved by the bell. I'm still giving that round to Weidman, but that one punch might have stolen the round for Gastelum.
      The second round started slowly again, Weidman blasted Gastelum with a clean right hand, and then they clinched. Weidman grabbed Gastelum's ankle and tripped him to the ground 90 seconds into the round, and then he took his back again. Weidman started looking for a rear-naked choke, but Gastelum was doing a decent job defending while he was pinned against the fence. They stood back up 2 minutes into the round, Weidman stayed glued to Gastelum's back, and he threw him down again. Gastelum sort of stood up again, and Weidman threw him down again, settling into Gastelum's guard with 2 minutes left in the round. Weidman worked some elbows to the face of Gastelum, and Gastelum looked like he was trying to setup an armbar, but he got pounded with some more elbows instead. Round two CLEARLY goes to Weidman, and I have him ahead 20-18 going into the third round, but the first round COULD have the scores pretty close at this point.
      They both came out swinging in the third round, and Weidman dropped Gastelum quickly with some clean punches. They both stood back up, and battled from the clinch for a few seconds. Weidman landed a series of clean powerful punches, and Gastelum was able to use his head movement to avoid TOO much damage, as they reset a minute into the round. Weidman shot for a single leg 90 seconds into the round, but Gastelum was able to slip out of it as they're both covered in sweat. Weidman took down Gastelum 2 minutes into the round, but Gastelum stood back up again. Weidman wrestled him down again, slapped on an arm-triangle choke, Gastelum tried to defend, but eventually he was forced to submit late in the third round. That was a much needed win for Chris Weidman, and the New York crowd goes insane as he breaks his 3-Fight losing streak against a guy in Gastelum that was rapidly climbing up the ranks.
TKO (Knees)
      We're one minute into this fight, and already Mousasi's long arms are causing Weidman some problems with the boxing. He was having a hard time closing the distance to land punches, so he just shot for a takedown instead. Weidman nearly caught him in a brutal looking guillotine, but he just gave it up for some reason and they stood back up. Mousasi landed a few more strikes, and then Weidman took him down again, with half the round remaining to work. After a brief scramble, they both stood back up. Weidman ducked down for another takedown attempt, he pressed Mousasi against the fence, and Mousasi locked him into a clinch to avoid getting dumped to the floor. They broke apart, Weidman blasted Mousasi with a series of hard punches, he had him rocked for a second, and then shot for a takedown, which he sort of completed, but Mousasi basically did the splits, and stood back up. The round ended with Mousasi slipping, and Weidman pinning him again. That was a clear 10-9 round for Weidman.
     Mousasi came out like a rabid wolverine in the second round, he destroyed Weidman's face with some brutal punch combinations, he had him hurt against the fence, but then he shot for a takedown for some reason, which Weidman easily stuffed against the fence. They split up, Weidman scored another takedown, and Mousasi hit him with some elbows from his back. Weidman passed to full mount halfway through the round, and Mousasi gave up his back. Mousasi nearly swept him, but Weidman used some expert control to end up on top, and then they both stood back up. They exchanged a few strikes, Weidman complained about a groin shot, he ducked down, Mousasi grabbed him, blasted him with a couple of hard knees to the head, there were some questions about whether one of the knees was legal, so they gave Weidman time to recover, everybody got super confused, nobody knew what the fuck was going on, so they gave the TKO stoppage victory to Gegard Mousasi. I appreciate that they "modified" the knees to a grounded opponent rules to make them more lenient, but JUST LEGALIZE THEM ALTOGETHER, THIS SHIT IS FUCKING RETARDED. Congrats to Mousasi for a weird win. As for Weidman, that makes 3 losses in a row, and he remains 0-2 in his home state of New York. This shit is fucked up, and the crowd is about to riot. Mousasi was on the verge of a title shot here, and Weidman is on the verge of getting fired. So... A rematch would make sense based on the way this fight ended, but both of these guys are getting screwed right now. Weidman by his 3-Fight Losing streak, and Mousasi by the lack of a title shot. Where do we go from here?
KO (Flying Knee & Punches)
      The first round started kind of slow, with both guys bouncing around a lot, and trading the occassional body kick or random punch. Weidman shot for a takedown halfway through the opening round, and sort of took down Romero, but he immediately got back up, and they went back to trading the slow strikes. Weidman shot for another takedown with 2 minutes left in the round, and he sort of took down Romero, but again, Romero reversed him and immediately got back up, and punched him in the face for his troubles. Weidman scored a solid takedown with 30 seconds left in the round, and took Romero's back, but Romero got back up to his hands & feet immediately. Weidman held onto a back clinch until the end of the round. That wasn't a very impressive round, but I scored it for Weidman based on the 3 "partial" takedowns.
