RUMBLE

RUMBLE

Anthony “Rumble” Johnson made his official retirement from Mixed Martial Arts after his most recent defeat to the light-weight title holder Daniel Cormier. It is devastating for the UFC losing one of their most talented fighters in the peak of his career, but even worse off are the many fans that loved his personality and enjoyed the incredibly exciting fights he produced over the years. It is as good a point as ever to look over an incredible MMA career of the greatest knockout artist the UFC has ever seen.

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He began his martial arts career in high school and was a powerful wrestler. His affinity for combat sports earned him a scholarship to college where he went on to become a junior national wrestling champion. After college he entered the realm of mixed martial arts whilst working as a bouncer. His UFC debut was on the 12th of June 2007, were he fought Chad Reiner in UFC fight night 10. The fight ended with Rumble getting a knockout at just 13 seconds into the first round. He competed at welter weight for 6 fights until he did serious damage to his knee forcing himself out of fighting for over a year. When he returned he didn’t believe he could compete at welter weight anymore and decided to step up to the middle weight division were he immediately fought a word class competitor in Vitor Belfort who was at the very top of the division. Rumble lost that match by submission and following the fight, was released by the UFC as he missed weight by 11 pounds.

In his time away from the UFC Rumble continued to fight competing in Titan Fighting Championships, The World Series of Fighting and other independent promotions. His success away from the UFC was noticed as he was signed on a 4 year contract on the 4th of February, 2014. But when he returned he decided to fight at light heavy weight, with his first fight being against top ranked light-heavy weight Phil Davis in the co-main event at UFC 172. Defying 3-1 odds, Rumble defeated Davis dominating all three rounds emphatically. He then gradually dismantled the top of the light-heavy weight division earning him a title fight against the champion Daniel Cormier on the 23rd of May, 2015. However this appeared a step too far for Rumble as he clearly wasn’t prepared for Cormier’s gritty style accompanied with a long 3 rounds. He lost that fight however that didn’t stop him. He went three fights in a row with either TKO or KO’s on some of the best light-heavy weights in the world, earning him three performance of the nights in a row. In my previous article I detailed the main event of UFC 210, with Rumble and DC clashing horns once again which I would recommend anyone reading this to read, but Rumble once again lost to the champ and announced his retirement effective immediately.

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I haven’t been following MMA long enough to have seen him fight at welterweight, but looking back on some of his fights it is truly incredible to see the sheer power Rumble could get behind a punch. He has the most ‘sub minute’ KO’s in the UFC to date with 5 and I feel this accurately shows the talent he had. The most admirable thing about Rumble is his personality and how he is one of the nicest fighters in the UFC, never gloating, never trash talking, but simply enjoying the game. The game will miss him, but we wish him the best of luck in his future work and hope he doesn’t completely stay away from the sport.

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UFC 210

UFC 210

UFC 210

Chris Weidman (4) vs Gegard Mousasi (5)

The Co-Main Event in Buffalo, New York was a big matchup between the former champ Chris Weidman and the veteran Gegard Mousasi. Surprisingly Weidman was the underdog for this fight having only lost to Yoel Romero, a tough competitor, since his last title fight. However it is evident that Mousasi is well suited to the middleweight division since moving down from the light-heavy weight in 2014. Many people didn’t have belief in Mousasi in regards to his ground game against such an accomplished wrestler in Weidman. However he seemed confident with his camp and shrugged these remarks saying that he has no problem with the fight going to ground.

As the first round began it was clear that Mousasi’s hands were noticeably quicker than Weidman’s, especially in the jab. Weidman was throwing a lot of feints which inevitably allowed him to lunge for a single leg and secure a takedown. A guillotine was avoided with some incredible defence by Mousasi, which he seemed to display for the entirety of the fight. After a brief exchange on the fighter’s feet, Weidman managed to get his second takedown of the round with no significant effect on Mousasi or the game as they immediately stood up. Weidman then appeared to shake Mousasi catching him with a well-timed punch. He then proceeded to throw numerous punches in a combination resulting in a takedown attempt, however the All-American didn’t manage to get a grip on the second leg. This flurry however did seem to affect Mousasi as he began swinging wildly towards the end of the round, not landing much.

