UFC Fight Night Recap

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By Dan Rebain – Summer Staff Writer

Prelims

Christian Aguilera (14-6) def Anthony Ivy (8-3) via R1 TKO 

Source: Chris Unger

Every time Anthony Ivy threw his right hand, he would put himself off balance, and Aguilera saw this and pounced. After a missed kick by Ivy, Aguilera hit him on the top of his with a two piece and a biscuit, right then a left, wobbling Ivy. Aguilera saw Ivy was hurt and pounced like a lion finishing a kill throwing bombs and forcing Ivy to cover up. At this point referee Dan Mergliata had seen enough and stopped the fight. Aguilera now has 11 KO’s in 14 wins in his career and starts his UFC career off with a bang.

Tyson Nam (19-11-1) def Zarrukh Adashev (3-2) via R1 KO (Punches)

Source: Chris Unger

Tyson Nam has been fighting since 2006 and would have been fighting in his 31st career bout but after facing stiff competition like Sergio Pettis and Kai Kara-France he was one more loss from probably getting cut from the UFC. Zarruckh Adashev on the other hand was a former K1 Kickboxing champion, and was only making his fifth career MMA fight after making the transition from kickboxing (16-3 record). Coming into the fight Adashev was a prospect to watch and would be making his debut in the UFC against a much more experienced opponent. This one wouldn’t last long though – After checking an inside leg kick from Adashev, Nam saw the opening and landed a devastating right hand to put Adashev down to the ground not knowing where he was. Nam would then put him to sleep with one more bomb of a right hand on the ground, putting Adashev to bed and tucking him in for the night. Nam would get the KO in 32 seconds, and his first win in his third fight in the UFC.

Julia Avila (8-1) def Gina Mazany (6-4) via R1 TKO (Punches)

Source: MMA Junkie

Mazany and Avila came out the gates fast, and Mazany wanted to calm that down by switching levels and bringing the fight to the ground early to drain the energy out of Avila. Avila was not having any of that as she hit Mazany with a knee right and as Mazany backed off, Avila chased her down moving forward. Avila was throwing left and rights at a rapid pace and had Mazany’s back to the fence leaving her only options to covering up and praying. The referee gave Mazany a warning to fight back and when she didn’t, he stepped in. Avila would get the fastest KO of the night at 22 seconds. “I’m that annoying fly in the background. But now I’m starting to make a couple waves”, said Avila. She now has 5 KO’s out of here eight wins and is definitely a raging prospect at 135 pounds. And with all of the first three fights going less than a minute, this card was off to the races.

Merab Dvalishvili (11-4) def Gustavo Lopez (11-5) via Unanimous Decision (30-25, 30-26, 30-26)

Source: Draft Kings

Merab Dvalishvili was added to this card on just a week’s notice against veteran Ray Borg, only for Borg to drop out Thursday due to a family emergency. Thankfully, Lopez was able to step in, but he was not under contract with the UFC and had a hard time involving his former promotion, Combate Americas which almost threatened the bout. They eventually got it settled and the fight was a go. Once they finally got to the cage, Dvalishvili had the advantage everywhere the fight went, out striking the UFC newcomer 100-61 over three rounds. The Long Island resident had an even bigger margin in significant strikes, landing 70 heavy shots to just 18. Dvalishvili also established himself as one of the best takedown artists in the UFC, taking Lopez down 13 times over three rounds and bringing his UFC total to 52 in just six fights. A dominant win for Dvalishvili taking his win total up to 11 and now is on a four-fight winning streak after losing his first two fights in the UFC.

Main Card

Mariya Agapova (9-1) def Hannah Cifers (10-6) via R1 Submission (Rear Naked Choke)

Source: MSN.com

Mariya Agapova was making her debut in the UFC after going 8-1 and having 6 wins by KO or submission in her career while Ciferes was coming off a loss to Makenzie Dern just two weeks ago on May 30th. The whole fight Ciferes was eating shot after shot that Agapova was throwing at her. Early Agapova landed several body shots that hurt Cifers, but at the halfway point in the round Agapova would drop Cifers with a BIG left head kick that led to the end of the fight. Cifers would get up, but while she was hurt Agapova took advantage of her dazed opponent and took her back, locking in the body triangle and sinking in a deep rear naked choke. With Cifers falling to the ground and Agapova on her back she tapped immediately. Now on a three-fight winning streak after her first loss on Dana White’s Contender Series, the Kazakhstan native Agapova spring boarded herself onto the scene in the 125lb division in the UFC. Cifers on the other hand has now fought twice in two weeks losing both and tapping out in both as well; Cifers is now 0-3 in 2020.

Jordan Espinosa (15-7) def Mark de La Rosa (11-5) via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

Source: ESPN

With all the odds against him, Jordan Espinosa delivered with a dominant performance against Mark De La Rosa. Coming off two consecutive losses, Espinosa definitely needed a win just to stay in the UFC and he put on a perfect performance round after round to land a win in a very lopsided way. As the first round started, Espinosa established his well-timed and placed jab that cocked De La Rosa’s head back numerous times. But to counter that, De La Rosa started to look for a takedown against the cage, but Espinosa made him pay with a barrage of elbows to the side of the head. The longer the fighters stayed on their feet, Espinosa was able to put together a string of combinations that continued to catch De La Rosa. As De La Rosa was moving forward, he would struggle to get inside of Espinosa’s range and land anything. The third round was all the same with Espinosa even taking down De La Rosa and hammering him on the ground. Espinosa would ultimately get the unanimous win and even called out his next potential opponent, “I’m trying to get ‘Fight Island,” Espinosa said. “I’ve never even been overseas before. I’m down to get on that July 25. Tyson Nam just got a knockout. I’d be down to fight him.”

