Fight of the night: Sam Stout vs. Spencer Fisher
The main event fight was also the best fight of the night. These two lightweight fighters fought once before with Stout winning a split decision at UFC 58. On Tuesday, Fisher came out swinging and hit Stout early and often with very accurate punches. Stout -- to his credit -- showed a very strong chin and was able to counterattack effectively. However, Stout didn't do enough in any of the rounds to threaten to win the match. This fight was a stand-up war and went to the judges' scorecards with Fisher coming away with a unanimous decision (30-27 on all the score cards.)
As I've mentioned before, the lighter weight classes in MMA provide some of the most exciting bouts -- this fight and WEC's card last week showed us again why this is the case.
Most impressive submission: Thiago Tavares
While Jon Fitch looked very good against Roan Carneiro, winning by rear naked choke in the second round of their fight, Tavares was downright scary in his fight against Jason Black. Tavares -- another exciting lightweight -- showed excellent technical skill on the ground, eventually winning in the second round with a neatly executed triangle choke. Still unbeaten in MMA action at 12-0, Tavares has won 10 of those matches by submission. Against Black, Tavares dominated on the ground and also looked confident on his feet. The young Tavares (he's only 23) has a bright future in an already stacked division.
Most impressive TKO/KO: Drew McFedries & Anthony Johnson
Drew McFedries stopped Jordan Radev 33 seconds into their fight with a couple of punches standing up before stiffening Radev with three shots to the head on the ground. Anthony Johnson looked quite explosive in his UFC debut against Chad Reiner, winning by TKO 13 seconds into the fight.
McFedries is now 2-1 in UFC (with all his fights ending in the first round) and looks to move up in the middleweight division with this win. Johnson's impressive debut should get him additional looks in a crowded welterweight division.
Ratings for Ultimate Fight Night
Ultimate Fight Night ran from 9-11 p.m. Tuesday night. Of course, sports fans had to choose between that and Game 3 of the NBA finals between the San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers. I think you know what I chose to watch. And, when I switched channels at 11 p.m. to catch the score of the NBA game and saw that it was 55-50 at the end of the third quarter, I knew I had made the right decision. All I had missed was yet another ragged "defensive struggle" (read: offensive nightmare). What I did see was some fantastic MMA action, and I had a chance to get a read on some up-and-coming UFC talent.
Anyway, according to Spike TV, Ultimate Fight Night averaged a 1.16 household rating including a 1.49 in the key male 18-34 demographic. The NBA Finals on ABC (which also began at 9 p.m. EST) brought in a 6.4 household rating and a 4.8 in the male 18-34 demographic.