Toronto – Even as I headed up north to my friend Colin’s cottage on the weekend, I couldn’t escape all the news and hoopla surrounding what was the de-facto event for males this coming weekend, which was in fact, this thing called UFC 100. UFC stands for “Ultimate Fighting Championship” and as you probably know by now, they fight in an octagon ring, instead of a square ring. Unlike wrestling, this fighting is real. I guess this was the 100th show for UFC, so it was like Wrestlemania or something. It was pretty big, and shows like Sportscenter was reporting it and everything, so I guess it was pretty important. I decided that I had to look into this thing and see what it was all about. I did not have too much time, so I focused on what was the 3 big fights
Dan Henderson vs Michael Bisping, Henderson wins with a knockout
This was some kind of grudge match, apparently Bisping was talking a lot of trash against Henderson on some reality show, kinda like Spencer Pratt/Lauren Contrad thing. How do I know this? I have no idea. No, really. I guess Bisping is British and sounds like some extra from a Guy Ritchie movie. He comes out to Blur’s song 2. The announcers are really playing out this UK vs USA thing. I think he should have came out to ‘Parklife’ if he was really, really Brit. Dan Henderson is some older dude, who seems like he goes buck hunting in his spare time with his rifle. The Wrangler silent type.
The fight was okay, they basically tried to punch each other out. The Henderson dude basically did what I used to do in Fight Night Round 2, which is load up on the haymaker, and then unleashed it when the time is right. Henderson ended up knocking the Brit down with a vicious hook in the 2nd. It really looked painful. He then did a flying elbow to the unconscious man’s jaw. That seemed pretty cruel. It could be a good finishing move though, between this guy and Ricky Hatton’s pounding last month, I think the Brits should just quit fighting all together and do what they are good at… britpop.
Georges Saint-Pierre vs Thiago Alves, GSP wins by decision
Georges Saint-Pierre (GSP) is a really famous UFC guy who just happens to be Canadian. I guess he is to UFC what Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart was to wrestling. Only he looks like a cross between Jeff Garcia and Mini Me.
Thiago Alves is some Brazilian who is good at striking or something. Anyways, this match was kinda boring, because it consisted of one dude grabbing another guy and then shoving him to the ground, and then they man-grinded for a few minutes and then the Brazilian dude would get up for a few minutes then it repeats. Overall, it was kinda boring.
Brock Lesnar vs Frank Mir, Lesnar wins by TKO
Okay, as someone who watched wrasslin growing up, I only know Brock Lesnar from fake fighting, when he would do this to people:
Now apparently, he just pushes people to the ground and starts punching them until they give up, in this case, it was this dude named ‘Frank Mir’. As Bill Simmons said in his tweet:
We’ll remember UFC 100 as “The Last Night Frank Mir Was a Good Looking Guy.”
Conclusion I don’t really get how the UFC got so popular, I mean the fighting is real and stuff, but it’s not overly interesting. There’s no ladder matches, no top rope stuff and no chairs. I guess theres some kind of “real” to it, but what is real these days anyway?