UFC Fight Night Recap II

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By Daniel Rebain – Summer Staff Writer

PRELIMS

 Austin Hubbard (12-4) def Max Rohskopf (5-1) via R2 TKO (Fighter’s Decision)

Source: MMA Fighting

Hubbard withstood an early storm from Rohskopf, but in the end that was all Rohskopf had in him in his UFC debut. Hubbard put a beating on him in a one-sided Round 2, and Rohskopf quit on his stool at the end of the round. Rohskopf came in riding a hype train although he had only five pro fights, he had won them all by submission. And early on, he showed off that he could be the real deal. But Hubbard escaped both of Rohskopf submissions, and he made Rohskopf pay with solid punch and kick combinations.  By the time the horn sounded after the second round, Rohskopf was bloody and sagging. And then he told his cornermen he was done; Hubbard out-landed Rohskopf 45-6 in significant strikes in the second round. Rohskopf’s manager Brian Butler said “Rohskopf suffered from fatigue due to the short-notice weight cut combined with a pre-existing turf toe injury and was not able to overcome both. He is going to take some time off to heal up.”

Lauren Murphy (13-4) def Roxanne Modafferi (24-18) via Unanimous Decision

Lauren Murphy is currently on a hot streak in the Flyweight Division after a unanimous win against Roxanne Modafferi and is now 4-1 in that weight class. Murphy outstruck Modafferi 108 to 102 and wobbled her with a short right hand in the second round. Modafferi continued to press forward throughout the fight but found herself repeatedly walking into Murphy’s counter right hand. She forced her way into the clinch multiple times, but Murphy did well defending those positions and disengaging to get back to distance. “I have the longest win streak in the flyweight division right now and all of my wins are over ranked opponents,” Murphy said. “Nobody else in the flyweight division can say that.” Murphy extended her win streak to three, and now wants to fight the #2 fighter at 125lbs, “I want to fight Cynthia Calvillo next.”

Justin Jaynes (16-4) def Frank Camacho (22-9) via R1 TKO (Punches)

Source: MMA Junkie

When Jaynes woke up three days ago, he was not even on the UFC roster. And less than 72 hours later, in his UFC debut, he would stamp his arrival in the UFC by way of a highlight-reel KO in his UFC debut that lasted less than a minute. He now owns the second fastest finish in a debut in UFC history at 41 seconds, three seconds behind Diego Ferreira’s 38 second finish of Colton Smith. Jaynes landed four huge left hooks and some hard-right hands in between to stop Camacho by TKO at 41 seconds of the first round. Jaynes was slotted into this spot when Matt Frevola, Camacho’s initial opponent, was pulled from the card due to his cornerman testing positive for COVID-19. Jaynes has been a pro MMA fighter since 2013 yet, he has not gotten a shot in the UFC until now and has won five in a row overall.

Gillian Robertson (8-4) def Cortney Casey (9-8) via Submission (Rear Naked Choke)

All three rounds played out almost identically. In Rounds 1 and 2, Robertson absorbed a myriad of crisp right hands before taking Casey to the canvas less than a minute into the bout. Robertson took a little more time to get to the mat in Round 3, but just like in the first two rounds, she maintained top control the rest of the way. It looked as though the fight would go into the books as three lookalike rounds with Robertson dominating Casey with ground control but little threat of finishing her. But then Robertson seized control and finished the job with a rear naked choke. Robertson with the win continued her run of finishing every one of her seven UFC bouts. It was her fourth submission, the most in UFC women’s history. It also was the latest stoppage in UFC women’s history, coming with 24 seconds left on the clock.

Marc-Andre Barriault (12-4) def Oskar Piechota (11-4-1) via R2 TKO (Punches) 

It was obvious from the jump that Barriault wanted to pressure Piechota, and he did so perfectly. Barriault constantly found a home with his right hand and landed some elbows when both fighters were in close. Piechota just didn’t have an answer for anything that Barriault was throwing at him. Piechota would land some uppercuts of his own, as well as a jab here and there, but Barriault made Piechota spend most of the fight on his back foot with his back near the fence almost 100 percent of the time. Barriault late in the second round hurt Piechota with an uppercut and right cross along the fence. Piechota eventually went down to one knee, and then fell over onto his back, prompting referee Chris Tognoni to step in. It’s Barriault’s first victory in four trips to the UFC’s Octagon. Piechota’s disappointing run in the UFC continues, as he’s been finished in four consecutive fights, after starting his career 11-0-1.

