So now that UFC 253 is over (Recap Here). Let’s look at what the biggest five takeaways from this event are. Starting with Weight cuts.
Groin Strikes for UFC Apex, Missed Weight cuts for Fight Island?
At the UFC 253 weigh-ins, Both Zubaira Tukhugov and Ľudovít Klein missed weight for their featherweight bouts. Both fighters weighed in at 150 pounds which is 5 pounds over the limit of 145. However, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen this. Since we’ve been introduced to Fight Island 7 fighters have missed weight with 3 of those 7 going on to win their bouts. Now I know what you’re thinking “But Sam Fighters miss weight normally“. Which is true but 4 of the last 5 events on Fight Island has had weight cut issues whereas in the Apex Center 4 out of the last 8 has had weight cut issues. and 4/5 is a WAY bigger margin than 4/8 (Quick Maths)
Flyweight Division Isn’t so boring after all
Man, remember when Dana White was trying to cut out the Flyweight division? Man, what a crazy time am I right? WELL LOOK AT THEM FLYWEIGHTS NOW! They are exciting to the point where they got tonights ‘Fight Of The Night’ bonus OVER THE TWO TITLE FIGHTS THAT HAPPENED TONIGHT! Not to mention ever since Cejudo the flyweights have been really fun to watch Figgy knocking out Joey B at Fight Island 2 (Recap Here), Not to mention Royval going on his submission tear in his last 4. Flyweights are pulling their weight by showing they are just as exciting as the heavier weight classes.
Harsher Fines for Missed Weight?
At the end of his bout with Paulo Costa, Israel Adesanya pulled Dana White to the side to talk about the punishment that comes with missing weight. He later said the same thing while on the mic with Joe Anik in the octagon. And I agree, but hear me out. Wins get you up on the rankings. So let’s say that I fight at 145 like Klein and Tukhugov (God I wish I could cut to 145) but I miss weight but I win as Klein did. I take that 30% cut sure, but I take a win over my opponent and I take my win bonus and maybe if that fight gets me a bonus then that 30% doesn’t look too bad now does it? So hear me out we add a system where the fine gets bigger for each time you miss weight or a ticket system where if you miss multiple in a row like Ray Borg (Sorry to call you out) you not only get fined but you get slapped with another fine or another punishment (Like trying to last 15 minutes with Ngannou or a Motivated McGregor).
Espino Is The New Heavyweight Grappler Kid on the Block?
Juan Espino is the “New” heavyweight on the block has he had a triumphant return to the octagon after a layoff of ALMOST. TWO. YEARS. (OH MY GOD) He came back looking like if that layoff did nothing but help him work on his tan has he got a submission win over Jeff Hughes within the first round. But wait there’s more, He currently sits at 10-1 with 7 SUBMISSION WINS in a division where a big majority of the top 15 rely on raw power as opposed to grappling. (Aleksei you hold a special place in my heart you old man you) So of course in my fight fan fashion I want to see Espino face off against other heavyweight grapplers like Oleinik, and Werdum where we can see some high-level heavy boy wrasslin’.
Do Not Overlook Blachowicz
Jan Blachowicz had a 2-4 record in his first 6 fights in the UFC 3 years ago. Now He’s the champion of the Light Heavyweight Division. Looking at his record of 27-8 you would think the younger more dominant Reyes would win (I know I did and so did you because he was a +170 underdog). But the Polish Power Puncher knew he had the upper hand in overall experience. Will Reyes come back? Absolutely, he’s in his prime and so is Blachowicz so its the era of the Polish Power for now but one thing we do know is that the next bout will be exciting if we go off Blachowicz most recent performance against Reyes.
Just How Good is Israel Adesanya?
Just how good is Israel Adesanya? (Stole your line Cameron) Well judging by his recent performance where he landed a total of 55 STRIKES and ONLY GOT HIT 12 TIMES OUT OF 26 ATTEMPTS. I’d say he’s pretty darn good, was the Yoel title defense kind of strange? Yes, yes it was. However, at UFC 253 we saw a phenomenal version of Izzy where he could go a perfect 30-0 and retired undefeated. (I could be wrong at some point the MMA gods are never nice) However, everything Adesanya had a purpose, every strike thrown and landed hit Costa where he wanted to hit, he chopped his legs up until he slowed him down, he threw strikes Costa’s body to feint to a head kick which led to the cut on Costa’s eyebrow. I would say this is the best performance if not the most perfect performance I have seen from Israel Adesanya.
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