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UFC Fight Night 114: Weidman vs. Gastelum

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

CARD RATING

The prelims start off slow with the first two fights going to the judges for their decision.  The third fight however between Junior Albini and Timothy Johnson ends in the first round with a knock out at 2:51.  The next fight between Brian Kelleher and Marlon Vera also ends in the first round at 2:18 with an Arm Bar submission.  The next knock out comes at 1:50 in the second round between Ryan LaFlare and Alex Oliveira.  That one came out of nowhere!  Once again we have a knock out in the first round at 2:50 in the fight between Eryk Anders and Rafael Natal.  All of the fights on the main card went to the judges to decide except for the main event.  The fight between Chris Weidman and Kelvin Gastelum ended in a head and arm submission hold at 3:45 of Round 3.

Overall, this card averaged a score of 3.46/5 therefore giving the card a rating of 4/5.  This card is tied for 6th place this year alongside UFC FIGHT NIGHT: JOHNSON vs. REIS on Saturday, April 15, 2017.

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

 

MAIN CARD

PRELIMS

Lyman “Cyborg” Good (New York, USA) 19 – 3 – 0 vs. Elizeu “Capoeira” Zaleski dos Santos (Parana, Brazil) 16 – 5 – 0 Welterweight

  • ROUND 1 –  The fight starts off with Zaleski dos Santos taking Good down and getting his back.  Good gets up but is still held against the cage.  Good escapes and both fighters are standing exchanging strikes.  Zaleski dos Santos with a leg kick that drops Good however Good gets back up quick.  Good then strikes Zaleski dos Santos and drops him.  Good landing some punches.  Zaleski dos Santos stands up and eats a combo from Good as they break apart.  Just over a minute to go in the first round.  Zaleski dos Santos responds back with a combination of his own.  Both fighters going at it as Zaleski dos Santos lands a bunch of leg kicks.  The round ends.  A very close round however we give it to Zaleski dos Santos for the more effective striking.
  • ROUND 2 – Both fighters coming out aggressive once again.  We have a feeling someone may get dropped this round.  Zaleski dos Santos has Good up against the cage.  Good then reverses it and has Zaleski dos Santos against the cage.  Both fighters break and are back to the centre of the Octagon.  Zaleski dos Santos landing some knees, Good landing some punches.  Both fighters exchanging combos, Good giving the better of them.  A flying knee by Zaleski dos Santos to Good’s face however Good is still standing.  Wow! Zaleski dos Santos drops good to end the round.  We give this round to Zaleski dos Santos for landing more strikes.
  • ROUND 3 – Zaleski dos Santos comes out swinging! He lands a few strikes.  Zaleski dos Santos is using his jabs and landing a lot of strikes.  He is taking control of this round!  If he keeps this up, he will win the fight.  Good is trying to counter strike however is missing whereas Zaleski dos Santos is finding a home for his strikes.  Zaleski dos Santos attempting a take down, doesn’t get it however has Good up against the cage with ninety seconds to go in the final round. With less than a minute left, both fighters are in the centre of the Octagon.  Zaleski dos Santos seems to be on fire!  He is landing every strike he throws where Good is missing each one. With 10 seconds left, Zaleski dos Santos stuns Good to end the fight.  We give this round and the fight to Zaleski dos Santos 30-27.  Judges Decide: 30-27 Zaleski dos Santos, 29-28 Good, 30-27 for the winner by split decision Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos.  Fight Rate: 3/5

 

Eryk “Ya Boi” Anders (Alabama, USA) 7 – 0 – 0 vs. Rafael “Sapo” Natal (New York, USA) 21 – 8 – 1 Middleweight

Fight Fact! This is Eryk Anders’ UFC Debut fight!

  • ROUND 1 – The fight starts off with both fighters feeling each other out.  Anders lands a hook that backs Natal up.  Natal recovers well and both fighters are back in the centre of the Octagon.  Natal seems to be throwing more whereas Anders seems to be countering.  A big head kick by Anders.  Anders then has Natal on the ground and is raining down punches.  The referee looking close.  Natal gets up and Anders lands a straight left jab that knocks Natal out!  Not bad for a UFC Debut.  Eryk Anders wins by KO at 2:54 of Round 1.  Fight Rate: 4/5

 

Ryan LaFlare (New York, USA)  13 – 1 – 0 vs. Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira (Rio de Janiero, Brazil) 16 – 3 – 1 Welterweight

