Written by Derek Moody, July 10, 2016, at 2:03 a.m. Tweet to: @DerekMoody619
The week started with five title fights but ended up with four for UFC Fight Weekend. Of those four, only three had actual owners, in which two changed hands. Eddie Alvarez and Amanda Nunes each made quick work in dethroning Rafael Dos Anjos and Miesha Tate, respectively.
A total of 18 finishes occurred during the 36 fights over the weekend (10 TKO/KO and 8 submissions). It’s a great weekend when 50 percent of the fights end in a finish. Another successful UFC Fight Week in the books.
And The New…
Amanda Nunes became the first female Brazilian Women’s champion with a 1st rd submission via rear naked choke on Miesha Tate. Many didn’t give her a shot against Tate when it was announced that she was getting the title shot. Immediately fans wanted to see Tate vs Holm II or Tate vs Rousey III.
It was great matchmaking by Sean Shelby to realize Nunes was the perfect challenger for Tate. Now history has been made, Amanda Nunes is the fourth ever UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion and the first ever Brazilian women’s champion. Ronda Rousey is still the only one to defend the title, we’ll see if Nunes can do the same.
Eddie Alvarez wanted to defy all odds by stopping the pound for pound best lightweight on the planet in Rafael Dos Anjos. He also wanted to prove that over training doesn’t exist. Whether over training exist or not, it wasn’t relevant in this fight. Alvarez took the two minutes to find his range and pace then he poured it on ending the incredible streak built up by Dos Anjos. The perfect strike landed right on the button and the champion wasn’t able to recover. Somehow his legs wouldn’t let him fall but he was on dream street standing up.
José Aldo came into this event ready to prove that being knocked out in 13 seconds was a fluke and not a diced it to his chin. He already clocked 25 minutes against Frankie Edgar and was willing to do it again. Aldo walked right through Edgar to complete the 2-0 sweep. This time there’s no debate about a robbery. Both guys went to war and there appearances really tell the story. Aldo became the interim Featherweight Champion but has his eyes on being the undisputed champion again if given another shot at McGregor.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk went to war for 25 minutes with her nemesis Claudia Gadelha. Both equally eager to leave wearing the belt. It came down to who wanted it more and that person was Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Gadelha won rounds one and two before Jedrzejczyk cruised through rounds three four and five.
It was nice to see the two give each other respect and end the grudge but it did take 25 minutes to get to that outcome. Once again Joanna has proved that she is currently the most dominant female fighter notching her third title defense.
Former UFC welterweight champion, Johny Hendricks had a difficult weight cut and missed weight. Due to him missing weight and struggling for years he might be forced to move up to middleweight.
That’s going to be hard transition because middleweight has guys that are cutting from 225 pounds. Johny has the power and skills to compete up there, it’s just not a smart move. He may want to look into some different nutritionists to help him out.
TUF 23 Winners
Tatiana Suarez remained dominant as she steamrolled through Amanda Cooper. Suarez was the most dangerous fighter on the show once the fight ended up on the mat. She showed heart and a certain desire that can’t be taught. Her hard work paid off as she became the newest member of the UFC roster.
Andrew Sanchez out wrestled Khalil Rountree to earn the other roster spot and win for his weight class. His performance was very overwhelming with his wrestling on the mat. Dana White has been very adamant about entertaining fights and Sanchez was the exact opposite.
Although a win is a win and he won the show, it gained him three more fights to prove he’s elite and entertaining at the same time.
Stand Out Performances in UFC Fight Weekend
- Doo Ho Choi first round KO over Thiago Tavares
- Joe Lauzon first round TKO over Diego Sanchez
- Joe Duffy first round submission over Mitch Clarke
- Jim Miller first round TKO over Takanori Gomi
- Tatiana Suarez first round submissionover Amanda Cooper
There’s one more event this upcoming Saturday to cap off the week. If it intends to compete with the three we just had, there needs to be at least five finishes. We’ll find out in a week.