What can you say about the most dominant champion in the UFC today? Ronda went out and finished another opponent in under a minute in absolutely devastating fashion. I’m certain Ronda’s mother will have this report card proudly displayed on the refrigerator (am I the only one who’s mom did that growing up), but how did the rest of the fighters do? Fear not fight fans, here’s the full report card for the main card fighters of UFC 190.
Claudia Gadelha defeated Jessica Aguilar via unanimous decision
Claudia Gadelha – A
Gadelha certainly looked the part of the number one contender on Saturday night. She dominated long time veteran, Jessica Aguilar, taking all 3 rounds on the judge’s scorecards. Claudia seemed to be much faster and stronger then Jessica and used that speed and power to out strike her opponent for the entirety of the fight. It was a little surprising that Gadelha didn’t utilize her elite grappling skills in this fight, but with her success on the feet there was little need to change her approach. Her only loss was a very close fight against the current champ so it will be very interesting to see what happens in the rematch.
Jessica Aguilar – C-
The UFC debut of Jessica Aguilar was one of the storylines I most looked forward to at UFC 190. Unfortunately it left a lot to be desired. Aguilar never was able to threaten her Brazilian opponent and looked to be much smaller than Gadelha. All that being said she showed she can take punishment and even started to land some shots of her own in the 3rd which bumps her grade up to a C-.
Bigfoot Silva defeated Soa Palelei via 1st round TKO
Bigfoot Silva – B-
Silva looked to be in real trouble at the end of the 1st round. Luckily for him the bell rang and allowed him to recover enough to get the TKO victory in the 2nd round. It was nice bounce back win for Bigfoot who has looked awful ever since losing his TRT exemption (he was one of the very few TRT users who actually NEEDED the treatment). He didn’t look great in the win, but he was able to pull out the W and that earns him a B-.
Soa Palelei – D+
Palelei never looked great in this fight despite nearly getting the 1st round finish. He looked sloppy and out of shape and that may have cost him this fight. A win would have been huge for “The Hulk,” possibly giving him a big name in the shallow heavyweight division. Now he will have to win a couple of fights before his name comes back up in top 10 discussions.
Stefan Struve defeated Antonio “Big Nog” Nogueira via unanimous decision
Stefan Struve – C
Struve got the win, but was far from impressive in this fight. Nogueira is a shell of his former self, yet Struve was never able to dominate the fight. It was a step in the right direction after he was almost sidelined for life with a heart condition and passing out moments before his last fight. The fact he was able to fight on Saturday is a victory in itself. Maybe he will be more comfortable in his next fight after getting that giant monkey off his back.
Antonio “Big Nog” Nogueira – F
It pains me to give “Big Nog” a failing grade, but he looked awful Saturday. At one point in time Nogueira was one of the best fighters in the world and held belts in both the UFC and Pride. That fighter has been gone for a while now and thankfully Nogueira agrees. Dana White announced at the press conference that “Big Nog” will no longer fight and will take a job inside the UFC’s front office. Let’s all remember Nogueira for the great fights he has put on in his illustrious career and throw this one out.
Shogun Rua defeated Antonio “Little Nog” Nogueira via unanimous decision
Shogun Rua – B
Rua got rocked in the 1st round and it looks like his once legendary chin may be gone. He was able to recover and take the final 2 rounds and got the win over another aging vet. His body kicks seemed to really sap “Little Nog” in the 3rd and decisive round. I don’t think Shogun will be competing for titles anytime soon, but there are lots of intriguing matches against some of the other aging fighters. Expect him to compete on the “senior tour” taking fun fights (but not particularly relevant) against guys like Rampage Jackson.
Antonio “Little Nog” Nogueira – C
“Little Nog” looked to have more gas in the tank than his twin brother, but he is still just a shadow of the fighter he once was. After battering Shogun in the 1st round, he looked passive and unwilling to engage for much of the final 2 rounds. He may have a couple of quality fights left in him, but I wouldn’t be sad to see him retire and move on from competing in MMA.
Ronda Rousey defeated Bethe Correia via 1st round KO
Ronda Rousey – A+
Ronda made it a point to beat Correia at her own game and it ended with spectacular results. Rousey knocked the Brazilian out cold in a sight rarely seen in women’s MMA. Ronda is the most dominant champion in the UFC today. She brings such a rare blend of elite skills and world class athleticism. When that is coupled with a weight division that is still very new and developing, it spells disaster for all women at 135 pounds. She is LeBron James if he was playing in the 1960’s or Adrian Peterson if he was playing in the leather helmet days of the NFL. She is just too far ahead of her time for any fight at 135 pounds to be a fair contest.
