UFC Vegas 41: Main Card Results
*Marvin Vettori def. Paulo Costa via unanimous decision (48-46, 48-46, 48-46)
Grant Dawson vs. Ricky Glenn (majority draw) (29-28, 28-28, 28-28)
Jessica-Rose Clark def. Joselyne Edwards via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
*Alex Caceres def. Seung woo Choi via submission (rear-naked choke) – Rd 2, 3:31
Francisco Trinaldo def. Dwight Grant via split decision (29-27, 27-29, 29-27)
Nicolae Negumereanu def. Ike Villanueva via TKO (strikes) – Rd 1, 1:18
**Gregory Rodrigues def. Jun Yong Park via KO (strikes) – Rd 2, 3:13
Mason Jones def. David Onama via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Tabatha Ricci def. Maria Oliveira via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jamie Pickett def. Laureano Staropoli via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Jai Herbert def. Khama Worthy via TKO (strikes) – Rd 1, 2:47
Jeff Molina def. Daniel Lacerda via TKO (strikes) – Rd 2, 0:46
Randa Markos def. Livinha Souza via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Jonathan Martinez def. Zviad Lazishvili via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
*$50,000 Performance of the Night bonus. **$50,000 Fight of the Night Bonus
Reporting straight after UFC Vegas 41, the Ultimate Fighting Championship proved why MMA is the craziest sport on the planet. From devilish violence to admirable heart, there’s a reason why the fight world was talking about Paulo Costa and Marvin Vettori.
Paulo Costa vs Marvin Vettori
Paulo Costa, a Middleweight who is known for having the biggest frame in the division, made it known that he is far too heavy to make 185lbs only a few days before the agreed bout.
But not letting anything get in the way, his opponent, Marvin Vettori, agreed to fight Costa under any circumstances, even if that meant fighting in a weight division higher.
Witnessing the hatred and disrespect the two fighters had for each other, the tension increased when Costa, who was the second fighter to walk out, rushed his opponent before the fight even started. Needing plenty of security to help each other back, it was from that moment we knew this fight will be a war.
Straight from the off, it was obvious how the styles matched up. Costa, who rumoured to weigh in around 220lbs on fight day, looked to land heavy shots, with every intent to knock his opponent out. Vettori, the visually smaller opponent, looked to mix up his wrestling and cardio in order to overcome his opponent.
Going back and forth, it was hard to see where this fight was going. Costa, while not throwing as much as Vettori, issued some of the biggest body kicks on display in the UFC. His opponent on the other hand, displayed some great boxing, exchanging power for accuracy.
While the fight was back and forth, referee, Jason Herzog stopped the fight briefly in the second round due to an eye poke. Despite it being Costa’s first and only foul of the night, Herzog took one point, humbling the Brazilian bad boy, who looked visibly distressed.
But in typical Vettori fashion, he took the eye poke in his stride and couldn’t wait to get back out there and fight.
Eating every shot Costa had, Vettori continued to pressure the bigger opponent with every combination and takedown attempt in his locker, eventually issuing him a decision win. While this may be a big win on his record, it felt like a bigger win outside of the cage with almost every fan and fighter around the world, talking about the perseverance of the ‘Italian Dream’.
An interesting note was the perceived future of both fighters. Marvin, who only just fought for the title in June, made it clear that a title win is still on his mind. Whereas, Costa, on the other hand, was told in the post-fight presser that his future is now at Light Heavyweight by boss, Dana White.
Alex Caceres vs Seung Woo Choi
For the diehard fight fans amongst us, there are often fights you can sit down and appreciate due to great style matchups. This was one of them.
Nicknamed ‘Bruce Leeroy’, Caceres was happy channeling his inner anime fanboy to display slick striking against his opponent with every intention of putting on a show for the fans. However, Seung Woo Choi was no stranger to fancy strikes himself, playing along with Caceres resulting in a fun, high-paced bout between the two stand-up fighters.
Choi looked like he was working his opponent throughout the first, landing the more significant strikes. However, unfortunately for both fighters, Choi landed an illegal knee in the first round, deducting him a point in the process.
As the second round arrived, it looked to be identical to the first with Caceres getting caught on the odd occasion. Clearly not enjoying himself on the feet, Caceres managed to take the back of the standing opponent. Maneuvering his opponent’s arms and landing some smart body shots, Caceres directed Choi’s submission defence afar and landed a rear-naked choke to end the fight.
Gregory Rodrigues vs Jun Yong Park
Rodrigues aka Robocop discussed with Current MMA that he was ready for a fifteen-minute war with his opponent, Jun Yong Park. Knowing that his opponent is an endurance fighter with an admirable chin, he initially thought that the fight would continue all three rounds. Fortunately, this was not the case for Rodrigues.
Marching his opponent down in his robocop style, Rodrigues presented some impressive boxing in round two. Sensing a finish will come soon after some simple one-twos, he eventually smelt the blood of his opponent. Sensing that the ‘Iron Turtle’ was close to being finished, Rodrigues used his high fight IQ to sensibly dismantle his opponent before referee Keith Peterson intervened.
While not the greatest event the company has ever seen, the main event was more than enough to keep the fans happy after another night at the APEX.
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