A great night of fights just happened and it felt like lots of people missed it. Twitter was quiet compared to some fights that I have followed in the past. I know many people are looking ahead to UFC 205 already, but they did miss out on some good action.
It started strong with a women’s flyweight fight. There was a very good ground fight with some high level Jiu Jitzu. Joanne Calderwood was slick and looked very aggressive off of her back, but Jessica Andrade was too strong and kicked her way into a very nice guillotine choke.
Jimmy Rivera outclassed Uriah Faber and made a legend look very pedestrian. No side-to-side movement from Faber left him standing right in front of Rivera for strong counters and effective low kicks. It was an easy 30-27 decision.
Mickey Gall destroyed CM Punk. Joe Rogan said it best during the telecast that this is what a brown belt vs. a white belt looks like. I am not sure that the CM Punk experiment turned out as many new fans as the UFC would have liked.
Fabricio Werdum looked decent in his win over Travis Browne. The first round was as action packed as Anyone could have hoped. A flying side kick, a somersault, a near RNC, and what should have been a fight ending broken finger. The referee inexplicably gave Browne a timeout to look at his broken finger and let the fight go on after consulting doctors. All of that happened in the first five minutes. Werdum looked strong and almost finished the fight ending the round landing shots in back mount.
The rest of the fight was much more muted as both guys looked to land big shots, but only landed few and far between. Werdume won on all three score cards.
The Championship Fight
The final fight of the night was fantastic. The crowd was on fire for their hometown hero and he delivered. Stipe Miocic was caught early with the right and was put into a deep guillotine. He started escaping perfectly right away, slipping out to the opposite side of the choke. There were some very good exchanges that followed with some even better dirty boxing from Miocic. Allister Overeem was tough and survived some big shots and landed a couple more of his own. He threw a sloppy low side kick and was taken down. That is when Miocic took advantage and he grounded and pounded Overeem unconscious.
After the fight, Overeem said he felt Miocic tap when he slapped on the guillotine. Joe Rogan handled it perfectly by pulling up the video and asking Overeem to watch. He was respectful to Overeem, but he held him accountable to it not happening.
I am interested to see how the heavyweight division looks going forward. It is going to be an interesting end of the year.
Picture credit: Ester Lin MMA Fighting.