Rousey's "Verbal Bully Beatdown" of Bethe Correia was probably the most exciting round in WMMA history, and it only lasted 34 seconds! Her "face-plant knockout" of Correia redeemed a PPV that had waaaaaaaaaaaaay too many fights. Aside from the Rousey bout and two other matches, UFC 190 was like watching a first-degree black belt sweep the floor of a dojo. Here are my thoughts on each fight of the card:
Gadelha vs. Aguilar: Aside from a brief rally in Round 3 (which was prompted ended by a Gadelha spear), Aguilar was completely dominated both on the feet and on the ground. Gadelha not only brutalized Aguilar's face with boxing combos, but she also planted Aguilar on her back with four double-leg takedowns that made Edge's spears in WWE look tame in comparison. These included one which rammed Aguilar into the cage in Round 2. Suffice it to say that Gadelha's rematch with Joanna Jedrzejczyk has been well-earned.
Winner: Claudia Gadelha (Unanimous decision)
Silva vs. Palelei: Palelei may have come out wearing the hands of the Incredible Hulk, but it was Bigfoot who did the smashing in Round 2 of their match. Palelei took Round 1 with a whizzer and finished with some ground-and-pound. However, in Round 2, Silva turned the tide with a right-uppercut, left knee, two straight rights, and finally another right uppercut that dropped "The Hulk" by the cage before finishing him on the ground. Bigfoot may never get the title, but it seems that he can hang out in the UFC heavyweight division's mid-card for at least a year or two longer.
Winner: Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva (TKO)
Struve vs. Minotauro: This was when the PPV started to go downhill. The match began with a weird "Octagon Ballroom Dancing" competition with Minotauro and Struve taking turns spinning each other around and pressing each other against the cage. Later in the fight, Struve was trying the keep the distance with sporadic striking, whereas Minotauro looked like he was trying to hug "Skyscraper" to death. It is really disappointing to have this snoozefest allegedly be Minotauro's last UFC match.
Winner: Stefan "Skyscraper" Struve (Unanimous decision)
Vieira vs. Lopes: There were more guillotines used in this fight than during The French Revolution! Other than the main event, this was easily the most exciting fight of the night. It began with both men pulling jumping guards and getting guillotines in the first round. Both refused to tap when they were caught in the submission. Then Vieira got a standing guillotine (Lopes slipped out). Round 2 was a back-and-forth technical striking battle until Lopes got a takedown. Then in Round 3, after another 4 minutes of back-and-forth striking, Lopes charged forward and swung for the fences, and later, got another guillotine after spearing Vieira. Vieira refused to tap, even though he was bleeding all over the place. In fact, when he slipped out, he did some ground-and-pound from Lopes' guard before time ran out. I personally thought Lopes was robbed in this Ultimate Fighter Brazil finale match by the judges, but these two guys still put on a show which indicated that they are exactly the shot-in-the-arm that the bantamweight division needs.
The Ultimate Fighter Brazil Season 4 Bantamweight Winner: Reginaldo Vieira (Unanimous decision).
Bruno vs. Franca: Whatever momentum that UFC 190 regained from Vieira vs. Lopes was lost in this bout. Franca got the submission by rear naked choke after grinding out Bruno for nearly three rounds. Was it effective? Yes. Was it fun to watch? No, and I'm one of the few UFC fans who actually enjoys grappling. Congratulations to Franca for winning a UFC contract, but he's going to have to step it up if he wants to survive in the shark tank that's UFC's lightweight division.
The Ultimate Fighter Brazil Season 4 Lightweight Winner: Glaico Franca (Submission)
Shogun vs. Little Nog: This is the second time in a row that the worst fight on the PPV got "Fight of the Night" honors from the UFC. Me and my friends were seriously hoping it would be brief so we could finally watch Rousey fight and, as you can guess, it didn't turn out that way. The end of Round 1 had some action, with Little Nog getting an uppercut and teeing off on Shogun against the cage with punches before getting knocked back with a phantom punch. He also got a standing guillotine and tried to swarm him again later that round. However, neither legend did much for the rest of the fight. It was mostly them throwing a punch or kick every thirty seconds with some clinch work and the occasional takedown thrown in. I was so bored that I was booing the flatscreen at the sports bar. Not to mention that the judges robbed Little Nog at the end, giving the fight to Shogun. I was positive that Little Nog deserved the win, especially after that guillotine in Round 3 which had Shogun bleeding out onto the canvas. To be honest, though, this fight exposed both men as over-the-hill legends desperately trying to reclaim their former glory and failing miserably.
Winner: Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (Unanimous decision)
Rousey vs. Correia: This fight is WMMA's "Hearns vs. Hagler I"! It was a brutal, 34-second slugfest that resulted in Correia flipping backward after a failed takedown attempt by Rousey. Then Rousey swarmed her against the cage with a knee and punches. Rousey shut up and shut down Bethe "Loudmouth" Correia with a straight right that knocked her out cold and sent her face first into the canvas. I could no longer tell if I was at UFC 190 or watching someone demo a re-release of "Mike Tyson's Punch-Out" with Rousey as a secret character! Both "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and Rousey's dad would be proud.
Winner by KO (and still UFC Women's bantamweight champion): Ronda "Rowdy" Rousey!