Tecia Torres (11-5) def Brianna Van Buren (9-3) via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Source: MyMMA

On Saturday night, Tecia Torres showed the version of herself that had people thinking she had the potential to secure the gold. Torres, fighting on the same card as her girlfriend, Raquel Pennington, flashed brilliance to snap a four-fight losing streak. By the end of the first, Torres took control of the whole fight, stuffing Van Buren’s takedown attempts and letting her limbs fly in the striking department after Van Buren had a quick start. Torres’ hands and kicks were simply too quick. Torres let her kicks go in the third, finding a home for the left body kick and front kicks to the body. Van Buren had no answer for the quickness while in the middle of the cage. Torres had not won since December 2017 and four of her five losses include current champion Zhang Weili and former champions Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Jessica Andrade and Rose Namajunas, all by unanimous decision. “I’m coming off some tough losses, they weren’t bad losses, they’re against champions,” Torres said. “If you are in there against champions and you do what I did and you didn’t get the shit beat out of you I think you still need to be talked about. I wanted that win, I needed that win kind of, and I got it.” 

Bobby Green (25-10-1) def Clay Guida (35-17) via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Bobby Green entering Saturday night had not won a fight since 2014 and had just one win in his previous seven fights. Relying on his fast hands and strong defensive wrestling to pick off Guida’s entries, Green earned the win even with him having his hands down and standing still. Green would out-land Guida by a huge margin landing 85 significant strikes to Guida’s 23. Even with Green conserving energy from distance, he did some of his best work from the clinch, landing 16 strikes from that position. Guida landed zero. For Guida, it was his 14th UFC loss in his 29th career fight, second most in history behind Jeremy Stephens’ 17.

MAIN CARD

Jim Miller (31-14) def Roosevelt Roberts (10-1) via R1 Submission (Armbar)

Roosevelt Roberts, three weeks after submitting Bruce Weaver by submission, was looking to earn his 3rd win in the last 7 months. But Jim Miller, a 12-year UFC veteran, spoiled the party for Roberts. Miller earned his 21st win inside the Octagon Saturday night. The win moved Miller into third on the UFC’s all-time win list, trailing only Demian Maia (22) and Donald Cerrone (23). Miller put Roberts in a tough position in the opening seconds, as he swept the young prospect off his feet with a leg kick. Miller then moved into top position and then transitioned to an armbar when Roberts attempted to escape from the bottom position. It was the first time that Roberts had been finished in his MMA career.

Belal Muhammad (17-3) def Lyman Good (21-6) via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Muhammad’s footwork and diversity were the key in the first two rounds. Good walked him down, but Muhammad never let Good cut off the cage and mixed in combinations to keep the power puncher at bay. Good seemed frustrated that Muhammad would not stay in place long enough for him to land a big shot. Good finally caught up to Muhammad in the third round. He got him against the cage and landed a hard combination that put Muhammad in trouble.  “We were going according to plan until he rocked me,” Muhammad said. “Sometimes we have to go to Plan B.” Pan B was Muhammad’s wrestling. Muhammad was able to regather his compuser, weather Good’s storm, take him down and take his back to ride out the rest of the final round of the fight. Muhammad has won three straight and seven of his past eight and is tied for third for most wins (8) in the welterweight division since 2016, with Vicente Luque (10) and champion Kamaru Usman (9) having more. Good went into the fight dealing with the recent death of his father, Lyman Good II and tested positive for COVID-19 back in April when the two were originally supposed to fight. 

#6 Raquel “Rocky” Pennington (11-9) def #10 Marion “The Belizean Bruiser” Reneau (9-6-1) via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)

Source: MMA Fighting

For the first time since 2016, Raquel Pennington and girlfriend Tecia Torres were fighting on the same card. With Torres winning earlier in the night, Pennington was looking to also get the win for the couple to go home happy after the night. Pennington got stronger as the fight wore on, and she took control of the fight from the Thai clinch, landing multiple knees and elbows eventually slowing Reneau significantly. As the fight wore on, and it became a close-range battle, Pennington showed off her strength. She out-landed Reneau in the clinch by a 42-12 margin, and she built a 44-17 edge in body strikes. Pennington is just 6-5 in the UFC but look at her record with a magnifying glass and you will see all of her losses came against reigning or former UFC champions. Reneau, fighting on her 43rd birthday, had her moments, scoring a couple of takedowns and landing some shots from distance, but has now lost her past three fights.

