Four big shows this weekend. UFC on paper with perhaps its worst card of all time(It seems like I’ve said that ten times this year) with Fight Night 102 from Albany, NY. But Fight Night does feature my favorite Heavyweight and electric social media presence “Black Beast” Derek Lewis in the Main Event. Then Saturday afternoon a garbage Bellator card from Italy with UFC rejects Joey Beltran and Alessio Sakara Main Eventing. UFC then back with 206 from Toronto on Pay-Per-View. The card already lost its original Main Event Anthony Johnson vs Daniel Cormier for the Light Heavyweight title when Cormier pulled out with injury. Then they stripped Conor McGregor of his Featherweight title to put an interim title up in a new Main Event between Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis. Problem is Pettis then weighed in 3 pounds over the Championship weight limit this morning. So we have a title shot for Holloway (to then go on to face Aldo) but no title match for Pettis. Major let down.
In Pettis’ defense his cars were all blown up in his driveway a few weeks ago. Living in your own personal Fast & The Furious movie may mess those stress levels off and losing 20 pounds in a seven to ten days isn’t the easiest thing.
Then in the Main Event for the weekend (for me) Terence “Bud” Crawford returns to Omaha to defend his WBC, WBO titles vs John Molina Jr. and with a win likely become the Fighter of the Year for a second time(2014). And it’s after this win we need to set up a dance with Pacquiao in Vegas next May.
Not to be outdone by Anthony Pettis earlier John Molina then came in found pounds over. So the Title Fight is in jeopardy.
Crawford came in at 139.6 and in his traditional little boy boxer shorts(I’m not judging I wear them too).
Also Saturday afternoon from Manchester another Molina, Eric is going to catch a bodybag from Anthony Joshua(17-0 all by KO) defending his IBF World Heavyweight title. Joshua is on all-team bodied up.
On that undercard, two guys who know how to sell a fight, Dillian Whyte v Dereck Chisora. Check out these two clips from the face off preview show & the press conference(CHISORA THROWS A TABLE!)-
When you get home from work and dinner isn’t ready.
Highlights from the weekend-
Fourth fight of the night Shane Burgos and Tiago Trator was an excellent fight. Burgos took the decision and also took time out of the fight to get his pony tail cut of between rounds.
A win in the UFC and a fresh hair cut. Gotta say it was a good day.
Chris Camozzi’s little brother Brian made his debut in the UFC vs Randy Brown. He made an excellent impression of his older brother by being a punching bag.
Somebody called ‘Saparbek Safarov’ filled in for Patrick Cummins last minute to fight Gian Villante from New York. I can not confirm nor deny whether or not he was just a cab driver they found off the streets. Awesome back and forth first round with them both being dropped and Safarov barely being able to answer the bell for the second. Villante treated him like a cab driver then in the second and won by TKO. Safarov tough as nails though and will get another fight in the UFC based on that fill in performance.
Corey Anderson won in the second with some nasty Jon Jones like GNP over Sean O’Connell. He attempted to change his nickname to “Overtime” after the fight, but nah dude you’re “Beastin 25/8” forever. That’s an incredible nickname.
One of the scariest looking human beings alive #12 ranked Heavyweight Francis Ngannou-
Wins in the first found win with a knee on belly Kimura… a Heavyweight!
Already one of my favorite fighters as I said earlier; The Black Beast Derek Lewis endears himself to me further coming out to #1 Stunna by Baby! That’s some Albany fighting music there if I’ve ever heard some. He takes on Russian Shamil Abdurakhimov in the Main Event. Yes, that is the Main Event.
Very boring first three rounds with Abdurakhimov even being warned in the third round that he may lose a fight for being so timid. Abdurakhimov pretty clearly won the first three rounds with that boring ass game plan though. Can’t believe this is a five rounder (naturally, I bet the under 1.5 rounds) as it ends in the fourth. Lewis finally got ahold of him and ended it with some nasty ground and pound. This fight sucked though and as a main event doesn’t deserve any further pub.
In the post fight interview Lewis agreed “That was my terribleist fight” “it was some bulllll shit” Glad he agrees. He says he was going to call out Mark Hunt or Travis Browne but he doesn’t deserve to after that performance. That’s why I love this dude, not delusional and holding himself completely accountable for that performance. Can’t wait to see him back at it again and hopefully better. One of the best personalities in the sport.
Also over in Omaha Friday night was Victory Fighting. I was only able to catch the Main Event Knockout literally the moment the second round started(after an awesome first round).
Congrats to Kassius, hopefully he gets the call up to the UFC soon.
This Knockout also popped up on my Twitter feed from the same show, not sure who they are but god damn!
Completely forgot about the Glory Collision event then with the legend Badr Hari and Rico Verhoeven. We got a crowd brawl before it began then Verhoeven took the fight in the second round by TKO after breaking Badr Hari’s arm with what looked like a knee in the clinch. Very anticlimactic.
Over in Bellator Alessio Sakara took out Joey Beltran in the Main Event by KO in a laregely nothing show.
The fight linked way above with the table toss and trash talk lived up to the hype, Dillian Whyte v Dereck Chisora was fucking awesome. Rare case where the fight lives right up to the hype from beforehand. They went toe to toe for 12 rounds, throwing bombs with the -300 favorite Dillian Whyte taking the split decision win. Wouldn’t be mad at a rematch and more shit talking. You can watch the whole fight here.
And Anthony Joshua made light work just as I said he would of Eric Molina (Sick Brag on the -30000 Favorite there). Put him down in the third.
He was aloud to continue after this for about ten seconds before the referee stepped in and put an end to it thankfully for Molina’s well being. In non-typical boxing fashion they got on things and arranged a fight April 29th with Wladimir Klitschko, will be a Joshua’s biggest test by far.
To UFC 206, John Makdessi got himself inserted into every MMA Highlight Reel for the next ten years.
My guy Misha Cirkunov pulled out a slick arm in guillotine on Nikita Krylov in the first. Guy is a serious prospect at 205 and shout out to his model wife.
Kelvin Gastelum beat the dog shit out of Tim Kennedy. Kennedy is tough as hell but Gastelum was so technical and accurate at 185.
Doo Hoo Choi and Cub Swanson was absolutely incredible. Second round was round of the year and now on when it was all done on December 10th we have the fight of the year. Both guys almost finished numerous times. Nothing I can post can do it justice, hit up YouTube or somewhere and look for it. Amazing.
Donald Cerrone and Matt Brown had to follow the Fight of the Year, the crowd was out for a little bit but still a great fight. Then in the third we got another head kick KO, Matt Brown you too are going to be on every highlight reel in UFC history for eternity.
Mike Goldberg called that a “vicious bodykick”
Another Molina gets put down tonight. It was basically an episode of Pros vs Joes… Just as I said again (going out on the limb -3000 favorite) Terence Crawford put on for Nebraska and stopped John Molina in the 8th. Can we get the man a huge PPV fight please?
Finally at the final fight of the weekend and this post is entirely too long. UFC 206 was an awesome show of the year contender even with the original main event dropping out.
Max Holloway took care of Anthony Pettis in the third round dropping him with consecutive shots and Pettis pretty much just threw the white flag until it was stopped. Holloway is the new interim Featherweight Champion and him vs Jose Aldo will be fight fans wet dream. Can’t wait for that. Pettis has now dropped three of his last four and came in three pounds overweight for a chance at becoming a two division champion. It may be a wrap on his career at this point. At least he’ll always have the Showtime Kick though.