My Thoughts From The UFC on Fox 21 Main Card
Demian Maia def. Carlos Condit via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 1:52
Demian Maia has been on a role his last 6 fights and I believe he has earned a title shot…after Stephen Thompson. This man knows how to grapple and if you cannot stop the take-down you are in for a long night that ends with a short sleep. Carlos Condit has lost 5 of his last 7 fights and is questioning retirement. He has been facing the best in the division for so long that he needs to start back at the bottom. Maybe take a fight outside of the top 10, build some confidence and then analyze whether fighting is for you. This is a combat sport so Carlos needs to be 100% into fighting or bad things can happen.
Charles Oliveira vs. Anthony Pettis via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 3, 1:49
Anthony Pettis looked like Anthony Pettis again (except, a little lighter). His striking was crisp and his submission game was on point (made clear by the guillotine finish against a jiu-jitsu black belt). I was worried when he was having difficulty stopping the take-down, but he improvised and forced the tap in the 3rd round. Oliveira wasn’t bad either. My girl had a few of them in her Bloody Mary yesterday. That is funny because Oliveira sounds like olive and there are olives in a Bloody Mary. I think he got rocked early and was running on instincts for the rest of the fight. If these two met again, I could see Charles taking the victory with his take-downs.
Paige VanZant def. Bec Rawlings via knockout (head kick, punches) – Round 2, 0:17
Paige VanZant channeled her inner Karate Kid and knocked Bec Rawlings chin into the 8th row. No, really. I saw somebody on Twitter that posted a picture with it. Paige landed a beautiful jumping switch kick (crane kick) to end the fight and the consciousness of Rawlings. The best part about the match-up was my tweet at the end of it. I pasted it below for you to admire.
— Chad Alden (@ChadAlden) August 28, 2016
Jim Miller def. Joe Lauzon via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
WOW!!! That was one of the best fights you are ever going to see. These two met once before and both walked away with fight of the night honors, concussions, bruises and lots of blood loss. There must be something about their fighting styles that makes it fireworks each time they step into the octagon. This was a great way to start the main card.