The latest UFC card pitted two of the best 135 pound fighters to ever grace the octagon. That’s what makes Dillashaw’s dominant win that much more impressive. T.J. made Renan Barao look like he belonged on the fight pass prelims! That is the same Renan Barao who once reeled off 32 straight wins over guys like Urijah Faber (twice), Michael McDonald, Brad Pickett, and Eddie Wineland. All that being said, it’s not hard to figure out what kind of grade Dillashaw earned this past weekend.
Joe Lauzon defeated Takanori Gomi via 1st round TKO
Joe Lauzon – A+
Lauzon didn’t need to get into one of his signature bloody wars to come away victorious in this one. He scored the early takedown and quickly took the back of the former Pride fighter. Joe landed some nasty strikes from back mount until he decided Gomi had enough. Instead of waiting for Herb Dean to stop the fight, Lauzon got up and walked away in an extremely classy, but risky move that could have cost him the finish. Luckily for the Boston native, Herb called the fight shortly after, giving Lauzon the win.
Takanori Gomi – D-
Gomi had nothing to offer Lauzon who hasn’t exactly been unbeatable himself as of late. Gomi is a true pioneer of the sport and had some great moments, but it may be time to hang up the gloves and move on to the next phase of his life.
Edson Barboza defeated Paul Felder via unanimous decision
Edson Barboza – A-
Barboza got the victory in the fight of the night, against one of the more hyped prospects in a loaded lightweight division. He utilized crisp and technical striking to out point the very dangerous Felder. It will be interesting to see who the UFC matches the Brazilian up with in his next bout. He’s had trouble in the past when facing top 10 caliber opponents, but he will surely get a crack at someone with a higher profile the next time out.
Paul Felder – B
Felder gets a solid B for his efforts Saturday. He showed he can hang with one of the most dangerous and unpredictable strikers in the division. Although he failed to get the win, he looked like he belonged in there against a solid veteran. Plus you have to give Felder credit for getting up after taking one of the most brutal nut shots in UFC history.
Miesha Tate defeated Jessica Eye via unanimous decision
Miesha Tate – A-
Tate got hit quite a bit early on, but she quickly took control of the striking with a big knockdown in the first round. Miesha completely controlled the fight from there on out showcasing improved striking and good grappling in the dominant decision win. With the win Tate was confirmed as the next title contender (victim) for the winner of the Rousey-Correia (come on…it’s going to be Rousey) fight this Saturday. All joking aside, it is usually unheard of to receive a 3rd fight against someone after being thoroughly dominated in the first 2 bouts, but it is hard to argue against Tate getting the shot. That may be a result of her stringing together 4 straight wins against good competition or it may be a result of Rousey’s dominance and the division’s relative shallowness. Miesha may be doomed to forever be the 2nd best fighter in her division.
Jessica Eye – C
Eye looked good early on in the bout. She was able to tag Miesha with some hard punches and looked to be the much better striker. That is until she was dropped by a hard strike from Tate. Eye never was able to threaten Tate after that knockdown and looked outclassed for the remainder of the fight. She will need to shore up her grappling game if she hopes to contend with the top of the division. The good news is Eye is one of the few top 10 bantamweights that Rousey hasn’t already destroyed so she may only be a win or 2 away from number 1 contender status once again.
T.J. Dillashaw defeat Renan Barao via 4th round TKO
T.J. Dillashaw – A+
Dillashaw was somehow more impressive in the 2nd go around with Barao. He used the same game plan as the first, utilizing footwork and angles to leave Barao swinging at air and exposed for the counter punch. T.J. showed incredible quickness and a great gas tank en route to the dominating TKO victory. Now if only Dominck Cruz can get/stay healthy, we may have the opportunity to witness one of the greatest “chess matches” in the sport’s history. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that this fight can actually come to fruition.
Renan Barao – D+
Barao looked very tentative in his 2nd bout with Dillashaw, but who could blame him after their 1st fight? He was never able to land a real clean strike on the champ and looked to be very tired after the first couple of rounds. It is remarkable how different Barao has looked in his fights with Dillashaw, compared to what he was prior to their first bout. The weight cut may be a big reason for the drastic change in performance and he may have to join his Nova Uniao teammate, Jose Aldo, in the featherweight division.
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 UFC returns to Canada for the final Fight Night card of 2017. In the cold of Winnipeg, Manitoba, the UFC will host eleven of the originally twelve scheduled fights. Unfortunately, Tim Elliot will not fight in the north country. His scheduled opponent, Pietro Menga, a newcomer to the promotions roster, failed to make weight after taking the bout with just over a weeks notice.
An exciting main card will be capped off with a potential contender eliminator bout featuring, Robbie Lawler and Rafael Dos Anjos. The former champions (Lawler at welterweight, Dos Anjos at lightweight) both put together impressive win streaks which dispatched top contenders in their respective divisions. Elsewhere on the main card, Santiago Ponzinibbio takes on the outspoken Mike Perry.
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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