  • ROUND 1 –  A minute into the first round, LaFlare goes for a take down as Oliveira defends it well.  LaFlare gets the take down however Oliveira is looking for a submission.  LaFlare escapes the submission and is controlling Oliveira on the ground.  LaFlare isn’t landing any strikes on the ground, he’s only controlling Oliveira.  We’re surprised the referee hasn’t broken them up yet due to lack of action.  15 seconds left.  The round ends.  We have no choice but to give the round to LaFlare for his control as there were no strikes or significant actions by Oliveira.
  • ROUND 2 – Oliveira with a leg kick that drops LaFlare to start the second round.  LaFlare goes for a take down however Oliveira defends it well and lands a good combo.  Oliveira with a right uppercut that drops LaFlare and knocks him out cold! The fight is over!! Oliveira walks away as he knows LaFlare is completely out.  The referee comes in and stops the fight.  Alex Oliveira wins by KO at 1:50 of Round 2.  Fight Rate: 4/5

 

Damian “The Polish Pit Bull” Grabowski (Opole, Poland) 20  -4 – 0 vs. Chase “The Vanilla Gorilla” Sherman (Mississippi, USA) 10 – 3 – 0 Heavyweight

  • ROUND 1 – A minute into the first round, both fighters are still feeling each other out.  Sherman lands a good knee to Grabowski’s face and then lands a combo to his body.  A slow paced fight as not much has happened in this round as we have 30 seconds to go.  Sherman landing a good combo to Grabowski.  He’s looking to end the fight as he’s landing some big combos with Grabowski against the cage.  We give this round to Sherman for more effective striking.
  • ROUND 2 – The second round starts with both fighters exchanging some strikes.  Sherman continues to kick Grabowski’s leg.  Both fighters still exchanging strikes.  Sherman being the more effective striker.  Less than a minute to go in the second round.  With 30 seconds left, Sherman comes out with a flurry of strikes looking to end the round with Grabowski against the cage.  We give this round to Sherman once again.
  • ROUND 3 – The round starts off with Sherman landing kicks and punches to Grabowski who is backed up against the cage.  Grabowski goes for a take down which he doesn’t get as Sherman escapes.  Both fighters are back in the centre of the Octagon exchanging strikes.  Grabowski lands a big punch on Sherman followed by an attempted take down which he doesn’t get.  Sherman now has Grabowski against the cage, landing some elbows and punches with ninety seconds to go.  With 30 seconds to go, both fighters are tired and in the centre of the Octagon trying to survive the last few seconds.  The horn blows and the round ends.  We give this round and the fight to Sherman 30-27.  Judges Decide: 30-27, 30-26 and 30-27 for the winner by unanimous decision Chase Sherman.  Fight Rate: 3/5

EARLY PRELIMS

Kyle “Crash” Bochniak (Massachusetts, USA)  7 – 1 – 0 vs. Jeremy “JBC” Kennedy (British Columbia, Canada) 10 – 0 – 0 Featherweight

  • ROUND 1 – The fighters start off quickly with Kennedy taking Bochniak down 15 seconds into the fight.  Bochniak gets up whereas Kennedy still has control and doesn’t let him get up.  Kennedy now has Bochniak’s back however Bochniak gets up for a split second before Kennedy takes him back down.  Both fighters standing in the middle of the Octagon with a minute left in the round.  Kennedy landing knees and taking Bochniak down once again.  The round ends with Kennedy on top raining down punches.  We give this round to Kennedy for his dominance.
  • ROUND 2 – Bochniak comes out swinging and lands a few good shots.  Kennedy grabs Bochniak and pins him against the cage and takes him down.  Kennedy has Bochniak’s back, raining down punches looking to get a submission.  Bochniak escapes, gets up however Kennedy takes him down again.  Bochniak escapes and gets back up with a minute left in the round.  Kennedy then takes Bochniak right back down yet again.  We give this round to Kennedy for controlling the round with his grappling.
  • ROUND 3 – Bochniak coming out and landing a good strike on Kennedy.  Three times in a row! Bochniak seems to be taking control of this round, likely knowing he didn’t win the first two.  A low kick to Kennedy landing in his mid section brings a short stop to the fight to let Kennedy recover.  The fight continues with both exchanging strikes in the centre of the Octagon.  Kennedy goes for a take down and has Bochniak against the cage.  He doesn’t get the take down however still hangs onto him with less than 2 minutes to go.  Kennedy gets the take down and is controlling Bochniak now allowing him to do anything.  The horn blow and the round ends.  We give the fight and the round to Kennedy 30-27.  Judges Decide: 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 for the winner by unanimous decision Jeremy Kennedy.  Fight Rate: 3/5

 

Brian “Boom” Kelleher (New York, USA) 17 – 7 – 0  vs. Marlon “Chito” Vera (Manabi, Ecuador) 9 – 3 – 1 Bantamweight

  • ROUND 1 – The first round starting off with the crowd cheering “Let’s go Bryan!”.  With a minute into the round, Kelleher attempts a take down which he doesn’t get however has Vera against the cage.  Vera escapes and both fighters are now exchanging strikes with Kelleher attempting a take down once again.  Vera attempting a submission with Kelleher trying to escape.  Both fighters drop to the mat and Vera sinks in the arm bar submission.  Marlon Vera wins by Arm Bar Submission at 2:18 of Round 1.  Fight Rate: 4/5