     They had to towel off Romero to start the second round, since he poured water all over himself. When the fight started, Weidman shot for another takedown, and Romero basically stuffed the shot. Weidman continued to pick apart Romero with some basic punches, at a slow & steady pace for the first half of the round, and then he landed a hard knee, and then poked the shit out of Romero's right eye. They traded some takedown attempts, and then Romero tripped Weidman with a classy trip, and then spun around to take Weidman's back with 2 minutes left in the round. He used the back clinch to press Weidman into the fence. Romero took down Weidman with 30 seconds left in the round, and landed some decent punches from a variety of top positions, and in my opinion, that ending was enough to steal the round for Romero. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     The final round started with Weidman shooting for a takedown, and Romero fucking SLAUGHTERED him with a flying knee to the side of the head that chopped Weidman's head open like an axe. Romero landed a few heavy punches on the ground, Weidman curled up like a dying baby, and the fight was stopped, as Romero hands Weidman his ass in Weidman's state of New York. That really sucks for Weidman, and I hope he didn't do any damage to his neck with that knee, but yeah, kudos to Romero, he's fucking LEGIT. And now he FINALLY gets his title shot. I've had Romero ranked #1 at 185 for a long time now, and FINALLY, he gets his shot. Bisping is going to get wrecked.
TKO (Punches)
      These guys exchanges a few punches, Weidman shot in for a takedown, and hopped up on the back of Rockhold while standing. Rockhold tried to throw him off to the side, and was able to end up in top position, as Weidman was looking for a triangle, a Kimura, and then Rockhold stood back up. Weidman shot for another takedown, and this time got Rockhold to the ground. They stood back up, and Weidman continued to control the fight from inside the clinch. Rockhold locked on a guillotine choke, but Weidman had side control, so Rockhold couldn't really crank properly. The referee stood them up, which was a little bit weird, Rockhold landed some HARD kicks, Weidman shot back in, and Rockhold locked on another guillotine, this time flipping Weidman over, so he could really crank on it from the mount. I ended up giving that round to Rockhold for those chokes. Rockhold slaughtered Weidman with brutal punches & kicks to start the second round, putting him in danger up against the cage early, but Weidman recovered, and the fight continued. Rockhold continued to launch some thunderous kicks at the head of Weidman though, the kind of kicks that made me think he could end the fight at any time. The second round definitely goes to Rockhold. The third round had Weidman taking Rockhold down, but Rockhold was able to work his way back to his feet. From there, Rockhold landed a few knees to the body from the clinch, and then they broke apart. They both landed some solid kicks, and they both landed some decent punches. Weidman threw a silly spinning kick, and Rockhold dodged it, grabbed his back, and took him to the ground, where Rockhold was able to lock on a rear-naked choke with about 80 seconds left in the round. Rockhold spun around into full mount, and then he dropped some elbows and punches from the mount. Rockhold started teeing off, Weidman's face was spurting blood, Rockhold opened up with some gigantic elbows, more punches, Weidman was getting absolutely fucked up, Rockhold landed a million punches to the face of Weidman, as he wasn't able to block ANY of them, but the referee allowed him to survive until the end of the round, but Weidman's face was ALL chopped up at that point. MASSIVE 10-8 round for Rockhold. Rockhold started the fourth round with some hard kicks, some punches, he moved into the clinch for a takedown, and Weidman blatantly grabbed the fence, Herb Dean warned him, and Rockhold eventually threw him to the ground. Rockhold is a fucking BEAST! Weidman's face was bleeding like crazy, and Rockhold was punishing him up against the fence. Rockhold was relentless, as he continued to drop punches & elbows, opening up even more cuts, and leaving even more bruises. Rockhold continued to smash Weidman's face in with brutal punches, and the referee was forced to stop the fight. That was an oustanding performance by Luke Rockhold, the NEW, UFC Middleweight Champion.
TKO (Punches)
      HOLY SHIT, that was a fucking title fight right there... Belfort hit Weidman, Belfort tripped, Weidman charged him, got sloppy, Belfort went fucking NUTS on Weidman, brutally beating him with punches against the fench, and in the clinch, cutting Weidman open, etc... Weidman was able to take Belfort to the ground though, where he quickly got the full mount, and then he brutally beat Belfort with punches & HARD elbows, finishing the fight halfway through the first round. AWESOME win for Chris Weidman. I know people have a lot of questions about Belfort, but if you had any questions about Weidman, he continues to prove that he really is the best middleweight in the world right now. Pretty huge victory here, over the highly ranked Vitor Belfort.
