UFC Fight Night 113: Nelson vs. Ponzinibbio
Suday, July 16, 2017
The card started out with two knockouts. The first one happened in the second round between Leslie Smith vs. Amanda Lemos. This was followed up by an unexpected knockout in the first round in the Galore Bofando vs. Charie Ward fight. The Danny Henry vs. Daniel Teymur match was a very exciting fight to watch. A back and forth battle between Alexandre Pantoja and Neil Seery ends in a rear naked choke submission. The main event of the Prelim fight between Bobby Nash and Danny Roberts also ended in a vicious knock out in round 2. The fight between Paul Craig and Khalil Rountree was about to go to the second round when a knock out occurred at 4:56 of the first round! That was a good fight. The fight between Paul Felder vs. Stevie Ray also ended in the first round by a KO at 3:57. The main event between Gunnar Nelson and Santigo Ponzinibbio ended before it begun with a KO at 1:22 of Round 1. This is a fight worth seeing!
Overall, this card averaged a score of 3.58/5 therefore giving the card a rating of 5/5 making this our 2nd best card of the year following the Aldo vs. Holloway fight card on June 3.
Until next time, Stay Tuned, Stay Focused. Good Night till the Next Fight.
Fighting out of the BLUE CORNER and fighting out of the RED CORNER
Gunnar “Gunni” Nelson (Reykjavik, Iceland) 16 – 2 – 1 vs. Santigo “Gente Bao” Ponzinibbio (La Plata, Argentina) 24 – 3 – 0 Welterweight
- ROUND 1 – Nelson starts off with a strike that backs Ponzinibbio up however Ponzinibbio recovers well. A hook by Ponzinibbio stuns Nelson and backs him up against the cage. Ponzinibbio unloads with a few heavy hits that drop Nelson. And this fight is over before it’s even begun! The referee jumped in to stop the fight. Santigo Ponzinibbio wins by KO at 1:22 of Round 1. Fight Rate: 4/5
Joanne “Jojo” Calderwood (Glasgow, Scotland) 11 – 2 – 0 vs. Cynthia Calvillo (California, USA) 5 – 0 – 0 Strawweight
- ROUND 1 – With two minutes into the women’s co main event, so far both fighters are feeling each other out. A few strikes here and there however nothing of significance. Calderwood landing a few good leg kicks. With 90 seconds to go in this round, so far Calderwood seems to have more control. Calvillo with an attempted take down that she gets and has Calderwood’s back. Calderwood reverses it and ends up on top with 20 seconds to go. Calvillo attempts an arm bar submission as the horn blows and the round ends. We give this round to Calvillo for the take down and two submission attempts.
- ROUND 2 – Calvillo landing a few good combos to start off the second round. Calderwood kicks Calvillo’s leg and drops her however Calvillo quickly gets back up. Calvillo seems to be giving the better of the punching strikes while Calderwood is giving the better of the kicks. Both fighters are landing significant strikes. Calvillo landing more. 50 seconds to go. The round ends with a flurry by both fighters, however we give it to Calvillo for her more effective striking.
- ROUND 3 – Both fighters still trying to find their rhythm however it seems that Calderwood is always chasing Calvillo. Calvillo seems to be the one landing punches and moving. With a minute left to go, there hasn’t been much action in round 3. Calvillo goes for a take down with 40 seconds to go and she gets it. She’s attempting a submission with 20 seconds left which she doesn’t get as the horn blows. We give this round and the fight to Calvillo 30-27. Judges decide 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 for the winner by unanimous decision Cynthia Calvillo. Fight Rate: 3/5
Paul “The Irish Dragon” Felder (Pensilvania, USA) 13 – 3 – 0 vs. Stevie “Braveheart” Ray (Fife, Scotland) 21 – 6 – 0 Lightweight
- ROUND 1 – Both fighters start the round off feeling each other out trying to gain control. Ray has Felder pinned up against the cage. No strikes are being landed by either fighter while both are against the cage. With two minutes left, we finally get a strike by both fighters. A big knee by Felder that drops Ray! Felder jumps on top of Ray dropping elbows. Ray is holding on while the referee is watching close. Less than a minute to go. Another big elbow knocks out Ray and the referee intervenes and stops the fight. Paul Felder wins by KO at 3:57 of Round 1. Fight Rate: 4/5
Ryan Janes (British Columbia, Canada) 9 – 2 – 0 vs. Jack “The Hammer” Marshman (Abertillery, South Wales) 21 – 6 – 0 Middleweight
- ROUND 1 – A minute into the first round, so far Marshman is giving the best of the striking. He is landing some good combos however nothing of significance. Ninety seconds to go in this round. This round has been all Marshman landing strikes while Janes is responding back. The horn blows and the round is over. We give this round to Marshman based on his effective striking and not letting Janes have any control.
