UFC 122 Analysis: Marquardt Loses Title Shot

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UFC Middleweight Main Event
Yushin Okami (26-5) 3 RD UD Nate Marquardt (30-10-2)
Scores: 29-28, 29-28, 30-27

Say what you will about Okami’s snooze inducing style of smothering his opponents with wrestling, the tactic worked for a rather overly cautious Marquardt.  Despite Marquardt’s apparent edge in striking, he was repeated taken down, and beat to the punch by the hard-charging Okami.  While Okami rarely makes his opponent look good, the fact of the matter is that Marquardt could have done more but didn’t.  With the win Okami gets a crack at the title held by Anderson Sliva, but with the “Spider” tied up with his February defense against Vitor Belfort, Okami has dilemma on this hands:  fight now, or wait for the title shot.

UFC Lightweight Co-Main Event
Dennis Siver (17-7) 1 RD SUB (Rear naked choke) Andre Winner
Time of Submission:  3:37 in round one

Following the last-minute scrapping of the Jorge Rivera – Alessio Sakara bout, the UFC promptly promoted German-based Siver and Andre Winner to the night’s co-main status.  Siver looked impressive in winning using a perfect counter hook to drop Winner before unleashing some pretty awesome grappling to submit Winner. 

UFC Welterweight Fight
Amir Sadollah 3 (5-2) 3 RD UD Peter Sobotta (8-4)
Scores: 30-27, 30-27, 30-27

Sadollah scored a dominating, albeit not very exciting, three round decision victory over Sobotta.  While Sadollah was able to use his muay thai striking skills and decent takedown defense to stifle all or Sobotta’s attacks, he failed to truly ignite a spark in fans.  It’s not that Sadollah isn’t talented, hell, he’s extremely talented, you just would think that a fighter with his muay thai pedigree would be putting more people out before the final bell. 

UFC Light Heavyweight Fight
Krzysztof Soszynski (21-11-1) 3 RD UD Goran Reljic (8-3)
Scores:  30-27, 30-27, 30-27

In a battle between two fighters who collectively fried the “spell check” on my computer, Soszynski stood victorious with a surprisingly entertaining bout against Reljic.  Soszynski seemed to be the more aggressive fighter but in his haste he endured a number of hard kicks levied at him by Reljic.  Still, if any fighter is going to walk through fire to take the heat to his opponent its Soszynski and Saturday night he proved that.  While still a ways off from title contention talk, Soszynski is none the less a welcomed addition to the 205 lbs waters. 

UFC  Welterweight Fight
Duane Ludwig (28-11) 3 RD SD Nick Osipczak (5-4)
Scores: 29-28, 29-28, 28-29

Sacrificing witnessing the birth of his son, Ludwig grinded out an impressive victory over Osipczak in the night’s opening televised bout.  The two fighters traded punches and kicks liberally with both enjoying moments where they rocked each other.  But ultimately, in the end it appeared that Ludwig was the more determined fighter in the closing round and that is more than likely what secured the victory in a very closely fought battle.