UFC 206 Highlights
European MMA fans were excited as Emil Meek made his UFC debut against Jordan Mein. Although starting off slow, Emil was able to out pressure Jordan Mein in the later rounds. Meek earned himself a Unanimous Decision victory, and he will be a great addition to the already stacked Welterweight Division.
Tim Kennedy started off strong against Kelvin Gastelum, but that may have been the wrong game plan. Tim was able to win the clinch battle and land a powerful takedown, but seemed to have spent most of his energy in the first round. Kevin Gastelum easily took over the fight half way through the first round. With constant pressure and a high volume of strikes, Kevin was able to win by 3rd Round TKO.
Cub Swanson and DooHo Choi put on a war that no one expected. Coming into the bout, Cub was Ranked #4 while Choi was Ranked #11. Even so, Choi was a -200 Favorite on most betting venues. Cub allowed the Veteran in him and threw caution to the win. Together the two fighters landed over 200 strikes. The fight surprisingly went all 3 round, and Cub Swanson won by Unanimous Decision.
Donald Cerrone met fellow knockout artist Matt Brown in a stand up battle that all fans will remember. Both fighters were able to add to their highlight reels in this exciting fight. Although getting knocked down in the early rounds, Cerrone was able to land his patented Head Kick constantly throughout the fight. In the 3rd Round, Cowboy landed the left Head Kick again which resulted in a KO. Cerrone now holds the UFC record for most Head Kick Knockouts.
In the Main Event, the Interim Featherweight Title was on the line. Max Holloway was looking to extend his win streak to 10 while Pettis was trying to regain his footing in the rankings. As soon as the fight started, it was Holloway who dictated where the fight took place. Landing a couple takedowns and almost doubling his opponent in striking, it looked as though Holloway was going to win a Decision. Pettis wilted under the pressure, and Holloway won with 8 seconds left in the 3rd Round by TKO.
50 Gs’ Baby
The two Performance of the Nights went to Lando Vanatta and Max Holloway. Lando continues to wow the crowd with his diverse striking. Lando knocked out kick-boxer John Makdessi with a spinning back kick in the first round.
Max Holloway earned his Performance bonus for being the first person to finish Anthony Pettis.
Fight of the Night went to Cub Swanson and Doo Ho Choi. Not many fans would have predicted that this fight would go the distance. Both fighters had their hearts and iron chins on display. This bout became a late candidate for Fight of the Year.
UFC 208 will take place in Brooklyn, NY at the Barclays Center. The Man Event is rumored to be Jose Aldo vs. Max Holloway. This will be a unification bout, as Holloway is currently the Interim Champion. Chris Weidman has also expressed interest in fighting at this card.
Jon Jones Returns
Jon Jones competed against Dan Henderson at Submission Underground in a BJJ match. It was Submission Underground’s 2nd event. Jones defeated Dan Henderson by Head-Arm Choke. After the match, Jones called out Chael Sonnen for a grappling match. UFC Middleweight Luke Rockhold took to social media to call out Jon Jones for a grappling match as well.
Future of Showtime
After a failed weight cut and a loss to Max Holloway, many wondered what was next for Anthony Pettis. After the fight, Anthony Pettis spoke with Joe Rogan. Pettis stated that he would be returning to the Lightweight division. Anthony Pettis last won at Lightweight at UFC 181 in December of 2014. It’ll be interesting to see where the former champion ranks in the fastest growing division.
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