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UFC Vegas 3 Recap and Future Predictions

The UFC is once again in the UFC Apex Center for UFC Vegas 3. However, unlike the previous events (UFC Vegas, UFC 250, and UFC Vegas 2), This card had more decisions as opposed to actual finishes but none the less it was still an exciting card. Let’s get into the fights.

Results

  • Jim Miller finished Roosevelt Roberts via Submission
  • Belal Muhammad defeated Lyman Good via Unanimous Decision
  • Raquel Pennington defeated Marion Reneau via Unanimous Decision
  • Josh Emmett defeated Shane Burgos via Unanimous Decision
  • Curtis Blaydes defeated Alexander Volkov via Unanimous Decision

Jim Miller submits Roosevelt Roberts with arm-breaking armbar

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 20: (R-L) Jim Miller punches Roosevelt Roberts in their bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on June 20, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

The main card kicked off with the 35th UFC appearance of UFC Veteran Jim Miller. He faced off against rookie Roosevelt Roberts who fought 3 weeks prior to this bout against Brok Weaver. Miller showed off his experience and his skill in this bout. As both fighters threw leg kicks Miller caused Roberts to trip which in turn put the fight on the ground, where Miller thrives as a fighter. After a scuffle, Roosevelt found himself in Miller’s armbar and he had to tap. What’s next for the fighters?

  • Jim Miller
    • Beneil Dariush
  • Roosevelt Roberts
    • Bobby Green

Belal Muhammad Holds Out Final Round Right Hand to Defeat Lyman Good

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 20: (L-R) Belal Muhammad punches Lyman Good in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on June 20, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

This was Muhammad’s fight from the beginning. His footwork was superior as was his stand-up as compared to his rival Lyman Good. As the fight moved on Good knew he had to get a finish to secure a win. A nasty right hand landed on Belal but luckily he recovered in time to finish out the round strongly to cement his victory. The judges scored the fight 29-28 x 3 in favor of Muhammad. This fight extends Muhammads’ win streak to 3. What’s next for the welterweights?

  • Belal Muhammad
    • Santiago Ponzinibbio
  • Lyman Good
    • Tim Means

Raquel Pennington Uses Clinch to deny and punish Marion Reneau

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 20: (L-R) Raquel Pennington punches Marion Reneau in their bantamweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on June 20, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

This fight was one of my favorites of the night as there was always a moment of action even within the clinch. From the first round, Reneau looked to apply pressure by letting off crisp jabs and double jabs to keep Pennington at bay. However, Pennington sought to quickly close the gap to apply her skills in the clinch to wear down Reneau. When in the clinch Pennington worked heavy knees to open up Reneau whenever they separated and from there Pennington pieced up Reneau with heavy body shots and blows to the head. The judges scored the bout 30-27 and 29-28 x 2 in favor of Pennington. This extends Reneau’s losing streak to 3. What’s next for the female bantamweight brawlers?

  • Raquel Pennington
    • Juliana Pena
  • Marion Reneau
    • Macy Chiasson

Josh Emmett Stands Victorious after War with Shane Burgos

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 20: (L-R) Josh Emmett punches Shane Burgos in their featherweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on June 20, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Now, this was my favorite bout on the card, and for good reason. Both Josh Emmett and Shane Burgos are known for their exciting fighting styles, with Emmett holding the one punch knock out power and Burgos being known for his suffocating pressure. The fight was exciting from bell to bell. Burgos applied his pressure from the get-go as Emmett waited for the right opportunity to land his heavy shots, and the opportunity showed itself.

However, Burgos had a chin made of steel as he took every shot he was given. It was a back and forth battle for the 1st and 2nd round, but Emmett took advantage of the final round by dropping Burgos finally but to no avail as Burgos recovered quickly but lost all momentum lost to cement Emmett’s victory. The judges scored the bout 29-28 x 2 and 29-27 in favor of Emmet. This extends Emmett’s win streak to 3 and ends Burgos’ win streak of 3. What’s next for the fighters?

  • Josh Emmett
    • Chan Sung Jung
  • Shane Burgos
    • Sodiq Yusuff

Curtis Blaydes Puts On Heavyweight Wrestling Clinic

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 20: Curtis Blaydes takes down Alexander Volkov of Russia in their heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on June 20, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Curtis Blaydes said this was going to be a wrestling match, and he didn’t just give us a wrestling match he also gave us his most dominant performance yet (He also now holds the record for the most takedowns in the Heavyweight division but no biggie right?). From the first bell to the final bell Volkov had no answer for Blaydes’ combination of both offensive and defensive wrestling. Many on Twitter compared him to an oversized Khabib Nurmagomedov (Which I can see).

His pressure and presence on the ground is something that no-one else in the heavyweight division has had in a long time. Blaydes controlled the fight all throughout the bout, however, after a standup from the referee Volkov had his best moment in the fight by landing a heavy combination and giving Blaydes a taste of his own medicine by taking him down. The judges scored the bout 49-46 x 2 and 48-47. What’s next for the heavyweights?

  • Curtis Blaydes
    • Francis Ngannou
  • Alexander Volkov
    • Alistair Overeem

Next Week!

Next week the UFC is back in the Apex Center. We will have an exciting card with the main event being a lightweight brawl between Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker. They will be joined in the co-main by Mickey Gall and Mike Perry.

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