We saw a great variety of KO’s and submissions on Sunday night’s UFC Cowboy vs. Cowboy event, from a head kick KO to a gorgeous triangle choke, the whole card was stacked with highlights and here is a breakdown analysis of some of the best.
Cerrone def. Oliveira via submission (triangle choke) round 1
This fight finish started with a rarely seem takedown from Cerrone, ducking under the looping left hook of Oliveria, catching the Brazilian with his feet square giving Cerrone an easy double leg takedown.
After some position fighting from half guard, Cerrone was almost out muscled by Oliveira who attempted to escape from the bottom, however this gave Donald a great opening to transition straight to full mount after nullifying Oliveira’s escape attempt.
As Cerrone moved to mount, Oliveira had his left arm on Cerrone’s back attempting to stop the transition, which actually set up the submission that would finish the Brazilian cowboy. Noticing this arm being off the mat, Cerrone used the open space to post up on his right leg and swing his left behind Oliveira’s head locking it behind his left foot behind his right knee in a beautifully timed triangle from mount. From here Cerrone transitioned straight to his back forcing Oliveira to quickly tap to the fully sunk in submission.
This finish showed beautiful composure and veteran experience by Cerrone, staying calm on the ground and improving his position when he saw openings. Oliveira seemingly panicked when he was put on his back and made some key errors leading to his demise in this contest. Possibly because it was his first main event, the most dangerous opponent he has ever faced and all being on two weeks notice played a role in this quick finish, but you cannot take anything away from Donald Cerrone showing off technique that can only be learnt through thousands of triangle choke drills in the gym. You cannot fake experience and Cerrone showed just how devastating a battle-tested veteran can be in this one.
Brunson def. Carneiro via tko round 1
There isnt a whole lot you can take away from this quick finish except that Derek Brunson is truly a force to be reckoned with in this division and is slowly but surely making his way to a possible middleweight title shot.
The finish came early in this fight, with Carneiro over-extending on a leaping right hook, throwing himself off balance. Brunson easily dodged the punch sending the reaching Roan to the canvas by his own momentum alone. Brunson quickly started an endless ground and pound barrage from the full guard giving his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blackbelt opponent no chance to show off his ground game as Derek smothered Carneiro with punches leading to the referee stoppage.
Chris Camozzi def. Joe Riggs via TKO round 1
This finish came courtesy of a huge leaping jab by Camozzi stunning Riggs in the opening moments of the contest. This forced Riggs to over up, prompting Camozzi to unleash an onslaught of left knees to the forearms and head of Diesel. Showing no signs of attempting to move away or fight back, referee Mario Yamasaki looked ready to stop the contest when a final knee put Riggs on the contest, ending the fight in under 30 seconds.
With such a quick finish it’s hard to take any technical advice from this one. Riggs was caught early and rocked and never given a chance to recover. Camozzi showed fantastic killer instinct to not let up on his opponent and put everything into his shots when he saw the fight coming to a possible end.
Cody Garbrandt def. Augusto Mendes via TKO round 1
Garbrandt executed one technique repeatedly and effectively throughout this fight that eventually gave him the KO finish in the first round.
From the opening bell, Garbrandt was keeping on the outside and rushing in with blitzes of punches landing few and then retreating back to range. This was scoring points continuously for Cody, whilst also keeping him safely out of range of Mendes takedowns and BJJ blackbelt ground game.
The finish came with Cody fainting another rush in forcing Mendes to react and faint strikes of his own, but as Mendes fainted what seemed to be a leg kick, he dropped his hands for a split second. the experienced boxer Garbrandt noticed this and came in with a combo of hooks with the final right hook landing on Mendes’ temple dropping him. There was slight confusion whether the fight was over at this point causing Cody to stop attacking, but a few moments and a hammer fist later the referee had seen enough and called off the bout.
Oluwale Bamgbose def. Daniel Sarafian via KO round 1
This fight may have been short, but will hold a place on Bamgbose’s highlight reel for years to come, showing extremely technical and relaxed striking to deliver a devastating head kick KO to Sarafian.
Throughout this fight Bamgbose looked very comfortable and relaxed on his feet, much more so than his previous octagon appearance against Uriah Hall. Oluwale switched his stance often, changing the angle of his strikes to keep Sarafian guessing, but it wasn’t this technique that ended the contest, rather it was pure power as Bamgbose unleashed a perfectly executed head kick that Sarafian was able to block with his arms. However, this made little difference in the outcome as the kick rocked and dropped Sarafian regardless. Daniel attempted to scramble back to his feet but was met by a huge uppercut from Oluwale putting him back down and separating him from his senses.
This finish showed that sometimes technique mixed with sheer power can overcome anything, despite Sarafian blocking the kick correctly the amount of force behind the strike dropped him anyway and led to the fight finish and a step firmly in the right direction for Bamgbose.
UFC Announces Liverpool Event, Darren Till Main Event
Scousers are drowning in celebration this evening. Earlier today, UFC officials announced the addition of a Liverpool show to their 2018 event calendar. Liverpool’s, Echo Arena, plays host for the event, which takes place on May 27th.
