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UFC Vegas 5 Recap and Predictions

The UFC is back under the familiar lights of the Apex Center for UFC Vegas 5! The last time we were in the Apex Center was for UFC Vegas 4 where we saw the lightweight war between Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker. Although the entire card was shorter than usual. What the UFC lacked in quantity they made up in quality. Now let’s get into the fights!

Results

  • Derek Brunson finished Edmen Shahbazyan via TKO
  • Jennifer Maia finished Joanne Calderwood via submission
  • Vicente Luque finished Randy Brown via TKO
  • Bobby Green defeated Lando Vannata via Unanimous Decision

Bobby Green defeats Lando Vannata to redeem past draw

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 01: (R-L) Bobby Green punches Lando Vannata in their lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on August 01, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Kicking off the main event was a rematch between Bobby Green and Lando Vannata. They last met in 2017 and their first bout was a draw but it was also nominated Fight of The Year. Their bout tonight also has a chance of being nominated for Fight of The Year. Although Vannata started off strong and using his striking to walk down Green. Green rallied late in the first by dropping Vannata and continued until the final bell where the judges gave him the unanimous decision 30-27 x 2 and 30-26. This extends Green’s win streak to 2. What’s next for the lightweight?

  • Bobby Green
    • Drew Dober

Vicente Luque finishes Randy Brown with Brutal knee

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 01: (R-L) Randy Brown punches Vicente Luque in their welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on August 01, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Vicente Luque showed us why he still remains one of the most exciting fighters on this roster. Not only did he show off this but he also showed off his skill and technique. Once again proving that leg kicks are a valuable asset to any fighter as he chopped the legs of Brown, both hampering his offense and maneuverability. It wasn’t until the very final seconds of the 2nd round where Luque finished Brown with a ferocious knee and subsequent ground and pound. This extends Luque’s win streak to 2 while ending Brown’s win streak of 2.

  • Vincent Luque
    • Stephen Thompson

Jennifer Maia steals title shot from Joanne Calderwood

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 01: Jennifer Maia of Brazil celebrates after her submission victory over Joanne Calderwood of Scotland in their flyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on August 01, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Although Joanne Calderwood was supposed to challenge Valentina Shevchenko for the W-Flyweight championship. Calderwood decided that a short-notice fight against the dangerous Jennifer Maia would be a good idea. It would be a great idea if she won. However, Maia had other plans. The Brazilian had the upper hand in her boxing finding the right spot to nullify Calderwood. Calderwood responded with kicks but that resulted in Maia trading kicks which led to a takedown by Calderwood. However, Maia immediately took Calderwood’s arm and submitted the Scotswoman. What’s next for the Female Flyweights?

  • Jennifer Maia
    • Valentina Shevchenko
  • Joanne Calderwood
    • Cynthia Calvillo

Derek Brunson details Hype Train of Edmen Shahbazyan

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 01: (R-L) Derek Brunson punches Edmen Shahbazyan in their middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on August 01, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

This 3 round main event pitted the unbeaten Middleweight prospect Edmen Shahbazyan against Veteran Derek Brunson. This bout was Shahbazyan’s greatest test. Once the first round started Shahbazyan showed why he was a dangerous prospect. However, once the pace started to shift to Brunson’s pace so did Shahbazyan. Brunson pressured the 22-year-old and secured a takedown and unleashed vicious ground and pound that almost finished the bout in the second. Referee Herb Dean called the ringside doctor in and cleared Shahbazyan to continue. However, once the final round started Brunson finished what he started in the second round. This TKO win extends Brunson’s win streak to 3 and ended Shahbazyan’s unbeaten record of 11. What’s next for the middleweights?

  • Derek Brunson
    • Kelvin Gastelum
  • Edmen Shahbazyan
    • Marvin Vettori

Up Next!

Next week the UFC is back in the Apex Center for an exciting card headlined by Heavyweights Derrick Lewis and Aleksi Oleinik! They are co-mained with a middleweight bout between Chris Weidman and Omari Akhmedov.

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