The Jiu Jitsu expert knocks out the one hitter quitter expert, who knew right? UFC heavyweights collided with Fabricio Werdum coming out on top, and next in line for the champion, Cain Velasquez. The rest of the UFC main card ended rather quickly, as each bout ended in the first round of action. Gastelum continues to prove he is an up and coming star in the welterweight division, Ricardo Lamas halts another budding star in Dennis Bermudez, and Jessica Eye cements her status as a top contender in the women’s bantamweight division. Incredible night of UFC fights end with a bang, and the MMA Spotlight is here to cover it all!
Mark Hunt defeated by Fabrico Werdum by TKO (Knee/Strikes) rd.2 – Not too many saw that ending coming, what a knockout performance by Fabricio Werdum to seal up the UFC interim heavyweight title. Hunt dropped him in the first, and then dropped him again in the second round; the outcome favoring Werdum seemed very bleak early. The Brazilian went back to what he does best, and caught Hunt ducking right into a patented knee of his. Just the opportune moment for Werdum to change the tides in this fight. Hunt was the underdog in this fight, rightfully so, but one could sense the feeling early that the Samoan was not going to go quietly, and badly wanted his shot at gold. To be quite frank, it was supposed to be Werdum versus Velasquez in the first place, Werdum was the more deserving of a title shot. Hopefully sometime early next year the two will be matched up, this time though, the match will more than likely not take place on Cain Velasquez’s home turf in Mexico.
Jake Ellenberger defeated by Kelvin Gastelum by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) rd.1 – The UFC welterweight division has a new contender rising up the ranks, Gastelum continues to dominate the opposition as he remains undefeated. Ellenberger came out aggressive in the stand up game, but found himself on the wrong side of a scramble, and got caught in a rear naked choke. “The Juggernaut” was quite lackadaisical during the scramble, and actually looked quite stale as he laid there while Gastelum circled and gained his back with ease. Gastelum has not showcased his wrestling much during his UFC run, but used it to perfection to beat a top ten Ellenberger. Intriguing match up await the young undefeated fighter as he continues to climb up the ladder.
Dennis Bermudez defeated by Ricardo Lamas by Submission (Guillotine Choke) rd.1 – Lamas never looked better as he made quick work of the surging Bermudez. Not too many saw it coming, as Bermudez was storming through the UFC featherweight division, that was until he met “The Bully”. Lamas did not allow Bermudez to implement his game plan, and took advantage of the short space he was provided to land a sweet left straight hand that dropped his foe. From there Lamas grabbed a hold of Bermudez’s neck, and was able to crank the arm in guillotine enough to get the tap. The featherweight division is chock full of talent, and has become one of the most exciting UFC divisions to pay attention to.
Chris Heatherly defeated by Augusto Montano by TKO (Knees) rd.1 – It was said in the preview article, that if Montano can keep this fight standing, it was his fight to be had if he could keep it standing. Heatherly had some early success getting Montano to the ground, but the threat of submission kept Heatherly from really establishing control. Choreographed take down attempts did not help his much, as Montano hurt the American coming in, and finished him off with vicious knees, Bisping style. Big John McCarthy stepped in to halt the onslaught, giving Augusto Montano the TKO finish in the very first round.
Edgar Garcia defeated by Hector Urbina by Submission (Guillotine Choke) rd.1 – Standing guillotine chokes are a thing of beauty but hard to really pull off, but Urbina seemed up to the challenge while choking out Garcia against the fence. There was some beautiful ground tactics early on between the two, with a reversal or two along with some sub attempts. The finish was quite a sudden one, stopping the fight with a quickness.
In other notable fights, Jessica Eye was just a couple punches away from knocking Leslie Smith’s ear off, in what was one of the more gruesome images seen inside the cage in quite some time. One punch exploded Smith’s cauliflower ear, with follow-up punches to leave it dangling on the side of her head. The doctor was forced to step in and stop the fight, further injury may have occurred if Smith continued on. Also, Yair Rodriguez and Alejandro Perez both won their ‘Ultimate Fighter‘ finale fights, crowning them the season winners of their respective divisions.
Leonardo Morales defeated by Yair Rodriguez by Unanimous Decision
Jose Quinonez defeated by Alejandro Perez by Unanimous Decision
Leslie Smith defeated by Jessica Eye by TKO (Doctor Stoppage) rd.2
Humberto Brown defeated by Gabriel Benitez by Submission (Guillotine Choke) rd.3
Guido Cannetti defeated by Henry Biones by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) rd.2
Marlon Vera defeated by Marco Beltran by Unanimous Decision
An exciting night of UFC fights in Mexico; the show travels back to the states just a little north to Texas, as Cub Swanson and Frankie Edgar fight in the city of Austin to determine who will fight Jose Aldo next for the belt. Well so they say, Conor McGregor may have something to say about that, but this is considered a number one contender fight. So join the Guardian Liberty Voice next Saturday, as the MMA Spotlight covers the UFC action Live in Austin, TX.
Commentary by Justin Huffman
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