UFC Jacksonville Recap and Future Predictions

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The UFC continues to put on shows in the face of the COVID-19. UFC Jacksonville had the same venue as UFC 249 and was held in the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. This time the UFC is having 3 events back to back with the third event of the trio will air this Saturday the 16th. With the basic info laid out, let’s get into the fights.

Results

  • Thiago Moisés submitted Michael Johnson in the 2nd Round
  • Andrei Arlovski defeated Philipe Lins via Unanimous Decision
  • Ricky Simon defeated Ray Borg via Split Decision
  • Drew Dober finished Alexander Hernandez via TKO
  • Ben Rothwell defeated Ovince Saint Preux via Split Decision
  • Glover Teixeira finished Anthony Smith via TKO

Thiago Moisés submits Michael Johnson early in the 2nd round

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May 13, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Michael Johnson (red gloves) fights Thiago Moises (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Thiago Moisés pulled an amazing comeback against the veteran Michael Johnson. After the first round which favored Johnson’s striking heavily, Moisés started the second round rushing Johnson taking him down in a matter of seconds and securing the submission win via heel hook 25 seconds into the second round. This loss extends Johnson’s losing streak to 3. Who’s next for the lightweights?

  • Michael Johnson
    • Joe Lauzon
  • Thiago Moisés
    • Anthony Pettis

Andrei Arlovski upsets Philipe Lins via Unanimous Decision

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May 13, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Andrei Arlovski (red gloves) fights
Philipe Lins (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Veteran Andrei Arlovski showed he was going nowhere. Arlovski used his experience to keep the Brazilian Lins at bay. In turn by controlling the fight. In turn, By controlling the fight, Arlovski was able to edge out a decisive victory via Unanimous Decision with the judges scoring 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28 and ending Lins 4 fight win streak. What’s Next for the heavyweights?

  • Andrei Arlovski
    • Ovince Saint Preux
  • Philipe Lins
    • Chase Sherman

Ricky Simon edges out a split decision win over Ray Borg

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May 13, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Ricky Simon (red gloves) fights Ray Borg (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Ricky Simon and Ray Borg had an impressive bout from bell to bell. Both Simon and Borg had their moments but sadly, there is only one winner. Ricky Simon was able to edge out a split decision win with the judges scoring the fight 29-28, 29-28, 28-29. As a result, Ricky Simon was able to end his two-fight losing streak and ending Borg’s win-streak of 2. What’s next for the fighters?

  • Ricky Simon
    • Cody Stamann
  • Ray Borg
    • Alejandro Perez

Drew Dober puts away Alexander Hernandez

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May 13, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Alexander Hernandez (red gloves) fights Drew Dober (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Both Dober and Hernandez waited for no one to get to work. From the beginning of the bell, both fighters threw their strikes with bad intentions. Dober was able to finish the fight with a combination of sprawls and ground and pound to finish the fight late into the second round. This puts Dober in prime position to challenge the top 15 and extends his winning streak to 3.

  • Drew Dober
    • Paul Felder
  • Alexandre Hernandez
    • Gregor Gillespie

Ben Rothwell spoils Saint-Preux’s heavyweight debut

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May 13, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Ben Rothwell (red gloves) fights Ovince Saint Preux (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Rothwell took pleasure in welcoming Ovince Saint Preux to the Heavyweight division. Both fighters looked to finish the fight with Saint Preux even scoring a knockdown in the final seconds of the second round. However, It was not enough to overtake Rothwell’s overall pressure as the judges scored the bout 29-28, 29-28, 28-29 in favor of Rothwell. This win extends Rothwell’s win-streak to 2. What’s next for the fighters?

  • Ben Rothwell
    • Aleksei Oleinik
  • Ovince Saint Preux
    • Andrei Arlovski

Glover Teixeira upsets Anthony Smith

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May 13, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Anthony Smith (red gloves) fights Glover Teixeira (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

In the main event of the night, it was a light heavyweight brawl between the veteran Glover Teixeira and Anthony Smith. Both fighters are former title challengers with both losing to Jon Jones. It wasn’t until the 3rd round where we saw Teixeira’s assault. Both fighters were tied evenly on the scorecards but needed a finish to solidify their position in the high ranks of the 205’s. The bell of the final round rang and immediately both fighters were on the ground with Teixeira in a top position and finishing the fight via TKO to extend his win streak to 4. Who’s next for the 205’ers?

  • Glover Teixeira
    • Volkan Oezdemir
  • Anthony Smith
    • Aleksandar Rakic

Up Next!

The UFC is back in Jacksonville for UFC on ESPN 8! The main card consists of a Heavyweight brawl between Walt Harris and Alistair Overeem.

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