Bethe Correia – F
Bethe talked a lot of trash leading into this fight. She vowed to be different from the previous 11 victims to enter the cage against Ronda. She backed all of that trash talk up by being knocked out 34 seconds into the fight. The striking department was supposed to be where Bethe could beat Ronda. She got a couple of good licks in, but none of them even slowed Rousey down as she continued to back Correia down until the knockout blow. Bethe will have to regain her confidence after being humiliated in front of her home crowd.
Ladies Fight Night 7: “Double Trouble” Preview
Polish women’s federation Ladies Fight Night is going to celebrate their second birthday this year on the 15th to 17th of December. Two days, two events with a lot of great bouts.
LFN in Poland is being titled the new Invicta FC. The Polish owners created this federation to give European women a chance to fight on a big platform.
Hosting their first ever event in December 2015, LFN will hold two great cards next week, that will feature women who have fought under many prestigious promotions, such as the UFC, Invicta, Bellator, Glory, and Kunlun.
Two days of fantastic fights, intensified by a double dose of sports impressions. The name is not accidental, LFN 7 / LFN 8 combines two events, during which the best Polish fighters will be shown, as well as the best fighters from Europe (including France, Sweden, Italy, the Czech Republic and Romania)
The stakes are high, and we are electrified by the clashes between warriors such as Żaneta Cieśla vs Silvia La Notte and Patricia Axling vs. Cindy Silvestri. Mainly due to their vastness of their experience in the cage.
In the fight of the evening, the talented Romanian Cristina Stanciu will face Magdaléna Šormovádo. Stanciu fought twice in the UFC, but she was unfortunately cut from the promotion after suffering consecutive losses to Cortney Casey and Maryna Moroz.
Judyta Rymarzak vs Marta Waliczek is an amazing fight between two experienced kickboxers. Both making their pro MMA debuts on the night, we will witness a one-of-a-kind duel between two kickboxing perfectionists, as they look to transcend their skills into the MMA world.
The Wake-Up Report-UFC 218
The Wake-Up Report is a way for you to get all the important info about the fights the night before. After letting it all sink in and letting all the carnage seep deep into your soul, we get to go back and take a second look at all the madness of the night. Last night the UFC pulled off one of the best PPV cards a true fight fan could imagine. Waking up after a night of fights like we had last night is like waking up from a dream that was also a bit scary. There was two ‘Fight of the Night’ in UFC president Dana White’s eyes but in the eyes of the millions of fans watching all over the world, there could have been so many more.
UFC 218 kicked off at 6:15 ET with the UFC Fight Pass Prelims, by 6:20 we already had the first knockout of the night. Justin Willis welcomed ‘Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series’ fighter, Allen Crowder to the UFC with a massive left hand to the chin.
Official Result: Willis def. Crowder by KO in round 1
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) December 3, 2017
The prelims continued with a submission win for Dominick Reyes over Jeremy Kimball.
Official Result: Reyes def. Kimball by Submission in round 1
Proceeding that fight was a strange one between Abdul Razak Alhassan and Sabah Homasi. An early stoppage by veteran UFC ref Herb Dean led to the KO win by Homasi. Immediately, the stoppage was contested by Alhassan. Dana White agreed that the fight was ended too soon and announced in the post-fight media scrum that this fight will be run back on the UFC 219 card on December 30th.
Official Result: Homasi def. Alhassan by KO in round 1
The early prelims ended with a great win by Amanda Bobby Cooper over Angela Magana.
Official Result: Cooper def. Magana by TKO in round 2
We followed that strawweight fight up with another strawweight battle when Felice Herrig squeaked out the split decision victory over Courtney Casey.
Official Result: Herrig def. Casey by Split Decision
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) December 3, 2017
David Teymur was on the winning side of a unanimous decision over his opponent Drakkar Klose. Teymur has now won four in a row since coming to the UFC and should be setting himself up for a ranked opponent in his next time out.
Official Result: Teymur def. Klose by Unanimous Decision
Right smack in the middle of this massive fight card was one fight that you can tell your grandkids about one day. Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira vs. Yancy Medeiros is the reason we all love MMA. That fight had everything you could want in a fight. Both men gave their all and pushed themselves to the brink in over to get the win. On this cold December night in Detriot, MI, Yancy Medeiros was the better man and he was able to stop Oliveira in the third round by TKO. Earning themselves a well deserved ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus, these two fighters have put the rest of the welterweight division on notice.
