Francis Ngannou – Winner
Despite a slow start, Ngannou overcame all odds and defeated ex-training partner Ciryl Gane, all thanks to his new wrestling arsenal. Beating the favourite and undefeated Gane, the ball is now firmly in Francis’ court, where he will decide whether he wants to continue fighting for the UFC or not.
Hinting at a boxing career, it will be interesting to see what Ngannou does next. After all, the UFC heavyweight champion also has the title of ’The Baddest Man on the planet’, so he will always have that specific selling point when promoting anything he chooses.
However, judging by Ngannou’s performance, you could make the argument that an exclusive stand up fight against the rumoured Tyson Fury will be hard to sell due to his strong wrestling game plan. People have short memories after all.
But back to mixed martial arts. There is one man who is, well, less lurking in the shadows and is making some noise on Twitter. That being MMA legend, Jon Jones. Jon ‘Bones’ Jones has always said he needs a fight that gets him excited. So, why not fight the new and improved heavyweight champion of the world?
Cyril Gane – Loser
Riding the hype of being the heavyweight who can’t be touched, the French fighter looked out of his depth once Ngannou operated his newly found wrestling skills. The now ex-interim titleholder will have to brush himself off and look to round out his overall MMA game, which is what it takes to be a champion in the UFC.
The 31-year-old fighter is now 10-1 in his MMA career, so it’s not the end of the road. Still inexperienced, there is no doubt he can get to a title picture soon. But when a typically strong power-puncher can take you down 4 times out of 5, with over 5 minutes of control time, questions will be asked in a division that has its fair share of wrestlers.
Deiveson Figueiredo – Winner
Crowned the flyweight champion once again, the Brazilian fighter came out of a razor-close decision against his famous rival, Brandon Moreno. Initially walking in as the underdog, many people thought Figueiredo was out of his depth after drawing and losing against his Mexican foe. But, thanks to his heart, power and a certain Henry Cejudo in his corner, he has become the first-ever two-time 125 lbs champion.
But now sharing a win, a loss and a draw against Moreno, don’t be surprised if we see the first-ever tetralogy in the UFC. Considering both fighters are at a standstill in terms of having even results with each other, we need that one last fight to answer the question – Who is the better fighter?
It has been mentioned in the UFC post-fight press conference that there are rumours of a UFC card in Brazil this year, which he is more than happy to fight Moreno for the fourth time on. But if not, Kai Kara-France also has his attention.
Brandon Moreno – Loser
Using the term loser in the lightest and more literal way possible, the ‘Assassin Baby’ had the biggest pop from the Californian crowd during his walkout. But as stated before, tonight was not his night, as he looked stunned by the power and adjustments his famed opponent had made. A fourth fight seems too obvious to miss, especially of the chemistry of the two inside the cage. If not, there are plenty of contenders in the division who he could look to bounce back against.
Michel Pereira – Winner
For those who consistently follow Current MMA and their Youtube channel, you’ve probably noticed the goings-on of everyone’s favorite capoeira fighter this weekend. But, after defeating UFC debutant Andre Fialho, a ranked fighter has to be in the closer future.
Andre Fialho – Loser
Similarly to Brandon Moreno, Fialho shouldn’t be too disheartened by his loss. Making his debut against the awkward powerhouse Pereira, he gave a very good fight in the early stages of the bout, even stopping 3/4 takedowns from the flashy fighter. The 27-year-old Portuguese boxer will no doubt be one to watch in the latter stages of the year.
Francis Ngannou (c) def. Ciryl Gane via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46) Deiveson Figueiredo def. Brandon Moreno (c) via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47) Michel Pereira def. Andre Fialho via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Said Nurmagomedov def. Cody Stamann via first-round submission (guillotine choke) Michael Morales def. Trevin Giles via first-round TKO (punches)
Victory Henry def. Raoni Barcelos via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jack Della def. Pete Rodriguez via first-round TKO (punches)
Tony Gravely def. Saimon Oliveira via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Matt Frevola def. Genaro Valdez via first-round TKO (punches)
Vanessa Demopoulos def. Silvana Gomez Juarez via first-round submission (armbar) Jasmine Jasudavicius def. Kay Hansen via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
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