After The Fights: UFC 277

It was a great day (or night, depending on what part of the world you’re in) of fights. Two new Champions have been crowned, a premature stoppage, and just some excellent fights.

Here is what happened:

Amanda Nunes def Julianna Peña

Amanda Nunes regained the Bantamweight title, battering Peña for five rounds. It was a case of Peña being too tough for her own good, as she was knocked down, cut open, and outclassed.

Nunes made the proper adjustments; she was sharp in the stand-up and controlled things on the ground. There was one moment when it looked like Peña had an armbar, but Nunes could escape the submission.

What will be next for both of these fighters? For Nunes, it’s hard to say where she goes next. There isn’t a Featherweight division, so to speak. Maybe another Fight with Shevchenko (even if that’s pushing it) is on the cards. As for Peña, besides recovering and recouping, perhaps a fight between Holly Holm or Ketlan Vieira.

Brendon Moreno def Kai Kara-France

‘The Assasin Baby’ can once again call himself a champion. It was a beautiful liver kick and followed barrage that sealed the win.

It was a close fight early, and it seemed that Kara-France had done just enough to edge ahead in the third round, but as people say, anything can happen in MMA. People love these two fighters, so seeing one of them lose sucked.

Moreno now has a date with Deiveson Figueiredo for the undisputed Flyweight championship. For Kara-France, he will be hoping that Figueiredo will be able to unseat Moreno so he can get a shot at the title. In the meantime, avenging his loss to Brendon Royval should be next.

Sergi Pavlovich def Derrick Lewis

Pavlovich scored a big win; however, many in the MMA community believe that the stoppage was premature.

Lewis is getting to a stage of his fight career where he can’t just stand and trade anymore. His chin is starting to go, but he still has power.

Pavlovich looks like a good prospect, and he took the booing crowd well. What’s next? Honestly, these two must run it back due to that ordinary stoppage.

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Alexandre Pantoja def Alex Perez

Pantoja said he wanted to make a statement, which is what he did. He picked up the win and looked to have secured another title shot.

Like only the Flyweights can do, the fight started at a breakneck pace. Pantoja stung Perez early, with Perez going for a takedown. The Brazilian took his opponent’s back and sank in the fight-ending rear-naked choke (it was more of a neck crank).

Pantoja will no doubt get the winner of Figueiredo/Moreno. A fighter doesn’t follow a loss by fighting a higher-ranked opponent, but a fight between Perez and Kara-France could be fun.

Magomed Ankalaev def Anthony Smith

Ankalaev won his ninth fight in a row, but an injury to Anthony Smith saw an unusual ending to the battle.

After a close first round, when Smith returned to his corner, he was limping. It obviously hampered him, as it wasn’t done at pace when he shot for a takedown. Smith tried to pull guard, and that’s where ‘Lionheart’ found trouble. Ankalaev is a good wrestler, so he could stay out of Smith’s guard and not get swept by him. Ankalaev finished him off with some heavy punches for the win.

Unlike the other injuries that happened over the last couple of weeks, there is no need for a rematch here. Ankalaev looked very good, and should Aleksander Raakić. For Smith, besides recovering, a fight with Scotsmen Paul Craig would be suitable for his return.

Hopefully, everyone enjoyed the fights.

Mercer’s Mondayitis

Happy Monday Peeps and welcome back for 2nd instalment of Mercer’s Mondayitis. I hope you all had a great weekend and that your favourite team/athlete performed well and even came up away with win. Let’s get straight into it.

 

Return of the King

The UFC held a press conference to announce some key match ups for the reminder of 2018, which is their 25thyear of existence. One the matches announced was Khabib Nurmagomedov taking on the returning Conor ‘Notorious’ McGregor at UFC 229. The fight will be McGregor’s first MMA bout since November 2016 when he defeated Eddie Alvarez for the UFC Lightweight belt. His only fight for 2017 was his much-publicised boxing match against Floyd Mayweather, afight that netted the Irishmen around $100 Million dollars. McGregor found himself in a some trouble earlier in the year when he went on a rampage throwing a dolly at a bus containing several UFC fighters set to take part at UFC 223.

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All Good Things come to an end

In other UFC news, Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson suffered his first loss in nearly seven years when he lost a split decision to former Olympian Henry Cejudo at UFC 227. A close fight to the death, Cejudo was able to just get the nod and set up a trilogy fight, something that was kind of needed to mix up the division a bit. Johnson was the inaugural champion of the division when he defeated Joseph Benavidez in 2012 and defended the belt 11 times.

 

The Greatest

T.J. Dillashaw has claimed that he is the ‘Greatest Bantamweight’in the world after he defended his title against Cody Garbrandt with a first round TKO victory. Dillashaw is now 12 wins at Bantamweight, equal with former champion Dominick Cruz who might have something to say about Dillashaw being self-proclaimed greatness. Cruz was the winner in the one and only encounter between the two back in 2016.