Liverpool’s own, Darren Till made the announcement this afternoon with Dan Hardy at the UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Volkov, ceremonial weigh-in. When asked by Hardy what it means to have the UFC in Liverpool, he had this to day, “Words can’t describe it. It doesn’t do it justice, words. So, it’s coming and I’m going to be the first Scousers to ever have done it. In 200 years they’re going to remember my name in combat sports in Liverpool. I’m gonna take someones chin off in Liverpool, that’s what’s happening”.
He was also quoted in an release from the promotion saying, “I can’t believe UFC is finally coming to Liverpool and I’m going to be headlining Echo Arena. My name is going to be remembered in 200 years time for being part of this historical event and I can’t even describe how much that means to me”. Till will headline the card, his opponent is yet to be announced.
In the official release, it quotes David Shaw, Senior Vice President International and Content, claiming, “The stars really aligned for the Octagon to touch down in Liverpool. We have seen such phenomenal demand from fans in the region for a live event. Pair that with having such a rising, local star in Darren Till it made absolute sense to bring our first live event to this historical combat sports city in 2018”.
UFC Liverpool lands on a date speculated for a different venue, in a different country. Reports swirled last month, specifically one from MMAFighting.com, which claimed the May 27th date belonged to the UFCs return to Dublin. A return to Dublin doesn’t seem to fall completely out of the realm of possibility. For now, it remains to be seen.
The UFC also announced two bouts, both in the Middleweight division, booked for the event. Elias Therodorou takes on Trevor Smith, and Daniel Kelly goes up against England’s Tom Breese.
Marco Reyes Flagged for Potential Anti-Doping Policy Violation
Earlier today, UFC officials announced that Lightweight, Marco Reyes was flagged for a potential UFC Anti-Doping Policy violation. The potential violation hails from a sample collected on March 8th, 2018, in an out-of-competition test.
Reyes made his way into the UFC through The Ultimate Fighter Latin America, season 2. Competing in the lightweight bracket, Reyes defeated Christhian Soto by 2nd rd. TKO of a preliminary round bout. He then went onto to face Horacio Gutiérrez, in the semifinals of the tournament. Gutiérrez defeated Reyes in the opening round by TKO.
Following his elimination from the tournament, the Mexican fighter met Cezar Arzamendia on the series finale, The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale. Reyes impressively defeated Arzamendia, whom was the first overall pick for Team Gastelum, by 1st round KO.
From there, Reyes defeated Dong Hung Kim (rd. 1, KO), and Jason Novelli (Split Decision) respectively, before falling to rising contender James Vick. Most recently, the Lightweight fighter dispatched Matt Frevola in the opening round, ruining the Long Islanders promotional debut. His bout against Frevola took place at UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi, on January 14th of this year.
The UFC statement on the matter reads as follows:
The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Marco Reyes of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on March 8, 2018.
USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Reyes. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.
Dillon Danis to make Pro debut against Kyle Walker at Bellator 198
Mixed Martial Arts officially adopted another incredibly talented jiu-jitsu practioner today. Bellator officials announced today the long-awaited debut of Dillon Danis, whom the promotion had signed in the year previous. After zero amateur and countless jiu-jitsu matches, Danis makes his debut at Bellator 198: Mir vs. Emelianenko, against Kyle Walker.
Kyle Walker enters the match up also making his Bellator debut. Walker recently made a resurgence in 2016 after taking off, almost exactly, 3 years. Since returning to the professional scene his record is 0-3, losing each fight by stoppage (2 Sub, 1 KO).
Walker looks to snap his streak yet, his opponent could provide a major challenge. In terms of advantages for Walker, he has a massive and obvious one. His experience. Walkers opponent fights for the first time in the sport of MMA. While Danis competed in many top-level jiu-jitsu tournaments and matches, comparing the competition would stop and end upon examining the rule sets. It is quite obvious, the difference. Danis will have a bit of adversity to overcome, in that respect.
In spite of this, Danis’ team, he trains out of the highly regarded SBG Ireland. Even before his MMA training, he trained under Marcelo Garcia. He earned his black belt in April of 2015, following an incredible 2014. In that year, Danis became UAEJJF World Champion, winning gold in the 82 kg (181 lb.) Brown belt category.
The prospect of what that could look like inside the cage is exciting. He may have developed some striking techniques but, the lack of time dedicated to that training in undeniable. Experience and time is required to develop skills of any kind.
Bellator 198: Mir vs. Emelianenko, takes place on Saturday, April 28th from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. Bellator 198 features the third of four preliminary bouts in the promotions Heavyweight Grand Prix, Fedor Emelianenko takes on Frank Mir. It serves as the nights main event. Other bouts on the card feature; Emmanuel Sanchez against Sam Sicilia, Neiman Gracie faces Javier Torres, Rafael Lavato Jr. vs. John Salter, and more.
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