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UFC Vegas 40 Takeaways: Miller Further Solidifies Legend Status

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UFC Vegas 40 was a tremendous showcase for up-and-coming talent and beloved legends alike. The prelims were action-packed and finishes outnumbered decisions 3-2 by the time the main card began and the prelims were over. Our main card began with a bang as the fight between Nate Landwehr and L’udovit Klein would turn from calm to chaotic, ultimately resulting in a submission victory for Landwehr at two minutes and twenty-two seconds of round two.

It was a night of triumph and tribulations, so sit back and relax as we relive the craziest moments and go over the most pertinent takeaways!

Five UFC Vegas 40 Takeaways

5. Ariane Carnelossi is a Problem!

With that slugger mentality you’d hate to face but can’t help but love, Carnelossi is a young up-and-comer in the strawweight division. Born in Presidente Prudente, Brazil, “Sorriso” improved her record to 14-2 at UFC Vegas 40 where she defeated Istela Nunes in what was surely a contender for the UFC’s Fight of the Night bonus.

Carnelossi wouldn’t stop coming forward, and her opponent was as game as they come, trying but failing to stall the advance of “Sorriso” with clean combos. Carnelossi’s chin would hold true though, and like an animal, she applied immense pressure to her opponent and eventually wore her down with a non-stop barrage of brutal straights and hooks, aided with some grinding along the cage. When everything was said and done, Carnelossi would drag Nunes to the ground and lock in a rear-naked choke to secure the victory.

4. Danaa Batgerel Has Emphatic Power

At UFC 261 it took 50 seconds, at UFC Vegas 40, just two minutes and a single second for Batgerel to find the KO/TKO. The man has ridiculous power in both hands, and if you watch his fights you visibly see his opponents wilt under the sheer brute force of his strikes.

Aptly nicknamed “Storm”, fans everywhere have fallen in love with the power of Batgerel, and will surely be eagerly anticipating his next fight. With the recent victory over Brandon Davis at UFC Vegas 40, this makes three consecutive UFC wins via KO/TKO for “Storm”.

3. Jim Miller Continues to Set Records

After making a record-breaking 38th appearance in the UFC this Saturday, the legend Jim Miller would not only win but do so in highlight-reel fashion!

Facing an extremely game Erick Gonzalez, Miller would weather the storm early and it would be his technique and experience that gave him the edge later on. Missing with a front kick, Gonzalez would receive a nasty counter left on the money from Miller: folding him like a lawn chair. After some follow-up shots, the fight was over just 14 seconds into round two, and Miller would achieve his first knockout finish since 2011.

After the fight, Jim Miller expressed interest in staying around until the not-too-distant UFC 300. Which would make him the only fighter to fight on all three centennial UFC events (UFC 100,200, and 300).

With his latest win, our legend now holds records such as:

  • Most fights in the UFC (38)
  • Second-most wins in the UFC (22)
  • And most Lightweight wins (20), and fights (34)

2. Andrei Arlovski Defies Age

At 42, most MMA fighters’ careers would be dead and gone, however, Arlovski scoffs at the un-bending will of Father Time. Facing Carlos Felipe, a brash Brazillian who gives heavyweight Nate Diaz vibes, “The Pitbull” would prove yet again that age is just a number.

Winning the decision, Arlovski showed durability despite his age and showcased just how good the evolution of his style has become. More methodical and sly, with expert technique and battle-tested reflexes, “The Pitbull” proved once again he is now the UFC’s greatest gate-keeper, and only the equally elite such as the likes of Tom Aspinall will pass.

1. Aspen Ladd’s Coach: Too Harsh?

In our main event, we were treated to a pretty lackluster fight between Aspen Ladd and Norma Dumont. Ladd, in a very unprecedented turn of events, seemingly turned a blind eye to her coach’s advice, and his desperate pleas apparently fell on deaf ears.

“Please, tell me what you are doing… You have to throw more than one punch… it’s the fourth round, you are down 3-0,” Her coach said on the broadcast. This seems to be the biggest clip that people have taken issue with, and it has lead to widespread criticism for her coach.

Do you think her coach has gone too far? Or does he know his fighter and the best way to get thru to her? It is the fight game after all, and there is another famous clip of her coaches where after a similar verbal lashing, Ladd goes on to completely demolish her opponent. So, too rough? Or fair? Leave your opinion down below in the comments!


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