As the old saying goes “a picture is worth a thousand words”. The saying applies to this day and without a doubt, applies to mixed martial arts as some of the sports most historic moments are relived through the images that captured them.
There is nothing better than a snapshot of a fighter dealing with tragedy or triumph, or a picture of a perfectly timed strike, every microscopic fragment of impact relived as limbs and jaws collide. A photo can display a range of emotions, happiness and sadness, victory and defeat. Every picture is different, each having a unique distinction and personal story.
That being said, lets look back at the 6 best photos from UFC on FUEL TV 5: Struve vs. Miocic.
6. The Skyscraper Charges Forwards
Stefan Struve displayed his improved striking in the UFC on FUEL TV 5 main event when he took out Stipe Miocic with strikes in the second round. Struve started the sport primarily as a submission fighter but over time is evolving into a prominent striker, effectively using his hands, knees, and feet. The Dutch fighter had no fear of Miocic’s power on the feet and pressed forward as much as possible until finishing the fight.
5. Andy Ogle Eats Leather
“The Ultimate Fighter: Live” contestant Andy Ogle was defeated by Akira Corassani in his UFC debut on the preliminary portion of the UFC on FUEL TV 5. The two lightweights showcased slugged it out on the feet for three rounds in a tight affair but ultimately Corassani was handed the split decision, likely for landing effective strikes like the left hook pictured.
4. A Bloody Sadollah
Blood streamed down the face of Amir Sadollah after he was cut open by the elbow of Dan Hardy in the second round of the UFC on FUEL TV 5 co-main event. “The Ultimate Fighter” season 7 winner lost Hardy by unanimous decision in the British fighter’s hometown of Nottingham. With the loss, Sadollah’s UFC record drops to 6-4 overall.
3. A Surprising Submission
Matt Wiman handed British submission specialist Paul Sass his first career defeat in surprising fashion when he submitted Sass with an armbar in the first round. Coming into the fight, Sass had won 12 of his 13 fights by submission while Wiman hadn’t finished an opponent with an armbar since November 2004. “Handsome” was expected to be submitted himself but turned the tables on “Sassangle” with a ‘Submission of the Night’ earning performance.
2. A Fast And Furious Finish
Robert Peralta opened the UFC on FUEL TV 5 card with a bang when he knocked Jason Young out cold in a mere 23-seconds. “Problems” holds an impressive record of 16-3 including a three-fight stint in the UFC where he has gone unbeaten. Peralta’s outstanding 88% finish rate shows him to be as one of the most lethal fighters in the featherweight division and opponents need to be weary of exchanging blows with the 26-year-old.
1. “One Punch” Pickett
Home country hero, Brad “One Punch” Pickett, lived up to his name at UFC On FUEL TV 5 with a devastating uppercut knockout victory over the electric Yves Jabouin in Nottingham. Pickett showed that even the little men are capable of knocking each other out when he blasted Jabouin for the highlight reel finish. The 34-year-old won $40,000 for ‘Knockout of the Night’ and is proving to be one of the most dangerous 135-pound fighters in the world.
Mike Bohn, founder and lead writer of FightCove.com, wrote this article. You can follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBohnMMA. Also, follow @FightCove on Twitter and “Like” Fight Cove on Facebook.