- ROUND 2 – The second round starts similar to how the first round ended. Marshman seems to be in control of all the striking whereas Janes is trying to defend. Janes attempts a take down and Marshman defends well. Janes then has Marshman against the cage which doesn’t last long as Marshman comes out landing some strikes. With 20 seconds left in this round, we give it to Marshman for his effective striking.
- ROUND 3 – The third round starts with a momentum shift where Janes is stalking Marshman. It seems like Janes is the aggressor in this round while Marshman is trying to counterpunch Janes. A big hook by Marshman however Janes rushes Marshman against the cage landing some punches and knees. A minute left in the round and Janes is coming out strong and aggressive. Both fighters are exchanging strikes, however Janes is stalking Marshman. With 10 seconds to go we give this round to Janes however we give the fight to Marshman 29-28. All 3 judges score the fight 29-28 for winner by unanimous decision Jack Marshman. Fight Rate: 3/5
Paul “Bear Jaw” Craig (Coatbridge, Scotland) 9 – 1 – 0 vs. Khalil Rountree (Nevada, USA) 6 – 2 – 0 Light Heavyweight
- ROUND 1 – The round starts off with Rountree countering Craig’s strikes. Rountree with a big, stiff jab. Rountree beginning to mock Craig. Rountree landing some strikes which forces Craig to attempt a take down. Rountree defends it well. Both fighters are now standing in the centre of the Octagon with 20 seconds to go in the round. Rountree lands a right hook that drops Craig. Time is running out so Rountree jumps on Craig and starts raining down punches. Craig isn’t defending himself therefore the referee jumps in to stop the fight. Khalil Rountree wins by KO at 4:56 of Round 1. Fight Rate: 4/5
James ” The Juggernaut” Mulheron (Sunderland, England) 11 – 1 – 0 vs. Justin “Big Pretty” Willis (California, USA) 4 – 1 – 0 Heavyweight
- ROUND 1 – The fight begins! Willis with a leg kick. Mulheron responds with a kick of his own. Mulheron seems to be putting some combos together. Nothing of significance. With two minutes left in the first round, Mulheron is the more active fighter. However as we say that, Willis takes Mulheron down and then has him up against the cage. 90 seconds left. Mulheron defends well and gets back up to his feet. Both fighters are in the centre of the Octagon with less than a minute to go. Willis ending the round with a few good combos. It is a close round to judge as Mulheron was being the more effective striker while Willis only had the one take down. As Mulheron defended that well, we will give that round to him.
- ROUND 2 – The second round starts with both fighters trading some combos. Again, nothing of significance. Two minutes to go in the round. Mulheron once again seems to be the more effective striker. Willis goes for a take down once again with ninety seconds to go. Willis attempting a submission however Mulheron defends well and escapes. The round ends with Willis landing some strikes to Mulheron’s face however nothing of significance. This is another close round that we will give to Willis due to the take down and some control on the ground.
