Despite Fight Night Saskatoon’s main event ending in disappointing fashion, the whole card was full of exciting finishes. We saw some great use of striking range, technical submissions and god awful defense, all of which we will break down for you know. This is UFC Fight Night Saskatoon’s finish analysis.
Felipe Arantes def. Yves Jabouin via submission (armbar) round 1
If you’re looking for world class examples of Brazilian jiu Jitsu, stay away from this fight.
To his credit, Arantes was able to pull off an armbar from the bottom in the first round, but at the UFC level, this submission should never have happened. This is one of the most telegraphed and slowest armbars you will see in the UFC.
Arantes’ technique was good in the submission as he isolated Jabouin’s right arm and then kicked off Yves’ hip to swing his body round for the armbar, but this is where the veteran Jabouin should have sprung into action and he just didn’t.
Arantes was very slow to scoot his legs over Jabouin’s arm for the submission, letting Yves see what he was trying to do from a mile off. Here Jabouin should have triangle his own arms, looked to step over Arantes head and stack him to negate the submission attempt. However, Jabouin seemingly gave up an extremely basic sweep allowing Felipe to gain top position and lock out the armbar.
This submission should have been stuffed before it even started but Jabouin never pulled the trigger.
Misha Cirkunov def. Dan Jolly via KO round 1
There isnt much to say technically about this fight finish, except it showed good solid control from Cirkunov and constant pressure from him to get the stoppage finish.
This fight finish started with Cirkunov using the threat of a rear naked choke to sweep Jolly into full back mount. From here, Cirkunov kept himself heavy and high on Jolly’s back hammering him with punches until the referee stopped the contest.
Patrick Cote def. Josh Burkman via KO round 3
This contest showed everyone how important fighting in the right weight class can be. Cote spent most of his career as an undersized middleweight, but by dropping down to 170lbs he kept his middleweight power, but improved his cardio no end which became a major factor in him picking up this victory.
This fight finish came in the third round when a gassed Burkman was exchanging with Cote. The levels of cardio were clear to see as Burkman was very flatfooted in the exchanges and was throwing haymakers like they were going out of fashion. Contrasting this was Cote who was very light on his feet and used darting in and out of range to set up his straight punches landing them and then being out of range for Burkman’s counter overhands.
Cote got the knockdown off a beautiful double jab right hand combo landing square on the chin of Burkman who had just thrown a left hook and was too exhausted to get his hands up for defense quick enough.
From here Cote gained side control and continued with a barrage of 30 unanswered strikes as Burkman could only turtle up and accept the beating.
Francisco Trinaldo def. Chad Laprise via KO round 1
The knockdown that triggered the end of this fight was the classic example of both fighters throwing at the same time and one just landing first. Trinaldo threw a straight left hand as Laprise threw a right hook. Trinaldo landed first and put Laprise on the mat.
Laprise recovered to his feet and grabbed the clinch but was still visibly hurt and pulled guard. Trinaldo was able to pass to half guard prompting Laprise to roll and turtle up. Trinaldo took his back and flattened him out, landing punches until the referee stopped the fight.
Laprise was never able to recover from the knockdown in this fight and Trinaldo never let up the pressure forcing Laprise to make mistakes like giving up his back and letting Francisco take advantage and pull off the win.
Frankie Perez def. Sam Stout via KO round 1
This 30 second fight showed the importance of patience and range management with Perez controlling the range throughout the contest forcing Stout to come in close and into the trap of Perez.
Perez spent the entire contest moving away from Stout and negating Sam’s boxing. This frustrated Stout who ended up chasing him for the first part of the round. Perez noticed this and set a trap for Stout by standing still and waiting for Sam to come in leading to the knockdown.
The knockdown here was beautifully timed by Perez who waited for Stout to come into boxing range then he landed a short right hook to Stout’s chin putting him on the canvas.
Perez followed up with punches putting Stout to sleep.
Nikita Krylov def. Marcos Rogerio de Lima via submission (rear naked choke) round 1
This fight end started with de Lima having a very tight guillotine choke on Krylov who was able to weather the storm and force de Lima to let go of the choke of gas out his arms. De Lima relinquished the submission and was met by some heavy ground and pound by Krylov. De Lima rolled for a kneebar but ended up giving Krylov his back allowing him to sink in a very quick rear naked choke in transition and pick up the win.
This finish showed the importance of picking your submissions carefully. De Lima put too much effort into the guillotine that even though was tight, wasn’t able to finish Krylov. This completely exhausted the arms of de Lima allowing Krylov to open up with strikes hurting him and then lick in the submission. The exhausted Brazilian tapped almost immediately as he didn’t have any energy left in his arms to attempt an escape.
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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