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Falcons Nest DVD Review - UFC 80
Posted by Kile Andrews on 12.30.2010



UFC 80: Rapid Fire

Today I examine UFC 80: Rapid Fire. BJ Penn takes on Joe Stevenson for the vacant lightweight belt. Fabricio Werdum takes on Gabriel Gonzaga in a heavyweight showdown. Sounds good to me.

Welcome 411er’s to another Falcon’s Nest DVD Review. Hopefully I can walk you through this event and warn or recommend these to you so you can either enjoy some good fights, or know which DVD’s to pass on. In Big John’s famous words, “Let’s get it on!”



Falcon’s Nest DVD Reviews
In Falcon’s Nest Reviews I go over an event DVD and review the fight quality for entertainment. I rate my fights between 0-10. (Zero being awful to ten being a must see.) For the prelim fights I give you the result along with my view from the Falcon’s nest, but with the main card, I give you round by round coverage along with my view from the Falcon’s nest. Lets do this!

Fight One: Lightweight Bout 155lbs. (Prelim)
Per Eklund vs Sam “Hands of Stone” Stout

Result: Sam Stout def. Per Eklund via Unanimous Decision (29-27, 30-27, 30-27)

View from the Falcon’s Nest
This fight was supposed to be a striker vs. grappler match. Eklund came ready to grapple while Stout came ready to bang. Both guys stuck to their respective strategies’ and never tried to play the other man’s game. While smart on both guys part it made for a boring fight. Eklund continued to shoot on Stout and to Stout’s credit he continued to stuff the shot. By the third round Eklund’s knee was completely red from canvas burn. When you shoot so many times that you get canvas burn, it may be time to switch strategies’.
Stout was stubborn and when he stuffed the shot and Eklund would inch closer to him he just got up and made Eklund stand. The third round dragged on the most as it was nothing but Eklund laying down and slowly getting up to a chorus of boos. Stout takes the Unanimous Decision and bounces back from a loss to Spencer Fisher while Eklund losses his UFC debut.

Falcon’s Nest rating: (1) The first round was semi-exciting, the second was uneventful, the third was downright forgetful. I do not recommend this fight at all. Save yourself fifteen minutes.

Fight Two: Light-Heaveyweight Bout 205lbs. (Prelim)
James Lee vs Alessio Sakara

Result: Alessio Sakara def. James Lee at 1:30 of RD1 via TKO (Punches)

View from the Falcon’s Nest
This was not too bad of a showing. This was the first I had seen Lee even though he was in Pride. Lee wanted to wrestle and continued to shoot but Sakara moved well and never let Lee get a grasp of a limb. The finish came when Lee shot for a takedown but Sakara kept moving. Lee kept at it and almost had a leg before Sakara smashed him with a few hammerfists and put Lee in a turtle position. Sakara landed a few more shots for good measure before the ref calls it. Sakara looked good but Lee looked sluggish. I know Sakara made the move to 185lbs but Lee should do the same. He hasn’t fought since losing to Sakara so maybe the sluggish look was more of disinterest. I guess we will never know.

Falcon’s Nest rating: (2) This was a good fight for Sakara who handily defeated James Lee. If you like Sakara, or like watching someone get socked in the side of the head, I suggest you check it out.

Fight Three: Welterweight Bout 170lbs (Prelim)
Paul “Tellies” Kelly vs “Relentless” Paul Taylor

Result: Paul Kelly def Paul Taylor via Unanimous Decision (30-27 across the cards)

View from the Falcon’s Nest
This fight was a little bit good with a lot-a-bit boring. Taylor wanted to keep it on the feet while Kelly was content with staying in Taylors guard landing elbows. There were brief periods of time where Taylor was able to get back up and land some damage but was taken down again. Kelly did open up a good cut on Taylor but to my knowledge Taylor bleeds frequently.

So Kelly was able to control the fight for three rounds and both men made the drop to lightweight eventually. No man in this fight showed he will ever be a top lightweight or welterweight and there isn’t much to see here.

Falcon’s Nest rating: (3) I only give it a three considering the brief periods where the action was good. The other thirteen minutes were the Paul Kelly show. Holding position and doing enough not to stand.

Fight Four: Heavyweight Bout 206-265lbs. (Prelim)
Colin Robinson vs Antoni Hardonk

Result: Antoni Hardonk def. Colin Robinson at :17 of RD 1 via TKO (Leg kicks)

View from the Falcon’s Nest
Wow, this fight was scary. Colin Robinson, at the time of this event, was a 39 year old guy who is a self-proclaimed Irish MMA legend he says. Hardonk as usual brought his leg kicks. The fight started and both men met in the middle. A huge exchange ensued with Robinson throwing hands and Hardonk throwing all his limbs. After the smoke cleared, around the fifth leg kick, Robinson collapsed and could not make it back to his feet without some assistance. He pleaded saying he was ok but you could tell in his eyes that he was in no condition to fight. Hardonk was scary good with those leg kicks and it was said for a long time he had the best leg kicks in the Heavyweight division next to Pedro Rizzo. Hardonk put on a few more good performances before falling into limbo and as for Robinson, well, who knows.

