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Monday, 20 July, 2009 1:12 PM

UFC 100 at Mandalay Bay Beach was thrilling and action-packed

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by Paul Isso
paulisso@yahoo.com

 

LAS VEGAS -- The night of Saturday, July 11th turned into a full-blown festivity at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas when the Bay's Event Center played host for the UFC event fight card, UFC 100: Lesnar v. Mir--the most viewed string of fights in UFC history. While the actual event was held at their Event Center, Mandalay Bay also provided closed-circuit viewing on their beach at the resort. There, hundreds of other UFC fans gathered to watch the televised fight, cheering away for their favorites.

The Mandalay Bay Beach, which broadcasted the fight on a closed-circuit, big-screen T.V., had a number of food stands, an indoor restaurant and fan stand to purchase UFC items, full-size bars and mini-bars, and most importantly--the beach itself, with sand and the resort's wavy pool.

UFC 100, which showcased the widely anticipated heavyweight bout between Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir as the main event of the evening, also had other prominent fights that exciting night; Georges St. Pierre v. Thiago Alves, Dan Henderson v. Michael Bisping, and last but not least, a bout between Alan Belcher and Yoshihiro Akiyama, as well as a fight between Jon Fitch and Paulo Thiago.

In the main, heavyweight event of the evening, Lesnar (4 wins-1 loss) defeated Mir (12 wins-4 losses) in the second round via technical knockout. In both rounds, Lesnar took Mir down to the mat, using his weight advantage in keeping him there. While in this superior position for moments at a time, Lesnar landed short punches on Mir’s face. By the second round, while still above Mir on the mat, Lesnar had Mir against the cage, landing more blows to Mir’s head—this time much more violent ones, with Mir unable to defend himself. Accordingly, the referee stopped the fight in the second round at 1:48.

The welterweight fight showed heart of behalf of Alves (16-4), but not near the amount necessary to come close to overcoming fan-favorite and UFC Champion, St. Pierre (21-2). Most said he wasn’t a slight threat to the throne of St. Pierre. In this bout, St. Pierre clearly dominated Alves throughout, taking him down constantly. After a few takedowns, it appeared that St.Pierre was attempting to turn this into his personal take-down fest; this certainly was the case, as the welterweight champion took Alves down constantly, resulting in total domination and a five-round decision for St. Pierre over what was previously thought to be an extremely threatening opponent.

Knock out! That's likely what all would call the middleweight grudge match, which is exactly what happened. Here, Henderson (25-7) put a halt to Michael Bisping (17-2) of Britain, knocking him out cold with a devastating right hand in the second round of the bout. As Bisping began circling throws towards Henderson's right side--known to be Henderson's knock-out power side--Henderson landed a destructive right hand to the temple of Bisping, knocking him out cold. Despite this, Henderson then jumped and landed a forearm on Bisping’s face, as he just lay there without movement, with referee stoppage at 3:20 of the second round. Bisping was out cold for minutes before awaking and being unaware as to what had just happened.

In the first bout of the night, Belcher (14-6) went up against Akiyama (13-1), and lost in a split decision after three rounds. That fight mostly consisted of kicks on behalf of Belcher, and takedowns on the part of Akiyama. In the final bout of the night, Fitch (23-3) fought Thiago (11-1), and reigned victorious, winning by decision after the third round. Here, Thiago initially had Fitch in a guillotine choke during the first round, which Fitch had a tough time getting out of. After that, though, Fitch wrestled Thiago to the mat for the remainder of the fight, leaving Thiago without many options in terms of skillfully fighting back.

This was certainly a thrilling, action-packed night at Mandalay Bay, with fans on the edge of extreme excitement. So be sure to come by Mandalay Bay when another exciting event is set to be showcased.

Many thanks go to Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for allowing access to cover this event, making such coverage possible. Mandalay Bay is located at 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., on the world-renowned Las Vegas Strip. Mandalay Bay hosts a number of UFC events regularly, and will continue to host such fights, as well as other exciting events. For more information on Mandalay Bay and their events, please visit MandalayBay.com.

 

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