What’s up, Fight Fans! Last night, we were gifted with an amazing card; that almost got cancelled. Luckily, Paul Felder stepped in on 5 days notice against Rafael Dos Anjos; so the show could go on! Join me, as I go over 5 key takeaways from UFC Vegas 14. Let’s jump right in!
5. Am I Cursed?
So, for my last two previews; I wrote about Brendan Allen vs. Ian Heinisch (canceled) and Eryk Anders vs. Antonio Arroyo (canceled as well). Which leaves me wondering; “wow, am I cursed?” While largely a joke, I do want to point out just how fragile everything is right now amidst this global pandemic! We’ve got people popping for COVID, getting staph infections, having health problems. The list goes on. Things are wacky right now, so let’s just try and show appreciation for the fights we do get to enjoy!
4. Sean Strickland displays precision and power!
So, as I mentioned: Brendan Allen was supposed to fight the #13 Ranked Ian Heinisch last week at UFC Vegas 13. After the fight fell thru due to a positive COVID test from “The Hurricane” Heinisch, Brendan Allen didn’t want to wait. So, the UFC got him a fight. Facing a fellow unranked name, in a catch weight bout at 195 pounds; Allen was set to take the cage across from Sean Strickland.
Early on, I think many noticed the problem. Brendan Allen was getting tagged. Over, and over again. Strickland even landed a few takedowns, showing the grappling specialist Allen that; “hey, I’m better than you everywhere.” Sean Strickland ended up finishing Brendan Allen on the feet, in a sequence of events best described as; a savage beat down. Here’s what he had to say about his mindset going into this fight:
3. Cory McKenna: The Surging Prospect
In her UFC debut against Kay Hansen, Cory McKenna impressed! Looking sharp on the feet, skilled on the ground; this lady showed she is good everywhere! While she did have trouble early dealing with some clinch knees from Hansen, the Welsh fighter still won by the split decision; and she’s looking ready to start her climb to the top!
It was the sixth youngest bout in MMA history. In layman’s terms: Deez girls wuz young. Seriously though, they really are. Both of these ladies are 21, which means that they are just infants on their MMA journey. I firmly believe both of these ladies will stick around, and make the climb towards the top. A couple of years from now, and I’m willing to bet they’re top 15 at the very least. Regardless, they put on a hell of a fight. A hell of an MMA fight too. It was a beautiful blend from the standup into the clinch; to the floor and back to the feet. It was quite frankly, one of my favorite fights off the card!
2. Khaos Williams has nuclear bombs for hands..
Now, now. I know what you might be thinking. “Nuclear bombs, that’s pretty extreme.” Well… just look at this
Yeah, you agree now? Anyways.. this guy is obviously a stud. Even more impressive because this isn’t even the first time he’s done that. In the fight before this one, he knocked out Alex Morono in 27 seconds! So, that’s a 27-second knockout, followed by a 30-second knockout. Hmm, something tells me this guy’s got some serious power…
1. The best “5 day notice” fight of all time?
While I could make a list of the best “short notice” fights, I’ll have to save that for a different article (unless someone steals my idea). Anyways, with that being said; this fight has to have a place on that list. It was a back and forth affair, with RDA doing just enough to secure the victory. While giving him EVERY round, isn’t something I’d do, two of the judges did. Oddly, one judge scored the fight for Felder, which I also don’t agree with…
The first round was a slugfest, Felder cut RDA early with a punch, but soon found himself on his back. “The Irish Dragon” Paul Felder was able to get back to his feet midway in the round, but the takedown surely registered big time on the judges’ cards.
The second and third would go RDA’s way as well. With the standup viciously close, but the grappling going to RDA. The fourth was a big comeback round for Paul. Even though he got cut badly; I gave it to him. He looked great on the feet that round and even scored a takedown against RDA. The fifth and final round was a dogfight. As the entire fight was.
Paul pressed the action on the feet, but RDA’s grappling was relentless. He pushed Felder against the cage, searched for his takedowns, and in the second to last minute; scored one. Props to “The Irish Dragon” for getting back to his feet, but the victor was clear. RDA had blended his grappling and striking together beautifully, like a true MMA fighter. Securing the W, and a top spot back in the Lightweight Division that he used to be champion of. 2021 is looking to be an exciting year folks, stay tuned! As always, enjoy the fights!
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