UFC Fight Night: Monterey Review
That was a good fight. Magny came in and out struck, out wrestled, and out grappled Gastelum in the first couple of rounds. This was a battle of two guys that keep up the pressure and have a gas tank that allows them to hang in for the full 5 rounds. Gastelum Came back huge with two knockdowns in the fourth and followed it up with a solid fifth round that saw him get the better of Magny. The round in question was the third. This fight could have gone either way, and can be edged either way. Some will give Gastelum the win because of his knockdowns and winning the later rounds. But Magny did dominate the first two rounds. Great fight that fans can dispute between each other for a while.
Watch Diego Sanchez shadow box as Ricardo Lamas hits him. Sanchez’s best days in the cage are behind him. As exciting and “action” packed as his fights tend to be, he doesn’t have what it takes to be a co-main event fighter. Let him open a card and set the pace. Lamas looks to regain his standing in the division and he did what he needed to by defeating Diego Sanchez. Lamas showcased his exciting kicking ability, including some brutal leg kicks, but I’m not sure how much a victory over a declining Sanchez who’s making his division debut is going to move him up the featherweight ladder.
Title implications for this fight. Cejudo edges a split decision victory, but he was expected to run through Formiga if he really wanted that that title bout. Formiga made the job very tough and a lot more competitive than many expected a +550 underdog. Mighty Mouse Johnson doesn’t have anything to worry about against Cejudo. His wrestling is Olympic level but his striking is too basic to prove a threat against the monster that is reigning in the flyweight division.
After a back and forth first round both fighter spent the next two rounds flat footed and exhausted. Montano was able to mount a strange offense throwing some spinning heel kicks. Montano was able to will his way to a decision victory, securing the six figure contract but not too many fans. If he wants to keep his spot in the UFC he’s going to have to work on that gas tank.
It was a dominant smothering performance by Barzola, who took down Gutierrez and smashed him on the ground. The entirety of every road was spent on the ground with Barzola staying busy, and landing a varied ground and pound assault. He landed to the body, heavy elbows and regularly postured up and rained down heavy straights. Gutierrez showed his inexperience as he had multiple opportuninties to stand up but didn’t realize or know the techniques to do it. Barzola showed some amazing heart and stamina as he showed visible signs of fatigue in the second round but just kept on grinding and pushing forward.
Leandro Silva took the first round, landing some heavy body kicks and nice combos up top. He displayed great balance and skill defending two tough takedowns. Escudero looked like he wasn’t fully committed to any strikes he was throwing. Escudero came back with a great 2nd round, as he took Silva down twice and mounted some great offense from top position. He landed a heavy right hand as he dropped on Silva causing a cut on the left side of Silva’s head. Silva finished the match by controlling the third round, first by landing heavy strikes then by securing dominant positions and almost getting multi submission attempts from Escudero’s back. Leandro Silva takes a solid victory.
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