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UFC Fight Island 2 Recap and Future Predictions

Once again the UFC is back on Yas Island once again for UFC Fight Island 2. This card is the 3rd of planned 4 bouts on Yas Island (The last 2 being UFC 251 and UFC Fight Island 1). This card was the most stacked Fight Night card I have seen in a while and one of the most exciting of the year. Let’s get into the fights.

Results

  • Askar Askarov defeated Alexandre Pantoja via Unanimous Decision
  • Ariane Lipski finished Luana Carolina via submission
  • Rafael Fiziev defeated Marc Diakiese via Unanimous Decision
  • Jack Hermansson finished Kelvin Gastelum via submission
  • Deiveson Figueiredo finished Joseph Benavidez via submission

Askar Askarov and Alexandre Pantoja give grappling showcase

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 19: (L-R) Askar Askarov of Russia punches Alexandre Pantoja of Brazil in their flyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 19, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The main event kicked off with a bang. Askar Askarov and Alexandre Pantoja left it all in the octagon as they had a high paced bout. The bout started almost immediately with a grappling exchange as Pantoja looked for the early submission. However, he found no success as Askarov escaped each attempt leading to a clinch exchange which closed out the round with Pantoja in a dominant position has he took Askarov’s back. The second and third rounds followed the same route, with heavy grappling exchanges from the Russian and the Brazilian. In the end, there was only one winner and it was the undefeated Askarov as the judges scored the bout 29-28 x 3. This win extends Askarov’s unbeaten streak to 12. What’s next for the flyweights?

  • Askar Askarov
    • Alex Perez
  • Alexandre Pantoja
    • Kai Kara France

Ariane Lipski shows us how knees shouldn’t bend

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 19: (R-L) Ariane Lipski of Brazil secures a knee bar submission against Luana Carolina of Brazil in their flyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 19, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

This fight started out with a grappling exchange instantly as Ariane Lipski and Luana Carolina from Brazil tried to submit each other as they scrambled to the ground. Carolina tried to finalize a calf-slicer on Lipski but Lipski noticed her positioning and reversed the submission. Lipski grabbed Carolina’s leg and locked in a gruesome kneebar to remind us that knees only bend one way. This extends Lipski’s win streak to 2 and ends Carolina’s streak of 6. What’s next?

  • Ariane Lipski
    • Mayra Bueno Silva
  • Luana Carolina
    • Montana De La Rosa

Rafael Fiziev and Marc Diakiese give us stand up war

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 19: (L-R) Rafael Fiziev of Kazakhstan punches Marc Diakiese of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in their lightweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 19, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Rafael Fiziev and Marc Diakiese realized that the last 2 fights on the card were grappling heavy. They were probably fed up with it and decided to give fans the most exciting bout in the main card. Fiziev showcased his high level of striking as he battered Diakiese’s body with body kicked that echoed through the empty arena. However, the offense of Fiziev was not the only impressive part. The defense of Fiziev was slick as he managed to pull a ‘Matrix’ style dodge nearly avoiding a high kick. This impressive performance led to a scorecard of 30-27, 29-28 x 2 in favor of Fiziev. What’s next?

  • Rafael Fiziev
    • Brad Riddel
  • Marc Diakiese
    • Roosevelt Roberts

Jack Hermansson lands lighting quick submission

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 19: (L-R) Jack Hermansson of Sweden secures a heel hook submission against Kelvin Gastelum in their middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 19, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

This fight was important to these two fighters as each could have a potential claim to the middleweight throne so they had to be dominant in their performance. Hermansson did just that. As Gastelum pressured Hermansson they clinched up only for Gastelum to reverse Hermansson’s takedown and end up on top. However it wasn’t Hermansson who was in trouble, he acted quickly and tried to get a heel hook and sunk it in to submit Gastelum in a little over a minute. This loss hands Gastelum his 3rd loss straight. What’s next for the middleweights?

  • Jack Hermansson
    • Loser of Till/Whittaker
  • Kelvin Gastelum
    • Brad Tavares

Deiveson Figueiredo wins flyweight title in rematch

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 19: (L-R) Deiveson Figueiredo of Brazil secures a rear choke submission against Joseph Benavidez in their UFC flyweight championship bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 19, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Although this fight was a rematch between Figueiredo and Benavidez it only delayed the inevitable. The bout had shades of the first bout casting over it. Figueiredo dominated Benavidez on the feet by dropping him 3 times and looking for a submission every time the fight went to the ground before looking for a choke and submitting him to claim the title and become the new flyweight champion. This fight hands Figueiredo his 4th straight win. Meanwhile Benavidez has suffered his last 2 straight losses to Figueiredo. What’s next for the flyweights?

  • Deiveson Figueiredo
    • Brandon Moreno
  • Joseph Benavidez
    • Possible Retirement

Up Next!

The UFC is back on Fight Island once again next Saturday night where top middleweight contenders Darren Till and Robert Whittaker. They are co-lined by veteran light heavyweights Shogun Rua and Lil’ Nog.

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