Falcon’s Nest rating: (5) It may be a high rating for seventeen seconds of leg kicks. I may be sick but I enjoyed watching Robinson fall like a tree. If you watch this fight make sure you yell “Timber” because it makes it that much more enjoyable.

Fight Five: Middleweight Bout 185lbs
Jorge “El Conquistador” Rivera vs Kendall “Da Spyda” Grove

Round One: Here we go. We get a nice shot of the octagon girls and we are off. Leg kick by Rivera, and a takedown, Rivera on top and Kendall works for a sweep in Sypda guard. Get it? Spider guard? It’s a play on his name… nothing? Ok. Rivera landing some big rights from the top and looks to pass. Rivera has Kendall against the cage and now has his back. Kendall rolls but Rivera is landing hard shots. Kendall gets up but Rivera clocks him with a few rights and a left. HUGE LEFT HAND drops Kendall and he is out cold. Wow… that was quick.

Result: Jorge Rivera def. Kendall Grove at 1:20 of RD 1 via TKO (Punches)

View from the Falcon’s Nest
Grove had a six inch reach advantage but couldn’t take advantage of it. Jorge did an amazing job of closing the distance and using Kendall’s reach against him. Keeping it close in the clinch worked for Rivera looked aggressive, accurate, and powerful. Kendall just never got off and that cost him. Even when working for sweeps Rivera seemed to be a few steps ahead of Kendall and that was the difference maker. Not a whole lot to say other than this was a great fight for Rivera, a terrible fight for Kendall, and a fun fight to watch.

Falcon’s Nest rating: (7) Rivera looked game, Kendall was his usual glass chin self, and got knocked out. I don’t like Kendall and enjoyed him getting beaten up. Check it out, its worth your time.

Fight Six: Light-Heavyweight Bout 205lbs
Wilson Gouveia vs Jason “The Punisher” Lambert

Round One: Herb Dean is the ref and we get at it. Glove touch and Lambert pushes forward. Lambert stalking Wilson looking for lefts. Lambert is keeping Wilsons back to the cage as Lambert gets to close and Wilson has a hold of a guillotine. Wilson loses it and works from guard. A few soft shots and Gouveia looks for an armbar. Gouveia working a high guard but Lambert is standing in guard landing good shots. Gouveia is stacked against the cage and Lambert is looking to pass here. Lambert almost passes before getting pulled back into guard and a triangle attempt follows. Lambert is out and lands some good shots to the ears and top of Gouveia’s head. Sweep but Gouveia and Lambert turns it around on the cage. Both men stand but Gouveia drops down for a guillotine again. He doesn’t have it and lets go deciding to work from guard again. Lambert up for a big shot but Gouveia with a triangle attempt. Its almost locked up and Lambert postures but it looks in. Lambert with a short slam and Gouveia works for an omoplata, loses it, and is back in guard now. Wow. Gouveia looked slow. Can’t tell if its fatigue or boredom. Laying in guard here, almost for forty seconds. Ten seconds left and Gouveia holds on to end the round.

Lambert was definitely the aggressor here and landed the better shots. Gouveia had some decent submission attempts but the aggression, top control, and damage gives this round to Lambert 10-9.

Round Two: We are back underway and Lambert is pushing the action again. Lambert is swinging but clinches against the fence. Lambert landing some annoying shots to the face of Gouveia, which do not look to be affecting him. Gouveia pushes Lambert away and both men start to swing wildly. No ones landing until Gouveia lands a HUGE LEFT HOOK dropping Lambert. Two more shots for good measure until Herb Dean tackles Gouveia off.

Result: Wilson Gouveia def. Jason Lambert at :37 of RD 2 via KO (Punch)

View from the Falcon’s Nest
Lambert came out like a bat out of hell for this fight but eventually it caught him. In this sport you have to respect the face that anyone can knock anyone out. Such small gloves are a huge variable. Prime example is Cro Cop/ Gonzaga. Cro Cop was just walking Gonzaga down and got knocked out. That’s what Lambert did and got careless and knocked out for his troubles. Still a good fight. Gouveia looked alright off his back but the best part of this fight is the ground and pound of Jason Lambert. It was solid and I think if he wouldn’t have gotten careless he would have won easy. Too bad for him.

