Final Preventing Championship (UFC) made its presence recognized to T-Cellular Enviornment in Las Vegas, Nevada, final evening (Sat., Jan. 18, 2020) for UFC 246. If one ignores the highest battle of the evening — which I don’t even have to say by title, it’s the rationale everyone seems to be right here — the remainder of the cardboard was genuinely … not good. It was “Struggle Evening” high quality at greatest. Fortunately, there have been nonetheless some sturdy performances and enjoyable bouts, so let’s dig into ‘em!
Return of the Mac
Conor McGregor did precisely what he was purported to do final evening.
It could not have been stunning, however it was nonetheless spectacular, as McGregor emphatically proved that Cerrone didn’t belong within the Octagon with him. It was the identical Southpaw ways as ever: that brutal double risk of the left hand and left kick. This time, it was McGregor’s shoulder (sure, shoulder) and excessive kick that did the early harm, however a swarm of punches sealed the deal in lower than one minute (watch highlights).
Because it was such a fast and full destruction, there’s not a ton to interrupt down. Nevertheless, it’s clear that McGregor is prepared for the largest fights obtainable at both 155- or 170-pounds, although I personally want to see him choose up one other win earlier than he receives a title shot.
A Full Lack of Shock
A number of years in the past, Pettis was on prime of the world, a killer who appeared unlikely to cough up the belt anytime quickly. But his loss to Carlos Diego Ferreira was largely predictable, taking part in out the best way most anticipated — with the only real exception that Ferreira was in a position to submit Pettis quite than determination him. It’s a dramatic change in solely a brief period of time (recap).
Make no mistake, it was a really spectacular efficiency from Ferreira, who neatly pressured Pettis with each strikes and takedown. The Brazilian continues to place all of it collectively, and he’s now received six straight bouts. He’s greater than earned a shot on the divisional Prime 10.
For Pettis and his crew, it should be immensely irritating. They knew how Ferreira was going to aim to take out Pettis. He went about it the identical manner most everybody has tried not too long ago, and lots of have been profitable. Sadly, no profitable changes had been made, and Pettis appears actually trapped as a person with a clearly written blueprint out towards him.
The Future Denied
Roxanne Modafferi put a beating on Maycee Barber final evening.
A giant narrative after the battle will certainly be Barber’s knee damage, which is honest. For the ultimate 10 minutes of the battle, Barber was barely in a position to stand on her personal, solely capable of finding success when she was in a position to land sweeps from her again and briefly rating prime place. Barber confirmed quite a lot of coronary heart in preventing via the damage, however Modafferi largely managed the exchanges on the ft and mat within the second and third.
Simply as necessary, nevertheless, is how properly Modafferi was in a position to battle within the first spherical. She moved properly, sticking the advancing Barber with straight punches and angling off. When Barber upped the aggression, Modafferi efficiently modified ranges into the clinch and scored a takedown.
Towards the division’s hottest prospect, Modafferi dominated the opening 5 minutes (and the remaining ten as soon as Barber was injured). That’s an end result few would have predicted a pair years in the past, and its a credit score to Modafferi’s perseverance that she has come such a great distance.
UFC 246 Further Ideas
Aleksei Oleinik defeats Maurice Greene through second-round armbar (RECAP): Was this a sloppy battle? Positive. Was it additionally superior? Completely. Oleinik was in a position to get his recreation plan going early, timing his entries to the clinch properly to take his opponents again and pressure him to the mat. For the ultimate 90 seconds of the spherical, Oleinik was cranking on his opponent’s head in a scarfhold headlock, one in all his trademark finishes. Greene by some means survived, and he even stormed again a bit within the second! Each males had been exhausted, however Oleinik managed to intestine his manner via to a takedown and finally soar on an armbar with out a lot time remaining within the second spherical. All issues thought-about, Greene defended himself properly on the mat, which made for an unexpectedly enjoyable Heavyweight grappling match.
Brian Kelleher defeats Ode Osbourne through first-round guillotine choke (RECAP): Man, the primary 15 seconds of this battle needed to be scary for Kelleher’s family and friends. Osbourne got here out performing some bizarre sh*t, crawling round and throwing flying punches. He merely regarded a lot bigger and extra athletic than Kelleher. Fortunately, the veteran saved his composure, landed a couple of photographs of his personal, then ducked right into a well-timed double leg takedown. As soon as on the mat, Kelleher was in his aspect. When Osbourne tried to face, Kelleher jumped on his neck and pulled guard, forcing the faucet to return himself to the win column.
Askar Askarov defeats Tim Elliott through unanimous determination: This was a enjoyable and stunning battle. Again in his pretty current debut reverse Brandon Moreno, Askarov’s placing regarded … not good. Towards Elliott, nevertheless, he almost knocked his foe out early with an enormous cross. Elliott stormed again within the second along with his wonderful clinch throws and seemingly tied it up heading into the third, which devolved right into a straight up slugfest. Elliott saved up the ahead strain and landed some good photographs, however Askarov was way more lively, and his straight punches landed with nice consistency.
Drew Dober defeats Nasrat Haqparast through first-round knockout (HIGHLIGHTS!): These two didn’t waste time in letting their arms fly, however it was Dober who overcame the velocity benefit, and he did so with good timing. Haqparast didn’t do sufficient to disguise an tried low kick, and Dober learn it expertly, dipping his weight and dropping his head off the middle line to drop a thunderous overhand immediately on the jaw. Dober swarmed instantly, ending Haqparast’s present rise and reminding the preventing world simply how a lot he’s improved through the years.
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