Official Result: Medeiros def. Oliveira by TKO in round 3
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) December 3, 2017
The next fight featured another Oliveira, Charles Oliveira. He took on ‘The Irish Dragon’ Paul Felder. Felder put on a dominant performance and took out Oliveira in the second round with a big TKO victory.
Official Result: Felder def. Oliveira by TKO in round 2
As if the FS1 free prelims didn’t already satisfy your fight needs for the night we happily moved right along to the PPV portion of the evening. The main card kicked off in the strawweight division with a pair of title contenders looking to be the first title defense for the newly crowned champ Rose Namajumas. Both women started off strong, but it was Tecia Torres who shortly emerged as the stronger physical fighter. She was able to get Michelle Waterson up against the cage several times and eventually worked out the unanimous decision victory and perhaps a third date with Namajunas.
Official Result: Torres def. Waterson by Unanimous Decision
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— UFC (@ufc) December 3, 2017
Following the strawweights were the coaches of this season of The Ultimate Fighter, Eddie Alvarez, and Justin Gaethje. This fight was one of the focal points for fans in the weeks leading up to the fight. These two men had a great deal of respect for one another and showed that inside the octagon as well. A back and forth of heavy hands and vicious leg kicks ended in the TKO victory for Alvarez and he handed Gaethje the first loss of his career. This fight also earned a ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus from the bossman, Dana White.
Official Result: Alvarez def. Gaethje by TKO in round 3
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Next came a bout in the flyweight division. Perhaps not as exciting as the rest of the card, but, former gold medal wrestler Henry Cejudo did what he had to do to get the nod over young talent Sergio Pettis.
Official Result: Cejudo def. Pettis by Unanimous Decision
From some of the smallest guys on the roster to the monsters of the heavyweight division, in walked rising star Francis Ngannou and Alistair Overeem. We all knew coming into this fight that we would see carnage, but nothing prepared us of the ginormous KO that was about to ensue. Francis Ngannou was able to squash Overeems plan of wrapping him up in the clinch and immediately put his massive left fist right to Overeem’s chin. The world record holder for punching power used all of his might and unleashed on his opponent. With this win, Ngannou has solidified his title shot against champion Stipe Miocic. Dana White has plans for that bout in the first quarter of 2018.
Official Result: Ngannou def. Overeem by KO in round 1
— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) December 3, 2017
As if things couldn’t get better than that, we still had a main event featuring one of the greatest fighters to ever grace the UFC octagon. Jose Aldo was looking to regain his title, and for a good portion of the first round it looked like that would be the case. Max Holloway saw it another way. Holloway absorbed all the shots from Aldo and imposed his strength on the exhausted Aldo. The fight, that went on in very similar fashion from the first meeting between these two fighters, ended in the third round when the ref stepped in and called the fight.
Official Result: Holloway def. Aldo by TKO in round 3
All Holloway, all the time.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 3, 2017
Max Holloway has secured a place in the history books as one of the greatest to fight in the UFC at 145 pounds. It would seem that Frankie Edgar will get the next shot at the champ. As for Aldo, only time will tell where the former champ goes from here. Perhaps there will be a change of weight classes as he looks for another shot at the man who robbed him of his title initially, Conor McGregor.
The fight fans of Detroit, MI received an early holiday present in the form of violence and mayhem. UFC 218 was a successful fight card and one for the record books. Like true fans of fighting we take a brief moment to reflect before quickly turning our attention to next week where we begin the madness all over again. The nest card will take place in Fresco, CA on December 8th. That card will be headlined by Cub Swanson vs. Brian Ortega.
2017 IMMAF World Championships set to be streamed live on IOS and Android app
This years IMMAF World Championships in Bahrain is only 4 days away now and competitors from around the world are preparing themselves for what will be an extraordinary event and opportunity to make themselves known. The prestigious event is being hosted by the BMMAF under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
For fans around the world good news came today as they will be able to watch their favourite amateur athlete take to the cage in the Khalifa Sports City Arena via an app. The BahrainTV app will be streaming all of the fights live for fans to watch at home or even on the go on their phone. You can also keep up to date via MyNextMatch.com for all relevant info for the event.
The links for the BahrainTV app are as follows:
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