Discussion in 'MMA - Mixed Martial Arts' started by speeds, Feb 27, 2021.
I really don't love triple-headers like this. The card should be just the title fights. They can splice in prelims if they go short, but the rarely seem to. It could be pretty late when the headliner starts. If the first two fights go to decision you could be looking at a 4-hour card pretty easily.
Hoping there are some quick fights. Same boat as speeds, I love all the fights on this card...I just hate that they're all on this card.
Jan vs. Israel
I think this will go five rounds and wind up being a points counting contest. I don't think either fighter will get hurt too much, Jan will gas and Izzy will win. Hoping for a better result than that, though.
Nunes vs. Anderson
The UFC brought Anderson in to be a title challenger and she couldn't really get there on her own, losing to Holly Holm and Felicia Spencer, with a fluke win over Cat Zingano. But the UFC really wanted her in the title picture so they gave her two easy fights and put her in the spot. I don't think she's nearly good enough to be the top contender and I think Nunes mobs her and knocks her out in the first or second round.
Yan vs. Sterling
As we've seen, Cory Sandhagen is legit, and Sterling choked him in 88-seconds. It's been a long road to a title fight for Aljo and he's earned his shot. I expect him to give a performance that is full of guts. I also expect him to have trouble getting Yan off his feet and I see him getting TKO'd in the first two rounds as well.
Dober vs. Makhachev
Makhachev hasn't fought since September of 2019. Dober's two fights in 2020 earned him Performance of the Night bonuses. He has a lot more momentum in this one and can win a decision.
Santos vs. Rakic
Santos is coming off two losses, to Teixeira and Jones. Rakic hasn't faced that level of competition but he is almost a decade younger than Santos. If Rakic can fight strategically I think he can get a KO/TKO in the second or third round.
Cruz vs. Kenney
I read that Cruz's last win was only four months after Royce Gracie's last win (vs. Ken Shamrock, if you remember that debacle). Kenney has been much more active, fighting four times in 2020, winning his last three. It's an interesting fight stylistically with Kenney's judo being tested against Cruz's herky-jerky striking. As much fun as it would be to see Kenney's mouth get shut for what he said about Megan Anderson, Cruz is a student of rapist Lloyd Irvin, so there's no winners, here. Double knockout.
Askarov is a beast.
Took his foot off the gas in the third. Unhappy with the lack of urgency but he outclassed Benavidez completely.
So Makhachev is basically Khabib, hey? Wow.
I thought Aljo fought well, even after he tired he was still deep in the fight. Shame to end this way.
Yeah, alright, that main event was a dud.
Jan Blachowicz def. Israel Adesanya via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-45, 49-45)
Aljamain Sterling def. Petr Yan via disqualification (illegal knee) – Round 4, 4:29 – to become UFC bantamweight champion
Islam Makhachev def. Drew Dober via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 3, 1:37
Aleksandar Rakic def. Thiago Santos via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Dominick Cruz def. Casey Kenney via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Kyler Phillips def. Song Yadong via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Askar Askarov def. Joseph Benavidez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Kai Kara-France def. Rogerio Bontorin via TKO (punch) – Round 1, 4:55
Tim Elliott def. Jordan Espinosa via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-25)
Kennedy Nzechukwu def. Carlos Ulberg via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 3:19
Sean Brady def. Jake Matthews via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 3, 3:28
Amanda Lemos def. Livinha Souza via TKO (punch) – Round 1, 3:39
Uros Medic def. Aalon Cruz via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:40
Trevin Jones def. Mario Bautista via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 0:47
Adesanya bravely risks and loses his undefeated record. Nothing to be ashamed of.
Joe and DC need to be pulled from doing commentary. They are absolute trash. Based off of their commentary; you would have thought that Izzy had 100% shot to get the judges decision a and that Jan was being dominated all fight. I thought it was pretty clearly 4-1 Jan. Fucking trash ass, biased commentary. Dana really needs to start holding his Commentary team accountable.
Great fight for Jans. Proved he’s a respectable champ. Out struck Izzy and clearly dominated the wrestling aspect. Joe and DC completely ignored the jab that Jans was pumping into Izzy all fight long. There was a stretch in the 4th or 5th that Jan landed 4 stinging jabs and not one mention about them. The very next strike that Izzy landed Joe overreacted too.
No shame for Izzy; he just doesn’t belong at 205. He’s too small. He doesn’t have Hendo power to make it an equalizer. He was being stifled by leg kicks and jabs. Stick to 185 and dominate down there.
It would not surprise me if Dana put them up to calling the fight like that. Rogan has always had his favorites, but DC I have always felt was a bit more measured in picking favorites. I had it 3-2 Jan, with Izzy getting the slight edge in the 1st and 3rd, but the 5th was close to a 10-8. Either way, most fans and the judges had Jan winning. The commentary for the fight screamed WWE style scripted to me tho, like there was an agenda from the first punch thrown.
Cormier and Bisping reportedly make $1MM/year so they probably aren't going to change.
D'Nardy has apparently been fired but he wasn't making half as much.
I had 3-2; 4-1 Jan. Not sure need to rewatch 1. I did not score any 10-8 rounds though. If Jan had another minute in the 5th; I think he could have got the stoppage or secured a for sure 10-8.
Yan's knee was bad but Sterling's reaction to it was borderline theatrical.
Sterling has lost all respect in my book. Its one thing to win by DQ. Its another to actually go and parade the belt around after you’re released from the hospital. Fucking pathetic. Dana should strip him and make the rematch for the vacant belt.
DFW is blasting the judging for Israel losing 4-1 on most cards compared to the 3-2 he had them losing. Apparently it was a huge travesty, and the 5th round Izzy was winning until the Jan takedown according to Dana. Most media and many fans on social media believe Jan won 4-1. That confirms to me DFW was pushing the commentary team to be that biased, or is at the least highly supportive of the biased nature. White probably hates the Polish Hammer for ruining his Jon Jones vs Izzy dream fight.
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