A collective groan swept the MMA world when the lineup for UFC 138 in Birmingham, England, was initially announced. After all of the spectacular cards that featured top-tier fighters that we’ve seen over the past few months, the casual fight fan whined and complained when a Chris Leben vs. Mark Munoz main event was underlined by a bunch of English blokes and newbies to the UFC. Oh, poor us. We got a free UFC card and were unhappy when it didn’t have the biggest names in MMA. Greedy bastards. Cry us a river, build a bridge and get over it. Better yet, if you actually watched UFC 138 you would realize that it packed more fireworks than the Las Vegas strip on the Fourth of July. At any rate, read on to learn our favorite moments from a night full of knockouts and submissions, and then apologize for trying to diss one of the better cards of 2011.
Don’t Blink Or You Missed It Award
Liverpool’s Terry Etim must have left his beef brisket in the oven before his fight against Edward Faaloloto because he kicked his opponent out of the cage faster than Uncle Phil would toss DJ Jazzy Jeff out the house on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Etim landed a left hook, ripped a roundhouse kicked and cinched in a guillotine to force Faaloloto to tap out in 17 seconds. The brisket still wasn’t done cooking.
Warm Welcome To The UFC Moment
Brit Che Mills made his UFC debut in emphatic fashion as he laid waste to former TUF contender Chris Cope. Apparently, he was in a hurry as he came in like a whirlwind and fed Cope a healthy diet of knees before Cope could take no more and went nite-nite in 40 seconds. Now that’s the way you make a UFC debut.
Cold Welcome To The UFC Moment
Previously undefeated Papy Abedi entered chewing on a cigar but the victory stogie was ultimately smoked by Thiago Alves as “The Pitbull” greeted him with an symphony of brutality. Alves starched Abadi with a right hook, followed him to the canvas with some brutal punches and choked him out at the 3:32 mark of the first round. To add insult to injury, the crazy Brits went all WWE with “you tapped out” chants. Now that’s not the way you make a UFC debut.
“Shake Off A Kick In the Nuts” Award
John Maguire was kicked in the family jewels twice in the first 20 seconds in his fight against Justin Edwards — which is two times more than we liked being kicked in the nads. Most dudes would rather get dropkicked in the face than to get walloped in the testicles. But being the good ol’ chap that Maguire was, he shook off the low blow by swiveling his hips Elvis Presley-style. And he did all of this with a straight face. His little dance might have also helped sway the judges to see the fight in his favor 30-27 across the board.
Best Cage Entrance
Brad “One Punch” Pickett’s signature entrance resembles Brad Pitt‘s “One Punch Mickey” from the movie “Snatch,” but he says the string vest, cutoff jeans and trilby hat all were inspired by his grandfather (yeah, right). Too bad though–the ghost of “One Punch Mickey” could have helped him before Renen Barao crushed his face with a knee and sank in a rear naked choke in the first round.