After a night filled with blog worthy stories, its hard to determine who came out of UFC 111 the most victorious. Even in defeat Dan Hardy may well have won over a lot of casual fans. UFC granted Hardy a title shot against the pound for pound king Georges St-Pierre, not because he was the number 1 contender, but because he would draw great interest from the British media and potentially increase the viewership in the U.K. Hardy was never expected to beat GSP, instead, he would be a ‘can’ that would draw great ratings, and showcase the talents of GSP, thus raising the French Canadian’s stock. The UFC Hype machine even had me half believing that Hardy might actually be a viable contender to GSP after episode 3 of primetime. While Hardy was completely dominated, he showed great heart by not tapping to St-Pierres Armbar and Kimura attempts, and while that may be enough to win over casual fans, hardcore fans will be pissed that Hardy came into his match with GSP ill-prepared, with no wrestling or takedown defence against the best wrestler in the UFC. Shane Carwin proved he is for real by disposing of Frank Mir in the first round. Carwins now 12-0 in his MMA career, with 12 first round KO’s. With his knockout over Mir, Carwin was awarded his ‘make believe’ (interim) Heavyweight Title and a shot at Brock Lesnar expected to take place this July to unify the Heavyweight Titles. Lesnar says he’s back to full health, and he looked HUGE, stood next to Joe Rogan and Shane Carwin.
MMA Oracle’s Fight Awards
Fight of the night: Kurt Pellegrino vs. Fabricio Camoes
K.O of the night: Shane Carwin
Submission of the night: Rousimar Palhares
Biggest stock rise: Kurt Pellegrino
Can of the night: Dan Hardy
I can’t believe you neck isn’t broken award: Fabricio Camoes