Falcon’s Nest rating: (6) This was a fun fight. Gouveia seemed to want to grapple until Lambert was on top of him. Gouveia got lucky in my opinion however, both guys were throwing, one got caught. It could have easily been Gouveia in a pile on the floor but instead Lambert. Good fight.

Fight Seven: Welterweight Bout 170lbs
Jess “The Joker” Liaudin vs Marcus “The Irish Hand Grenade” Davis

Round One: No touch and we are underway. Liaudin looks to want to kick, almost a savate stance, keeping his distance. Liaudin lands some good inside leg kicks. Liaudin fakes a kick and lands another one. Body shot by Marcus and Liaudin lunges in and gets caught with a counter right that would make Rich Franklin jealous. Liaudin is down and is stiff as a board. Liaudin got caught right in the temple, that was a great shot by Davis, Liaudin is out.

Result: Marcus Davis def. Jess Liaudin at 1:04 of RD 1 via KO (Punch)

View from the Falcon’s Nest
No disrespect to Jess Liaudin, but this was another one of those “gimme” fights for Marcus Davis, which is why Davis could never hack it with the upper talent. Davis can beat all the mediocre British fighters he wants but he’s just not good enough for top tier guys. Jess Liaudin is a great kick boxer but MMA is not his game. He lost three in a row in the UFC and has since won four in a row in Europe. Considering I have not heard of anyone he has beaten, I can only assume he’s doing this as a hobby now. Still a good fight for what it was worth. If you’re a Davis fan its fun watching him knock someone out.

Falcon’s Nest rating: (4) Not a lot of action for this fight. Some inside leg kicks, a head kick feint, and the counter right that ended it. Davis won, whoopee, big surprise. This gets a four because of the knockout.

Fight Eight: Heavyweight Bout 206-265lbs
Fabricio Werdum vs Gabriel “Napao” Gonzaga

Round One: Here we go. No touch and both look focused. A short feeling out process and Werdum closes the distance with a right and left allowing Gonzaga to take Werdum down and lands in half guard. Gonzaga passes to side control, now back to half, and is landing some body shots. Werdum looks to sweet but Gonzaga is keeping it tight. Werdum makes some space and almost sweeps and is able to get back to guard and Gonzaga stands up. Werdum stands up as well and gets hit with a leg kick. Another leg kick as Werdum goes for a body kick and Gonzaga fires back with a head kick missed. Gonzaga connects with a hard leg kick knocking Werdum down. Werdum stands and both men are in the center. Again Werdum fires three shots and closes the distance but Gonzaga pushes away. Another leg kick by Gonzaga staggers Werdum and another, Werdum is starting to check them. Another leg kick is countered by Werdum and runs Gonzaga over and takes Gonzaga’s back. Gonzaga rolls and ends up in half guard. Almost a mirror of Gonzaga in half guard from earlier but the roles are reversed. Some short shots connect well and Gonzaga looking to get out the back door. Kneebar attempt by Gonzaga and Werdum holds position, the round ends here, Great round.

With all the leg kicks knocking Werdum down this round goes to Gonzaga 10-9 easy.

Round Two: Back to the action Gonzaga fakes a kick and Werdum bites. Werdum catches Gonzaga with a punch but nothing comes from it. Werdum shoots but its stuffed and Gonzaga stands the action back up. Leg kick by Gonzaga but is caught by Werdum with a right. Gonzaga circling away and misses a body kick, as does Werdum. Another leg kick by Gonzaga has Werdum trying to catch them. Werdum keeping good distance but is flat footed. Kick by Werdum is caught and Gonzaga throws him backward. Werdum stays on the feet but is caught with another leg kick. Gonzaga catches another leg kick and pushes Werdum down. Werdum lays on his back and Mirgliotta stands him up. Werdum falls to guard again. Huge leg kick lands hard and Werdum looks tired. Both men have their hands low and Gonzaga pushes forward. Werdum clinches and lands a good knee to the body. Werdum pushes forward and pushes Gonzaga against the cage. Thai clinch by Werdum landing knees. Gonzaga takes a deep breath. Clinch again against the cage and Gonzaga lands a knee, another, and one more. Gonzaga trying to block but Werdum has a guillotine attempt but tries to take Gonzagas back. Werdum mounted and landing shots to Gonzaga. Gonzaga just taking shot after shot but is blocking some. Not blocking enough as Mirgliotta stops it.

