UFC 183 went down last night in Las Vegas and was filled with some pretty exciting moments. Here’s a quick recap to touch on what went down on the Main Card.
Jordan Mein vs. Thiago Alves
The first round was a whole lot of Jordan Mein eating up Alves with every combination he could throw. Alves didn’t have the timing or distance down and struggled with Mein’s reach. Mein was very active and worked beautiful combinations to the body and head throughout the opening round that had his opponent. Mein clearly won Round 1 10-9 on the scorecards. The second round started and it was clear that Mein was feeling very confident and comfortable in the cage. He was loose and smooth with his striking. He then pulled out a rolling breakfall to taunt Alves. That would be the moment that marked the end of good things for Mein. Shortly after that taunt, Alves landed a vicious right roundhouse kick to the body that dropped Mein. After a few follow up punches, the referee pulled Alves off, and Pitbull walks away with the victory. Mein falls to 3-2 in the UFC, while Alves improves to 13-6 on the big show.
Thiago Alves def. Jordan Mein via KO – (Kick to the Body) – Round 2 – 0:39
Thales Leites vs. Tim Boetsch
This fight would prove to be the most exciting fight of the night, as it earned Fight of the Night bonus. Leites would be in search of his 8th straight victory against a very tough and powerful Boetsch. The opening round was filled with some solid exchanges from both fighters. Boetsch would get the better of Leites in terms of significant shots landed. Leites was hurt a couple of times in the opening frame. Boetsch who cracked Leites with some hard shots to close out the round, would see the scorecards go in his favor for the opening round. The second round started and both fighters again trade some hard shots. Boetsch caught Leites with a hard overhand right and shortly after a clinch, would land a big left hand that put Leites in serious trouble. Thales, even though very hurt, was able to secure a takedown as Boetsch swarmed in on him. Now in a favorable position on the ground, Leites would attempts an arm triangle that was very deep. Somehow Boetsch was able to power out of it, but was unable to get back to his feet. Shortly after that, Leites would attempt the same submission, but on the opposite side. That would be the one to put Boetsch to sleep. Awesome comeback for Leites who was in danger of being put out before the takedown.
Thales Leites def. Tim Boetsch via Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) – Round 2 – 3:45
Al Iaquinta vs. Joe Lauzon
This was a fight that many people were expecting to see the bonus money fall. Lauzon who is synonymous with fight night bonuses, and Iaquinta who is equally exciting, could bring some incredible action to the main card. Round 1 starts up and after a few fake takedown attempts from Iaquinta, both fighters land a few good exchanges. Throughout the round both guys landed some solid, clean combinations. Lauzon was able to find Iaquinta’s neck for a guillotine attempt, but was quickly defended. The opening round as solid as both fighters scored well and a tough round to score. More of the same to start the second round. Both fighters were standing and trading, but Iaquinta would begin to land more combinations. After cracking Lauzon with punches to the side of the head, Iaquinta would begin to stalk Lauzon quickly who began to stumble around the cage, trying to survive. Lauzon never fell to the mat, but the referee saw enough of him wobbling on his feet around the cage and called a stop to the fight. Iaquinta gets his third win in a row, all coming by way of TKO.
Al Iaquinta def. Joe Lauzon via TKO (Punches) – Round 2 – 3:34
Kelvin Gastelum vs. Tyron Woodley
The most controversial fight on the entire card was this bout. Not for what happened in the cage, but because Gastelum missed weight by 10 pounds. He had to visit the hospital the night before and the fight was even threatened to be called off after the weigh-ins. The bout would go ahead as planned, but Gastelum would have to forfeit 30 percent of his purse to Woodley. This fight would prove to be very uneventful. The boos rained down loudly in the first round as both fighters did very little to engage. Woodley would land a few shots here and there, but nothing too significant from either fighter. The second round would be more of the same, with Woodley cracking Gastelum with a clean right hand. Gastelum would find home for some punches as well, but not enough to win him the round. The final round would have the most action with Gastelum constantly pressuring and staying busy. Woodley was able to avoid most of the strikes from Gastelum despite the constant pressure. The final horn sounded, and this felt like a fight that judges would have some crazy scores on, even though Woodley looked like the winner. To support that point, one judge scored it 29-28 for Gastelum, another 29-28 for Woodley, and another 30-27 for Woodley.
