UFC 216: Ferguson vs. Lee
**As of Oct 7th, the fight between Derrick Lewis and Fabricio Werdum has been cancelled due to a lingering back injury of Derrick Lewis’. Walt Harris will be replacing Derrick Lewis in the fight against Fabricio Werdum. Godbeer is off the card but will still receive his show money**
Majority of the fights on this card have gone to the judges for their decision. The fight between Magomed Bibulatov and John Moraga during the early prelims ended in a KO during the first round at 1:38. We did have not one but two draws in this card. The first was between Bobby Green and Lando Vannata and the next was between Beneil Dariush and Evan Dunham. Our second finish came between Mara Borella and Kalindra Faria at 2:54 of Round 1. The fight between Fabricio Werdum and Walt Harris ended before it even began at 1:05 of Round 1 due to an Arm Bar Submission. The co-main event between Demetrious Johnson and Ray Borg ended in an Arm Bar Submission at 3:15 of Round 5. The last few minutes of that fight are definitely worth watching. The main event between Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee also ended in a submission. A Triangle Choke Submission occurred at 4:02 of Round 3.
Overall, this card averaged a score of 3.36/5 therefore giving the card a rating of 4/5. This fight card is tied for 12th place this year alongside the The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale: Johnson vs. Gaethje that occurred on Friday, July 7, 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
Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson (California, USA) 23 – 3 – 0 vs. Kevin “The Motown Phenom” Lee (Michigan, USA) 16 – 2 – 0 – for interim lightweight title
- ROUND 1 – The round starts off with a head kick by Lee. A hook by Lee drops Ferguson. Ferguson then hooks Lee and drops him! Both fighters are coming out aggressive and are back to the centre of the Octagon. Lee takes down Ferguson while Ferguson is attempting a submission. Lee defending well and ends up on top of Ferguson landing some strikes. Lee is attempting a submission with 30 seconds to go. Lee gets full mount and is raining down elbows onto Ferguson. The horn blows. We give this round to Lee for his dominance in his striking and his ground control.
- ROUND 2 – The second round starts with both fighters exchanging strikes. A couple body kicks by Lee that Ferguson responds back with a stiff jab. So far in this round, Ferguson seems to have the advantage in the striking. An elbow by Ferguson. Lee then comes back with a combo of his own. Both fighters exchanging strikes till the horn blows. We give this round Ferguson for his more effective striking.
- ROUND 3 – Lee starts off the round attempting a take down and then slams Ferguson down. Lee landing some shots from the top. Ferguson gets back up and lands a few strikes. Lee goes for another take down and gets it. Ferguson going for a submission however Lee defends very well and escapes with less than two minutes to go. Ferguson attempting a Triangle Choke Submission which he gets! Lee taps out as the submission is too deep to fight off. Tony Ferguson wins by Triangle Choke Submission at 4:02 of Round 3 and is the NEW Interim Lightweight Champion. Fight Rate: 4/5
Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson (Washington, USA) 26 – 2 – 1- vs. Ray ” The Tazmexican Devil” Borg (New Mexico, USA) 11 – 2 – 0 – for flyweight title
- ROUND 1 – Both fighters start by feeling each other out. Borg goes for a kick that Johnson catches and takes Borg down. Borg gets up and is hunting down Johnson. Johnson reverses Borgs attempts to take him down and takes Borg down instead against the cage. Johnson landing some strikes from the top with a minute to go. Johnson attempting a submission with 30 seconds left in the first round. Borg escapes and is attempting a submission of his own as the horn blows. We give this round to Johnson for controlling majority of the round
- ROUND 2 – Borg starts the round off by pressuring Johnson. Both fighters looking for position. Borg takes Johnson down against the cage. Borg has Johnson’s back, however Johnson bucks him off and is on top of Borg. Johnson landing some shots to Borg. Johnson keeping the pressure on Borg. Johnson then takes Borg down once again and has side control. The horn blows, we give this round to Johnson once again due to his dominance in striking and grappling.
- ROUND 3 – Johnson starts off the round with a combo of strikes. Borg attempts a take down which he doesn’t get. Instead Johnson fights for top control which he gets. Johnson landing some strikes. Johnson has Borg’s back against the cage. Borg going for a submission which he doesn’t get as the horn blows. We give this round to Johnson once again for controlling the round.
