Stephan Bonnar and Forrest Griffin were able to continue where they left off Saturday night. Both fighters made their way to the octagon accompanied by standing ovations from the crowd. Though it wasn’t an epic war like their first fight, the rematch still carried a high tempo and we saw two totally different fighters this time around. Both fighters were much more tentative and when all was said and done Forrest Griffin did enough to earn himself another unanimous decision victory.
“I did OK tonight,” Griffin said. “I felt a little sluggish; I’m ready for a rematch with Tito. - I want to improve on this fight.”
“It was a good fight, it was close, I thought I won a round,”” Bonnar said. “I wanted to win this one to have a rubber match, but how about we do best-of-five.”
Here is my preview of UFC 62: Bitter Rivals. I only wrote my thoughts for the main card but the full card looks like this…
Main Card Bouts:
Chuck Liddell vs. Renato “Babalu” Sobral
Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar
Josh Neer vs. Nick Diaz
Hermes Franca vs. Jamie Varner
Christian Wellisch vs. Cheick Kongo
Yushin Okami vs. Alan Belcher
Rob MacDonald vs. Eric Schafer
Wes Combs vs. Wilson Gouveia
David Heath vs. Cory Walmsley
How do I even say this? We’ll although unofficial, it seems that we now have a co-main event for the upcoming UFC 62 - A rematch of the best fight in UFC history: Stephan Bonnar will take on Forrest Griffin. The Boston Herald released an article yesterday, previewing the matchup that will supposedly take place on August 26th. UFC’s website has a statement asking fans to tune into ESPN tomorrow during The Hot List for a huge announcement.
My guess is that White will be announcing this fight for UFC 62. But could there be something more?
7/17 10:54 AM: The UFC now has the fight on the front page of their website, It’s official.
Making his UFC debut, tough Chute Box fighter Anderson Silva was put up against TUF star Chris Leben. Many people questioned whether Leben could handle Silva’s strikes or not and they got their question answered. From the opening bell Silva looked dominant landing two right jabs that stunned Leben. He followed that up the some right and left hooks followed by an uppercut and knee which sent Chris Leben to the canvas. “Big” John McCarthy called a stop to the fight with Anderson Silva winning by KO at 49 seconds of the first round.
Mark Hominick and Jorge Gurgle engaged in a stand up war which lasted three rounds. Throughout the whole fight Hominick was able to stuff Gurgle’s takedown attempts and work his strikes. He threw many body-head combos and showed great defense blocking Gurgle’s strikes. Late in the fight Gurgle was able to work the low leg kicks but in the end it wasn’t enough and Hominick earned himself a majority decision.
Rashad Evans looked very dominant against Stephan Bonnar as he got numerous takedowns and had Bonnar on his back for the majority of the fight. Bonnar was unable to mount any offense on his feet as he was taken down at will. Late in the third Bonnar attempted a triangle and guillotine but he wasn’t able to finish as both fighters were just too slippery. In the end Rashad Evans earned himself a unanimous decision.
Rob MacDonald looked good against Kristian Rotharmel getting an early takedown and then the full mount. From there he was able to get Rotharmel to turn to his side which left his arm open, MacDonald was able to grab a hold and secure the armbar.
In the final fight of the night, tough Canadian welterweight Jonathan Goulet went up against Luke Cummo. Goulet looked great during the first round keeping Cummo on his back, passing his guard numerous times and landing elbows. Early in the second round Cummo was able to come out with a couple combos and ended up dropping Goulet. Goulet regained his composure and continued to dominate Cummo on the ground. As the third round started Goulet took Cummo down and continued to dominate until late in the round when Cummo secured a rear naked choke. Just when it looked like Goulet was done he got loose and regained top position. He continued his ground and pound which ended up being enough to earn him a majority decision.
‘The Ultimate Fighter’ stars, Stephan Bonnar and Rashad Evans are set to do battle in the octagon June 28th at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas.
Expect a good fight as both guys will be looking to redeem themselves after shaky performances in which each fighter was able to earn a questionable decision victory.