Michael Prazeres vs. JC Cottrell (Lightweight)
Prazeres dominated Cottrell to spoil his UFC debut. Prazeres had a relentless ground game, taking Cottrell down six times to a unanimous decision victory.
Kamuru Usman vs. Alexander Yakolev (Welterweight)
Usman completely destroyed Yakolev, who had no defense for Usman’s ground game. The bout was extremely boring as Usman and Yakolev just wrestled on the ground for 12 minutes of the 15-minute fight. Usman won by unanimous decision.
Darren Elkins vs. Godofredo Pepey (Featherweight)
This bout between the American and the Brazilian was a typical featherweight fight, which is exciting striking, aggressive kicks, and smart counters. There were some takedowns in the first round, followed by some volatile exchanges. The second round featured a blatant illegal knee from Pepey while Elkins was on the ground. The third round was rather disappointing as Elkins took Pepey down and stayed in control for the rest of the fight. Elkins won by unanimous decision.
Frankie Saenz vs. Eddie Wineland (Bantamweight)
I had a deeper interest in this fight because Saenz fights out of Scottsdale, Arizona, which is my home state. At first, Saenz had the upper hand with two strong takedowns in round one, out striking Wineland 44% to 24%. However, he became desperate in the second and started throwing ridiculous strikes. The third round proved to be the best, with Wineland landing a shocking, massive right hook to Saenz’s skull, knocking him down, pounding on him, and taking the victory via TKO.
Kailin Curran vs. Felice Herrig (Strawweight)
With Curran posting a 4-2 record, and Herrig returning to the octagon for the first time in over a year, this was a must-win for both fighters. In the first round, Herrig counters a kick takes Curran down and submits her with a rear naked choke. It seems as Curran’s lack of experience got the best of her, but I hope to see her fight again soon. As for Herrig, she seems to have revived her UFC career.
Francis Ngannou vs. Bojan Mihajlovic (Heavyweight)
This fight was ridiculous on paper, with Ngannou having a five-inch height, ten-inch reach, and a 31-pound advantage. This fight was just unfair. Ngannou lands a fierce uppercut on Mihajlovic’s chest, dropping him, and pounded on him relentlessly for the TKO first round victory. I plan to see Ngannou fighting in a championship bout within the next year.
Gilbert Melendez vs. Edson Barboza (Lightweight)
Melendez has not had the same luck in UFC as he had in Strikeforce, and Barboza didn’t help his poor record. Barboza has the best kicking attack in the UFC and let his power show against Melendez with 19 total strikes. Barboza kept Melendez’s striking in check with the kicks, taking out his front leg and body in the second round. Barboza wins unanimously, and I hope to see him in a fight Khabib Nurmagomedov next.
Holly Holm vs. Valentina Shevchenko (Bantamweight)
Shevchenko’s performance was impeccable, out boxing the world class boxer. Holm seemed shook after Shevchenko sprung up when she knocked her down. Even with Holm winning the first round, it just looked as if she didn’t believe in herself. The second round consisted of Shevchenko connecting and Holm missing completely. Shevchenko took Holm down in the third and dominated the round, and the rest of the fight. This was Holm’s do or die, and with a shocking loss, it seems as if her next bout will determine her career in the UFC. I hope she isn’t the Buster Douglas of the UFC.
This card was disappointing overall, with very little excitement and few moments worth remembering. All but two fights were absolutely dull and one-sided. The performance of the night goes to Valentina Shevchenko, who will definitely move up the ranks, hopefully getting another challenging opponent. As a fan of UFC, I hope 201 doesn’t disappoint, with Robbie Lawler and Tyron Woodley headlining. The last month in the UFC has been one to forget.
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