- ROUND 4 – The fight starts off with Borg pressuring Johnson and Borg takes Johnson down. Johnson gets back up and lands a knee to Borg’s head. Johnson ends up on top of Borg against the cage. Borg escapes and both fighters are standing against the cage. Johnson slams Borg down to the mat. Borg gets back up however ends up with his back against the cage. Johnson then takes him back down once again with 15 seconds in the 4th round. Once again we give this round to Johnson for his dominance.
- ROUND 5 – Borg comes out aggressive however Johnson takes him down once again. Johnson continues to land strikes. Borg gets up and starts throwing some strikes however Johnson takes him down yet again and is in full mount. Johnson picks him up, throws Borg down and sinks in an Arm Bar Submission. Borg defends well for the first part however has no choice but to tap out. Demetrious Johnson wins by Arm Bar Submission at 3:15 of Round 5 and remains the undefeated Flyweight Champion. Fight Rate: 4/5
- ROUND 1 – The fight starts off with Werdum trying to take Harris down which he does. Werdum in full mount on Harris. Harris escapes however Werdum grabs Harris’ arm and goes for a Arm Bar submission. Werdum gets it and forces Harris to tap out. Fabricio Werdum wins by Arm Bar Submission at 1:05 of Round 1. Fight Rate: 4/5
Mara Romero Borella (Florida, USA) 11 – 4 – 0 vs. Kalindra Faria (Taubate, Brazil) 18 – 5 – 1 Flyweight
Fight Fact! This is both Mara Borella and Kalindra Faria’s UFC debut!
- ROUND 1 – The fight starts off quick with Borella taking Faria down. Borella has full mount on Faria. Borella then has Faria’s back looking for a submission. Borella sinks in a rear Naked Choke and Faria has no choice but to tap out. Mara Borella wins by Rear Naked Choke Submission at 2:54 of Round 1. Fight Rate: 4/5
- ROUND 1 – Both fighters come out swinging with not much landing. Dariush seems to be the one putting on the pressure. Dariush lands an elbow that drops Dunham. Dariush then continues to land strikes. Dunham defending well. Dariush continues to pressure Dunham. Dunham gets back to his feet and both fighters are back in the centre of the Octagon as the horn blows. We give this round to Dariush due o his dominance of the round,
- ROUND 2 – Dunham starts the round off by taking Dariush down against the cage. Dariush looking to attempt a submission. Dunham defending the submission well. Both fighters back to the centre of the Octagon trading strikes. Both fighters continue to exchange strikes in the centre of the Octagon as the horn blows. We give this round to Dunham for his take downs and controlling of the round.
- ROUND 3 – The round starts off with a head kick by Dunham. Both fighters exchanging combos. Dunham has Dariush against the cage landing some strikes. Both fighters are back to the centre of the Octagon turning up the pace in the last minute. Dunham turning up the pressure landing heavy strikes with 20 seconds to go. We give this round and the fight to Dunham 29-28 for putting more pressure and controlling the pace. Judges Decide: 29-28 Dariush, 28-28 and 28-28. This fight is another draw! Wow, 2 draws in one card. Fight Rate: 3/5
- ROUND 1 – The round starts off with a spinning back kick from Stamann. Stamann with a quick takedown, however Duquesnoy defends well and gets back up quickly. Duquesnoy finding his range with his strikes. Duquesnoy landing big elbows and knees to Stamann against the cage. Stamann catches a Duquesnoy kick and follows up with a take down. Once again, Duquesnoy quickly gets back up. Duquesnoy again finding his range with his strikes and continuing to land punches and kicks. The round ends. We give this round to Duquesnoy for his striking and controlling majority of the round.
- ROUND 2 – Round 2 starts off with a head kick by Duquesnoy. A right hook by Duquesnoy followed by another that backs Stamann up. Stamann gets a big take down. Duquesnoy gets up once again. Stamann takes Duquesnoy down once again with a minute to go. Stamann landing some strikes from the top and the round comes to an end. We give this round to Stamann for his take downs and control.
