My Thoughts From The UFC Fight Night 86 Main Card
Junior Dos Santos def. Ben Rothwell via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
As you can see from the judge’s scores, this was a dominant fight for Junior Dos Santos. I hate using dominant in regards to the heavyweight division (when it goes to a decision) because these guys are so big that any clean shot can put your opponent down for a nap. JDS had a great game plan using his boxing to keep the fight at his distance (even if it was a little boring) because Rothwell is a big guy with slick submission skills. When I look at Ben, I definitely judge a book by its cover. I don’t picture him as a fighter and I think that has its advantages in the octagon. I think fighters look past him but after Rothwell racked up 4 in a row, Dos Santos wasn’t going to make that same mistake.
Derrick Lewis def. Gabriel Gonzaga via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 4:48
Derrick Lewis is a bad man (that is slang for really good), with some serious punching power. Gabriel Gonzaga got the fight to the mat, but he couldn’t keep it there. Derrick got back to his feet, threw a right that would end anybody’s night and racks up the W. Now Lewis might get to fight Roy Nelson at UFC 200. I would be down for that!!!
Francis Ngannou def. Curtis Blaydes via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) – Round 2, 5:00
This was a great showing for Francis Ngannou. He was fighting a wrestler and did a great job stuffing takedowns and working his way back up to the feet when Blaydes would get the fight to the mat. He used his offense to hit Curtis with some good shots (apparent by the lack of a right eye at the end of the 2nd). The doctor stopped the fight and Francis Ngannou got the victory. Not much more I can add.
Timothy Johnson def. Marcin Tybura via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Timothy Johnson got the win even though he was hurting in the 3rd round. He is not going to be able to use the old saying you should see the other guy…because he comes out of this fight looking way worse than his opponent. They are saying he suffered a possible blowout fracture of his orbital from an elbow and a forearm injury from blocking a kick. Ouch!!!
Jan Blachowicz def. Igor Pokrajac via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
This was an entertaining fight because Pokrajac was a wild man trying to put on a great show for the fans. Blachowicz used his own offense and wrestling to keep the fight on his terms and pick up the much needed win.
Maryna Moroz def. Cristina Stanciu via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
This was a great back and forth fight between Moroz and Stanciu. Moroz did just enough to win every round but found herself in some trouble with the submission attempts from Stanciu. Moroz always ended up in the better position because Cristina would take risks…but she had to because she was down on the scorecards.