12-0. It more than likely won’t ever happen again, but I correctly picked every single one of the winning fighters on the 128 card. Feeling confident, I went to Vegas a few weeks later and thought I had a solid six-fight parlay if it were not for Mike Russow spoiling everything!
ANYWAY, I am done whining and here we are at fight week for UFC 129, live from the Rogers Centre in Toronto. The gate is the highest in North American MMA history (55K strong) and it marks the UFC’s inaugural event in Canada’s largest metropolitan city (by population, that is). With a Maple Leaf-heavy card headlined by the golden boy of the Great White North (GSP), let’s get to the card…and no, I won’t say “eh?” at any point during this write up.
Mark Bocek vs. Ben Henderson – Lightweight
Given the proliferation of Canadians on this card, the UFC starts the pay-per-view with a LW bout between countryman Mark Bocek and former WEC LW champ Ben Henderson, making his UFC debut. Fortunately for Henderson, I do not anticipate Bocek leaping off the cage and kicking him in the face ala Anthony Pettis.