UFC Vegas 47 was seen as the warm-up event before next week’s major PPV, between Robert Whittaker and Isreal Adesanya. But this weekend we had some middleweight contenders of our own who will be looking to hunt down the winner of that bout in the near future.
Here are the real winners and losers of the weekend’s event.
Sean Strickland – Winner
Before the fight, Strickland was labelled as one of the more unusual fighters on the roster due to his heavy sparring videos and unsanitary quotes. However, inside the octagon, he put on a calculated performance. His 5 round fight included impeccable takedown defence, stuffing all 8 of Hermansson’s attempts as well as owning a 46% + strike accuracy.
Defeating the number 6 ranked middleweight would put him a fight or two away from a potential title fight. Since he trains with number 2 ranked Marvin Vettori, and Brunson and Cannonier are set to fight each other soon, could we see a match up with Paulo Costa anytime soon?
Jack Hermansson- Loser
Unable to achieve his game plan of taking down Strickland, he looked somewhat off against the stand-up fighter, not showing anything that justifies his high ranking in the division. Now 3-2 in his last five, there will be alarm bells ringing for Jack. But considering those around his ranking such as Darren Till, Uriah Hall and Kelvin Gastelum are also struggling to find form, he doesn’t need to be too worried about his top 15 status.
Winner – Shavkat Rakhmonov
Walking into the octagon with plenty of hype and a perfect record of 14-0, Shavkat delivered once again. Knocking his opponent out via ground and pound in the first round and looking invincible in every department of MMA, Shavkat will be a menace for any fighter in the welterweight division.
Now, going on such a streak, people are calling for fellow disaster artist Khamzat Chimaev, but with rumours of ‘Borz’ fighting Gilbert Burns in the short future, could we see someone like Ponzinibbio or Li Jingliang on the cards next?
Brendan Allen – Winner
Mixing in and out of form, Allen registered a brilliant win in a short notice fight against Sam Alvey. Mixing up heavy shots with submission attempts, Allen showed that he’s able to take the fight to anywhere it needs to go. Still only 26 years old, he will be looking to capture a few more unranked wins under his belt before he attempts to get a number next to his name.
Sam Alvey – Loser
Now on an 8 fight winless streak, Smilin’ Sam Alvey received his biggest loss in recent times when he got knocked down and choked out by Brendan Allen in the earlier stages of the second round. Now, the 35-year-old light heavyweight is receiving more and more criticism from fight fans which could potentially see him finally close the book on his fight career soon.
Bryan Battle – Winner
Dubbed the true Ultimate Fighter winner, Battle overwhelmed his opponent with high striking output, outlanding Gore’s significant strikes 112 to 57. Overcoming the odd big shot landed by Tresean, Bryan managed to stay composed as he walked away with the win in a unanimous decision over his opponent.
Tresean Gore – Loser
Fellow TUF contestant, Tresean Gore went into his fight with Battle full of confidence. Telling everyone he would go on to win his UFC debut and eventually be a 2 weight champion, Gore’s eager words came back to bite him as he looked relatively gun shy against his active opponent.
Julian Erosa – Winner
Capturing the W in the fight of the night brawl, Erosa overcame early troubles against his opponent as he delivered the goods later on in a very fast-paced fight. Painting the mat of the blood of Steven Peterson, both fighters deserved the utmost respect and stole the attention away from the main event. Now, Juicy J is 5-1 in his last 6 and will be wanting to continue his decent run.
Steven Peterson – Loser
Although he lost the fight, Steven Peterson won many people’s respect as he left in all in the octagon on Saturday night. Although he was close to knocking out Erosa in the early stages of the fight, the BJJ brown belt failed to pounce on his opportunity to win the fight but gave a great performance nonetheless.
Sean Strickland def. Jack Hermansson via split decision (49-46, 47-48, 49-46)
Nick Maximov def. Punahele Soriano via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
Shavkat Rakhmonov def. Carlston Harris via KO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:10
Brendan Allen def. Sam Alvey via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 2:10
Bryan Battle def. Tresean Gore via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Julian Erosa def. Steven Peterson via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
John Castaneda def. Miles Johns via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 3, 1:38
Hakeem Dawodu def. Mike Trizano via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Chidi Njokuani def. Marc-Andre Barriault via KO (strikes) – Round 1, 0:16
Alexis Davis def. Julija Stoliarenko via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 30-27) Jailton Almeida def. Danilo Marques via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:57
Philip Rowe def. Jason Witt via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 2:15
Malcolm Gordon def. Denys Bondar via submission (injury) – Round 1, 1:22
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