Andre Fili (21-7) def Charles Jourdain (10-3) via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Source: MMA Junkie

After three hard-fought rounds, and a highly contested fight between Andre Fili and Charles Jourdain, it went to the judges’ score cards. Jourdain definitely landed the most significant blow of the fight when he dropped Fili with a massive left hand in the opening round. But Fili did manage to bounce back and throughout the fight was more active than his opponent and mixed in his wrestling background, getting some takedowns which might have won Fili the fight. However, Jourdain appeared to land the harder shots as the fight unfolded, but Fili was more of the aggressor and out-landed Jourdain by a marginable 79-66 to ultimately claim victory. Fili now moves to 9-6 in the UFC, while Jourdain falls to 1-2 in the UFC.

Charles Rosa (13-4) def Kevin Aguilar (17-4) via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Source: ESPN

In what turned out to be a stand-up battle between Charles Rosa and Kevin Aguilar, Rosa was the one able to connect with the better strikes over three rounds to get the nod on the scorecards. A pair of 29-28 cards went Rosa’s way with the third judge giving the fight to Aguilar by the same 29-28 score. Rosa was definitely willing to trade shots on the feet with Aguilar, which can be dangerous with the power that Aguilar possesses in his punches. Aguilar didn’t get overly aggressive in part to respecting Rosa’s ground game, but he was definitely connecting with the better strikes in the early going. Aguilar would get too comfortable countering Rosa rather than pressing the action towards his opponent, which slowed his offense down several times throughout the fight. The swinging point in the fight was Rosa’s left hand. He would constantly find Aguilar’s chin as Aguilar was coming up just short while swinging for the fences. And as each minute passed, Rosa’s ability to find the target helped him beat out Aguilar in mostly every single exchange. Rosa, just a few weeks after losing to Bryce Mitchell would get the job done with the split decision from the judges’ score cards. For Aguilar, he has dropped three straight fights since winning his UFC debut in March 2019.

Co-Main Event

Marvin Vettori (15-4-1) def Karl Roberson (9-3) via R1 Submission (Rear Naked Choke)

Source: ESPN

This was the third time this fight was scheduled with the last time being May 13th when Karl Robinson missed weight, which prompted some bad blood between him and Marvin Vettori. And what happened when these two weighed in on friday, Robinson again missed weight and by 4.5 lbs. This made Vettori’s blood boil even more, and when he got in the ring, he was seeing red from the jump. Early both Robinson and Vettori were looking for the KO both swinging to take each other’s head off. Robinson would then try to attempt a rear naked but Vettori would get out quick. After a Vettori takedown shortly after, it would lead to a scramble battle both escaping dangerous positions but finally Vettori would lock in a rear naked of his own after landing a bunch of ground and pound and Robinson would have to tap out.

Main Event

Cynthia Calvillo (8-1-1) def Jessica Eye (15-7) via Unanimous Decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46)

Source: ESPN

Jessica Eye had a terrible time trying to make weight Friday morning as she was reportedly 129.5 pounds, 3.5 pounds over the 126 mark she had to make that morning. She would eventually weigh in but missed by .25 of a pound. After getting off the scale she said, “I’m sorry guys I don’t think I can stand.” Calvillo herself was moving up to 125 as she’s missed weight a 115lbs multiple times and already has wins over the next title challenger Joanne Calderwood and Montana De La Rosa both ranked fighters in the division. But Eye had success on the feet in the first round, landing several hard-right hands and winning the first round in many people’s eyes. Calvillo adjusted her game plan in the second as she took Eye down and landed some ground-and-pound. Calvillo throughout the whole five rounds had nearly eight minutes of control time on the ground. Rounds 3 thru 5 were basically mirror images of each other, Eye would string together some combos and land on Calvillo but then Calvillo would take her down and dominate Eye on the ground. Calvillo went for multiple submissions, rear naked choke on multiple occasions and she even attempted a Peruvian necktie, but Eye was able to defend submissions well. In the end Calvillo’s superior ground game won her the fight, winning four rounds on one judge scorecard and three on the other two. Calvillo is now riding a four-fight winning streak and is now a real contender at 125 and is now training at American Kickboxing Academy (AKA). For Eye after missing weight again it looks like she might have to move back up to 135lbs where she lost her last four fights before moving down to 125lbs.

Post Fight Presser

50k Performance Bonus: Marvin Vettori, Mariya Agapova, Tyson Nam and Christian Aguilera 

Dana White Press Conference:

  • The only way we be allowing fans in arenas is if the state will allow 100% capacity, no reason to hold an event with 50% capacity ill just keep it here (in Las Vegas) 
  • Dana White also called out Top Rank and Bob Arum

Next Fight

UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Volkov June 20 again at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas Nevada featuring a Heavyweight fight in the Main Event #3 Curtis Blaydes vs #7 Alexander Volkov. You can see the rest of the car here.

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