The UFC returned to New York with a PPV event over the weekend, and some great fights were announced as well. Check out below if you missed any of the action.
UFC 208 Main Card Highlights
Dustin Poirier and Jim Miller started the PPV off with a bang. The fight ended up going all 3 rounds, but they had each other hurt multiple times. In the third round Dustin was forced to wrestle more because Miller tore apart his lead leg with kicks. Dustin Poirier won by Unanimous Decision
Glover Teixeira looked to rebound off his devastating knockout loss to Anthony Johnson. The UFC did him no favors with matching him with hard hitting “Killer Gorilla” Cannonier. Throughout the fight, Glover was able to dictate where the fight took place during the duration of 3 rounds. Glover won by Unanimous Decision, and it’ll be interesting to see where he goes from here.
Ronaldo Souza was finally able to step back in the octagon, after what has felt like forever. Tim Boetsch was on a win streak, but it was apparent that this would be his toughest fight to date. As the odds had it, this was Souza’s fight to win. Souza was able to get the take-down in the first round and from there he dominated the round. Mid way through the first, Jacare ended it with a Kimura submission. I wonder if they will reschedule the rematch between Souza and Luke Rockhold or will Souza wait for his title shot.
In the Co-Main event, Anderson Silva and Derek Brunson both looked to get back on the winning track. This fight was built as a brawler vs a technical striker. In the first round, Brunson seemed very timid, and Silva looked more relaxed. As the fight went on, Brunson looked like he was doing more damage and was able to bring the fight to the ground on multiple occasions. After the 3 rounds had ended, many like myself assumed Derek Brunson won a Unanimous Decision victory. Surprisingly, the judges awarded Silva the Unanimous Decision victory.
In the Main-Event, two female Featherweight’s battled to see who would become the New Featherweight champion. Germaine de Randamie started the fight off strong against the former Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm. In a somewhat dull title fight, both ladies were able to land constantly throughout the fight. The most exciting parts probably occurred after the bell. On two occasions, GDR landed strikes on Holm after the bell had rung. At the end of the 3rd round, GDR rocked Holm with an elbow. It was the most devastating strike that was landed throughout the whole fight. The fight eventually ended up going all 5 rounds. If points were deducted for strikes after the bell, Holm may have been awarded the winner. GDR picked up the victory with a Unanimous Decision.
50 G’s Baby
Fight of the Night went to Dustin Poirier and Jim Miller for their fan friendly scrap. Both of these fighters always bring it, so pitting them together promised excitement. Out of a dull night of fights, the UFC only awarded one Performance of the Night bonus. Ronaldo Souza picked up the bonus with his quick destruction over long time UFC vet Tim Boetsch. This was the only finish of the entire event.
UFC 211 GETS BIG
The UFC returns to Dallas, Texas and it must be true about what they saw. Everything is always bigger in Texas. The Main-Event has Stipe Miocic defending his Heavyweight title against former Heavyweight Champion Junior Dos Santos. JDS owns a win over Miocic from 2014 when the two fought for 5 rounds.
In the Co-Main event, Joanna Jędrzejczyk looks to defend her Strawweight title against hard hitting Jessica Andrade. Joanna won the title back in 2015, and has gone on to defend it 4 times so far. Jessica Andrade dropped down to Strawweight last year, and has gone 3-0 so far.
Return of Jon Jones
When Jon Jones was taken off of UFC 200 because he was flagged by USADA, many fans and critics believed this was the end of Jones. Dana White stated that he could no longer trust to have Jon Jones on the face of a PPV. Jones has stayed busy outside of competition, and with his return coming close, it seems Dana White has changed his tune on the subject. Jones is set to return in July, and Dana has stated that Jon Jones will likely face the winner of Daniel Cormier and Rumble Johnson. I believe this is the right move for the Light-Heavyweight division.
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