UFC on Fox 8 Report Card: ‘Mighty Mouse’, Guillard and Lawler Impressive
Flyweight champion takes a rest between rounds during his main event fight on Fox
The UFC hosted another successful card on Fox, Saturday night in Seattle, Washington. Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson retained his title in an exciting fashion, the women’s bantamweight division fought on Fox for the first time, and Robby Lawler executed a brutal head-kick knockout. Let’s take closer look at the card and pass out a few grades in this edition of UFC report card.
Demetrious “Mighty Mouse’ Johnson: A+
“Mighty Mouse’ was technical, smart, and just plain nasty. The flyweight champ proved yet again why he is the best in his division and one of the most technical fighters in all of the UFC. Johnson even called for his own super fight during the UFC post-fight show on Fuel TV. ‘Mighty Mouse’ versus interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao sound interesting.
Melvin Guillard: A
Guillard is a streaky fighter that wears his emotions on his sleeve, but on Saturday night the lightweight fighter looked awfully good. Guillard had a brutal knockout, and may be ready for a top 5 fighter in the division. Guillard also walked away with an extra $50K in ‘Knockout of the Night’ bonus money.
Robby Lawler: A
Lawler made a statement in the welterweight division and threw his name in the hat for the next shot at Georges St. Pierre (if he can get past Johny Hendricks in November). Lawler finished his fight with a nasty head kick that in many peoples minds should have won the ‘Knockout of the Night’ bonus.
Liz Carmouche: B+
Carmouche has been a trailblazer of sorts in the UFC, as she was part of the first women’s MMA bout in the organization and was again apart of the first women’s bout to take part on the Fox network. Carmouche looked great during her TKO victory, but was put in a few compromising positions. A matchup against Cat Zingano or Miesha Tate (after the Ronda Rousey fight) might be in the works for the former title contender.
Rory MacDonald: B-
Rory MacDonald did not look particularly impressive during his decision victory over Jake Ellenberger. MacDonald simply did enough to win and did not look to finish the fight. UFC president Dana White was critical of the fight and MacDonald’s performance during the post-fight show on Fuel. “Ares’ is still a hot prospect in the UFC and may be the future of the welterweight division. A fight against Lawler may be in the works or a rematch with Carlos Condit—if he can get by Martin Kampmann later this year.
Jake Ellenberger: C-
Jake Ellenberger did not take any risks and seemed content to let MacDonald control the distance and earn an easy, decision victory. ‘The juggernaut’ fought like a guy that was ‘happy-to-be-there’ and did not want to engage or take the fight to MacDonald. The matchup was probably the most anticipated on the card and was expected to be nothing but fireworks. Dana White and fans on Twitter seemed to be thoroughly disappoint after the fight.