Tyron Woodley def. Kelvin Gastelum via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
Nick Diaz vs. Anderson Silva
The build-up for this fight does not need to be explained in great detail. This was the greatest of all time returning from a broken leg to face the enigma that is Nick Diaz. Shortly after the opening of the first round, Diaz would almost instantly begin taunting Silva. Nick even laid down on the ground in front of Silva which got the crowd going wild. Shortly after getting back up Nick would go lean against the cage fence and waive Silva in. After the opening theatrics from Diaz, the two would begin to trade a few shots. Back to taunting from Diaz, while Anderson would circle around and work quick jabs. Diaz found home for punches and traded kicks, but Anderson wasn’t in trouble. Round 1 would be the tone for the majority of the fight. Nick would be more interested in taunting Silva instead of consistently engaging. Diaz was able to land some good combinations throughout the fight, but never anything that had Anderson hurt. In the later rounds, Silva began to get more and more comfortable, staying closer in the pocket, taking chances with front kicks and a couple of wheel kicks. Nick’s left eye was busted up pretty good as well from Anderson’s jabs. For two guys who like to counter their opponent’s strikes, there were many moments where both fighters were standing in front of each other doing nothing. Diaz took those opportunities to taunt and bait Anderson into striking, while Silva would stay patient and work his quick strikes. The fight came to an end with Anderson being extremely happy with knowing he won the fight. He even jumped over the cage and embraced Jon Jones. As the decision was read, Anderson fell to the canvas, crying tears of joy. Diaz would come by to pick him up and tell him there’s no crying in here.
Anderson Silva def. Nick Diaz via Unanimous Decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45)
5 Things We Learned from UFC on Fox 26: Lawler vs Dos Anjos
The UFC’s return to Winnipeg in over 4 years certainly did not disappoint the fans, as the card delivered just as it was expected with plenty of action packed fights.
Upset was in play often times for this card as on more than one occasion, the fans’ jaws dropped in shock and the predictions going into the fights were completely defied.
There are plenty of things to take away from this card, but what were the 5 biggest lessons learned here?
1. Rafael dos Anjos means business at welterweight
While Vegas odds may not have reflected it, dos Anjos had plenty of doubters coming into this fight on whether he could beat the top fighters in the welterweight division, his new found home. I’ll be the first to say, I didn’t think he’d be able to deal with Lawler’s power and size, considering that ‘Ruthless’ used to compete at middleweight, but he completely changed my perspective on what he brings to this division.
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With the mix of powerful leg kicks and crisp boxing, dos Anjos completely neutralized the former welterweight champion and took home a dominant victory, winning all five rounds of the fight.
Yes, Lawler was injured and barely moved for the last three rounds, but that should not discredit the masterful performance that dos Anjos had tonight. This only sets up a fight with the current champion Tyron Woodley now (unless Colby Covington gets it), and while Woodley is a whole different match up, it makes for an entertaining fight.
2. Robbie Lawler is still one of the toughest fighters on the roster
Despite both his legs looking like they were completely destroyed by the third round and him losing the fight, we once again saw the toughness and grit of Lawler to never give up.
While we don’t know how bad his injury was, when you see Lawler not moving much and standing still for three rounds straight, you know something is seriously hurting. He endured an unbelievable amount of punishment tonight but at the end was still standing pumping up the crowd. What a warrior.
3. Josh Emmett… the new force to be reckoned with at 145lbs?
Simply no words. It was easily the biggest shocker of the night and maybe even upset of the year. Stepping in on relatively short notice for Jose Aldo, Emmett was counted out in this fight on paper against the former title challenger Ricardo Lamas, and weighing in at 148.5lbs on the scale didn’t help convincing the fans.
