The first card to be ever headlined by a women’s non-title fight was sadly brushed aside, doomed to be shown on the limping UFC Fight Pass. If you watched last night’s event you were treated to some surprises and a fair number of finishes. Here’s what we learned from each fight.

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Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC
  • Rose Namajunas def. Paige VanZant via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:25 of R5

Rose Namajunas is for real, and she killed the hype train behind VanZant. Her stand up has never looked better, and her submission game was off the charts. She locked in a rear naked choke, and two arm bars prior to the rear naked choke that ended the fight. She just vaulted herself up to the short list of title contenders after this dominating performance. VanZant on the other hand showed that she really needs to work on her stand up because she got lit up. She also needs basic submission defense, at one point she turned her head deeper into Namajunas rear naked choke. However, the biggest thing we learned about VanZant is that she’s tough, like doesn’t tap after a deep choke, two arm bars that look brutal, and getting battered and bloodied tough. She lasted all the way to the fifth round in a fight that many would have conceded much sooner and for that we applaud her. She didn’t lose any fans tonight despite being exposed.

Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC
Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC
  • Michael Chiesa def. Jim Miller via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:57 of R2

Michael Chiesa does what he does best, grinds. But this time he found a choke and clamped it on. After his fight he called out all the people that ignored him, even pointing at the people in the first rows that had their computers out during the fight. Chiesa keeps winning and improving. He also stated he’s a top 15 lightweight now and will be in the top 5 by the end of next year. If he keeps up his performances I can see him doing so, but he’s not winning over any fans with his fighting style, he’ll be the new John Fitch. Jim Miller is officially the lightweight division’s gatekeeper. He’s no longer the guy that was on the cusp of a title fight but he’ll be invaluable as a measuring stick.

Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC
Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC
  • Sage Northcutt vs. Cody Pfister via submission (guillotine) at 0:41 of R2

Sage needs to work off his back. He looked so uncomfortable when Cody had top position. However he defended well and whatever controversy surrounded the Referee’s stand up feels unwarranted. Pfister did have a dominant position but he wasn’t doing anything with it. Sage is still only 19 years old so to see him respond so well to a first round that didn’t go as well as he would have probably liked speaks well of him. His patience in securing the guillotine was nice to see. The kid has some learning to do but he’s moving along nicely. Plus he’s already name dropping Fight Pass like a seasoned advertiser.

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