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UFC 214: Cormier vs. Jones 2

Honda Center | Anaheim, California
Saturday, July 29, 2017

CARD RATING

UFC 214 starts off with a bang!  The first fight between Josh Burkman and Drew Dober ending in a knock out at 3:04 of Round 1!  The fight between Renato Moicano and Brian Ortega ended in the third round with a Guillotine Choke Submission at 2:59.  The main fight on the prelims ended in a TKO between Jason Knight and Ricardo Lamas at 4:34 of Round 1.  The first fight on the main card also started off with a bang like the initial fight did.  With a KO at 0:22 of the very first round.  The fight between Jimi Manuwa and Volkan Oezdemir was over before it even began.  The title fight between Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino and Tonya Evinger ended in a TKO at 1:56 of Round 3.  That was an excellent fight.  The welterweight title fight between Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia went to the judges for their decision after five rounds.  Read on to see what happened and let us know who you think the winner should have been.  We didn’t agree with the judges on their decision however that seemed to be the case for a few fights in this card.  The main event between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones was entertaining!  Ending in the third round by a knock out at 3:01 it was a fight to watch!! Let us know your thoughts, we were sitting on the edge of our seats the entire time!

Overall, this card averaged a score of 3.5/5 therefore giving the card a rating of 4/5.  This card is now tied for 5th place alongside the following cards;

FIGHT NIGHT: HOLM vs. CORREIA Sat, June 17, 2017
FIGHT NIGHT: GUSTAFSSON vs. TEIXEIRA Sun, May 28, 2017
FIGHT NIGHT: BELFORT vs. GASTELUM Sat, March 11, 2017
FIGHT NIGHT: BERMUDEZ vs. KOREAN ZOMBIE Sat, Feb 4, 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

 

Jason “The Kid” Knight (Mississippi, USA) 22 – 2- 0  vs. Ricardo “The Bully”  Lamas (Illinois, USA) 17 – 5- 0 – Featherweight

  • ROUND 1 – Both fighters coming out aggressive to start off the main fight of the prelims.  Lamas goes for a take down however Knight sinks in a Guillotine submission.  He lets it go and gets taken down.  Lamas attempting some big strikes from the bottom however Knight is defending well and attempting submissions.  Knight attempting a leg lock submission however Lamas defends well.  Knight stands up and Lamas is unloading punches and hooks on him.  Knight is wobbling.  The referee is looking close.  Knight is still standing with 50 seconds to go.  Knight attempts a take down, Lamas defends it and takes Knight down.  Lamas lands some big shots to Knights head as the referee intervenes and stops the fight.  Ricardo Lamas wins by TKO at 4:34 of Round 1.  Fight Rate: 4/5

 

Renan “The Baron” Barao (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil) 36 – 4 – 0 vs. Aljamain “Funk Master” Sterling (New York, USA) 13 – 2- 0  140-Pound Catchweight

  • ROUND 1 – The fights start out with Sterling landing a head kick on Barao.  Barao recovers well.  Sterling goes for a kick however Barao catches it and brings him down.  Sterling attempting a leg lock submission on Barao however Barao is defending it well and gets top position.  Barao has been landing some strikes to Sterling’s body as well as his head as the round comes to an end.  We give this round to Barao for controlling Sterling in top position for majority of the round.
  • ROUND 2 – Sterling goes for a high kick however Barao kicks his opposite leg and knocks him down.  Sterling has Barao against the cage attempting a take down which he gets.  Sterling is now attempting a submission however Barao is defending well once again.  Sterling still has Barao’s back landing punches with a minute to go.  Barao escapes however Sterling ends up on top and is raining down elbows.  Barao attempts a submission which slows down Sterling’s offence.  The horn blows, we give this round to Sterling for controlling Barao for majority of the round with submission attempts.
  • ROUND 3 – A front kick by Sterling stuns Barao to begin the last round.  Sterling follows up with a good combo to Barao’s head.  Sterling then has Barao pinned against the cage, battling for position.  The referee jumps in due to inactivity and both fighters are back in the centre of the Octagon.  Sterling lands a few good punches backing Barao up against the cage.  The referee breaks up the fight once again due to inactivity with less than ninety seconds to go.  This round has been all Sterling.  Barao going for a take down looking to end this round.  He doesn’t get it as there is 30 seconds to go.  Barao attempts a late submission, doesn’t get it.  However it’s too little too late as we give this round and fight to Sterling 29-28.  Judges Decide:  29-28, 29-27, 30-26 for the winner by unanimous decision Aljamain Sterling.  Fight Rate: 3/5

