UFC 129: Fights Joe Silva Should Make Next for GSP, Aldo, and Machida
Knockouts, hemotomas, German suplexes, crane kicks and flying triangle submissions. This description could be on any fighting video game in the last ten years or better fitting, the results of UFC 129.
The entire card did not showcase any huge upsets in their respected divisions, if anything – they all went as expected. The unexpected was the outcome and way the endings were delivered. Starting with the bantamweight division: Ivan Menjivar only needed 90 seconds to KO and damage his opponent Charlie Valencia. This win doesn’t necessarily send waves in the class but a potential matchup against Takeya Miazugaki could. It would be a solid step up in competition and open him up to a title shot eventually.
The UFC Featherweight Championship of Jose Aldo vs Mark Hominick was fight of the night and displayed the heart and drive of both men. Being Aldo’s first fight coming off an injury, he was slow in the latter rounds but still did the most damage. Hominick had a massive hematoma and was close to having the fight stopped twice but pushed through and even came out a winner in the loss as both men received bonuses for their performance.
Dana White has stated that the next opponent for Jose Aldo would be Team Alpha Male member Chad Mendes. If Aldo can get past Mendes, he is set to face more top tier competitors in: Kenny Florian, Joe Stevenson and Tyson Griffin (all dropping to this weight after fighting at lightweight). Hominick needs to rest up and heal, when ready to return should fight the winner of Eric Koch vs Cub Swanson.
The welterweight division was on fire this weekend, at least the preliminary portion. Rory MacDonald german suplexed his way to a unanimous decision over Nate Diaz. Diaz was really outclassed from the beginning. While he did well in the first, the younger Diaz brother slowed down in the two later rounds. Another dominant welterweight of the night was Jake Ellenberger. Coming in on short notice, he disposed off Sean Pierson in a decisive (knockout) fashion. The best match up for these guys next, each other. Let MacDonald and Ellenberger determine who's performance was more legit.
Randy Couture was sent into retirement via “Daniel-son” kick by Lyoto Machida and in what may have been ultimately best for the divison. Not that many people enjoy seeing "The Natural" loose a tooth, but none wanted to remember his last fight as a sleeper.