The UFC is back again under the lights of the UFC Apex Center. Once again like last week’s card, UFC 250 was complete fireworks and I’m growing quite fond of the 25-foot cage. The event started with a quick submission and ended with possibly one of the best title defenses ever seen. With the basics out of the way, lets get into the fights.
- Sean O’Malley finished Eddie Wineland via KO
- Neil Magny defeated Anthony Rocco Martin via Unanimous Decision
- Aljamain Sterling finished Cory Sandhagen via Submission
- Cody Garbrandt finished Raphael Assuncao via KO
- Amanda Nunes defeated Felicia Spencer via Unanimous Decision
Sean O’Malley puts 135 Division on notice after walk-off KO
Sean O’Malley continues to show that he is a threat to the 135 division. This time it was against the veteran Eddie Wineland. From the get-go, O’Malley looked for a quick pace and got a quick finish instead. With a beautiful feint and straight left, it reminded me of his KO win against Alfred Khashakyan during DWTNCS where we first discovered O’Malley. This KO win extends O’Malley’s win streak and undefeated streak to 12. What’s next for the bantamweights?
- Sean O’Malley
- Song Yadong
- Eddie Wineland
- Brian Kelleher
Neil Magny Picks up the pace to get comeback decision win
From the beginning of the fight, Martin applied pressure early on. Martin relied on the clinch in the first round, However, Magny would soon use it against him. Magny would use his stand up to punish Martin during the separations after clinching. After getting tagged in the 2nd Magny would look to come back during that round by swinging control back and forth between himself and Martin. During the 3rd round, Martin was visibly exhausted and Magny took advantage of the fact. Magny got the nod from the judges with scores of 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 to win via unanimous decision. Which extends Magny’s streak to 2. What’s next for the welterweights?
- Neil Magny
- Stephen Thompson
- Anthony Rocco Martin
- Gunnar Nelson
Aljamain Sterling makes quick work of Cory Sandhagen with slick submission
This bout served as the title eliminator as both Aljamain Sterling and Cory Sandhagen wanted a chance to fight for the 135 title. It was Aljamain Sterling who came out on top as Sterling wasted little time in taking Sandhagen’s back. He then took Sandhagen to the ground and attempted 3 different rear-naked chokes in order to finish Sandhagen before he could tap out. In conclusion, this extended Sterling’s streak to 5 and ended Sandhagen’s streak of 7. What’s next for these top bantamweights?
- Aljamain Sterling
- Winner of Yan/Aldo
- Cory Sandhagen
- Cody Stamann
Cody Garbrandt finishes Assuncao with vicious buzzer-beater KO
One word summarizes this fight for me. Wow. Cody Garbrandt fought like a man possessed, however, he didn’t fight recklessly but he fought patiently. Garbrandt looked for shots and quickly slipped and parried shots from Assuncao. However, It wasn’t until the final second of round one where Garbrandt unleashed a right hook from hell to starch the Brazilian. In turn, ending his 3 fight skid and extending Assuncao’s to 3. What’s next for the ranked bantamweights?
- Cody Garbrandt
- Marlon Vera
- Raphael Assuncao
- John Dodson
Amanda Nunes dominates Felicia Spencer to make Women’s MMA history
This was one of the most dominating defenses ever given by a champion. Amanda Nunes put on an MMA clinic, she dictated where the fight took place, and at what pace. Many said that the ground was the most dangerous aspect for Nunes but whatever Nunes wanted to do she did. She stayed with Spencer on their feet and threw strikes, Nunes went to the ground and denied takedowns. This dominant performance led to Nunes’ 11th straight win. What’s next for the champion and the challenger?
- Amanda Nunes
- Literally anyone even the male fighters
- In all seriousness, however, Maybe Aspen Ladd picks up another win before facing Nunes at 135?
- Felicia Spencer
- Norma Dumont
The UFC is back at the Apex Center on the 20th. Where the main card will be headlined by a women’s flyweight bout between Jessica Eye and Cynthia Calvillo. They will be joined by a middleweight scrap between Marvin Vettori and Karl Roberson.
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