UFC on Fox turned out to be a marquee fight card, not only for the organization, but for Joe Lauzon especially.
Each winner of the four main card fights won in their own trademark style. Mike Swick came back with a fan-friendly knockout. Lyoto Machida gave an elusive performance punctuated by a quick and understated KO. And Mauricio Shogun Rua fought another eye-popping war of attrition, this time winning by TKO.
But the picture perfect performance of the night was Lauzon's Brazilian Jiu Jitsu clinic against a very game opponent in Jamie Varner.
Through three rounds, Bridgewater, Massachusetts' "J-Lau" showed the beauty and effectiveness of Jiu Jitsu positioning, mixed with a healthy dose of MMA striking. He transitioned seamlessly from attack to attack until Varner simply fell one step behind.
No doubt, Varner was in this fight from the beginning, dropping Lauzon twice along the way to fight of the night honors. But the obvious difference was in Lauzon's Jiu Jitsu, which additionally earned him the submission of the night award.
There are huge title implications on August 4, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for UFC on Fox 4. Brandon Vera and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua are fighting in the main event. Ryan Bader and Lyoto Machida square off in the co-main event.
Dana White stated whoever has the most impressive win out of these four guys will get the next title shot in the light heavyweight division.
While, those two fights have huge significance in determining a lot in the 205-pound division, the most intriguing fight is happening in the middleweight division.
Mike "Quick" Swick makes his UFC return after being out for two-and-a-half years. His last fight was a loss to Paulo Thiago at UFC 109 on February 6, 2010.
Swick was diagnosed with dyspepsia, a stomach ailment, in 2007. He continued to fight with this ailment, and dropped down to 170-pounds because he had to cut back on his calorie intake.
Dana White is doing everything possible to make sure another UFC 149 does not occur. That card was one of the worst in UFC history. Four of the five fights on the main card went the distance, with little to no action. This is the first card following the lackluster pay-per-view card that made many UFC fans upset for dishing out $54.99 for the card. (Okay only $44.99 for standard definition, but no one pays for that anymore right?)
The UFC President upped the antes for UFC on Fox 4 on August 4. In the main event Mauricio "Shogun" Rua takes on Brandon Vera in a five-round fight. The co-main event features Lyoto Machida vs. Ryan Bader.
White stated, which ever of these four performs the best on Saturday night, will get the next title shot. Jon "Bones" Jones will try and defend his UFC light heavyweight belt for the fourth consecutive time at UFC 151 vs. Dan Henderson on September 1.
Mixed Martial Arts would make a great Olympic sport. Its unique mixture of required skills would bring a new crop of athletes to the Olympics, while also encouraging multi-sport crossovers within Olympic teams. MMA could make the cut in the future. It would take some work, a whole lot of time and changes, and probably more patience than the average fan possesses, but it could be done. Should some entity in the MMA world attempt to move the sport in that direction?
In the Ancient Olympics, MMA was known as Pankration, meaning "all powers." Of course, in the Ancient Greek tradition, competitors were naked and oiled, and rules were extremely liberal. Today's Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts have gone a long way to make the sport palatable to modern audiences. However, MMA will not be admitted in the Olympics under existing rules.
The Olympic goal presents a great opportunity to review the sport's current rules and develop a separate set of amateur rules. Look to boxing for an example. Olympic and Amateur bouts make use of protective headgear and shorter fights.