With many sporting events suffering major setbacks amongst the madness of the pandemic, Dana White and his team at the UFC cruised through the global pandemic putting on action-packed fights week after week. Here we take a look back at some of the most electrifying fights of 2020.
Weili Zhang vs. Joanna Jędrzejczyk
Weili Zhang retained her Strawweight title with a blockbuster split decision win over Joanna Jedrzejczyk back in March.
As anticipated, the majority of the fight took place on the feet, with Jedrzejczyk starting strong, landing on the Champion and getting out of range of Zhang’s counterstrikes. The 31-year olds confidence grew after eating the challengers best shots and still continuing to walk forward.
The third round was a busy one for Jedrzejczyk, possibly her best of the fight. It was the first time we’ve seen Zhang slow down in her UFC career but she still managed to hit Jedrzejczyk with a heavy punch causing her head to swell and receiving a nasty hematoma with it. The fourth round consisted of both savages going back and forth, Jedrzejczyk throwing more volume, but Zhang landing the more devasting power shots. The fifth round continued to be full of action leaving spectators speechless, while both women pushed for the win.
In the end, the Champion retained her crown edging the split decision, both women were then transported to the hospital. A rematch we expect to see and we want to see.
Dustin Poirier vs. Dan Hooker
Dustin Poirier was willing to go through hell and back to come away victorious with a unanimous decision victory over Dan Hooker in June.
Dustin Poirier and Dan hooker always find themselves in back and forth battles and this matchup was no different. Both men started the fight exchanging blows and moving well in the first round, with Poirier landing slicing elbows and Hooker digging at the body. Round two had most fights fans watching on the edge of their seat while both men slugged it out, at this moment nobody would have anticipated the fight going the distance.
As the fight progressed, Dustin Poirier looked the fresher fighter of the two and continued to cause an exhausted Dan Hooker problems, but the toughness of the New Zealand native shone through.
Poirier walked back to his corner before the final round and was asked by his coach whether he was having fun. He proceeded to respond with, “I’m having a blast,” he began to strategically break Hooker down in the final round and twice dropped him with powerful jabs and left crosses while fighting off takedown attempts from Hooker.
Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje
Justin Gaethje earned a crack at Khabib Nurmagomedov after a dominant win over Tony Ferguson in May.
When this matchup was announced, I think UFC fans around the world anticipated the barnburner we were in for. There are not much tougher men on the roster than Justin Gaethje and Tony Ferguson. Ferguson, who’s known as the ‘Boogeyman’ certainly lived up to the name, but for a different reason than normal. The punishment Ferguson was able to absorb was like nothing I’ve seen before.
Ferguson started the fight well landing several leg kicks as Gaethje closed the distance. Gaethje then found a home for a left hook on several occasions which didn’t seem to faze Ferguson in the early stages of the fight.
Gaethje was in control and comfortably winning the second round before being met with a huge uppercut from Ferguson that dropped ‘The Highlight’ at the end of the round. Arizona born Justin Gaethje bounced back fanatically and really put a beating on Ferguson, something we’ve not ever seen. Landing powerful shots through and over the top of Ferguson’s guard, which began to alarm him.
The 12-fight winning streak was slowly slipping away for Ferguson and referee Herb Dean decided he had seen enough and Ferguson had absorbed too much punishment halfway through the fifth. It was an uncomfortable watch at the end, great performance from Gaethje and credit to the toughness off ‘El Cucuy’.
Deiveson Figueiredo vs Brandon Moreno
Deiveson Figueiredo retains the Flyweight title after a 25-minute war with Brandon Moreno.
Watching these Flyweight gangsters go toe-to-toe for the number one spot makes you question why Dana ever considered scrapping the division.
The fight started with both men firing in all cylinders. Figueiredo started as he always does, in his opponents face. The champ was showing no disrespect for the challenger as he continued to walk forward eating some heavy shots.
Both fighters kept up a gruelling pace for the next two rounds, with neither Figueiredo nor Moreno willing to take their foot off the gas. Figueiredo found himself in trouble and many started to believe Moreno could pull off the upset, after being deducted a point for a bad low blow.
Moreno hurt Figueiredo in the fourth with a burst of strikes but the Brazilians toughness pulled through as he returned fire. The final round was probably the slowest due to the phenomenal pace both men managed to keep up through-out. Moreno suffered an injury in his harm which left him hesitant to throw until the final bell.
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- Paul Felder v Dan Hooker
- Vincente Luque v Niko Price II
- Rose Namajunas VS Jessica Andrade II
- Frankie Edgar v Pedro Munhoz
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