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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

FIGHTS: Notes on UFC on FX TUF 16 Finale/Khan vs. Molina

by Bowie Ibarra

It was a wonderful night for knockouts for combat sports fans as UFC on FX/Fuel/Fox related station's Ultimate Fighter Finale brought some action, along with the Khan vs. Molina card, trumping a hoped return to glory for Khan.


This was a great show that started with DUSTIN POIRER throw down with JONATHAN BROOKINGS in a match that had Poirer taking the win via choke.

Newcomer RUSTAM 'TIGER' KHABILOV vs VINC PICHEL found the Russian Sambo superstar throwing Pichel around the ring like the son of Zangief.  Three German Suplex's was all it took to take Pichel out of his game before the end of the first round.  It was awesome.

PAT BERRY smacked SHANE DEL ROSARIO in the face with an overhand right followed by a flurry of punches against the gate to take the knockout victory in the second round.

The mullet-laden MIKE PYLE kneed JAMES HEAD in the head in the clinch before finishing him with punches to his face for the finish in the first round.

The TUF 16 finalists American COLTON SMITH  and Canadian MIKE RICCI threw down for the title of TUF 16 Winner, with Smith dominating the whole match and taking the title by decision.  He got a big piece of glass and a Harley Davidson from Dana for his efforts.

Late replacement for the injured SHANE CARWIN, the batshit crazy MATT MITRIONE took on 'BIG COUNTRY' ROY NELSON in the superstar main event.  Nelson mixed it up on the feet with Mitrione, sending an uppercut from the outside that connected with Mitrione, dazing him for Nelson to take the victory.


ALFREDO ANGULO went toe-to-toe with JORGE SILVA, with Angulo winning on the cards after the final round.

DEONTAY WILDER gave a tremendous heavyweight knockout to KELVIN PRICE in the third.  He might not be the next great American heavyweight, but he's well on his way.

AMIR KHAN took apart CARLOS MOLINA in his return with a new cornerman, Virgil Hunter, and new attitude.  It only took him ten rounds for the Molina camp to stop the fight, as Molina could not get an effective offense going against Khan before they called it off.  Khan broke his hand in the encounter.  We'll see if that affects his future training and continued return.


BOWIE V. IBARRA is the author of the 'Down the Road' zombie horror series from Permuted Press and Simon and Schuester.  His combat sports themed book, PIT FIGHTERS: BAPTISM BY FIRE, features a boxer from Scotland who transitions to mixed martial arts competition.  It is available in paperback and on Kindle for .99 cents.

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