 

Junior “Baby” Albini (Parana, Brazil)  13 – 2 – 0 vs. Timothy Johnson (North Dakota, USA) 11- 3 – 0 Heavyweight

  • ROUND 1 – Johnson coming out aggressive, pushing forward and landing a few shots on Albini.  Johnson has Albini against the cage.  The two fighters break and are back to the centre of the Octagon exchanging strikes.  Albini with a left hook, a knee to the body another left hook and then a straight right jab to drop Johnson.  He goes in for a few more shots, however the referee intervenes and stops the fight.  Junior Albini wins by KO at 2:51 of Round 1.  Fight Rate: 4/5

Shane “Hurricane” Burgos (New York, USA) 9 – 0 – 0 vs. Godofredo “Pepey” Pepey (Ceara, Brazil) 14 – 4 – 0 Featherweight

  • ROUND 1 – Both fighters starting out by exchanging some strikes.  Pepey seems to be the one throwing the more strikes while Burgos is patiently waiting for the right shot. Pepey attempts a take down which he doesn’t get however Burgos lands a knee to Pepey’s head which drops him.  Burgos is then unloading strikes on Pepey and drops him again.  Burgos edging Pepey to stand back up as Burgos’ strength is in his stand up.  Pepey then has Burgos against the cage attempting a take down.  Burgos gets free and lands a punch combo on Pepey.  Burgos is counter punching Pepey and is landing the more heavier strikes.  40 seconds left in the first round.  Pepey attempts a take down and has Burgos against the cage while the round comes to an end.  We give this round to Burgos for his two knock downs and landing more strikes.
  • ROUND 2 – Round 2 starts with both fighters coming out aggressive.  Pepey is trying to bait Burgos to go to the mat while Burgos wants Pepey to stand.  Pepey attempting take downs while Burgos is stuffing each of them.  Pepey is now swinging wildly while Burgos is countering Pepey’s shots.  Pepey goes for a take down once again which Burgos also puts an end too,  Both fighters are now standing and trading shots with less than a minute to go.  Pepey attempts a take down to end the round, however Burgos reverses it and ends on top.  We give this round to Burgos once again for his dominance, control of the round and landing more strikes.
  • ROUND 3 – The third round hasn’t even begun yet as both fighters are already trash talking each other from their corners.  They both come out swinging. Pepey more than Burgos as he most likely knows he’s down and has nothing to lose.  Two minutes into the round and these fighters are still swinging punches to end the fight.  Pepey attempts a take down doesn’t get it however gets Burgos against the cage.  Burgos escapes and starts landing punches on Pepey.  A good body shot by Burgos that drops Pepey! Burgos stands back and allows Pepey to stand back up with 30 seconds to go in the last round.  Burgos takes Pepey down and is landing some shots, looking to end the round with 10 seconds to go however the horn blows and the fight is over.  We give this round and fight to Burgos 30-27.  Judges Decide: 30-26, 30-26 and 29-28 for the winner by unanimous decision Shane Burgos.  Fight Rate: 3/5

 

Frankie Perez (New Jersey, USA) 10 – 3 – 0 vs. Chris Wade (New York, USA) 11 – 3 – 0 Lightweight

  • ROUND 1 – Fight Night has begun! Both fighters start off by exchanging head kicks.  Wade pins Perez up against the cage and is attempting a take down.  Which he gets. Perez trying to defend however Wade is looking for a submission.  Perez gets up and Wade now has his back.  Perez escapes and is now trying to take Wade down.  Two minutes to go.  Wade attempting a submission to get out of the situation however Perez finally takes Wade down.  Wade reverses the position and ends up on top of Perez as the horn blows.  It was a close round, however we give this round to Wade for controlling majority of the round.
  • ROUND 2 – The second round starts with both fighters exchanging strikes. Nothing of significance.  Wade then pins Perez against the cage and ends up taking him down.  Both fighters battling for position as Wade tried to land some strikes.  Perez tries to get up and succeeds.  Wade is attempting another take down.  He doesn’t get it as the horn blows.  We give this round to Wade once again for controlling the round and the fight with his wrestling.
  • ROUND 3 – Both fighters again come out exchanging combos.  Perez takes down Wade in the middle of the Octagon, however Wade reverses the position and ends up on top of Perez.  Perez defends well and gets up, however Wade now has Perez pinned against the cage.  Both fighters escape.  Perez lands a knee against Wades head.  Wade attempts a take down to end the round.  The horn blows and once again we give this round and the fight to Wade 30-27 for his take downs and controlling the round.  Judges Decide: 29-28 29-28 and 30-27 for the winner by unanimous decision Chris Wade.  Fight Rate: 3/5

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