Heavyweights stunned the UFC Fight Night card with power and the main event middleweights took over. In a battle of mixed martial art promotions, the Ultimate Fighting Championship squared off with Bellator MMA not only on the same night, but in the same exact state in Connecticut. In an action packed fight Friday night, the entire world got its belly full of some of the premier mixed martial arts in the world. Now without anymore hesitation, it is time to go into depth over what transpired inside Zuffa’s octagon.
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza defeats Gegard Mousasi via Submission (Guillotine Choke) rd. 3 – Some call it boring, others call it blanketing, and the hardcore call it beautiful; Souza grappled his way into an impressive submission, locking up the choke on Gegard Mousasi. The story was practically the same through three rounds. The two would come out in the opening minute of the round, throw some bows, and Souza would press Gegard against the cage and take him down. Two rounds it resulted in nothing, as Souza had only a few kimura attempts to show for it. Finally, in the third round, “Jacare” was able to find a home around Mousasi’s neck and sink in the guillotine choke. Mousasi was not exactly on his “A” game in this UFC, as his stand up was sloppy, and his take down defense has surprisingly disappeared. Souza is now itching around a title shot, but could warrant one more fight with a top three opponent before getting his first crack at the belt.
Ben Rothwell defeats Alistair Overeem via TKO (Strikes) rd. 1 – Overeem came out aggressive early, throwing kicks to Rothwell’s knees and knees to his opponent’s midsection. As soon as Overeem tasted some of Rothwell’s power though, it seemed as if the Dutch kickboxer just folded. Rothwell put together some well-timed uppercuts that caught Overeem coming in, and finished “The Reem” with a well-timed counter overhand right hand right up side his foe’s temple. No ring rust for big Ben, coming off a year-long suspension, as Rothwell put together a performance that will do wonders for his career. A victory over the seventh ranked heavyweight in the UFC may push him into consideration for a top fifteen slot in the division.
Matt Mitrione defeats Derrick Lewis via KO (Punches) rd. 1 – Well, the hype to the fight lasted quite a bit longer then the heavyweight match up did. Mitrione exchanged heavy pleasantries, Matt Mitrione got the best of it, and down went “The Beast” in a heap. Lewis was highly noted for his power, and ability to knock people out with a flick to the chin, but it was Mitrione who got to display some of his own striking ability, landing what seemed to be a forearm to Lewis’ jaw and sending him to the canvas. Mitrione gets back on track in the heavyweight division, while this sends Lewis flailing to his first defeat.
Joe Lauzon defeats Michael Chiesa via TKO (Doctor Stoppage-Cut) rd. 2 – Possible fight of the night right off the bat on the main card, as the two turned their scrap into a dog fight. Chiesa established his jab early, and landed some accurate knees in the clinch, and at one point towards the end of the round seemed to have landed a flying knee for good measure. Lauzon kept the fight close against the cage, and had some equally dominant spots while having Chiesa’s back during the fight. Second round both threw all caution to the wind as they went toe to toe through the first few minutes of the round. Lauzon was able to capitalize with a knee right up the middle, connecting with Chiesa’s eye and splitting his brow wide open. After further evaluation of the gash, both the doctor and ref called a stop to the fight. Chiesa was visibly upset and knew he could have still fought, but the cut was just too deep and too dangerous to continue. A rematch could very well happen in the near future as it seemed both were pretty open to it.
In other notable fights on the card, John Moraga came in as the ranked underdog and beat Justin Scoggins decisively in the 2nd round. The Nik Lentz and Charles Oliveira match was cancelled due to Oliveira’s illness, which in his words, forced him to miss weight during Thursday’s weigh ins. For information and results regarding all the earlier prelim results, please look down below.
John Moraga defeats Justin Scoggins via Submission (Guillotine Choke) rd. 2
Al Iaquinta defeats Rodrigo Damm via TKO (Strikes) rd. 3
Rafael Natal defeats Chris Camozzi via Split Decision
Chris Beal defeats Tateki Matsuda via Unanimous Decision
Chas Skelly defeats Sean Soriano via Unanimous Decision
Next weekend the Ultimate Fighting Championship takes their product overseas to Brazil, as Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, duke it out in what could be a quick striking war between the two. For complete coverage and full fight analysis, check in on the Guardian Liberty Voice for everything UFC and MMA related.
Commentary by Justin Huffman
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