Renato Moicano (Brasilia, Brazil) 11 – 0 – 1  vs. Brian “T- City” Ortega (California, USA) 11 – 0 – 0  Featherweight
  • ROUND 1 – Both fighters start off throwing heavy strikes.  Ortega with heavy shots however Moicano is hanging in there.  Moicano responds with a heavy combo of his own.  A finger poke in the eye by Ortega puts a stop in the action however after a quick second the fight is back in the centre of the Octagon.  Moicano’s nose is bleeding from Ortega’s strikes.  Less than a minute to go with both fighters still throwing heavy strikes.  Nothing of significance has come.  We give this round to Ortega for his more effective striking.
  • ROUND 2 – The second round starts off the same as the first, fast with heavy striking.  A head kick by Ortega however Moicano is still standing.  Moicano with a 6 hit combo!  Moicano is hitting some hard shots however Ortega is still standing.  These fighters are standing toe to toe and going at it!  With less than a minute to go, Ortega comes with a nice combo.  Moicano takes Ortega down with 15 seconds to go in the second round.  This will secure the round for him as we also give this round to Moicano for more effective striking.
  • ROUND 3 – Once again this round starts with both fighters swinging strikes! Ortega attempts a take down, however Moicano defends it well.  Both fighters are standing and trading punches in the centre of the Octagon.  With two minutes to go, Moicano takes Ortega down.  Ortega sinks in a guillotine submission causing Moicano to tap quickly.  The crowd goes wild!  Brian Ortega wins by Guillotine Choke Submission at 2:59 of Round 3.  Fight Rate: 4/5
Andre “Touchy” Fili (California, USA) 16 – 4 – 0 vs. Calvin “The Boston Finisher” Kattar (Massachusetts, USA) 16 – 2- 0  Featherweight
Fight Fact: This is Calvin Katter’s UFC Debut!
  • ROUND 1 – The fight starts out with both fighters trying to find their range and distance.  Fili seems to be the fighter that is landing more strikes. Both fighters exchanging combos however there is nothing of significance.  With 30 seconds to go in the round, it was close although Fili has been the more active fighter.  The round ends with Kattar taking Fili down however it’s too little too late as Fili controlled majority of the round with his striking.  Due to that, we give this round to Fili.
  • ROUND 2 – Kattar starts off the round being more active this round than the starting of the last round.  Fili still seems to be the more active fighter.  With a minute to go in the second round, Fili is keeping his distance away from Kattar’s power punches.   Kattar lands a big hook that wobbles Fili.  Unfortunately, once again, it’s too little too late as the round comes to an end.  We give this round to Fili for his effective striking and controlling majority of the round.
  • ROUND  3 – The third round starts with Kattar being more aggressive.  Kattar lands a strike that drops Fili however Fili gets back up.  Both fighters exchanging strikes.  Fili lands a good four punch combo with 90 seconds to go.  He doesn’t stun Kattar as both fighters are back in the centre of the Octagon looking to take control of the round.  With 45 seconds to go, Kattar takes Fili down against the cage.  He lets Fili get back up, for what reason we have no idea and the fight continues in the centre of the Octagon.  We give this round and the fight to Fili 30-27 for being the more effective striker.  Judges Decide: all three judges decide 30-27 for the winner by unanimous decision Calvin Kattar.  Seems like we aren’t agreeing with the judges this card! Fight Rate: 3/5

EARLY PRELIMS

Alexandra “Stitch” Albu (Moscow, Russia) 6 – 0 – 0  vs. Kailin Curran (Hawaii, USA) 4 – 4  – 0  Strawweight

