Right up until the Co-Main event of UFC227, many people were super charged for the historical fight between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov. So much so, that they forgot that history can be made at any time. We saw firsts, seconds and… well.
Alright, let’s jump right to my picks. Then, we’ll chat about this, that and the other.
For your reference, my picks:
I wonder what Kevin Holland thought when the UFC showed him what they had in mind for a debut fight. On the one hand, Santos coming off of a devastating loss to Branch. On the other, a veteran fighter with significant power and some pretty impressive wins. I underestimated Holland and that would be the last time. Even though he lost this fight, he held his own, brought some smiles and moves, and eventually took a decision loss that came as a result of what seemed like a patient game plan on Santos’ side.
1 for 1
So this fight also happened. Two pretty tentative ladies met. Aldrich was a little less so. She won.
1 for 2
For the first time, Swanson is on a three fight skid, and as a Cub fan it’s not fun to watch. These losses came to the legendary Edgar, title contender Ortega and last night to the surging Moicano. Is it Cub losing a step? or is it Cub fighting tougher competition? For the time being, I’ll take “a bit of both” for an answer. And as for the winner? Moicano had a hiccup against Ortega (Not saying fluke, just that it’s something to try to correct later), but has been solid otherwise. Last night he made the #5 ranked FW look slow and a little lost. After sending a jab out of hell that put Cub on the ground, he pounced and submitted him within the first round.
2 for 3
Like most of you, I picked DJ very quickly. It’s a no-brainer really, especially since Mighty Mouse already beat Henry in the past. It’s true that we saw Cejudo improve (you can teach an old dog new tricks after all) since they previously faced off, but who – in his right mind – would pick against the P4P king? Well, the fight was close, very very close. That, in itself was a win for “the messenger” and his corner didn’t let him lose focus. I know many are disputing the result, and I am a big believer in “belts should be taken rather than won”, but I can’t say that this was a robbery. Mighty Mouse, classy as ever conceded and gave props to his opponent and will forever be in my book of legends. Not to mention that this is far from over.
2 for 4
The most painful thing for Cody I guess, following his second TKO loss to TJ Dillashaw is not the fight itself. More on this later. As for the fight itself, it was a bit of an extension for the previous one, and TJ didn’t lose a step. I think Dillashaw has a superior striking game when it comes down to it, a stronger chin. It’s evident in the way both took and handled the shots they allowed on each other, but especially in the way TJ picked his.
3 for 5
In the historic event, in which Mighty Mouse lost his belt, 3 out of 5 is a really good look. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
When Cejudo beat Wilson Reis, earning performance of the night at UFC215, it was evident that he is not one to just work on his natural strengths. I’ll remind you that we all called for a quick rematch with DJ. He had to go through Sergio Pettis first, but remained the one logical contender in this division. I guess we all thought he might give Johnson a tougher look this time, and he did. Next up MUST be an immediate rematch. A fighter with such a legendary title defense record, who loses a close decision must get a chance to redeem his loss. Any other fight would really mean UFC lost all ethics.
So what could be more painful for Cody than the loss itself? It’s the prospect that TJ, having already beat him twice in a very decisive fashion, is looking at a very real possibility of becoming what Cody wanted for himself. Call it “the new Cruz”, call it “the next dominant BW champion”. Cody dethroned the king and no one can take that from him, but TJ now stands a good chance of connecting a good number of title defenses. The first one has to be Assuncao and then it’s all good.
Performance of the night: I have to give this to two fighters.
First and foremost, TJ Dillashaw:
And to Renato Moicano:
Fight of the night: Pedro Munhoz Vs. Brett Johns. Two slabs of granite sharpening each other, against each other.
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