Result: Fabricio Werdum def. Gabriel Gonzaga at 4:26 of RD 2 via TKO (Strikes)

View from the Falcon’s Nest
Gonzaga brought devastating leg kicks and Werdum looked to grapple. Gonzaga did a great job until Werdum began landing hard Thai knees from the clinch. Werdum landed a good knee which had Gonzaga breathing hard and it was elementary from there. Gonzaga always has been known to crash under the pressure but looked good here. If only he could have held on for a third round. Werdum looked alright but seemed to have a better gas tank. This was a great fight though, check it out.

Falcon’s Nest rating: (7) I liked this fight a lot, best fight of the night thus far. It had a good feel of two big heavyweights clashing. Check it out, this fight is for striking and grappling fans alike, good stuff.

Fight Nine: Lightweight Championship Bout 155lbs
BJ “The Prodigy” Penn vs. Joe “Daddy” Stevenson

Round One: Both guys look intense and Penn with a huge uppercut early drops Stevenson. Stevenson in guard but BJ passes to half guard. Some short shots here by BJ opening Stevenson up to pass. Stevenson turning to one side looking for his guillotine choke. Stevenson holds on but BJ is moving him up against the cage. Stevenson trying to wall walk and Joe back to full guard now. Halfway armbar attempt by Stevenson and BJ is back on top in Stevenson’s butterfly guard. BJ mounts and has hooks in on top. This looks bad. Stevenson is able to reclaim half guard and tries to get up but BJ keeps him against the fence. BJ stands and throws a few punches, connects, and Joe turns away letting BJ get mount with hooks again. Stevenson trying anything but BJ moves to side control. Joe tries to wall walk and launch himself away but BJ keeps control. BJ passes to half guard but Stevenson is landing some hard shots from the bottom. BJ looks fine here and Stevenson is back to full guard. BJ lands a huge elbow from guard and cuts Stevenson bad. Holy crap, real bad, it’s spurting. It’s all over everywhere. Joe Rogan compares it to a broken fire hydrant. The mat is COVERED in blood. This is one of the bloodiest fights already. The round ends and this may get stopped because of the cut.

This was a good round but that elbow sealed the deal for Penn here. I want to say 10-8 because Stevenson didn’t do much but he was actively defending so I have to say 10-9 Penn.

Round Two: Stevenson out of the corner quick and looks to finish quick. He knows he only has so long before he loses too much blood. Stevenson looks like a wounded dog and has a sense of urgency. The blood looks to be dripping in his eyes though. Stevenson is throwing good jabs and crosses but isn’t as aggressive anymore as he wipes blood from his eyes. His face is covered. Penn lands a good jab and another. BJ Penn, in my opinion, has the best boxing in MMA. Penn staying calm and lands a good counter right. Stevenson misses with a hook and they circle, Penn has Stevenson against the cage and Herb stops the fight to check the cut. Lots of blood here.

Fight continues and Stevenson looks frustrated with the blood in his eyes. Penn charges and drops Stevenson with a right and BJ mounts. BJ has a body triangle from the top. That is flexibility kids, that’s intense, that BJ Penn. Stevenson giving up his back as the blood drips like a faucet. Penn with more elbows from the top and Stevenson holding on for dear life here. Stevenson gives up his back and Penn has the arm trapped. Hooks are in and Stevenson has one arm, the rear naked choke slips in and Joe is forced to tap. BJ does his blood licking thing and its all over.

Result: BJ Pen def. Joe Stevenson at 4:02 of RD 2 via Submission (RNC) to become the new UFC Lightweight Champion

View from the Falcon’s Nest
BJ looked like a different beast here. Joe Stevenson was really outclassed here and proved that he has a lot of work to do. He is still relatively young and has a lot of potential. This was really BJ just taking target practice on Stevenson. After the cut it was all over. Stevenson never had a chance after the cut was opened. I should say this though, I never had any faith Stevenson would win here. He reminds me of Kenny Florian. He is great up until there is something riding on the fight. He is the ultimate UFC lightweight Gatekeeper and I think a move to 145 might be good for him. He could bully around guys that are more his size as he is small for a lightweight. We will see where Stevenson goes from here and we all saw BJ knock out Matt Hughes recently, we all know where BJ will be.

Falcon’s Nest rating: (8) BJ is one of my top five favorite fighters. Watching this reminded me exactly why he is one of the best in the world. I recommend this fight to everyone. Rent this DVD just for this fight. It’s worth it.


The 411: This DVD was fun. The prelims were good and bad as always. A lot of short fights and strange finishes. The real focus of this DVD was the main card. Gonzaga/Werdum was a fun chess match and BJ's dominance over Joe Stevenson was definitely worth the time. I fully recommend this DVD but its not without its faults. A lot of fights dragged on and it may not keep your attention unless you like grappling. Oh, and if your a fan of blood, the last fight makes it a must watch.
 
Final Score:  7.0   [ Good ]  legend





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