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It what would turn out to be one of the weirdest fight cards in UFC history due to the cancelation of four fights, but Uncle Dana and the UFC were able to overcome the adversity and were still able to put on a good show and brought us some interesting fights. Keep reading to find out the details of each fight..
Chris Gutierrez (15-3-2) def Cody Durden (11-2-1) via Unanimous Draw (28-28, 28-28, 28-28)
Cody Durden dominated the first round with his wrestling, ground and pound and submission attempts. He was on Gutierrez’s back for almost the whole round; It was a 10-8 round. In the second and third, though, Gutierrez took over with his striking landing most of his 73 landed strikes in the last two rounds. Gutierrez landed hard kicks to the body and calf of Durden, doing damage to both areas, it also did a number on Durden movement. With Durden having his movement reduced later in the fight, he looked to go back to his wrestling. But it did not work, after the first round, Gutierrez defended 11 of 12 takedown attempts. Once it got to the third Gutierrez was heavily in control and dropped Durden twice in with his monster kicks. At the end of the fight Gutierrez did win two rounds of the fight but him being dominated in the first round cost him the win and with the 10-8 round all three judges scored it 28-28 for a draw; a rare occurrence for a unanimous draw in the sport of MMA
Jamall Emmers (18-5) def Vincent Cachero (7-2) via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jamall Emmers showed off a multifaceted skill set Saturday night. Emmer’s original opponent Timur Valiev had to pull out earlier in the week due to a visa issue and Vincent Cachero stepped in on short notice, a theme of this card. just not all at once — in putting on a commanding performance to earn his first UFC victory. Emmers in each round, worked a different attack, keeping his opponent on his heels. In R1, he punished Cachero to the body, landing multiple knees and kicks, and the damage showed. Emmers went mainly with right hands to the head in R2, landing some vicious shots to Cachero’s head but Cachero never did stop moving forward in those two rounds. Emmers in R3 took the fight to the ground, taking Cachero down two out of four times and setting up submission attempts both times. But Cachero fought out of the submission attempts and made it to the final horn in his UFC debut. But in the end all three judges scored the fight 30-27 for Emmers, who has now won five of six of his last fights.
Nathan Maness (12-1) def Johnny Munoz Jr. (10-1) via Unanimous Decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
Nathen Maness had a somewhat difficult week leading into his UFC debut. His original opponent Ray Borg dropped out the day before the fight, and he was handed Johnny Munoz, a completely different stature of opponent than Borg and was undefeated. Munoz who was also making his UFC debut and had a dominant round in the first, when he used his wrestling and grappling to upend Maness. But the tide turned for Maness in the second as he was able to open a cut on Munoz’s hairline with an elbow and land the harder blows in R2. In R3 Munoz kick Maness in the nether regions for the third time in the fight and after a warning after the second kick, he was deducted a point for his infractions. It did not hurt Maness enough though as Maness pushed on with a second wind, once again being the better striker in the round and even taking Munoz down late. Maness with his activity and with his shots landing through the three rounds would be giving the win in his UFC debut. Maness has now won two straight, while Munoz who did come in on a day’s notice, takes his first loss of his pro career.
Jonathan Martinez (12-3) def Frankie Saenz (13-7) via R3 KO
Jonathan Martinez missed weight coming into his fight against Frankie Saenz, but it did not look like it mattered during the fight. Coming off his third loss of his career to Andre Ewell, Martinez was looking to get his high potential back on track. Martinez came out strong in R1 & R2 with his kicks and dealt a lot of damage with those kicks to the head and body, really affecting Saenz movement throughout the fight. It was in the R3 where Martinez would get the finish, he was looking for the whole fight. Martinez threw a knee that landed clean on Saenz chin, and Martinez was able to secure the win after landing some left hands as the ref stepped in and waved a stop to the fight. Martinez came in 4½ LBs over the 135 limit and surrendered 30% of his winnings to Saenz, but he will take the win rather than the money.