CO-MAIN EVENT: #8 Josh Emmett (16-2) def #10 Shane “Hurricane” Burgos via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27) 

Source: Capital Sport Report

The fight that most people were looking forward to this Co-Main Event between Josh Emmet and Shane Burgos. HOLY SHIT was everyone right, this fight could be up for “Fight of The Year” in my opinion. Emmett would face a serious uphill battle from the get-go. Emmett in the opening seconds of the fight appeared to injure his left knee as Burgos pushed him back and Emmett hyper-extended his leg. But that did not stop Emmett from throwing his patented power punches throughout the whole fight. Burgos would walk Emmett down and absorb his shots constantly and in doing that allowed him to land his own damage to Emmett. Burgos did in fact out-land Emmett in total strikes 155 to 121 if you look at the stats, but Emmett did land the heavier shots, causing way more damage. In the third round Emmett knocked Burgos down with a short left hand just moments in, and would drop him again near the end of the round with another left hook, ultimately winning Emmett the fight and actually scoring a 10-8 from one of the judges in the third round. Emmett has now won five of his past six bouts, three via knockout. While for Burgos he had his three-fight win streak snapped. 

MAIN EVENT #3 Curtis “Razor” Blaydes (14-2) def #7 Alexander “Drago” Volkov (31-8) via Unanimous Decision (48-46, 48-47, 49-46)

Source: MMA Junkie

Blaydes used takedown after takedown to ground the much taller Volkov in a unanimous decision. Blaydes scored 14 takedowns in total, setting the record for the most in a UFC heavyweight fight. The number is also tied for the third-most takedowns in a UFC fight overall. Blaydes even warned fans about how the fight with the 6-foot-7 Volkov was likely to go. He tweeted Thursday night, “FYI if y’all were hoping to see a 25 minute stand up war you probably shouldn’t tune in to the main event cause I fully intend on rag dolling my opponent just figured I’d let y’all know ahead of time.Blaydes extended his own record for the most takedowns landed in UFC heavyweight history to 57. But the tide would change heading into the fourth round. Blaydes was still able to take down Volkov, but Volkov was able to escape almost all of them and even stuffed Blaydes’ attempts. It was evident that Blaydes was gassed out and wanted to take Volkov down and rest on the ground. Volkov did have moments on the feet and landed some clean shots and even wobbled Blaydes with a head kick as Blaydes attempted a takedown. But he could not find the finish he needed after losing the first three rounds of the fight. Blaydes has now won four straight fights. He has lost just twice in his career, both times to top UFC heavyweight contender Francis Ngannou who is the #2 ranked Heavyweight fighter just above Blaydes. For Volkov, he has now dropped three of his past four just after winning six in-a-row before losing to Derek Lewis.

Post-Fight Presser

50K Fight of the Night: Burgos vs. Emmett

$50k Performance Bonus: Jim Miller, Justin Jaynes

Dana White Press Conference:

  • Blaydes “talked a lot of shit” this week, but ended up looking “stupid” because he gassed out in the third round.
  • “With his performance tonight and his cardio, I wouldn’t wait around if I was him,” White said. “I’d stay active and stay busy. When you talk shit like he talked this week, man you better come in and whup somebody’s ass.”
  • Dana white on catchweight fights, “i don’t like them, I hate catchweight fights, they mean nothing ” White said once the pandemic is subsided there will be no more catchweight fights
  • No new weight classes to come to the UFC

Next Event

UFC Fight Night, June 27th for the last time at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas Nevada until August rolls around. It will feature #3 Dustin Poirier vs. #5 Dan Hooker in a top five Lightweight matchup. Also up and coming Mickey Gall will take on the savage that is Mike Perry in a fight for a potential top 15 spot. The rest of the card can be seen here 

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