Everything on the main card, save the Lavar/Struve fight, went the way I thought it would; and the Struve submission win was definitely a nice surprise. His victory dances are embarassing though. He should practice something cool in the mirror, and just stick with that. Though, him sticking out his tongue and doing some wierd high stepping lap around that cage is pretty entertaining. That fight definitely showed that Lavar has a lot to learn to fight with the top guys. Poor, poor, decision making.
Love Big Country, as usual. Love that he actually practices Kung Fu. I thought that that was his own personal joke. But no! It would be cool to see Big Country up against Velasquez. I think that if Velasquez wants a rematch, he need to fight someone who is super durable, has great ground game and is adept on the ground, and has one punch KO power. Dan Herman seems like a dedicated athlete, and a decent guy, but to say that he was going to put down Roy, a guy who stood with JDS for a full three, in the first round? C'mon man. You think like that, and you end up KO'd, on your ass, in short order.
Velasquez did well, as expected, though. I wish that they'd given him a tougher matchup. Besides being gigantic, I'm not sure what Bigfoot brings to the table.
JDS. What else is there to say? Exemplary take down defense, punches like a brickhouse, and good footwork. I'm surprised that Mir was suprised by the level of his footwork. Even during his stint as the TUF coach, he kept on emphasizing the importance of movement. Nearly every gym I've trained at, there have been defensive drills where you don't use your hands at all, and your entire defense is based on having good body movement, making your opponent have to reset constantly, etc... You can slip and shrug, and so on, but if you are in the pocket, you are going to get tagged, unless you are Sugar Ray Leonard, and I am me. Doesn't Mir have a black belt in TKD? He should know those drills.
On the undercard, awesome win for Dan Hardy. Duane Ludwig is a tough cat, but he isn't 100% comfortable with MMA style striking yet. That will come though.