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 FX 5: Browne vs. Bigfoot.
6. A Bloody Mess
Jay Hieron was split open by a punch from Jake Ellenberger during the second round of their welterweight affair. The grazing shot cut Hieron just above the left eye, causing blood to trickle down his face for the remainder of the bout. Hieron fought through the superficial damage but ultimately went on to lose a unanimous decision.
5. Diego Nunes Stuns “Bartimus”
Brazilian featherweight Diego Nunes showcased his stand up skills in a three-round unanimous decision win over Bart Palaszewski at UFC on FX 5. Nunes displayed textbook mauy-thai striking techniques, especially from a distance where he roughed Palaszewski up and hurt “Bartimus” on several occasions. Nunes dished out a lot of damage over the three-round bout and in the right hand pictured is one of many strikes Palaszewski took over the course of the fight.
4. Mike Pierce Celebrates
Mike Pierce pushed his UFC record to 7-3 at UFC on FX 5 when he knocked Aaron Simpson out cold in highlight reel fashion in the second round of their welterweight preliminary bout. Pierce showed he has the power to finish any fighter as he became just the second man to finish Simpson with strikes.
3. Big Finish For Bigfoot
When Antonio Silva knocked out Travis Browne in the main event of UFC on FX 5, it marked the first time the Brazilian had his hand raised since moving to the UFC from Strikeforce in early 2012. “Bigfoot” gets a lot of attention for his size and strength in the grappling department, but he is quickly proving to be equally dangerous on the feet, as seen in his highlight reel finish of Browne in Minneapolis.
2. Danny Castillo Connects
Danny “Last Call” Castillo had his fourth consecutive UFC victory within his grasps when he hurt Michael Johnson badly with a right hand in the first round of their lightweight encounter on the UFC on FX 5 preliminary card. Castillo dropped Johnson with the strike and nearly followed up with a stoppage. Johnson survived, though, and in the second round came back to earn a shocking knockout.
1. A Rare Finish For Mike Pierce
For the first time in his last six fights, Mike Pierce won by stoppage and it was perhaps the most devastating victory of his career. Pierce faced Aaron Simpson in a fight people thought was going to be a boring clash of wrestlers. The result, though, was one of the most brutal knockouts in recent memory as Pierce forced Simpson to take a nap early in the second round of their welterweight clash. The victory was the first clean knockout of Pierce’s 20-fight professional career.
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