Seconds into the second round Mousasi seemed to up the tempo completely as he landed a huge jab followed by hard uppercuts as Weidman scrambled against the fence. After seemingly inflicting a lot of damage to his opponent and having that continuous pressure Mousasi decides to strangely attempt a takedown on Weidman fails. He continued to grapple with Weidman, wasting precious energy until Dan Miragliotta had to separate the fighters for a lack of activity. Weidman followed up with a big takedown resulting in the pair scrambling on the floor, constantly switching positions. As soon as the pair were broken up the fight was called to a stop by the Dan Miragliotta because apparently Mousasi had thrown an illegal knee as both of Weidman’s hands were on the ground. This resulted in a doctor coming into the octagon as well as a 5 minute timer beginning for Weidman to recover. However in the video replay it was shown that Mousasi had lifted Weidman from underneath his lats to deliver the knee meaning the fight should not have been stopped nor should a timer or doctor have been called. This caused some confusion and when the news was given to the referee Dan Miragliotta he seemed to consult with numerous people outside the octagon. A second doctor arrived to help Weidman leading to even more confusion as Dan consulted the doctors. Eventually a representative from the commission, who oversees every fight, decided to call the fight taking on board the advice from the doctors, awarding the TKO victory to Mousasi. This was met by disgust from Weidman who pleaded his case, to no avail. Mousasi was clearly unhappy with the decision as both fighters expressed their disgust in the octagon interviews.

It appears as if both fighters were clear in their hope for a rematch, as was Dana White. It was even contest up until the knee and sadly it affected both the fight record of Weidman and the credibility of the win for Mousasi. It was an unfortunate call by Dan Miragliotta as most people only realised what had happened with the aid of replays and slow motion technology.

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Daniel Cormier (C) vs Anthony Johnson (1)

The Main Event for the night was a title fight between the champion Daniel Cormier and the challenger and number one ranked light heavy weight Anthony Johnson. Johnson’s last loss came at the hands of Cormier in 2015 as he attempted to secure the belt and has since received three performances of the night in his last three fights were he finished the fights by either TKO or KO. Cormier on the other hand has only lost once in his career to arguably the best light-heavy weight in UFC history Jon Jones. Cormier seemed to step up his trash talking in preparation for the fight with Johnson not rising to the comments. Cormier has, for a quiet a while, been booed by UFC fans and he has recently taken it upon himself to see the funny side in it and to taunt those booing fans when he gets the chance. There is a clear reach and height advantage for Rumble at 5.5 and 3 inches respectively. It is Cormier first ever rematch in the UFC and he is hoping to emphatically show his dominance within the division.

Rumble to everyone’s surprise immediately pushed DC to the cage and aimed to manoeuvre him into a position to take him down, staying clear of what he his most well-known for. This involved long bouts of grappling that doesn’t favour Rumble as DC always aimed to tire him out as early and as soon as possible. After a reasonably long stale mate DC begins opening up and landing knees and elbows. Once in control DC excellently let Rumble hold his weight, sapping the energy out of him. DC utilised good under hooks and looked to get a headlock. Rumble managed to avoid the attempt and as soon as the pair were back to striking Rumble began landing big hits that were rattling DC. But again when he had the advantage he returned straight back to the clinch. On the bell Johnson eventually lands a big takedown but the round had ended by the time DC had the hit the ground and the two were made return to their corners. It was made clear that DC had broken his nose in the first round, which would make it difficult for the rest of the fight.

