UFC Fight Island 1 Recap and Future Predictions

The UFC is back on Yas Island for UFC Fight Island 1 following UFC 251 and it was an exciting card from beginning to end. Although 2 fighters (Abdul Razak Alhassan and Chris Fishgold) missed weight the card continued on. Let’s get into the fights.

Results

  • Mounir Lazzez defeated Abdul Razak Alhassan via Unanimous Decision
  • Taila Santos defeated Molly McMann via Unanimous Decision
  • Jimmie Rivera defeated Cody Stamann via Unanimous Decision
  • Tim Elliott defeated Ryan Benoit via Unanimous Decision
  • Calvin Kattar defeated Dan Ige via Unanimous Decision

Mounir Lazzez victorious in debut against Abdul Razak Alhassan

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 16: (R-L) Mounir Lazzez of Tunisia punches Abdul Razak Alhassan of Ghana in their welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 16, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The main card started with firefight between welterweights Mounir Lazzez and Abdul Razak Alhassan. The fight ended as it started as both fighters kept up with each other. Blow for blow no fighter showed any sign of stopping or falling. However at the end there can only be one victor as Mounir Lazzez took the victory with the judges scoring the bout 30-27 x 2, 29-28. This extends Lazzez’s win streak to 3 and ends Alhassan’s streak of 3.

  • Mounir Lazzez
    • Mike Perry
  • Abdul Razak Alhassan.
    • Bryan Barberena

Taila Santos dominates Molly McMann

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 16: (L-R) Taila Santos of Brazil elbows Molly McCann of England in their flyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 16, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

After losing her debut and suffering her only loss. Taila Santos knew she had to dominate in her next fight in order to prove she was still a potential prospect in the women’s flyweight division. She did just that. Santos showed Molly McCann every bit of her arsenal from her groundwork to her striking Santos cruised to a unanimous decision with the judges scoring the bout 30 -27 x 3. This loss snapped McCann’s win streak of 3. What’s next?

  • Taila Santos
    • Gillian Robertson
  • Molly McCann
    • Antonia Shevchenko

Jimmie Rivera out-strikes Cody Stamann

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 16: (R-L) Jimmie Rivera punches Cody Stamann in their featherweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 16, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Both Jimmie Rivera and Cody Stamann accepted this bout on short notice but that didn’t stop them from giving us an exciting fight. However, Rivera was the victor between the two. Landing hard hits and a body shot that dropped Stamann in the first round. Rivera looked like the more dangerous fighter in a division filled to the brim with title contenders. Rivera got the unanimous decision win with the judges scoring the bout 30-27 x 2 and 29-28. This win snaps Rivera’s 2 loss streak. What’s next?

  • Jimmie Rivera
    • Pedro Munhoz
  • Cody Stamann
    • Rob Font

Tim Elliott gets decision win Ryan Benoit

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 16: (R-L) Tim Elliott punches Ryan Benoit in their flyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 16, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Tim Elliot isn’t well known for exciting fights but this bout with Ryan Benoit says otherwise. Although Benoit had control of the bout for the first round and part of the second, Elliot rallied and recovered in the second half of the bout and traded with Benoit which led to a takedown attempt which led to the final sequence of the fight which consisted of a small grappling exchange where either fighter could’ve found a submission. The judges scored the bout 29-28 x 3 in favor of Elliot. This snaps Elliot’s 3 loss streak and extends Benoit’s losing streak to 2. Who’s next?

  • Tim Elliot
    • Raulian Paiva
  • Ryan Benoit
    • Possible cut

Calvin Kattar edges out Dan Ige for decision win

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 16: (R-L) Calvin Kattar punches Dan Ige in their featherweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 16, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The main event between Calvin Kattar and Dan Ige was the most exciting bout and for good reason. The fighter that won could also throw his name in for a possible title bout. Kattar looked to establish dominance from the get-go by catching Ige with hard body shots and flurries but Ige caught on and started to counter Kattar. Ultimately it was a matter of cardio that led Calvin Kattar to a Unanimous Decision victory with the judges scoring the main event 49-46 x 2 and 48-47 in favor of Kattar. This win extends Kattar’s streak to 2 and snaps Ige’s win streak of 6. Who’s next?

  • Calvin Kattar
    • Brian Ortega
  • Dan Ige
    • Arnold Allen

Up Next!

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The UFC is back on Fight Island on Saturday night where top flyweights Deiveson Figueiredo and Joseph Benavidez face off for a second time for the vacant flyweight title! They are co-lined by middleweights Jack Hermansson and Kelvin Gastelum.

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