Bobby Green (26-10-1) def Lando Vannata (11-5-2) via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
The rematch between Bobby Green and Lando Vannata lived up to the “Fight of the Night” standard set by their first bout, winning both fighters the Fight of the night bonus. Green connected with many damaging shots in a toe-to-toe slugfest over three rounds. But Vannata did come out very strong to start the affair. He walked Green down everywhere he went and landed some good punching combinations and connected with some stinging shots catching Green almost by surprise. Eventually Vannata got overly eager and walked straight into a hard-straight punch that dropped him halfway through the opening round. The high-octane pace continued in the second, with both men risking getting KO’d to land their own shots, with each landing huge strikes. After Vannata got up from a Green takedown, Green kept his lands low, countering Vannata when he could but he did eat some shots for his troubles. For the final round both came out looking to put the fight to rest, and Green landed the first shot. He went into the pocket with Vannata and landed a booming elbow to the face of Vannata that put him down. Vannata was able to survive, scrambling back to his feet and now in need of a finish to get the victory. Green stayed smart, picking his shots then shooting in for another takedown. He rode out position for a few seconds then the fight got back up to the feet. They slugged it out for the final stretch, with Green landing the better shots to secure his win. “I just paid off my house,” a thrilled Green said in an emotional and inspirational post-fight interview. He now has won in-a-row after losing two straight.
Vicente Luque (19-7-1) def Randy Brown (12-4) via R2 TKO (Knee)
Luque started off the fight kicking for the fences, landing heavy leg kicks on Brown and it was clear the kicks hindered Brown’s offense and movement, which opened other avenues for Luque’s striking. With his striking starting to land, Luque landed a big right hand, dropping Brown, which solidified him taking R1. Brown did improve in R2; Brown’s striking increased and landed a booming spinning elbow on Luque, but it did not seem to faze Luque. Late in R2, Luque would land a flush knee to Brown’s face while he was pressed against the cage and Luque would be able to finish Brown on his hands and knees against the cage. With the win Luque is now 2-0 since losing a decision to Stephen Thompson last November. For Brown, his two-fight winning streak came to an end with the defeat.
Jennifer Maia (18-6-1) def Joanne Calderwood (14-5) via R1 Submission (Arm Bar)
Most of the attention going into the co-main event between Joanne Calderwood and Jennifer Maia, was on Calderwood because she was putting her title shot that she had in the line to put an exclamation mark on her status as a title challenger. But instead of her doing what she wanted, she did the opposite. Maia who was coming off a loss to the latest challenger to the 125 LB title Katlyn Chookagian, instead made her own statement. Maia would submit Calderwood with a solid armbar 4:29 into just the first round. Maia also had her way with her boxing, landing punches in bunches, which found the mark early and often on Calderwood. Calderwood, losing on the feet, took Maia down and took control of top position. But Maia expertly turned the position into an armbar, isolated the arm, and left Calderwood no choice but to tap. Just after the fight even the champ Valentina Shevchenko obliged to Maia who called her out for a chance at the title.
Derek Brunson (21-7) def Edmen Shahbazyan (11-1) via R3 TKO
Derek Brunson coming into this very much hyped up fight was on a two-fight winning streak after losing two in-a-row to Jacare Souza and Israel Adesanya. Also, this fight against Edmen Shahbazyan was elevated to the main event on a very broken fight card that in total had four fights canceled including the original main event Holly Holm vs Irene Aldana. But Brunson was ready to not be another steppingstone in an up and coming fighter’s career, “I’m not given enough respect,’ OK with earning it”, said Brunson. Brunson and Shahbazyan would go toe to toe with Shahbazyan in the opening round, both landing their own shots but Shahbazyan undefeated coming into the fight would take R1. Shahbazyan showed why he is such a highly regarded prospect, mixing punches that were delivered with authority and kicks thrown from all over. But that all changed when R2 came around. Brunson would pick up the pace, pushing forward and taking his opponent down to the mat. Once the fight got to the ground Brunson was able to showcase his superior wrestling and dropped some devastating ground-and-pound, almost very nearly ending the fight with some elbows that stunned Shahbazyan but was saved by the round ending horn. Herb Dean waved the fight just after the horn but Shahbazyan would see the third round after a doctor check after the brutal final seconds. With Shahbazyan still labored from R2, Brunson wasted little time to finish the fight off. Brunson would only need to land two shots to put Shahbazyan down for good as Herb Dean would step in, this time ending the fight. The KO is Brunson’s 12th of his career, and for Shahbazyan with the loss drops from the ranks of the unbeaten in just his second career fight to get outside of R1.
50k Fight of the Night: Bobby Green vs Lando Vannata
50k Performance Bonus: Vicente Luque, Jennifer Maia
Next Event: The UFC is back this Saturday, August 8th featuring #4 Derek Lewis (23-7) against #10 Aleksei Oleinik (59-13-1) on ESPN+, check out the full card here.
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