It was a long day of fights on Saturday, with UFC Fight Night Berlin and the TUF Brazil 3 Finale offering up over 12 hours of combat in the cage via UFC Fight Pass and FOX Sports 1. Were you one of the few who managed to sit through it all? If so, bravo. You are a true fan of the sport – or, at the very least, a bit obsessive over the UFC product.
So what were the salient points of the MMA marathon?
For UFC Fight Night Berlin, which was headlined by a clash between former Strikeforce champ Gegard Mousasi and the once highly-regarded Mark Munoz, the biggest takeaway was that either Mousasi is still a badass or Munoz is declining rapidly. Maybe even both.
Those who tuned in saw Mousasi pretty much annihilate the “Filipino Wrecking Machine”, finishing him with a choke after having his way with him on the ground.
At the TUF Brazil 3 Finale, there were three highlights. The first two were, of course, the crowning of two new TUF champs in heavyweight Antonio Carlos Jr. and middleweight Warlley Alves.
As for the TUF Brazil 3 Finale main event, well, that one went pretty much as predicted. Although he deserves all the credit in the world for jumping up from light-heavyweight to heavyweight and taking on a very tough opponent, Brazilian slugger Fabio Maldonado had pretty much zilch for Stipe Miocic – and it showed in the destruction that lasted only seconds.
Saturday may have been the first UFC double-header in history, but it won’t be the last. On August 23 we’ll have UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Le and UFC Fight Night 49 on tap, and on October 4 we’ll have another pair of UFC Fight Nights.
“Oversaturation”? The UFC doesn’t know the meaning of the word.