My Thoughts From The UFC 198 and Bellator 154 Main Card
Better late than never I suppose. Below you will find my thoughts from the two most recent MMA events:
Stipe Miocic def. Fabricio Werdum via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 2:47
Next time, Fabricio Werdum will think twice about running hectically after somebody that can punch your face off. He ran, Stipe punched and the rest is history. #AndNew
Ronaldo Souza def. Vitor Belfort via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:38
Ronaldo Souza put a beat down on Vitor Belfort. He took him down, bloodied him with punches and elbows and forced the ref to stop the fight due to strikes. Who would have thunk that? I thought submission would be how Souza won but it looked like he wanted to punish Belfort a little bit.
Cristiane Justino def. Leslie Smith via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:21
Cyborg, welcome to the UFC!!! This fight showed the world why Ronda Rousey and Dana White have been ducking a fight with the half-woman, half-machine for years now. Cyborg’s striking was crisp, accurate and powerful. It may have been an early stoppage, but there is no doubt who the better fighter was.
Mauricio Rua def. Corey Anderson via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
This was a close fight that could have gone either way. I am kidding; this was a close fight that was always going to go to Rua in Brazil. I had Anderson winning, but I am not mad Mauricio got the call. He landed the harder shots and almost finished the fight with a brutal right in the first round.
Bryan Barberena def. Warlley Alves via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Since Bryan Barberena exposed my former man crush Sage Northcutt and proved he had no heart in the octagon, I have not cared for the fighter. All I have to say is he beat Warlley in a close contest.
Bellator 154 Main card:
Phil Davis def. Muhammad Lawal via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Phil Davis controlled the distance, was the aggressor and seemed to land a little more. Lawal was game and the wrestling acumen of both men made this a stand-up war. When I use the word war I mean more like the cold war. Not much action, but the threat of action was there. Phil Davis got the W but I am not sure I would have given him all 3 rounds.
Saad Awad def. Evangelista Santos via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:31
This was not a good night for the other Cyborg. Leg submissions = punches to the face on this night.
Josh San Diego def. Jeremiah Labiano via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Back and forth fight that came down to conditioning. Josh San Diego was the better fighter on the night.
Adam Piccolotti def. Ray Wood via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:17
Adam Piccolotti dominated the fight on the ground and when Wood tried to scramble back to his feet Piccolotti leaped into action. No, really. He jumped on Wood’s back and secured the rear naked.
Andre Fialho def. Rick Reger via KO (punch) – Round 1, 2:11
Andre Fialho has some power in his hands and Rick Reger’s brain temporarily reset giving the knockout W to Fialho.