- ROUND 3 – A knee by Stamann rocks Duquesnoy to start the round. Duquesnoy recovers well. A head kick by Stamann followed by another. The momentum seems to have swung to Stamann’s way and is putting more pressure on Duquesnoy. The crowd is booing due to a lack of action. With 12 seconds to go Stamann takes Duquesnoy down. Nothing happens as the horn blows. We give this round to Stamann for controlling the round and his effective striking. We give the fight to Stamann as well 29-28. Judges Decide: 29-28 Stamann, 29-29 Duquesnoy, 30-27 for he winner by split decision Cody Stamann. Fight Rate: 3/5
Bobby “King” Green (California, USA) 23 – 8 – 0 vs. Lando “Groovy” Vannata (New Mexico, USA) 9 – 2 – 0 Lightweight
- ROUND 1 – Green starts off with a quick jab to Vannata’s face. Vannata responds back with a leg kick that almost drops Green. Green then responds back with a combo to Vannata’s face and then pins him against the cage. Vannata lands a combo that drops Green and then continues to hammer down punches. Green defending well, gets back up on his knees as Vannata lands a knee to Green’s head. The referee stops the fight immediately as it’s an illegal knee to a downed opponent. The referee is taking one point away from Vannata. Back in action, Green goes for a take down that he gets. Vannata is going for a submission. Green defends well and has Vannata back against the cage. Both fighters are back to the centre of the Octagon with 30 seconds to go. Normally we would give this round to Vannata however as he lost a point we score this 9-9.
- ROUND 2 – The second round starts with both fighter landing some strikes. Both fighters going back and forth with their combos. Nothing of significance thus far. Green now has Vannata against the cage. Green takes Vannata however Vannata reverses it and gets back up. Both fighters grappling for position. Vannata landing on top of Green however Green escapes. A hook by Vannata wobbles Green with a minute to go. Green seems to be the more effective striker this round. We give this round to Green for his more effective and significant striking.
- ROUND 3 – Vannata starts the third round off aggressive. Both fighters are trading strikes. Green then has Vannata against the cage which doesn’t last long as Vannata escapes and both fighters are back in the centre of the Octagon. Green then catches Vannata with some big strikes. Green continues to land some heavy strikes to Vannata’s face. Green also continues to switch his stance to confuse Vannata. Vannata is starting to put on the pressure with 30 seconds to go. Green landing some big combos at the end of the round just as the horn blows. We give this round to Green for his effective striking and dominance in his punches. We give the fight to Green as well 29-27. Judges Decide: 29-27, 29-27 and 28-28. This fight is considered a draw. Fight Rate: 3/5
Poliana Botelho (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil) 5 – 1 – 0 vs. Pearl Gonzalez (Illionos, USA) 6 – 2 – 0 Strawweight
Fight Fact! This is Poliana Botelho’s UFC Debut.
- ROUND 1 – The fight starts off with Gonzalez delivering two leg kicks and having Botelho against the cage. Gonzalez looking for a take down. Botelho landing some elbows to Gonzalez’s head. Both fighters are against the cage however the referee breaks them up due to no action. Botelho then pins Gonzalez against the cage looking for some strikes with ninety seconds to go. Gonzalez reveres it and has Botelho against the cage. Botelho landing some more elbows to Gonzalez to end the round. We give this round to Botelho for being the more active fighter.
- ROUND 2 – Gonzalez starts the round off attempting a take down and pins Botelho against the cage. Botelho continues to land some elbows to Gonzalez’s head as Gonzalez is still attempting to take Botelho down. The referee splits them up due to inactivity and both fighters are back in the center of the Octagon with a minute to go. Gonzalez grabs a hold of Botelho and pins her against the cage. With no activity the horn blows and the round ends. We give this round to Botelho once again for more striking.
