UFC 194: Summary
- Conor McGregor defeats Jose Aldo via KO in the 1st ( TITLE FIGHT )
One year in the making and its over in seconds. McGregor does the impossible. ONE HIT KNOCK OUT! We didn’t learn anything here, this was an impossible to predict outcome. No one wants to see such an awesome match up end in seconds. This was a crazy outcome.
- Luke Rockhold defeats Chris Weidman via TKO in the 4th ( TITLE FIGHT )
Luke Rockhold dominates Chris Weidman in all aspects. He landedsome heavy kicks throughout, his Jiu-jitsu was absolutely paramount in establishing position on the floor. He’s the first and only person to take Weidman down in the Octagon. The fight could have ended in the third as Rockhold was raining down blows on a badly bleeding Weidman. As for Weidman, he shouldn’t be throwing spinning wheel kicks, much like Chael Sonnen shouldn’t be throwing spinning back fists. Weidman added some kicks to his game but they just weren’t enough. Weidman usually enjoys a size advantage but he couldn’t manhandle Rockhold. The Welterweight division keeps on getting more and more interesting with multiple fighters vying for the title.
- Yoel Romero defeats Ronaldo Souza via Split Decision
The winner of this fight isn’t the better fighter. Romero is a one round fighter. He owned the first and spent the second and third hanging on for a decision. Souza eat a nasty spinning back fist that almost ended the night early but he came back strong, specifically in the third round where he lit Romero up on the feet, took him down then landed some good ground and pound. One judge wasn’t watching the fight. Romero isn’t going to last in a five rounder against Rockhold.
- Demian Maia defeats Gunnar Nelson via Unanimous Decision
Maia is in his own league in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Maybe Gunnar Nelson will learn the age old lesson of “be careful what you wish for”. This was just a dominating performance by Maia who didn’t let Nelson mount any kind of offense. It was a takedown, to jiu-jitsu chess match where Maia gets Nelsons back, locks in a body triangle and just punched away. Gunni needs to watch who he calls out, he’s still has plenty of learning to do. Maia proves that even at the age of 38 he’s as dangerous as ever.
- Max Holloway defeats Jeremy Stephens via Unanimous Decision
Scrappy fight. Holloway continues his streak, showing he can get an ugly win which is important when you’re climbing up the ladder. Jeremy Stephens always shows up to fight. He’s trying to beat his opponent, not outpoint them. This was a fight that left us with more questions than answers. Holloway needs another victory because this hasn’t convinced anyone of his true potential.
- Uriah Faber defeats Frankie Saenz via Unanimous Decision
Faber still has it, but his age is starting to show. He landed a flush knee in the second round, the ensuing flurry left him gassed, something that normally never happens. Despite that Uriah was able to keep pushing and attacking, displaying his ability to dig deep. Saenz is game! He won over some fans tonight. After a knee from Faber left him with Jell-O legs he somehow withstood Faber’s onslaught and was able to regain his senses. Saenz takes a tough loss but his stock is still on the up and up after this.
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