The UFC is once again in the UFC Apex Center for UFC Vegas 2. Much like the previous events (UFC Vegas and UFC 250), this card had a mix of quick finishes which has made me prefer the 25-foot octagon over the regular 30-foot octagon. Although this card was hailed as one of the worst cards in UFC history, it was still exciting with the prelims giving us 3 finishes within the first round. Let’s get into the fights.
- Mariya Agapova Finished Hannah Cifers via Submission
- Jordan Espinosa Defeated Mark De La Rosa via Unanimous Decision
- Andre Fili Defeated Charles Jourdain Via Split Decision
- Charles Rosa Defeated Kevin Aguilar via Split Decision
- Marvin Vettori Finished Karl Roberson via Submission
- Cynthia Calvillo Defeated Jessica Eye via Unanimous Decision
Mariya Agapova successful in her UFC debut against Hannah Cifers
The main card started with a blistering fast finish as Mariya Agapova made her UFC debut against Hannah Cifers. From the beginning, Agapova set the pace of the fight and where it took place. Within seconds Agapova landed a stunning head kick which helped set up a rear-naked choke that slept Cifers in seconds. This extends Agapova’s win-streak to 3 and extends Cifers’ losing skid to 3. What’s next for the fighters?
- Mariya Agapova
- Shana Dobson
- Hannah Cifers
- Loma Lookboonmee
Jordan Espinosa sets pace to dominate Mark De La Rosa
Jordan Espinosa found success in this fight by using the simplest weapon in his arsenal, The Jab. From the get-go, Espinosa established a beautiful jab all throughout the first. De La Rosa responded with a takedown attempt but he was greeted with elbows to the side of the head. Going into the 2nd round, Espinosa built on his jab by extending some combos as De La Rosa tried to get within range. In the final and 3rd round Espinosa kept De La Rosa guessing with some takedown attempts that got him the Unanimous Decision win . The Judges scored the bout 30-27 x 2, 30-26 in Espinosa’s favor. This breaks Espinosa’s 2 fight skid and extends De La Rosa’s losing streak to 4. What’s next?
- Jordan Espinosa
- Tyson Nam
- Mark De La Rosa
- Bruno Silva/A possible cut
Andre Fili uses wrestling to get Split Decision win over Charles Jourdain
This fight was easily one of my favorites from tonight’s card. Although there was no finish that doesn’t mean it wasn’t exciting. Andre Fili looked to finish the fight within the first but in the closing minute of the first round, Jourdain caught Fili. However, Fili recovered quickly and got a big slam to finish the round. The fight was mostly standing, with both fighters trading kicks within the second and third. Both fighters trading kicks once again with Fili getting a buzzer-beater takedown in the 2nd. The 3rd round was the same, Kick exchanges and a pair of successful takedowns from Fili to win the round and the fight. The judges scored the bout 29-28 x 2, 28-29 in favor of Fili to win via split decision. What’s next?
- Andre Fili
- Cub Swanson
- Charles Jourdain
- Darren Elkins
Charles Rosa stands toe to toe with Kevin Aguilar to get Split Decision win
Charles Rosa returned a month after his loss to Bryce Mitchell at UFC 249 to get a split decision win over Kevin Aguilar. Strangely enough, the grappler Rosa decided to stand and trade with the ever-dangerous knockout artist Kevin Aguilar. The key to Rosa’s victory was a solid left hand that landed consistently. Rosa won via Split decision with the judges scoring the card 29-28 x 2, 28-29 in favor of the Bostonian. This extends Aguilar’s losing streak to 3. What’s next for the fighters?
- Charles Rosa
- Grant Dawson
- Kevin Aguilar
- Julio Arce
Bad Blood boils over as Marvin Vettori submits Karl Roberson
This was the fight I was looking forward to the most tonight. The blood between Vettori and Roberson was as hot as the Vegas Sun in the summer and they finally had the chance to meet in the octagon. After a brief exchange on the feet, the two scrambled on the ground with both fighters looking for the submission. However, it was Vettori that came out on top as he sank in a deep rear-naked choke to submit Roberson in the 1st. This win extends Vettori’s win streak to 3 and ends Roberson’s streak of 2. What’s next for the middleweights?
- Marvin Vettori
- Ian Heinisch
- Karl Roberson
- Eryk Anders
Cynthia Calvillo finds new home after getting Unanimous Decision win over Jessica Eye
Cynthia Calvillo has a new home and a new spot on the rankings. Cavillo was the aggressor from early on in the fight looking to strike with Eye. It wasn’t until the 2nd round where Cavillo showed prowess on the canvas by pressuring eye onto the mat regardless if she got up again on her feet. The 3rd, 4th and 5th rounds were similar to an extent. Calvillo started to open with leg kicks to make an opening for another takedown which she got in the 3rd, 4th and 5th round securing her win with the judges scoring the bout 49-46 x 2, 48-47 in favor for Cavillo. This extends Cavillo’s win streak to 3. What’s next?
- Cynthia Calvillo
- Katlyn Chookagian
- Jessica Eye
- Perhaps a move to bantamweight
Next Week we are back in the Apex Center where we have a heavyweight scrap set as the main event between Curtis Blaydes and Alexander Volkov. They are joined with a co-main between Josh Emmett and Shane Burgos.
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