UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida aired earlier tonight and turned out to be a card that I was fairly pleased about.
B.J. Penn made quick work of Hughes, Sotiropoulos looked great like always and to my pleasant surprise, Rampage pulled off a close decision over Machida. Unfortunately, one of my all-time favorites in Karo Parisyan looked absolutely awful in his return.
Besides seeing a few of my favorite fighters having loads of success in tonight's event, I also discovered a new Brazilian by the name of Falcão that in one fight has become one of my favorite fighters.
He reminds me of Thiago Alves in that he is a fantastic striker, with some of the quickest hands and feet that I have seen at 185, however, he also displayed excellent takedown defense and fantastic jiu-jitsu.
Sure, he didn't take it to Harris in the third round, but then again, why should he? Why should he risk his win when he knows he has it secured? If anything, it should have been Harris pushing for the win which he failed to do.
Falcão fought a very safe and intelligent fight while also putting on a show and he earned a lot of my respect in that fight and I can't wait to see him fight again.
I actually think that a match up of Falcão vs. Marquardt would be an interesting one for his next fight.
However, this is not what this article is about. This article is to show the conspiracy within the UFC. I don't know where it stems from, whether it is Dana White or someone else, I won't blame anyone but the UFC organization in general.
I had the UFC recorded on my DVR and just about 20 minutes ago I decided to grab a late night snack and re-watch this new fighter who impressed me so much. When I got to the end of the round, I noticed something a bit strange, so I rewound and replayed and sure enough, there was definitely something fishy going on.
After that nice slam by Harris at the end of the first round (probably the only impressive thing he did in the fight), Falcão slapped on an extremely tight RNC with about 14 seconds left in the round. I was watching the time tick away and at about eight seconds the clock in the bottom left corner disappeared from the screen.
In no more than two seconds later (and two seconds is being generous), the bell rang ending the round. That means that there were AT LEAST six seconds left on that clock and plenty of time for Falcão to submit Harris!
I was wondering why Falcão refused to release his choke after the bell clearly rang, but I think I know why now. He understood that he was being cheated.
Eventually Falcão still managed to pull out the victory, but the fight should have been over in the first round.
I hope some of you have saved the fight on your DVR or TiVo or have some means of watching that round again so you can see the blatantly obvious cheating going on in the UFC! If you have no way of watching it again, take my word for it, it was pretty ridiculous.
Other than that, it was a great night of mixed martial arts and I can't wait to see Falcão fight again.