  • ROUND 1 – The fight starts out with Albu coming out aggressive landing knees and punches to Curran.  Albu then lands a head kick combo and drops down to attempt a submission.  Curran lands some punches as she escapes the submission and ends up on top of Albu.  Albu gets up and is landing combos on Curran once again.  Albu takes Curran down with two minutes to go.  Curran gets back up however Albu continues to throw nice combos.  Curran then has Albu against the cage.  Albu escapes and after exchanging strikes she takes Curran down.  30 seconds to go!  Curran escapes and both fighters exchange strikes to the end of the round.  We give this round to Albu for dominating the round.
  • ROUND 2 – Both fighters come out exchanging strikes.  Nothing of significance.  Albu takes Curran down and is landing some strikes. Curran kicks Albu off and lands a combo on Albu.  Albu takes Curran back down again.  Curran attempting a submission.  Due to that she landed an illegal up kick to Albu’s face.  The referee stopped the action however the fight continues with no further damage.  With a minute left, Albu is swinging to knock out Curran however Curran is hanging in there.  Albu continues to strike at Curran as the round ends.  We give this round to Albu for her take downs and her striking dominance.
  • ROUND 3 – Both fighters come out swinging.  Curran landing a combo that stuns Albu and backs her up against the cage.  Albu responds back and both fighters are in the centre of the Octagon.  Both fighters continue to trade combos.  Curran takes Albu down and is fighting for position.  Curran is attempting a submission with two minutes to go.  She doesn’t get it however is trying to land some strikes to Albu’s body and head.  Albu gets up swinging with 30 seconds to go. Albu then takes Curran down! The round ends with Curran on top of Albu.  We give this round to Curran however we give the fight to Albu 29-28.  Judges Decide: 29-28 for the winner by unanimous decision Alexandra Albu.  Fight Rate: 3/5

 

Jarred “The Monkey God” Brooks (Michigan, USA) 12 – 0 – 0  vs. Eric “Showtime” Shelton (Louisiana, USA) 10 – 3 – 0 Flyweight

  • ROUND 1 – The fight starts off with Brooks landing a few leg kicks.  Shelton responds with a punch that drops Brooks, however Brooks quickly gets back up.  Brooks goes for a take down and gets it having Shelton pinned up against the cage.  Shelton landing some strikes from the bottom whereas Brooks has yet to land them from the top.  Both fighters continue to grapple as there is a minute left in the round.  With 30 seconds left, we give this round to Shelton for landing more strikes.
  • ROUND 2 – The second round starts with both fighters attempting strikes and missing. Shelton lands a nice combo with a minute thirty left in the round.  Not much action by either fighter this round.  Shelton takes Brooks down against the cage with a minute to go.  Brooks escapes with 20 seconds left in the second round.  Brooks then takes Shelton down however Shelton gets up quickly and the horn blows.  We give this round to Shelton based on being the more active fighter.
  • ROUND 3 – Shelton starts off by rocking Brooks and dropping him with a right  hook.  Brooks quickly gets back up as he senses he’s in trouble.  Three minutes to go.  Both fighters throwing combos once again however neither fighter is landing anything.  30 seconds to go in the final round.  A flying knee by Shelton lands however it’s too late as the horn blows.  We give this round and fight to Shelton 30-27.  Judges Decide: 29-28 Brooks, 29-28 Shelton, 29-28 for the winner by split decision Jarred Brooks.  Fight Rate: 3/5

 

Josh “The Peoples Warrior” Burkman (Utah,USA ) 29 – 15 – 0 vs. Drew Dober (Colorado, USA) 17 – 8 – 0 Lightweight

  • ROUND 1 – Here we go, UFC 214 has now started! A touch of gloves and we are officially on the way.  The fight starts off with both fighters feeling each other out.  With a minute into the round Dober pins Burkman against the cage.  Both fighters trading knee strikes with Dober giving more of them.  The two break and are back to the centre of the Octagon.  Dober then lands a right hook to Burkman’s head.  Nothing of significance as both fighters are now trading strikes.  A left hook by Dober drops Burkman!  The referee jumps in and the fight is over.  Drew Dober wins by KO at 3:04 of Round 1.  Fight Rate: 4/5 

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