The UFC have done a remarkable job of kitting out the Rogers Centre in Toronto for tonight’s UFC 129 event, a record breaking 55,000 fans have packed into the stadium, but would the fights live up to the hype?
If the first four preliminary fights are anything to go by then we can say without a shadow of a doubt, yes!
The night got of to quite literally a flying start when Pablo Garzo pulled off a rare flying triangle submission attempt on Yves Jabouin in the first round, and then rolled into top control before finally securing triangle choke victory.
That was a tough act to follow but then came the exciting young Canadian prospect John Makdessi who proceeded to pull off a sensational third round spinning backfirst KO.
So in the first two fights of the night the KO and Submission Of The Night bonuses already appeared to be locked up, but the entertainment didn’t stop their.
Next up was Jason ‘The Athlete’ MacDonald who, backed by the passionate Canadian support in attendance, took just 1.37mins to tap out Ryan Jenson with a triangle choke.
How do you follow that hat-trick of great finishes? Ivan Menjivar provided the answer when he landed a vicious elbow which broke Charlie Valencia’s nose instantly, followed up by unrelenting ground and pound to claim a TKO victory with just 1.30mins gone.
Prior to tonight’s event there was a lot of talk that the visual spectacle of having a UFC event in a stadium, plus the atmosphere would be the star of the show, but if the fighters can keep up this level of entertainment then it’ll be the fights themselves that people will be remembering for years to come.