UFC VEGAS 36 QUICK RESULTS:
Brunson def. Till by submission (rear naked choke) at 2:13 of Round Three,
Aspinall def. Spivac by TKO (elbow and punches) at 2:30 of Round One,
Morono def. Zawada by unanimous decision (30-27 x3),
Rountree def. Bukauskas by TKO (leg kick) at 2:30 of Round Two,
Pimblett def. Vendramini by KO (punches) at 4:25 of Round One,
McCann def. Kim by unanimous decision (29-28 x3),
Shore def. Sholinian by unanimous decision (30-27 x3),
Erosa def. Jourdain by submission (d’arce choke) at 2:56 of Round Three,
Barriault def. Lungiambula by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27).
UFC VEGAS 36 RECAP:
The event may have shifted from England to Vegas, but it did not stop the Englishmen from capturing the headlines, for better or for worse.
Derek Brunson v Darren Till
Headlined by arguably the most popular British fighter in Darren Till, the stage was set for the scouse striker to redeem his patchy record. But in his way, was the formidable wrestler Derek Brunson. While Till was the favorite coming into the fight, it felt like Brunson’s four-fight winning streak was harshly brushed under the carpet.
The fight started as you might imagine, Till applying the pressure, landing calculated
one-twos through the hands of the American wrestler. It was clear that Till was the superior striker as he bounced around the octagon, but it was nothing Brunson hadn’t seen before as he mixed up big blows and takedowns, ending the first round with a possible 10-8 in favor of the American.
As the second round began, the demolition took to Till both mentally and physically, as his face expressed both concern and scars, particularly under his right eye. There were no prizes for noticing the more confident fighter, as Brunson dominated the second round mixing up clinches and takedowns, coasting his way to another victorious round.
Despite winning two rounds to nil, Brunson knew he had to go for a finish to cement his
name with Jared Cannonier and Robert Whittaker in who fights for the middleweight title next. And that’s exactly what he did. As elbows and punches rained upon the Englishmen from mount, Till turned his back to protect his head, resulting in Brunson capturing a rear-naked choke win in the middle of the third round.
As Brunson calls out the champ, it was back to basics for Till. Clearly, a popular figure in the division, fellow middleweights Kevin Holland and Marvin Vettori made it known on Twitter, that he is more than welcome to train his takedown defense with either of them.
Tom Aspinall v Sergey Spivak
However, it was not all doom and gloom for the English fans, as training partner and popular heavyweight Tom Aspinall made light work of Moldovan Sergey Spivak, finishing him in the first round. Thanks to a short but powerful elbow, Aspinall dropped Spivak and followed up with brutal ground and pound to continue his 100% finish rate in the UFC.
Paddy Pimblett v Luigi Vendramini
The fun didn’t stop there as ex-cage warrior champ Paddy Pimblett made his UFC debut.
While there were some doubts to see if he could mix it with the best, Paddy “The Baddy” only had one thing in mind: to put on a show. As the bell started, his opponent Luigi Vendramini was under intense pressure as Pimblett deserted any form of defense and went on all-out attack. Unleashing moves like it was an Dragon Ball Z episode, he managed to clip the Brazilian fighter, eventually knocking him out.
Although Paddy got wobbled at one point, he insinuated that it was all part of the fun in his post-fight interview with Michael Bisping. While fans compared Paddy Pimblett to the Inbetweeners’ character Jay Cartwright, there was nothing funny about his aggressive knockout power. Making him one to watch in the division.
Alex Morono v David Zawada
Other fights on the card saw Alex Morono put in a decent counter striking performance against the German David Zawada, capturing the 20th win of his career. Despite not being the greatest fight to grace the octagon, it helped digest the craziness of what happened beforehand.
Modestas Bukauskas v Khalil Rountree Jr
Light heavyweights Bukauskas and Roundtree Jr. were both coming off a loss,
making it a must-win bout for either fighter. While possessing similar records on paper,
the performances suggested a different story. Rountree hammered away at the “Baltic Gladiator” breaking his nose in the process.
But it wasn’t until the second round in which got people talking. In the middle of the second, Roundtree issued a controversial oblique kick, hyperextending his opponent’s knee, causing him to break down to the mat and ending the fight. Although perfectly legal, fighters and fans alike are presenting a case for the kick to be banned due to its ability to end a fighter’s career.
Molly McCann v Ji Yeon Kim
Lastly, a big shoutout to Molly Mccan who gave an exceptional fight against Ji Yeon Kim in the prelims. Obviously the better boxer out of the two, the Evertonian was happy to go punch for punch with fellow flyweight. Understanding how to entertain the fans, Mccan was a fantastic showwoman, deservedly winning via decision and the FOTN bonus.
- Fight of the Night: Molly McCann vs. Ji Yeon Kim
- Performance of the Night: Tom Aspinall
- Performance of the Night: Paddy Pimblett
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