Wrestling Comes Back in the Bayou

There has been an interesting trend in the past events in the UFC as the art of the submission has seemed to fade away. Even in Brazil where Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is king there were no submissions in the entire night. The casual fan has been happy to see this as the Knockouts have gone up and the standup fights are increasing. This is not MMA however as MMA is about the total of every style of fighting including the wrestling aspect and this wrestling aspect can be just as exciting as the standup game. The ground game has disappeared as of late but in the Battle on the Bayou it was made clear early in the undercard that the ground game is back. The undercard had a total of 8 fights with 4 of these fights ending with submissions. The trend continued into the main card with the first fight ending in a verbal tapout. The trend stopped there however as the rest of the fights went the distance. The KO has not completely disappeared however as the main event did not disappoint the fans of the standup game although the fight did not last very long. Jake Shield and Jake Ellenberger faced off in an explosive and quick main event to find out who would move up in the welterweight division. Jake Shields came to New Orleans with a heavy heart as his father passed away three weeks before the fight but Shields continued to prepare for the fight as a way to honour his dad, who was in his corner for every fight. Ellenberger went into the fight focused on simply getting Shield’s spot in the welterweight division and getting closer to the title. Shields came out trying to get the takedown and use his superior Jiu Jitsu to end the fight. Shields could not get the takedown and eventually was punished for trying as Ellenberger landed a big knee that put Shields on the mat. Ellenberger then attacked forcing the referee to stop the fight. With the win Ellenberger became one of the top fighters in the welterweight division but will probably have to wait behind Nick Diaz, unless he loses another title shot, as well as Carlos Condit who will have his shot later this year. Either way Ellenberger will probably need to win one more time to get a title shot against Georges St. Pierre as the UFC continues to search for someone who can give GSP a run for his money. Meanwhile Shields will go back to the drawing board as his UFC career has not been as fruitful as previous promotions going 0-2 so far. The UFC will give him another shot at coming back and next time he may not have to worry about things outside of the cage after he recovers from the loss to Ellenberger and the loss of his father.

The rest of the fights lasted a little longer as the two fights before the main event went the distance. These fights involved two “The Ultimate Fighter” winners that ended up going 1-1 on the night in two unanimous decisions. Jonathan Brookins began his featherweight career after a long time off since winning the reality show. The fight was not the most exciting as Brookins elected to dirty box but did not have the ability to do any damage. Brookins continued to hold Erik Koch against the fence but did very little against the fence while Koch punished Brookins off of the fence. It was a close fight but the judges decided to score the standup game more than Brookins octagon control giving Koch a win. Meanwhile Court McGee took on Dongi Yang in a fight that was pretty uneventful until the third round. The last round made both fighters wake up as they began a vicious exchange until McGee earned a takedown in the final seconds. The fight went to McGee as he got the better of the fight but just slightly as he finally returned to the UFC after injuries sidelined him. Another comeback story unfolded in the first fight on the main card as Alan Belcher looked to return to the UFC in style after over a year off due to a detached retina. Jason MacDonald was his opponent who was also looking to continue his comeback after a devastating leg injury. The Fight was important for both fighters and MacDonald came out more aggressive as he attempted the takedown immediately but the fight went to the mat with Belcher on top rather than MacDonald. Belcher did not let MacDonald use his superior wrestling as he began throwing big blows from the top. The blows led to MacDonald to verbally tapout ending the fight and giving Belcher his first win in the UFC in over a year.

The Bonuses for the Battle on the Bayou added up to a total of $55,000 for each fighter involved in the best moments in the event. The “Knockout of the Night” was almost not awarded until the final fight when Jake Ellenberger earned the only KO with a big knee against Jake Shields. The “Submission of the Night” was finally awarded for the first time in a while and it went to TJ Waldburger in the prelims for his Triangle Choke win over Mike Stumpf. The final award went to another preliminary bout as Lance Benoist beat Matthew Riddle in an all out war that eanred the “Fight of the Night.”

Full Results:

Jake “The Juggernaut” Ellenberger def. Jake Shields

(TKO; Rd 1)

 

Court “The Crusher” McGee def. Dongi “The Ox” Yang

(Unanimous Decision)

 

Erik “New Breed” Koch def. Jonathan Brookins

(Unanimous Decision)

 

Alan “The Talent” Belcher def. Jason “The Athlete” MacDonald

(Verbal Tapout; Strikes, Rd 1)

 

Vagner “Ceara” Rocha def. Cody McKenzie

(Submission; Rear Naked Choke, Rd 2)

 

Evan Dunham def. Shamar Bailey

(Unanimous Decision)

 

Lance Benoist def. Matthew Riddle

(Unanimous Decision)

 

Ken Stone def. Donny “Eagle Eye” Walker

(Submission; Rear Naked Choke, Rd 1)

 

Seth “Polish Pistola” Baczynski def. Clay “Heavy Metal” Harvison

(Submission; Rear Naked Choke, Rd 2)

 

TJ Waldburger def. Mike Stumpf

(Submission; Triangle Choke; Rd 1)

 

Robert “Problems” Peralta def. Mike Lullo

(Unanimous Decision)

 

Justin “Fast Edy” Edwards def. Jorge lopez

(Unanimous Decision)

 

Upcoming Events:

UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage (Sept. 24th; 9:00 pm)

– Denver, Colorado (Pepsi Centre)

– Main Event: Jon “Bones” Jones vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson [Light Heavyweight Title]

– Notable: Matt Hughes vs. Josh “Kos” Koscheck

– Notable: Travis “Hapa” Browne vs. Rob “The Bear” Broughton

 

UFC Live 6: Cruz vs. Johnson (Oct. 1st; 9:00 pm)

– Live Free on Sportsnet/Versus

– Washington, DC (Verizon Center)

– Main Event: Dominick Cruz vs. Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson [Bantamweight Title]

– Notable: Pat “HD” Barry vs. Stefan “The Skyscraper” Struve

 

UFC 136: Edgar vs Maynard III (Oct. 8th; 9:00 pm)

– Houston, Texas (Toyota Center)

– Main Event: Frankie “The Answer” Edgar vs. Gray “The Bully” Maynard [Lightweight Title]

– Co-Main Event: Jose “Junior” Aldo vs. Kenny “Kenflo” Florian [Featherweight Title]

– Notable: Chael Sonnen vs. Brian “The All-American” Stann

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