UFC Kansas City: Takeaways from the Sprint Center
The UFC and their famous octagon made its way to Kansas City, Missouri for the first time in the promotion’s history. In the headliner Demetrious Johnson completely outclassed Wilson Reis to retain his flyweight title with a slick armbar in the third round.
The women’s strawweight division was put on notice with Rose Namajunas dominating Michelle Waterson on the way to a submission victory in the second round.
Robert Whittaker also put his mark on the middleweight division with a stunning stoppage of veteran Jacare Souza with the help of a questionable intervention by Mario Yamasaki.
What can we take away from the Sprint Center?
Demetrious Johnson is still Demetrious Johnson
Did we expect anything else tonight? Maybe we expected Wilson Reis to end the fight with more than just nineteen strikes after three rounds but Johnson thoroughly dominated the Brazilian.
‘Mighty Mouse’ controlled the fight throughout, dipping in and out of range almost at light speed. Reis couldn’t live with him, but can anyone at 125 pounds?
It was almost as if Johnson wanted to submit Reis to prove his excellence, by beating him at his own game.
— UFC (@ufc) April 16, 2017
Ten consecutive title defences, 1,666 days long. One more win to break the UFC record.
Does DJ move up to 135lbs? Because nobody comes close at 125.
Robert Whittaker is for real!
Jacare signed an eight-fight deal the night before the fight and with a lot of people believing that the Brazilian would go onto a title shot, people forgot about Robert Whittaker.
A somewhat bizarre stoppage from Mario Yamasaki may take a little bit of gloss away from the performance but make sure you’re aware that the Australian is a legitimate contender at 185 pounds.
— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) April 16, 2017
After taking out one of the strongest contenders, who’s next for Whittaker? Romero?
And what’s next for Jacare… with seven fights left on his contract at age 37! Of course, Michael Bisping weighs in with his opinion…
Well done Whitaker. Unlucky jacare. Chat shit, get banged!
— michael (@bisping) April 16, 2017
Rose Namajunas is next at 115
A huge performance from ‘Thug’ Rose Namajunas with a stunning head kick, dropping the ‘Karate Hottie’ Michelle Waterson before sinking in a beautiful rear naked choke.
With Joanna Jedrzejczyk defending her title against Jessica Andrade at UFC 211, Namajunas is in prime position to face the victor.
— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) April 16, 2017
A simply stunning performance to light up the co-main event of the evening.
What’s next for Waterson?
Elliott and Smolka put on a show!
One of the highlights of the night took place in the prelims with a non-stop fun fight in the flyweight division between local hero and TUF 24 winner Tim Elliott and Hawaiian Louis Smolka.
If you haven’t seen this fight I highly recommend you check it out NOW.
— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) April 15, 2017
Thirteen takedowns, high level grappling and seamless transitions throughout the fifteen minutes led to the Missouri native getting his hand raised.
It was a tough night for Smolka. He didn’t look great at the weigh ins but he doesn’t deserve to be cut by the UFC.
Duquesnoy is ready for the top fifteen
One of the most highly anticipated UFC debuts in recent history occurred with Tom ‘Firekid’ Duquesnoy finally making his bow in the octagon.
The former BAMMA two-weight world champion was a little cautious in the first half of Round 1, then began to find his feet nearly stopping Williams at the end of the round.
The second round was simply a formality with the Frenchman finishing the American within thirty seconds.
— Jim Edwards (@MMA_Jim) April 15, 2017
He is ready for a bigger fight and a bigger test. The potential of ‘Firekid’ is endless.
UFC on Fox 24: Weigh-in Results
UFC on Fox 24 takes place Saturday, April 15th in Kansas City, Missouri with the main event seeing flyweight supremo Demetrious Johnson defend his crown against the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, Wilson Reis.
“Mighty Mouse” has the chance to put his name in the history books by equalling Anderson Silva’s record for the most consecutive UFC title defenses if he can overcome Reis at the Sprint Center.
The co-main event also sees potential challengers to Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s throne collide with Rose Namajunas squaring off against “The Karate Hottie” Michelle Waterson.
A pair of middleweights hunting for a title shot, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Robert Whittaker clash on the main card in a bout sure to produce fireworks.
The card also features the debut of former Cage Warriors two-weight world champion, Tom Duqesnoy. The Frenchman faces off against Patrick Williams on the prelim portion of the evening.
All twenty-six fighters made weight whilst Louis Smolka didn’t look in great condition, visually drained and struggling to walk to the scale.
UFC on FOX 24 Weigh-in Results:
- Flyweight Championship: Demetrious Johnson (124 lbs) vs. Wilson Reis (124 lbs)
- Women’s Strawweight: Rose Namajunas (116 lbs) vs. Michelle Waterson (114.5 lbs)
- Middleweight: Ronaldo Souza (186 lbs) vs. Robert Whittaker (185.5 lbs)
- Featherweight: Jeremy Stephens (146 lbs) vs Renato Moicano (145.5 lbs)
- Heavyweight: Alexander Volkov (245 lbs) vs. Roy Nelson (262 lbs)
- Bantamweight: Patrick Williams (136 lbs) vs. Tom Duquesnoy (135.5 lbs)
- Lightweight: Bobby Green (156 lbs) vs. Rashid Magomedov (155.25 lbs)
- Flyweight: Louis Smolka (126 lbs) vs. Tim Elliott (126 lbs)
- Bantamweight: Aljamain Sterling (135.5 lbs) vs. Augusto Mendes (135 lbs)
- Light-heavyweight: Devin Clark (205 lbs) vs. Jake Collier (205.5 lbs)
- Middleweight: Anthony Smith (186 lbs) vs. Andrew Sanchez (184.5 lbs)
- Welterweight: Zak Cummings (170 lbs) vs. Nathan Coy (171 lbs)
- Women’s Bantamweight: Ashlee Evans-Smith (136 lbs) vs. Ketlen Vieira (136 lbs)
Watch the ceremonial weigh-ins below later this afternoon:
Take Your Pick! UFC on FOX 22: Waterson vs. VanZant
Saturday night in Sacramento, California Michelle Waterson will make her return to the octagon coming off of a 17-month absence against fan favorite “12 Guage” Paige VanZant. VanZant is coming off of a win against Australia’s Bec Rawlings back in August, finishing her opponent with a snapping head kick and a few punches on the ground to seal the deal. Waterson is also coming off of a big win in her UFC debut defeating Angela Magana by rear-naked choke. Both women are looking to get a step closer towards title contention.
The co-main event is a grudge match between two of the UFC’s biggest young prospects as Sage Northcutt faces off against Mickey Gall. Gall initiated this rivalry by calling out Northcutt in his post-fight interview after his win over Phil (CM Punk) Brooks at UFC 203. Northcutt last saw action back at UFC 200, rebounding from his first loss by earning a unanimous decision win over Enrique Marin.
Also on this card is a fight between two UFC/WEC Bantamweight veterans as Uriah Faber steps into the cage for his final time against Brad “One Punch” Pickett. Pickett is making a quick turnaround, having last fought in October at UFC 204, succumbing to an Arm-Triangle choke from Iuri Alcantara. Faber is looking to end his illustrious career on a high note, hoping to rebound from his current 2-fight losing skid.
Starting off the main card is a fight that promises fireworks as “Platinum” Mike Perry takes on Alan Jouban. Perry is looking to carry his undefeated record to 10-0, but in his way is Jouban who is seeking to extend his winning streak to three himself.
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