 

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Panthers overcome Faders

Moving on to some NRL news and Penrith were able to overcome the Raiders at Penrith stadium yesterday, game they really should not of won. While some calls did go against the Raiders late in the game, the fact that they haven’t finished some teams off when in the lead is frustrating especially for fans. While they have some good players, the Raiders seem to be missing a player that can take the game by the scruff of the neck and get them the Win.

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Griffin Gets the Boot

Even though his team got the win and are sitting in fifth on the ladder heading into the last two weeks of the regular season, Penrith’s coach Anthony Griffin has been givenhis marching orders. Former player and assistant coach Cameron Ciraldo will take over the coaching position for the rest of the year. With Griffin out of the picture, it’s believed that the Panthers will try and get Ivan Cleary back to the club in a bid to keep star halfback and Cleary’s son Nathan.

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From the Football Field to the Boxing Ring

Reports are going around again that Paul Gallen and Josh McGuire may finally face off in a boxing match. As reported by Sports editor Phil Rothfield, promoter Matt Rose is looking to make the fight happen, with Gallen saying that he would happily take on McGuire if he’s “Looking for a fight”. No doubt fans from both NSW and Queensland will be eager to see it happen, as Gallen isn’t liked north of the boarder while McGuire has earned the ire of NSW fans.

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Gaff to AFL Tribunal for punch

Maybe West Coast’s Andrew Gaff can get a spot on the Gallen vs. McGuire undercard after punching Freemantle’s Andrew Brayshaw and leaving the 20 year old with a broken jaw. In what was a ‘Chest punch gone wrong’ the hit has stared a debate, a prominent sports lawyer has even said that the Gaff could even face legal charges. While he was apologetic when interviewed by Fox Footy after the game, Gaff may miss as much as six weeks.

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Well that’s it for another edition of Mondayitis peeps, hope you enjoyed this read and if you have any question or if there is something you would to read on here be sure to leave a comment.

 

Until next time.

Merce.

 

UFC 227 Fight Card

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This weekend two belts will be on the line as UFC 227 will make it’s way to the Staples Centre in Los Angeles. The main event will see T.J. Dillashaw take on Cody ‘No Love’ Garbrandt for the Bantamweight while the co-main event will pit Flyweight champion Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson against former Olympic Wrestler Henry Cejudo.

 

Garbrandt is looking to avenge his loss to Dillashaw at UFC 217. Their first fight had plenty of feeling in it as Dillashaw and Garbrandt were former training partners at Team Alpha Male. After leaving the Sacramento based team, Dillashaw has been Team Alpha Males public enemy number one.

 

In the first fight Garbrandt was able to hurt Dillashaw in the first round but the end of the saved Dillashaw from defeat. The tables turned in the second round as Dillashaw hurt Garbrandt with head kick; he was able to get the finish soon after as landed a right hand and flurry of punches for the TKO win.

 

In the night’s co-main event, the man known as ‘Mighty Mouse’ will look to continue his dominance over the Flyweight division as looks to defeat number 1 contender Henry Cejudo. Since the division’s inception in 2012, Demetrious Johnson has dominated the division, in fact his only blip on his record is a draw back in 2012 to Ian ‘Uncle Creepy’ McCall.

 

Johnson and Cejudo fought back at UFC 197 in 2016 where Johnson TKO’d Cejudo in the first round. At the time, Cejudo was meant to be the toughest challenger for Johnson to date, he however dominated the fight. Cejudo’s game plan in the first fight looked to be work Johnson in the clinch, Johnson has lighting speed, he moves in out so quickly that Joe Rogan labelled him a ghost. Johnson was able to dominate in the clinch and hurt Cejudo and put an end to the fight.

 

The full fight card is as follows:

Main Event

T.J. Dillashaw vs. Cody ‘No Love’ Garbrandt

 Co-Main Event

Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson vs. Henry ‘The Messenger’ Cejudo

Cub Swanson vs. Renato Moicano

Polyana ‘Dama de Ferro’ Viana vs. JJ Aldrich

Thiago ‘de Lima Marreta’ vs. Kevin ‘Trailblazer’ Holland

 

FX Prelims

Pedro ‘The Young Punisher’ Munhoz vs. Brett ‘The Pikey’ Johns

Ricky Simon vs. Montel ‘Quik’ Jackson

Matt Sayles vs. Sheymon Moraes

Fight Pass Prelims

Alex Perez vs. Jose ‘Shorty’ Torres

Ricardo Ramos vs. Kyung Ho ‘Mr Perfect’ Kang

Danielle ‘Dynamite’ Taylor vs. Weili ‘Magnum’ Zhang

Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera vs. Wuliji ‘Beast Master’ Buren

Bethe Correia vs. Irene Aldana has been scrapped due to an eye issue to Bethe Correia