But it definitely didn’t matter as he delivered a left hook from hell, sleeping Lamas at the end of the first round, sending a shock to the entire division and rising as a new threat to everyone in top 10. He said that his goal here was to shock the world, and shock the world he did. With this performance, Emmett immediately rises to a position where he now only needs one or two more significant wins from a possible title shot.
4. Mike Perry needs some time to develop into a title contender
Despite showing an unbelievable toughness in a three-round war against Santiago Ponzinibbio, Perry was unable to back up his words before the fight, losing via unanimous decision.
In a fight against a very tough opponent, Perry was once again exposed in a couple of areas as he was against Alan Jouban on his endurance, as he showed signs of fatigue as the second round came around. At the age of 26, he still has plenty of time, but Perry will need to fill that massive hole in order to continue to rise the ladder in the extremely stacked welterweight division, or else he’ll run into some trouble sooner or later.
5. Glover Teixeira isn’t done just yet
This fight was an excellent example of advantages a veteran brings compared to a young and upcoming fighter. Teixeira, coming off that tough loss in Sweden against Alexander Gustafsson, was also doubted by many as he came in as the underdog against a rising prospect in Misha Cirkunov.
Teixeira was put in immediate trouble in the first round, getting tagged by Cirkunov multiple times and getting backed up against the cage, but was able to outsmart Cirkunov by dragging him down to the ground and eventually pounding him out. Teixeira seemed to have lost all momentum against Anthony Johnson, and even more so against Gustafsson, but this fight proved that he is not done just yet, and showed the difference in level between the top 5 and top 10 of the division.
*Live Updates* UFC Winnipeg Official Results
The card begins on UFC Fight Pass at 4:30/1:30 ETPT.
UFC Winnipeg Official Results:
MAIN CARD – FOX – 8PM/5PM ETPT
- #2 Robbie Lawler (28-11) vs. #4 Rafael Dos Anjos (27-9) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Rafael Dos Anjos def. Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
- #3 Ricardo Lamas (18-5) vs. Josh Emmett (12-1) – Catchweight bout (148.5 lbs)
- Result: Josh Emmett def. Ricardo Lamas via KO (punch) 4:33 round 1
- #10 Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3) vs. Mike Perry (11-1) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Mike Perry via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- #3 Glover Teixeira (26-6) vs. #7 Misha Cirkunov (13-3) – Light Heavyweight bout
- Result: Glover Teixeira def. Misha Cirkunov via TKO (punches) 2:45 round 1
PRELIMINARY CARD – FS1 – 5PM/2PM ETPT
- #14 Jared Cannonier (10-2) vs #15 Jan Blachowicz (20-7) – Light Heavyweight bout
- Result: Jan Blachowicz def. Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Julian Marquez (6-1) vs. Darren Stewart (7-2) – Middleweight bout
- Result: Julian Marquez def. Darren Stewart via submission (standing guillotine) 2:42 round 2
- Chad Laprise (13-2) vs. Galore Bofando (5-2) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Chad Laprise def. Galore Bofando via TKO (punches) 4:10 round 1
- Nordine Taleb (13-4) vs Danny Roberts (14-2) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Nordine Taleb def. Danny Roberts via KO (head kick and punch) :59 round 1
- John Makdessi (14-6) vs Abel Trujillo (15-7) – Lightweight bout
- Result: John Makdessi def. Abel Trujillo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Alessio Di Chirico (10-2) vs Oluwale Bamgbose (6-3) – Middleweight bout
- Result: Alessio Di Chirico def. Oluwale Bamgbose via KO (knee) 2:14 round 2
EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD – UFC FIGHT PASS – 4:30PM/1:30PM ETPT
- Jordan Mein (29-12) vs. Erick Silva (19-8) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Jordan Mein def. Erick Silva via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-26)
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.
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