      Well that was one hell of a fight. I sort of have mixed feelings about the way the fight went, because Weidman clearly won (took the fight to the ground in the first 3 rounds, and controlled those rounds, but didn't really do a lot of damage). The fourth round, Machida beat the shit out of him. And the fifth round, Machida BASICALLY beat his ass some more, but Weidman was able to take him down eventually, and beat him up a little bit, but the last 20 seconds or so, consisted of Machida throwing a milllion bombs, trying to finish the fight. So yeah, I really wanted Machida to get revenge for Silva in this fight, but congrats to Weidman for a hard fought unanimous decision victory.
TKO (Leg Injury)
      GOD! FUCK! NO! AAAAAAAAAH... That fucking sucks... I was ready for Anderson to come back and DESTROY Chris in this fight, but man... This is no bullshit... Weidman kicked his ass in the first round. The second round, they came out, Anderson was throwing kicks to Chris's leg, and one big kick snapped Anderson's leg in half (like the Corey Hill injury), and Anderson collapsed, with his leg flailing around like a sock with rocks in it. Pretty fucking gross. This really sucks. Holy shit... Oh man oh man... There you have it. I guess Chris Weidman is still the champ, and I'm ASSUMING Anderson is going to have to retire now? That fucking sucks.
KO (Punches)
      That was interesting. Chris "Doomsday" Weidman just killed Superman. The first round consisted of Weidman taking Silva to the ground with ease, he beat him up for a bit, nearly broke Silva's leg off with a heel hook. Silva "sort of" won back some points once they got back to their feet, by treating Weidman like Demian Maia, and he started goofing off, dodging shit, acting like a clown, and basically just acting retarded. It was funny, don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the hell out of it, but it ultimately led to the demise of one of the most amazing martial artists of all time. So yeah, good fight, fun fight, but my heart was literally just ripped from my chest, watching Anderson Silva get KNOCKED THE FUCK OUT. Crazy fight, crazy event, and I still feel light headed.
KO (Elbow & Punches)
      BAM! Two of the top guys at 185, clashing at the top, trying to earn a spot to fight against Anderson Silva! Who knows who is going to win this fight!?! Oh, what? It's over already? Weidman took Munoz down in the first round and completely controlled him for the entire round. The second round ended at the halfway mark, with Weidman throwing a big elbow to the forehead of Munoz, knocking him to the ground, and then he finished him off with some HUGE punches, that made blood squirt out of Munoz's head like a gusher. Great fight overall, and it looks like Chris Weidman is officially next in line for a title shot against Anderson Silva!
      What was that!?! Two of the biggest contenders in the 185 pound division, just came out and slept their way through a 15 minute fight. What the fuck? Demian Maia looked exhausted the entire fight, and didn't really do anything to win any of the rounds. Weidman took the fight on short notice (11 days), so it's SORT OF understandable that he might not be in the best shape of his career, but luckily, he was able to push through JUST enough to pull off the victory. Boring fight, considering the rankings of these guys going into this fight.
Technical Submission (Brabo Choke)
      Chris Weidman is kind of a badass! This fight seemed like a standard fight, nothing special, but then Weidman took Lawlor to the ground, dominated him with his wrestling, and then locked on a sick Brabo Choke, putting Lawlor to sleep. The bad part was, Weidman had to tell the referee that Lawlor was out. The referee probably should have stopped the fight a few seconds earlier, but it's all good, terrific win by Weidman.
Submission (Guillotine Choke)
      Nice! Bongfeldt came out swinging, and looked like he might have Weidman's number, but once Weidman was able to take the fight to the ground, and get the rabid Bongfeldt under control, Weidman wore him down, until the end of the round, where Weidman was able to lock on a standing guillotine choke, forcing Bongfeldt to submit. Great win by Weidman, against a guy nobody cares about.
      Alessio Sakara was supposed to fight several other guys, but they all dropped out due to injuries, so Chris Weidman makes his UFC debut tonight, on short notice, and even though Sakara beat up Weidman quite a bit in the first round, Weidman controlled him and beat him up in the 2nd & 3rd rounds. So yeah, good debut for Chris Weidman, especially considering he only had 2 weeks notice going into it. Sakara looked good too, until he got that huge bloody gash on his forehead.