Another UK event is in the books for the UFC and it wasn’t a bad event at all, at least compared to recent Fight Pass events anyway. Alexander Gustafsson, Michael Johnson, Brad Pickett and Gunnar Nelson all picked up wins on the main card and pushed themselves up the rankings in their respective divisions.
As usual me, Peter and Jimbo will squeeze in to Joe Silva’s dainty shoes and play matchmaker for the winners of the main card fights.
Another successful night for the UFC on their return to British shores, although not as successful for the majority of the British fighters on the card but it was still an entertaining night of fights. Alexander Gustafsson and Gunnar Nelson proved to be the stars of the show with two very dominant performances over Jimi Manuwa and Omari Akhmedov respectively. The set up of the nights event was a big talking point leading in to the event, with new commentators and a new ring announcer featuring among the changes that would be under scrutiny from folks at home and in the arena.
As we do every so often, we’re going to look at some of the talking points coming out of the UFC Fight Night event and offer our ill informed opinions.
Alexander Gustafsson must have been scratching his head with confusion when he was first told he’d be headlining a fight on the UFC’s Fight Pass against Jimi Manuwa. But on Saturday night the big Swede showed exactly why he’s the number one contender to the light heavyweight crown, with his dispatching of Manuwa in the second round of their fight. Gustafsson controlled the first round landing a takedown and looking for a submission but he didn’t have any joy. Gustafsson also landed some solid shots when the fighters were standing and this would pay dividends in the second round. After a pause for an accidental eye poke in the second round, Gustafsson came out flying and backed Manuwa up against the cage, landing a knee to the face that wobbled the British fighter, Gustafsson followed it up with three big uppercuts and Manuwa hit the deck, forcing Marc Goddard to stop the fight and giving Gustafsson a TKO victory.
With a plethora of viewing options, a regional start time and an abundance of top European talent on show, there really is no excuse for you not to be watching UFC Fight night tonight. Continue reading →
On Thursday morning Cage Warriors added another fighter to their packed welterweight roster with the signing of ‘Judo’ Jimmy Wallhead. The former Bellator and most recently, BAMMA, fighter will return to the organisation with a scheduled bout on Cage Warriors 68 this coming May in Liverpool.
MMA fans love an underdog but there’s a fine line between an underdog and a fighter that’s being thrown under a bus against a superior opponent, to boost the superior fighter. In wrestling terms, you would call this a squash match. Now, you may think that in the world of modern MMA that this type of match would no longer take place but you would be wrong. Just two weeks ago, UFC light heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier fought an opponent who had 10 days notice and was making his debut in the UFC. Patrick Cummings was 4-0 and hadn’t fought in close to a year before this fight and it showed. Cormier destroyed Cummins in under two minutes and made clear the difference in skill between the two.
As a result, I decided to have a look through the scrolls of MMA history and look for five of the biggest mismatches in MMA history.