UFC Ultimate Fight Night 14 “Silva vs Irvin” took place this evening at The Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The UFC Middlweight Champion, Anderson Silva, moved up a weight class to light heavyweight to challenge fellow Muay Thai practitioner James Irvin. Brandon Vera also fought outside of his normal weight class—heavyweight—to challenge IFL veteran Reese Andy at light heavyweight.
Highly touted heavyweight Cain Velasquez, lightweights Hermes Franca and Frank Edgar, and TUF 7 alums C.B. Dollaway and Jesse Taylor were also in action.
Results after the jump.
- Anderson Silva defeats James Irvin via Knockout in Round One
- Brandon Vera defeats Reese Andy via Unanimous Decision
- Frank Edgar defeats Hermes Franca via Unanimous Decision
- Cain Velasquez defeats Jake O’Brien via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- C.B. Dollaway defeats Jesse Taylor via Submission (Peruvian Neck Tie) in Round One
- Kevin Burns defeats Anthony Johnson via TKO (Strikes) in Round Three
- Tim Credeur defeats Cale Yarbrough via TKO in Round One
- Rory Markham defeats Brodie Farber via Knockout in Round One
- Nate Loughran defeats Johnny Rees via Submission (Triangle Choke) in Round One
- Brad Blackburn defeats James Giboo via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
- Shannon Gugerty defeats Dale Hartt via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in Round One
No surprises C.B. Dollaway and Jesse Taylor. Dollaway is just too well-rounded for the one-dimensional Taylor.
I don’t understand why Kevin Burns won the fight against Anthony Johnson. I thought it should have been a disqualification after Burns unintentionally poked Johnson in the eye. That was definitely strange. That aside, who the hell is Kevin Burns? He comes out of nowhere as a Blue Belt in Jiu-Jitsu to submit the BJJ Black Belt Roan Carneiro. Now, he holds his own on his feet with the believed superior striker. Whoever he is, he’s proved he belongs in the UFC. What I like about his is his willingness to go after it. He’s not the guy that fights not to lose. He’s fighting to win, and there’s a lot of fighters that aren’t that way. Kudos to Joe Silva for finding a potential diamond in the rough.
Is Cain Velasquez deserving of all the hype? Well, so far he is. He absolutely dominated Jake O’Brien. Maybe it’s time for a step up in competition. Gabriel Gonzaga, perhaps? I’de like to see him against Brock Lesnar too. Cain’s definitely one to keep an eye on.
I was expecting more out of Hermes Franca. Besides a few submission attempts, one of which I thought was going to end it, and a flurry of solid strikes and a wicked knee at the end, Frank Edgar dominated Franca. Not sure if it was ring rust or what it was, but Franca did not do nearly as well as I thought. Edgar is a solid fighter but its another decision for him, and I don’t see him getting close to a title shot in a deep division until he starts finishing some fights.
We were supposed to be saying Brandon Vera looked a hundred times better at light heavyweight, because that’s the weight class he should be fighting in. However, Vera did not look all that great at 205lbs., especially against an opponent he should have dominated on the feet. Perhaps, he had a bad weight cut, and maybe it being on such short notice made it even that much harder, but that was not the Brandon Vera we all expected to see. That said, it’s not necessarily fair to judge where he fits in with the light heavyweights without giving him the full time to prepare. Maybe he’ll come out looking like a world beater next time around, and maybe he won’t. We’ll see. I was happy to hear his supportive comments for Rampage though. Very classy.
Good thing I didn’t listen to my gut this time around. Anderson Silva ran through another opponent. This time at a higher weight class. I thought James Irvin would put up a better fight but he caught a straight right square in the mouth. In our Affliction wrap-up, I stated Fedor is the best fighter on the planet and number one pound-for-pound. I still believe Fedor is the best fighter in the world. I anticipate with Anderson knocking out Irvin, most media outlets will still keep Anderson in the number one spot. Pound-for-pound rankings are geared towards fighters more recent activity (although its all completely subjective), so with Anderson having more wins over quality opponents in recent years, whereas Fedor basically has one win now over a quality opponent since 2005, Anderson should keep his reign at the top of the pound for pound rankings using that criteria. That said, no fighter brings what Fedor brings to the table. No one does what he does. As far as I’m concerned Fedor’s “the best fighter on the planet.” I’ll leave it at that.
By the way, Rory Markham knocked out Brodie Farber Cro Cop-style. Wow. If you missed it, make sure you find it.
Submission of the Night: C.B. Dollaway
Knockout of the Night: Rory Markham
Fight of the Night: Frank Edgar and Hermes Franca ($25k each)