What a good night of fighting UFN 11 turned out to be. All four main card winners being TUF veterans and all but Diaz being from season one. Season one still shines as the most successful season in the reality shows history.
Going into the fight, I was not sold on Kenny Florian being a top contender for the title, but every fight he gets better and better. Kenny was able to take Thomas down easily, but Thomas always found a way back to his feet. The fight ended with Thomas blowing his knee out going for a take down and Kenny securing the rear naked choke of the injured Thomas. Not the way Kenny wanted to end, but still a good showing. With this fight Kenny Florian probably secures a title shot when Sherk gets his title taken away next month. Maybe “Kenflo” vs. Penn for the title?
I was impressed, Chris Leben looked more mature and controlled throughout the fight. He didn’t just close his eyes and swing for the fences, like the Leben of old. A knock out brawl, Leben had a point taken away in the first round for grabbing the cage. Going into the third, Leben need a KO to pull off the victory. Just as Martin landed some huge blows that hurt Leben, he seemed to stumble forward and catch Martin with a left, instantly dropping Martin to the canvas. Leben being a coach at ICON sports in Hawaii, gave a shout out to his fighters who came to the fight and Joe Rogan quickly yanked the mic back when ICON was mentioned. It shows how paranoid the UFC is.