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.
Felice Herrig vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz in the works for UFC 223
UFC 223 looks to add a variety of intriguing bouts. With Paul Felder vs. Al Iaquinta reportedly set for the unannounced UFC 223 card, the promotion looks to add a high stakes female flyweight match-up. According to MMANYTT.com, sources confirmed a bout between Felice Herrig and Karolina Kowalkiewicz, is in the works for the pay-per-view card.
Assuming the match-up does come to be, both women have much to gain from a victory. For Herrig, she currently sits on a four-fight win streak. A streak in which the strawweight contender defeated Kailin Curran, Alexa Grasso, Justine Kish, and Cortney Casey. The MMA veteran, Herrig, began fighting professionally in 2009. As of late, her issues with the marketing machine that is the UFC have intensified.
After demonstrating her technical prowess over Justine Kish at UFC Fight Night 122: Chiesa vs. Lee, Herrig put her emotions on display. She stated at the post-fight media scrum, “Sometimes, I feel like, I’m not young and beautiful enough for the UFC to want to promote me. And it’s sad because I’ve really worked so hard to be here and it’s hard to see these people who’ve not been through what I’ve been through. Who just got into the UFC at the right time. They’re getting all these opportunities and I see how hard I work to get here and it’s just like, it doesn’t matter. I just feel like, ‘I’m not pretty enough and I’m not getting any younger'”.
A frustrated Felice Herrig then spoke to MMAJunkie.com in December. She claimed, “Aside from (former UFC women’s strawweight champ) Joanna (Jedrzejczyk), I’m the only strawweight who’s gone on a four-fight winning streak. That’s a fact. At this point, I want to fight someone in the top 10. It doesn’t really make sense for me to keep fighting girls that are ranked below me. That’s the whole point. If I want to keep working my way up. I fight the most dangerous girls outside the top 10”. The #9 ranked women’s flyweight has a point. In her UFC career, she recorded one loss in six appearances. Yet, she has one co-main event booking, while fighters like Michelle Waterson, booked the main event in her second UFC bout. In Waterson’s third bout, she received a co-main event scheduling. Understandably, Felice Herrig is upset with her situation.
Later in her interview, Herrig brought up Kowalkiewicz as a potential next opponent. “For whatever reason, I really want to fight Karolina. I just think that would be an exciting fight… Stylistically, I really like that fight. She’s ranked above (me), and it may be a good gauge for me,” she stated. Right now, it looks like Herrig is close to getting what she wants.
Kowalkiewicz last fought in her native country of Poland on the UFC Fight Pass card, UFC Fight Night 118: Cowboy vs. Till, in October. The Polish star defeated Jody Esquibel, after losing consecutive contests to former UFC female strawweight champion, Joanna Jedrzejcyk and Claudia Gadelha, respectively.
A win for either makes a good case for the next or an eventual title challenger. Kowalkiewicz holds a victory over current division champion, Rose Namajunas. While a win for Herrig would further establish her impressive win streak and undoubtedly give her the boost in the rankings she deserves.
Douglas Lima found out about change to co-main event at Bellator 192 from the internet
Bellator 192 fight card has gone through a shake-up over the past week. Bellator president Scott Coker revealed last week that the scheduled welterweight title fight between Rory MacDonald and champion Douglas Lima will now be serving as the co-main event and the heavyweight matchup between Chael Sonnen and Rampage Jackson would instead take top billing. At the time no explanation was made for the change. Monday Douglas Lima was a guest on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani to discuss this change.
“I was little bummed, but it is what it is, it’s business you know. I was pretty excited you know? Being the main event, having Rampage fight as the co-main event, I was happy there. Then I was bummed out that they changed it back to the co-main event. It’s not going to change a thing for me, I’m just focusing on the fight.”
Lima has been notoriously looked over in the eyes of fight fans. A longtime member of Bellator and a two-time champion has not gotten the notice he deserves and hopes to get.
“I found out through the internet, nobody tells me anything, I didn’t know. the same thing happened in New York, I thought my fight would be before the two main events there, but it ended up being the first fight of the night on Pay-Per-View. Hopefully, it doesn’t take anything away from the fight, you know spotlight and stuff.”
Lima is looking to make all the naysayers take notice at Bellator 192 that takes place at The Forum in Inglewood, Califonia on January 20th.
“This is the fight I’ve been waiting for for a long time. To get my name out there, to get people to know who I am. I’ve been delivering a lot of good fights, fights fans like to watch but no attention yet. I’m hoping though that after a win over Rory this week it will really put my name out there and show all these welterweights out there that I am for real.”
Al Iaquinta vs. Paul Felder rescheduled for UFC 223 in April
MMA fans around the world wept in deep sorrow when Al Iaquinta withdrew from a bout scheduled for UFC 218 against Paul Felder. Weep no more, for Paul Felder faces Al Iaquinta at UFC 223. Rumblings behind the match-up, first reported by FloCombat.com, came Sunday night before MMAFighting.com confirmed the bout scheduled for unannounced pay-per-view card, later in the evening.
The original bout fell through due to a severe knee injury to Iaquinta. He spoke to BJ Penn Radio about the injury nearly a week before the December 2nd, PPV event in Detriot. The Long Island real estate agent claimed, “I tore my PCL and my MCL maybe three or four months ago… for me to really put in a full training camp and do what I need to do, I would’ve had to just focus on fighting and physical therapy… it was the kind of thing where all roads led to me not kind of taking a risk and fighting on December 2nd”.
Iaquinta went on to say, “I kind of accepted the fight, but I never signed a bout agreement… I was kind of told I had to give them an answer pretty quick. It was a fight I thought I really wanted. I thought it was a good stylistic match-up for me, so I accepted the fight, and then thinking about it over the course of a day, we realized it probably wasn’t a smart decision for my health, for everything”.
An outspoken lightweight, he is not the first of his kind. Al Iaquinta is no stranger to idly waiting on the sideline for the UFC to make a move. Contract disputes and other bad strokes of luck left the Serra-Longo with three octagon appearances since 2015. The feud between Iaquinta and the promotion comes as a surprise when looking at the credentials of the aforementioned fighter. With an octagon record of 8-2, he earned notoriety as one of the best lightweights in the world. During his time in the UFC, he defeated Kevin Lee, Ross Pearson, Joe Lauzon, Jorge Masvidal, and most recently Diego Sanchez.
His opponent, “The Irish Dragon”, Paul Felder, holds an impressive UFC record of his own. At 7-3, Felder defeated tough competition as well. His record notes wins over Daron Cruickshank, Jason Saggo, Stevie Ray, and Charles Oliveira. Even more impressive than his record, his knockout ratio. At this stage of his career, Felder knockouts 55% of his opponents (10 knockouts in 18 career pro bouts).
Like his opponent Iaquinta, Paul Felder has a separate career outside of fighting. As many should notice, Felder found a role as a color commentator with the promotion he fights for. Following the footsteps in a long line of fighters before him, Felder announced multiple events alongside another new addition to the UFC broadcast team, Brendan Fitzgerald.
PPV card, UFC 223 and its location are not official yet. Despite a lack of an announcement, the event takes place in Brooklyn, New York at the Barclays Centre, according to multiple reports. Currently, the card features no official bouts. Reports state Felice Herrig vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (per Jim Edwards), and Evan Dunham vs. Mairbek Taisumov (per Farah Hannoun) are both in the works for UFC 223.
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