A few thoughts from the rest of the fights:
- Jon Fitch dominated Ben Saunders in what was far more boring fight than either of the two previously scheduled Fitch/Thiago Alves or Saunders/Jake Ellenberger tilts would have been. Fitch wants a rematch against GSP; Dana White wants Fitch to just fight Josh Koscheck already. Sorry, Jonny. I'm with the boss man on this one.
- It was a good night for the Jersey boys. Jim Miller and Mark Bocek had a tight one that saw Miller nearly kimura Bocek out in the first and Bocek slap on a body triangle in the second that left Miller one-armed for the last 1:30 of the round. I thought the third round could have gone either way, but all three judges gave it to Miller. Meanwhile, Kurt Pellegrino looked good against Fabricio Camoes as Camoes took the back but couldn't finish. Pellegrino tired him out, worked him down, and finally locked in a rear naked choke to earn Submission of the Night.
- Rousimar Palhares took advantage of a Tomas Drwal slip to lock in a heel-hook; that was impressive. What wasn't impressive was Palhares refusal to release the lock — which is already considered an inherently dangerous hold — for seconds after Drwal's frantic tapping and referee Kevin Mulhall's signal to release. Today, Palhares received a well-warranted 90-day suspension for the classless violation.
- Yeah, yeah, Nate Diaz looked solid against a shamefully overweight Rory Markham. But after showing little more than the family's chip on the shoulder at 155, I'll need more proof that he's legit at 170 before I'm ready to seriously consider him as much more than a kid in there.
- A terrible stand-up in the Fitch/Saunders fight and a late stoppage that got Frank Mir battered senselessly - it was an embarrassingly bad night for referee Dan Miragliotta. MMA needs more, and better, referees. Quickly.
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