UFC 199 proof that odds don't matter
By Edward Carbajal
You can look at two fighters on paper in combat sports and make predictions. Odds makers will make their odds based on whatever they base them on but when fight night comes, everything will be decided by the combatants. UFC 199 was proof of that and the fighters that stood out on the pay-per-view showed what competitors look like when they believe in their own destiny.
There were fighters that people were counting out. The excuses were already there; one was too old, the other was short notice and had already been beaten by the champion. Dan Henderson is the “old” one and Michael Bisping is the guy coming in on short notice for those that didn’t follow everything leading up to UFC 199. Both men showed fight fans what it means to bite down on ones mouthpiece and follow what they believe to be their own destiny.
If you looked at Luke Rockhold’s face while Bruce Buffer was making the introductions before the fight, the confidence he had made him seem very relaxed. Why wouldn’t he be? He did submit Bisping before, but he forgot one thing about “The Count”. Bisping doesn’t care about past fights.
Whether it was the overconfidence Rockhold hinted at in the post fight interview or Bisping’s pressure and pace coming at the now former champ, it’s in the past. Bisping is the new middleweight champion courtesy of the punches that dropped Rockhold in round one.
Many speculated that if the fight between Hector Lombard and Dan Henderson made it through the first round, odds would change and they did. Lombard dropped Henderson in round one almost finishing the Pride/Strikeforce/UFC legend but a man like Henderson is called “Legend” for a reason. Henderson survived that round to come back and finish Lombard with a head kick followed by an elbow in round two.
We have a saying here at Frontproof Media in regards to Dan Henderson, “never count out Hendo”.
See the complete results below:
Luke Rockhold vs. Michael Bisping -- Bisping def. Rockhold by KO (punches) at 3:36 of Round 1
Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber -- Cruz def. Faber by unanimous decision (50-45 x2, 49-46)
Max Holloway vs. Ricardo Lamas -- Holloway def. Lamas by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Dan Henderson vs. Hector Lombard -- Henderson def. Lombard by KO (head kick and elbow) at 1:27 of Round Two
Bobby Green vs. Dustin Poirier -- Poirier def. Green by TKO (punches) at 2:53 of Round One
Cole Miller vs. Alex Caceres -- Caceres def. Miller by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
Clay Guida vs. Brian Ortega -- Ortega def. Guida by KO (knee) at 4:40 of Round Three
Beneil Dariush vs. James Vick -- Dariush def. Vick by KO (punches) at 4:16 of Round One
Jessica Penne vs. Jessica Andrade -- Andrade def. Penne by TKO (punches) at 2:56 of Round Two
Tom Breese vs. Sean Strickland -- Strickland def. Breese by split decision (28-29, 29-28 x2)
Luiz Henrique da Silva vs. Jonathan Wilson -- da Silva def. Wilson by TKO (punches) at 4:11 of Round Two
Kevin Casey vs. Elvis Mutapcic -- Split Draw
Dong Hyun Kim vs. Marco Polo Reyes -- Reyes def. Kim by KO (punches) at 1:52 of Round Three
Edward Carbajal is a contributing writer for MMA at Page2sports.com and Frontproof Media. You can follow Edward on Twitter @Carbazel or at his website TheBlogBoardJungle.com. Check out his podcast on Spreaker.