What an exciting week we have had in the world of MMA. With a Bellator event and a UFC event happening on separate nights, fans were greeted with a weekend full of fights. Arguably the G.O.A.T. also announced his return to the Octagon. Check out below to see all of the action!
UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Browne Highlights
Paul Felder vs. Alessandro Ricci opened up the main card in Halifax, Canada. Fans knew this was going to be an exciting fight, as both fighters have excellent striking credentials. In a fight that took place only on the feet, both fighters seemed to have similar success before Felder ended Ricci’s night early. Felder destroyed Ricci’s nose with an elbow that dropped his foe. Felder finished him with just 18 seconds left in the first round.
Sara McMann continued to impress adding another noptch on her win streak on Sunday night. Many expected this from her as she was the biggest favorite of the night. Her opponent was making her UFC debut after a failed bid on The Ultimate Fighter. McMann was able to get the fight to the ground right away. After that she smoothly passed to full mount where she locked in a head-arm choke. I’m not sure what’s next for her as this win shouldn’t move her in the rankings. Maybe a match up with #5 Raquel Pennington would suit her?
In the Co-Main event, Johny Hendricks looked to get back on the winning track with a move up to the middleweight division. In his way was hard hitting Judo Olympian, Hector Lombard. Johny Hendricks showed colors of the dominant Bigg Rigg that fans had grown to forget. In a fight that went the distance, Hendricks seemed content in just keeping the fight on the feet. Hendricks was able to defend 7 of 9 take-down attempts from Lombard and didn’t look to bring the fight to the ground at all. This was surprising because in recent fights, Hendricks has been known to look for the safest route to victory. Johny was able to win a dominant Unanimous Decision. Next Hendricks should fight someone just outside of the Top 10 and a possibility could be Polish standout, Krzysztof Jotko who is currently ranked #11 and riding a 4 fight win streak.
In the Main Event of the evening two heavyweights looked to stake their claim in the Top 5. Travis Browne entered the fight on a 2 fight losing streak, both times coming up short to former World Champions. Lewis on the other hand has yet to fight that level of competition and was riding a 5 fight winning streak. Browne was able to get the better of the stand up in the first round, as he attacked multiple times with front kicks to the body and legs. On many occasions Lewis was rocked and the end looked to be close. In the second round though, Lewis started to put more pressure on Browne. Lewis rocked him against the cage and many thought the fight would be stopped after Lewis landed a flurry of unanswered straights and uppercuts. Lewis then clipped Browne and finished him off with some devastating ground and pound.
In the post-fight interview, Lewis stated that the kicks did not hurt him and that he had to poop. He then went on to call out Ronda Rousey’s fine ass, and made a few digs at Browne’s alleged past spousal abuse allegations.
50 G’s Baby
Fight of the night went to the two heavyweights in the Main-Event. In an exciting back and forth fight, this one comes to no surprise. Both fighters had opportunities to win in this one. Performances of the Night went to Paul Felder and Thiago Santos.
Who the FOOK is that Guy?
Gavin Tucker made his UFC debut in Halifax and many fans may have been unaware of who he is. This dude looked so comfortable in the octagon Sunday night that it was like no man could alive could beat him. Tucker mimicked the famous footwork made famous by Dominic Cruz to the delight of the crowd. Tucker faced off against UFC vet Sam Sicilia and entered the bout with a perfect 9-0 record. Tucker dominated the bout from start to end in the 15 minute duration. Tucker is deserving of a Top 15 fighter at the very least for his next outing.
Fedor and Matt Mitrione were set to battle Saturday night. Mitrione ended up pulling out the morning of the fight due to kidney stones. Josh Thompson vs. Pitbull was then slated as the new Main-Event. Thompson was stopped early in the fight, and fans are unsure where the UFC vet will go from here.
Josh Koshcheck made his Bellator debut on Saturday after being sidelined since the beginning of 2015. Koshcheck’s night was ended quite quickly as he was downed with a jab in the beginning of the 1st round. With his last win dating back to over 5 years ago and being finished 5 out of his last 6 losses, we have seen the last of Josh Koscheck's in ring career. As a huge fan of Kos, it’s been difficult to watch these past few years. At least the rematch with Paul Daley never occurred.
Brooke Mayo had her night come to a surprising end at Bellator. Her and Veta Arteaga put on an exciting back and forth brawl. At the end of the second round, Veta caught Brooke with and over hand right that caused a hematoma over the left eye. In the third the doctor was called in and the fight was called to an end. Brooke protested the stoppage pleading that she could still see.
Return of Rush
George St-Pierre has finally resigned with the UFC. Many fans have considered GSP the GOAT, and I am one of them. Dana White has stated that GSP could fight anywhere between 155-185 lbs. The lightweight division sounds ridiculous, and I believe if GSP doesn’t return to the Welterweight division, then he should move up to Middleweight. White also said that GSP will most likely return near the end of the year. The UFC does return to Canada on September 9th for UFC 216. Below you can check out a video by LoDiTuBe chronicling GSP's storybook career.
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Posted by Loditube on Saturday, 18 February 2017
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