- ROUND 3 – Both fighters exchanging strikes to begin the third round. This has lasted for the first two minutes of the round. Both fighter looking for the advantage. Mulheron seems to be the fighter throwing the more strikes, whereas Willis is countering. Mulheron has Willis up against the cage with just under ninety seconds to go in the final round. Willis reverses the hold and takes Mulheron down. Mulheron defends well and gets back up. Mulheron throwing punches to end that round. It was a close round once again, however we give it to Mulheron for landing more strikes and defending Willis’ take down. We give the fight to Mulheron 29-28. The judges decide 30-27 for the winner by unanimous decision Justin Willis… wow. Fight Rate: 3/5
Bobby “Nashty” Nash (Michigan, USA) 8 – 2 – 0 vs. Danny “Hot Chocolate” Roberts (Liverpool, England) 13 – 2 – 0 Welterweight
- ROUND 1 – Round one starts with a few kicks by Roberts. Both fighters have settled down a bit and are more relaxed, as they both are starting to land some strikes. With two minutes to go in the round Nash takes Roberts down and pins him against the cage. Roberts gets up and lands a few hard punches, however Nash puts an end to it with another take down. The round ends with Nash in control. We give this round to Nash for the 2 take downs and controlling Roberts with his wrestling.
- ROUND 2 – We start round two with both fighters exchanging combos. Nash attempts a take down however Roberts is defending well. He escapes but catches a kick to his groin area. The referee puts a stop to the action to give Roberts time to recover. The fight continues. Roberts then attempts a take down on Nash, however Nash quickly reverses it. Roberts gets loose and lands a heavy body kick, followed by a big hook and drops Nash. The referee jumps in right away, seeing that Nash is out and puts a end to the fight. Danny Roberts wins my TKO at 3:59 of Round 2. Fight rate 4/5
Alexandre “The Cannibal” Pantoja (Arraial Do Cabo , Brazil) 17 – 2 – 0 vs. Neil “2 Tap”Seery (Dublin, Ireland) 16 – 12 – 0 Flyweight
Fight Fact! This will be Neil Seery’s last fight, as this will be his retirement fight.
- ROUND 1 – This fight doesn’t take long to get started. Both fighters come out fast. Pantoja lands big punch that drops Seery. He recovers well and lands a strike that drops Pantoja. Pantoja recovers well also. Both fighters are trading punches and kicks. Seery seems to be the fighter that is throwing more where as Pantoja seems to be the more effective striker. This is a very close round to call however we will give this round to Seery for being in control for majority of the round with his striking.
- ROUND 2 – Patoja starts off the round quick, landing some big strikes and knees to Seery’s body against the cage. Seery gets out of danger and is now trading shots with Pantoja in the middle of the Octagon. These two fighters are going at it! The round ends. It was a close round once again. We will give this round to Pantoja for his control at the beginning of the round, as the strikes seem to equal each other out.
- ROUND 3 – As the round starts, both fighters come out trading punches. Pantoja then changes the pace of the fight and takes Seery down with a take down. Pantoja baits Seery to give up his back, and he gets it. Pantoja is now working for a rear naked choke. Seery defending it well, however, it’s too much to handle and Pantoja forces Seery to tap. Alexandre Pantoja wins by Rear Naked Choke at 2:31of Round 3 Fight Rate: 4/5
Galore Bofando (London, England) 4 – 2 – 0 vs. Charlie “Relentless” Ward (Dublin, Ireland) 3 – 2 – 0 Welterweight
Fight Fact! This is Galore Bofando’s UFC debut. Charlie Ward is a teammate of Connor McGregor.
- ROUND 1 – Bofando starts the round off with big kicks. Both fighters are standing in the middle of the Octagon. Ward grabs Bofando and pins up against the cage. Bofando grabs Ward and slams him down to the ground. Wow!!! Ward is out! The fight is over! Galore Bofando wins by KO at 2:10 of the first round. Fight Rate: 4/5
Danny “The Hatchet” Henry (Edinburgh, Scotland) 10 – 2 – 0 vs. Daniel “Kid Dynamite” Teymur (Stockholm, Sweden) 6 – 0 – 0 Lightweight
- ROUND 1 – Teymur starts of the fight with big leg kicks, followed by a big hook which wobbles Henry, Henry looks to be in trouble. However he recovers very well. Teymur then presses Henry and land a few more strikes to the head. Teymur lands a leg kick that drops Henry. Henry defends well and gets back up. The round ends with both fighting looking to land powerful punches. We give this round to Teymur for landing more effective striking and almost ending the fight.