- ROUND 3 – Gonzalez goes for a take down to start off the third round. She doesn’t get it yet again and has Botelho punned against the cage. With little to no activity the crows is starting to boo. The referee breaks the fighters up due to inactivity and both fighters are back in the centre of the Octagon. This doesn’t last long as Gonzalez has Botelho against the cage once again as the crowd resumes it’s booing. Once again the referee breaks them up due to inactivity with 30 seconds to go. Botelho landing some heavy strikes before Gonzalez pins her up against the cage once again. Botelho then takes Gonzalez down with 10 seconds to go. We give this round and the fight to Botelho 30-27 for her effective striking. Judges Decide: All 3 judges score this contest 30-27 for the winner by unanimous decision Poliana Botelho. Fight Rate: 3/5
Marco “Psycho” Beltran (Mexico City, Mexico) 8 – 6 – 0 vs. Matt “Danger” Schnell (Louisiana, USA) 10 – 4 – 0 Flyweight
- ROUND 1 – Both fighters started by feeling each other out. Each looking to put together a combo. So far Beltran seems to be landing more. Schnell comes back with a combination of his own. Schnell with another flurry of strikes. The round ends, with not much activity. We give this round to Schnell for controlling the round with his strikes.
- ROUND 2 – The round starts off with Beltran trying to land strikes however Schnell is getting out of the way. Schnell is doing a good job at counter striking Beltran. The round ends with as much activity as the first one. Which wasn’t much. We give this round to Schnell once again with his effective striking and controlling majority of the round.
- ROUND 3 – Schnell starts off with a combo. A low blow from Schnell puts a quick stop to the action. The action continues and both fighters are in the centre of the Octagon. Schnell with another combo however Beltran is starting to turn up the pressure. Schnell puts a stop to Beltran’s momentum with another combo. Beltran attempts a take down while Schnell attempts a submission. Beltran escapes as the horn blows to end the round. We give this round and the fight to Schnell 30-27. Judges Decide: 30-27, 29-28 and 30-27 for the winner by unanimous decision Matt Schnell. Fight Rate: 3/5
**Mark “The Hands Of” Godbeer (Bridgewater, England) 12 – 3 – 0 vs. Walt “The Big Ticket” Harris (Alabama,USA) 10 – 5 – 0 Heavyweight**
Magomed “Chaborz” Bibulatov (Grozny, Russia) 14 – 0 – 0 vs. John “Chicano” Moraga (Arizona, USA) 17 – 6 – 0 Flyweight
- ROUND 1 – This fight starts off quick with Moraga coming out with a few strikes. Moraga goes for a kick, Bibulatov catches it and takes Moraga down. Moraga gets up quick and both fighters are in the centre of the Octagon. A big right hand by Moraga stuns Bibulatov. Followed by a left hook that drops Bibulatov! Moraga comes in with more strikes when the referee jumps in and stops the fight. John Moraga wins by KO at 1:38 of Round 1. Fight Rate: 4/5
Thales Leites (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil) 27 – 7 – 0 vs. Brad Tavares (Neveda, USA) 15 – 5 – 0 Middleweight
- ROUND 1 – The fight starts off with Tavares landing a few jabs while Leites lands a few leg kicks. Tavares seems to be having the advantage in the striking thus far. A hook by Tavares stuns Leites. Tavares is now stalking Laites. Laites then attempts a take down which he does not get. Laites does have Tavares pinned against the cage with 2 minutes to go. The referee steps in due to no action and both fighters are back to the centre of the Octagon. Laites attempts another take down, doesn’t succeed but has Tavares against the cage once again. No action comes and the referee steps in once again to stop the fight. A right hook followed by a flying knee stuns Leites once again to end the first round. We give this round to Tavares for his effective striking.
- ROUND 2 – Both fighters start off the second round with leg kicks. None are of significance. Tavares lands another hook that stuns Leites. Leites responds back with a few leg kicks. Leites attempts a take down once again. He gets it this time however Tavares gets back up quickly. Both fighters exchanging strikes. The momentum has shifted in this round from Tavares to Leites. We give this round to Leites due to his ability to take control of the round.
- ROUND 3 – Leites comes out aggressive, lands a few strikes and pins Tavares against the cage. Tavares escapes and both fighters are now trading strikes in the centre of the Octagon. Tavares lands a leg kick that wobbles Leites. Tavares is starting to put on the pressure. A hook by Tavares stuns Leites once again followed by a leg kick. Another leg kick drops Leites. The referee stands him up due to no activity. Leites attempts to go for a take down however Tavares is defending well with a minute left in the last round. We give this round to Tavares for his effective striking in this round. We also give the fight to Tavares 29-28. Judges Decide: 30-27, 30-26 and 30-26 for the winner by unanimous decision Brad Tavares. Fight Rate: 3/5