What a weekend for fans of mixed martial arts. The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale was loaded with great fights, so much so that the UFC handed out three Fight of the Night awards. The Diego Sanchez-Clay Guida war was at the top of the list on Saturday night. Cagewriter scored it 29-27 giving Sanchez a 10-8 first round and a 10-9 final round. Guida deserves a ton of credit for withstanding a ton of damage in that opening round. For me, the fight of the weekend was Jorge Gurgel and Conor Heun at Strikeforce on Friday night. The two were like rams meeting every 15 seconds in the middle cage slugging away each other.
Watch Round 1 of Gurgel-Heun:
These great fights shared the same postfight exuberance. All four fighters repeatedly thanked their opponents for being so tough.
Sanchez couldn't believe Guida survived the opening onslaught where he unloaded on "The Carpenter":
"I hit him with some knees, some kicks, some uppercuts that were right on the button but he just kept on coming. It wasn't discouraging but I was like 'whoa, I gotta catch my breath. I gotta let the blood come back to my arms.' He's know for his conditioning and he came prepared."
Watch both Gurgel and Heun talk about how fun it was to beat the heck out of each other.
What was the best fight of the weekend? Did we miss completely? Was Kevin Burns-Chris Lytle better or did you prefer the technical battle between Joe Stevenson and Nate Diaz?