My Thoughts From The UFC Fight Night 102: Lewis vs. Abdurakhimov Main Card
UFC Fight Night 102: Lewis vs. Abdurakhimov was held on December 9, 2016 at the Times Union Center in Albany (man, I wish I had been on the NYC card), New York. The event was headlined by two scary heavies (that is what we say in the biz) that can end a fight in an instant. The card was exciting with all the main card fights ending via TKO or submission. My thoughts can be found below.
Derrick Lewis def. Shamil Abdurakhimov via TKO (punches) – Round 4, 3:42
Derrick Lewis seemed to mail this one in for the first 3 rounds. He said his plan was to conserve energy but watching him get beat-up for 15 minutes looked exhausting. Shamil proved he is a tough son of a gun but once Lewis got him down in the 4th round it was all over. Lewis said he was disappointed with his performance, that is was total BS and he was planning on calling a few people out but since he was terrible he will sit down and say nothing. I kind of respect that!!!
Francis Ngannou def. Anthony Hamilton via submission (kimura) – Round 1, 1:57
Francis Ngannou is a stud in the heavyweight division. He has now won all 4 of his fights in the UFC by stoppage (3 TKO’s and 1 submission) and looks unstoppable. It seems all the top 10 guys are coming off losses so I would love to see him face Travis Browne, Ben Rothwell or Josh Barnett next. I hope they are not setting him up to fight the black beast because I like them both and they are too close to each other in the rankings (that is code for I don’t want to see either of them lose).
Corey Anderson def. Sean O’Connell via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 2:36
I don’t think anybody picked Sean O’Connell to win this fight and that is good because he didn’t. Corey Anderson has fought most of his career in the UFC going 6-2 during that time and now appears to be a couple of fights away from a title shot. He had a minor setback at UFC 198 when he lost a split decision to “Shogun” but I think a couple more victories within the top 10 and he will be fighting for the gold…that is until Jon Jones comes back and gets a title shot. Although, Daniel Cormier has to heel before that happens, and don’t forget about Anthony Johnson getting his rematch too. Okay, maybe Corey is screwed. I wonder if he can make 185?
Gian Villante def. Saparbek Safarov via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 2:54
Gian Villante seems to have a ton of potential. He has gone 5-4 in his UFC career but has 3 fight of the night bonuses during that time. He is an exciting fighter, very athletic and can wrestle his butt off. He needs a couple of quality top 10 wins to prove he belongs among the elite but he has a great team so anything is possible.