- ROUND 2 – Teymur comes up landing two uppercuts that land on Henry. Henry replies back with a combo of his own. Henry then attempts a take down against the cage. Teymur defends well and reverses the position, landing a few elbows and knees as he exits the situation. Henry lands a combo that wobbles Teymur, followed by a take down. With 2 minutes to go in the round the momentum has changed to favour Henry. Henry then drops Teymur with a body shot and is looking to end the fight with less then 40 seconds to go. The referee is looking close, Teymur give his back up to defend the punches while Henry sinks in a submission and has it tight. It looks like Teymur is fading however the horn blows and saves Teymur. We give this round to Henry for taking control of this round and almost putting and end to the fight.
- ROUND 3 – Teymur looking to land some big punches. Henry then counters, and backs Teymur against the cage landing some big strikes, followed by a take down. The referee is starting to walk in for a better look as Henry sinks in a submission attempt. Teymur defends well, however he is not in a good situation. With two minutes to go in the round, Henry has total control of this round. The horn blows with no ending of the fight. We give this round to Henry and call the fight 29-28 for Henry. Let’s see how the judges call it. They score the fight; 29-28, 29-28, 29-26 Danny Henry wins by unanimous decision. Fight Rate: 3/5
Brett “The Pikey” Johns (Swansea, Wales) 13- 0 – 0 vs. Albert “The Warrior” Morales (California, USA) 7 – 1 – 1 Bantamweight
- ROUND 1 – Both fighters come out very intense, exchanging combos. Johns then pins Morales against the cage and takes him down dropping a few elbows on Morales’ head. Morales doing a good job defending against any damaging strikes. We have 2 minutes left in this round and Johns still has Morales down on the mat. Johns now starting to find some openings in Morales defence, landing some body and head strikes. The horn blows ending the round. We give this round to Johns for his control of the round with his take down.
- ROUND 2 – The second round starts off the same way as the first, as they both come out exchanging combos. Johns with another attempted take down, which he gets. Johns is landing some strikes and controlling Morales on the mat. Morales tries to escape, however Johns controls him and continues to be on top of him landing strikes. Less then a minute to go in the round. Round 2 ends the same as round 1, talk about Deja vu. We give this round to Johns for his control with his take down and controlling Morales.
- ROUND 3 – Round 3 starts again with a combo exchange by both fighters. Morales seems to be doing a better job in the striking. Johns then decides to attempt a takedown and gets it once again. Johns now has Morales pinned, as he moves to take his back. Morales defends well, however Johns still has control and is still on top of Morales. Johns now attempting a head and arm triangle submission with less then a minutes to go. Morales defends well, however the round ends. We give this round again to Johns. We score this fight 30-27 for Johns. Lets see is the judges agree. They score the fight 30-27, 30-27, 30-27. Brett Johns wins by unanimous decision. Fight Rate: 3/5
Amanda Lemos (Para, Brazil) 6 – 0 – 1 vs. Leslie “The Peacemaker” Smith (California USA) 9 – 7 – 1 Bantanweight
Fight Fact! This is the UFC Debut for Amanda Lemos.
- ROUND 1 – The card has officially started, here we go. The fight starts out with a low kick by Lemos. Lemos puts together a few good combos that land on Smith’s face. Smith responses with a combo of her own. Lemos attempts a spinning back fist which Smith catches mid way and takes her down. Both fighters scramble and are now both standing and exchanging strikes. A minute to go in the first round. Lemos being the more effective striker, attempts a take down with 30 seconds to go, and gets it. The round ends and we give this round to Lemos for the effective striking and control late in the round.
- ROUND 2 – Both fighters come out with heavy strikes. Lemos with a leg kick that drops Smith. Smith quickly gets back up and is landing big knees and punches on Lemos. Smith is now stalking Lemos and continues to land her strikes. This fight looks close to being stopped. As we type that the referee steps in and ends the fight. Leslie Smith wins at 2:53 of Round 2 by TKO. Fight Rate: 4/5