The forever-haunted UFC 177 card finally has concluded its chapter on a long month leading up to the event. Needless to say, the event did the furthest thing from disappoint, as the card a whole only dished out one decision on an action packed evening full of exciting fights. Dillashaw defended his belt for the first time, finishing the debuting Joe Soto in the fifth round. Bethe Correira solidified her status as a hot prospect rising up the rankings, knocking out one of Ronda Rousey’s teammates, Shayna Baszler, in the process. Dana White inspired the troops with before the venue with an epic pre fight speech, and his fighters responded. For more inside analysis of tonight’s event, check down below for a more in-depth look into each bout.
T.J. Dillashaw defeats Joe Soto via KO (Head Kick) rd. 5 – There was no upset of the year tonight, as T.J. Dillashaw continued his dominant performances in back to back fashion, to beat a debuting UFC fighter in the bantamweight division, Joe Soto. Just hours after number one contender, Renan Barao dropped out of the fight, Joe Soto stepped up from his preliminary spot to take on the champion. Without ever fighting for the organization, Joe Soto held up quite nicely against the champion, picking precise spots to counter Dillashaw’s combos while leaving his mark on his opponent’s face. Dillashaw’s volume and precise strikes proved to be too much for Soto, as Dillashaw cracked a high kick off Soto’s dome in the fifth round, and put him away within seconds afterwards. The direction, or fighter, Dillashaw would possibly fight afterwards down the road has yet to really be determined. Dana White came out and stated that Renan Barao will not get an immediate match after this weekend’s shenanigans, and there are only a few other bantamweights that could step up to fight him towards the end of the year. One fighter who sticks out like a sore thumb is Dominic Cruz, the former bantamweight champion who was forced to give up his belt due to inactivity. The former champ will be making his return back to the octagon in September, and with a victory, could give Dana White and the UFC an option for T.J. Dillashaw’s next opponent.
Tony Ferguson defeats Danny Castillo via Split Decision – Some may call it a controversial finish, some may call it just prudent judging; just depends on how would see the bout being played out. Tony Ferguson pressed forward the whole fight, providing the offense and submission attempts; while Castillo looked to land hay makers when Ferguson came in, and took the fight to the ground and controlled from there will little offense to show for it. Either way, in the judges eyes Castillo’s take downs were not enough to win him the fight, Ferguson’s submission attempts on the ground did just enough to avoid a loss to his record.
Bethe Correira defeats Shayna Baszler via TKO (Strikes) rd. 2 – Not only has Bethe Correira beaten one of the “Four Horsewomen”, she has now beaten two, finishing Shayna Baszler in impressive fashion. First round was not exactly thrilling from either of the two, as it looked like Baszler was quite content on taking her to the mat and keeping her through the duration of the fight. Bethe “The Pitbull” Correira was having none of though, as she stormed forward in the second round and teed off on the veteran women’s combatant. A fluent mixture of body punches, added with a heavy dosage one-two combos from Bethe, and that was all she wrote for Ronda Rousey’s teammate. Afterwards Bethe continued to hold up the one finger signal, pronouncing she is ready for her shot at the women’s bantamweight champion.
Carlos Diego Ferreira defeats Ramsey Nijem via TKO (Strikes) rd. 2 – Ferreira’s striking game was absurdly being picked apart by the play by-play crew, as Ramsey Nijem danced around on the outside and out struck his foe through the first round. In the second tides had turned, as Ferreira showed that he is more than just a one-dimensional fighter, and proving there is some dynamite in those hands of his. In a brief exchange Ferreira caught Nijem with a looping right hook to the chin, stunning Nijem and sending him to the mat. From that point on Ferreira quickly pounced on his dazed opponent and scored the technical knockout victory. Carlos Diego Ferreira remains undefeated as he climbs up the lightweight ranks.
Yancy Medeiros defeats Damon Jackson via Submission (Reverse Guillotine Choke) rd. 2 – One of the many typical submissions and chokes in the fight game, is the known guillotine choke; but not many reverse guillotine chokes have been pulled off inside the cage before. Yancy Medeiros can go ahead and pride himself on being of those very few, when he choked out UFC new comer, Damon “The Leech” Jackson, in the second round. Yancy beat the former Legacy FC product at his own game, while showing a vastly improved striking game in the process. The fight itself was a move up in weight and on short notice for Damon Jackson, there may be a brighter future for the former undefeated fighter back at his original weight class.
In other notable fights, Derek Brunson used his patented “lay and prey” game plan to take down the ever so dangerous Lorenz Larkin. Chris Wade also had an impressive performance in his debut, while Anthony Hamilton rebounded from a loss to take out heavyweight Ruan Potts.
Derek Bruson defeats Lorenz Larkin via Unanimous Decision
Anthony Hamilton defeats Ruan Potts via TKO (Body Punches) rd. 2
Chris Wade defeats Cain Carrizosa via Submission (Guillotine Choke) rd. 1
Finishes and submission galore, UFC 177 provided the exact finish fans and skeptics alike, needed to go home feeling satisfied with what just transpired in Sacramento, California. Check into the Guardian Liberty Voice for further news.
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