In case you missed the amazing batch of fights this past Saturday night, I’m going to run through the fights and let you know what happened at UFC 271.
Maxim Grishin defeats William Knight by Unanimous Decision
The first fight of the night was a Light Heavyweight bout that got turned into a Heavyweight bout due to Knight missing weight by 12 pounds. Grishin would make him pay for his weight miss, literally, as Grishin not only took the victory, but gets 30 percent of Knight’s fight purse due to him missing weight.
Jeremiah Wells submits Mike Mathetha in the first round
Jeremiah Wells showed up to prove something on Saturday, and boy did he. Wells came out fast and strong, putting the pressure on Mathetha and absolutely smothering him. Towards the end of the first round he sunk in a rear naked choke to take the victory.
Douglas Silva De Andrade defeats Sergey Morozov by Submission in round two
This fight was fun from the start. Both Morozov and De Andrade can throw bombs, but Morozov’s chin gave out midway through the second round. De Andrade jumped on his chance and finished with a rear naked choke. De Andrade by submission was at +1100 on most books.
Jacob Malkoun defeats A.J. Dobson by Decision
I pretty much knew what to expect going into this fight. Dobson would start strong and swing hard in the first round and would either finish Malkoun early, or get wrestled into oblivion. And that’s exactly what happened. Malkoun struggled in the first round but wrestled dominantly in the last two and took home the decision.
Ronnie Lawrence defeats Mana Martinez by Unanimous Decision
This fight was crazy! Lawrence was a huge favorite and he showed why in the first two rounds. I had Lawrence up 20-17 going into the third round. Mana Martinez found new life coming off the stool though! He went bonkers in round three, outlanding Lawrence 51-13, and knocked him down twice. He couldn’t get the finish, and Lawrence had done enough to scrape away a decision win.
Carlos Ulberg defeats Fabio Cherant by decision
Ulberg outstruck Cherant by almost five, but I was still unimpressed. His power isn’t there, and his technical kickboxing will only take him so far. I’ll be looking to bet against Ulberg in his next UFC appearance if he’s fighting anyone with good wrestling.
Kyler Phillips submits Marcelo Rojo in the third round
This fight was a rollercoaster. Phillips started off strong, landing two takedowns in the first and controlled Rojo on the ground for more than half the round. The second round was much closer, and Rojo came within a few strikes of matching Philips in the second. The third round was all Philips though, and he finished Rojo with a triangle-armbar.
Casey O’Neill defeats Roxanne Modafferi via Split Decision
I did not think this fight was particularly close. I love Roxy and her personality, and she will certainly be missed from the UFC, but it appeared to me that O’Neill dominated this farewell match. She very clearly won at least two of the three rounds.
Andrei Arlovski defeats Jared Vanderaa via Split Decision
Arlovski just keeps on keeping on! He has now won five of his last six fights after losing 13 of 20 before that. Not only shows how good of a fighter he is but how much heart he has. Arlovski is a legend and I hope to see him fight a few more times before he retires.
Bobby Green defeats Nasrat Haqparast by Unanimous Decision
What a masterclass put on by Bobby Green here. He got better each round even with Haqparast right in his face the whole time. Green was moving his feet, moving his head, and landed with speed and precision. I think it’s about time we see Green in a main event! I’d love to see him take on Brad Riddell.
Renato Moicano defeats Alexander Hernandez by Submission
Moicano had a strong showing and took the first round in my eyes. In the second round he continued to pressure and land big shots on Hernandez. Moicano stunned him, knocked him to the ground, and pounded him until Hernandez gave up his neck. Moicano finished with a rear naked choke in the middle of the second round.
Jared Cannonier defeats Derek Brunson by KO
This fight was wild. Brunson looked much smaller than Cannonier, but landed a takedown midway through the first, and landed a shot that knocked down Cannonier later in the round. Brunson had the first round in the bag, but he couldn’t finish takedowns in the second. Cannonier was faster, stronger, and cleaner, and ended up landing elbows to finish off Brunson.
Tai Tuivasa defeats Derrick Lewis by KO
Tuivasa does it again! The Aussie native showed why people call him ‘Bam Bam’ by knocking out the UFC’s KO king in his hometown of Houston. Both of these beasts were throwing bombs at eachother, but in the end it was Tuivasa landing with some clean elbows to make Lewis fall unconscious to the canvas. Of course, he followed up his knockout win with a shoey.
Israel Adesanya defeats Robert Whittaker by Unanimous Decision
This decision was controversial. Many people, including myself, scored the fight for Whittaker. I saw a very close fight where Whittaker landed more significant head strikes in rounds two, four, and five. However, the judges did not see it the same way.
I completely understand the mindset that the challenger has to take it to the champion, and I agree with it. I just feel Rob did just enough to grab the belt from the Champ. Whittaker had four takedowns, but only outstruck Adesanya in round four.
It was a good fight and in the end Adesanya was awarded his fourth title defense. The judges had it scored 48-47, 48-47, and 49-46. I hope these two run it back one more time in the future, but that seems unlikely. My best bet is that Jared Cannonier gets the next title shot at Middleweight.