At the beginning of the second round Rumble decided to hold a southpaw stance looking for a left high kick. But DC closed the distance and managed to catch one of Rumbles kicks. Both fighters were exchanging in a scramble, executing a takedown each. With nearly 2 minute left to go DC again takes Rumble down with a well-timed trip. He then proceeded to take Rumbles back utilising good wrist control. Rumble was in a bad way, eating a bombardment of punches to the head. Eventually DC wore Rumble down enough to attempt and successfully pull off a rear naked choke finishing the match.

Rumbles strange approach to the fight was unfruitful. He tried to engage in grappling and ground game which I believe lost him the fight. Cormier seemed as dominant as ever throughout the fight. The afters with Cormier, Manuwa and Jones, while interesting, was quickly over shadowed by the shock of the night. Rumbling announcing his retirement. I will be releasing an article later this week about Rumble.

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Will a McGregor-Mayweather fight happen?

Will a McGregor-Mayweather fight happen?

The two fighters have been exchanging words for over a year now with the first idea of a fight being sparked in 2015 by the television host/comedian Conan O’Brien. With McGregor being quick to express his interest in such a fight he said he would dismantle the  now, 49-0 fighter which began the exchanges between the two. When the rumours began spreading of the possible pay days for the fighters, McGregor was not impressed with Floyds proposed figures of $7 and $100 million respectively for the fighters saying “I don’t take pay-cuts”. In January of this year Floyd made a second offer of $15 million, which quickly gained a response from UFC president Dana White. Dana offered the pair $25 million apiece which was quickly laughed off by Floyd.

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Both fighters have taken to social media on countless occasions within this time frame to take shots at each other which inevitably built hype and interest for the fight between boxing and MMA fans alike. However there are numerous issues that need to be resolved before the fight happens.

Even though McGregor has made it clear that fighting Floyd will be decided on his own accord without the backing of the UFC even though he is contractually obliged to have 4 more fights with the UFC. The UFC are unlikely to stand aside when there is an opportunity to generate huge amounts of money. They also don’t want the outcome of the fight damage the reputation or marketability of their prized fighter.

Although McGregor has a boxing license in California it doesn’t automatically permit him from fighting Floyd as he has never competed, pro or amateur, in a boxing ring. Also he will need to attain a boxing license for the state of Nevada which may be slightly more difficult following the water bottle throwing incident at UFC 202 with Nate Diaz resulting in a hefty $150,000 fine and 50 hours of community service for the UFC fighter.

Finally there is the obvious problem of how much each fighter is paid. At this time both fighters are demanding no less than $100 million and with both fighters egos as big as each other’s this won’t be changing anytime soon. However if the fight sells even close to the pay-per-view figures that the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight made, both fighters will be expecting a generous pay day.

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My verdict is that the fight will go ahead. I am excited to see the fight but am bracing myself for a demolition in the favour of Mayweather. I can’t see one of the best boxers of all time losing to an MMA fighter. Although he is highly skilled in stand up fighting I don’t believe the cross-over will be successful for McGregor.

UFC 209

UFC 209

UFC 209

Alistair Overeem (3) vs Mark Hunt (7)

With the co-main event cancelled fans were glad to know they still had a huge fight between Overeem and Hunt to look forward to. Both fighters are ranked high in the Heavy weight division, but coming into it there were large discrepancies between the two fighters. Overeem had a staggering six inch height advantage as well as an eight inch reach advantage. The two last met over 10 years ago, with Overeem coming out of it the victor with a first round submission.

Hunt began the first round with big leg kicks to the body and legs. Overeem checked one of Hunts kicks early resulting in Hunt sustaining a deep gash to his shin, however this didn’t stop him continuing to push forward and throw kicks. Both Overeem and Hunt were throwing and landing strikes to the head. Overeem was cautious about how close Hunt was getting to him and therefore whenever Hunt got to close Overeem entered the clinch and managed to push him away to keep the fight at a distance.

At the beginning of the second round Overeem began throwing clever strikes landing kicks, knees, punches and elbows. We could see him using his devastating knees that he has so often in the past punished opponents with them landing to both the body and the head. As Overeem continued to be the aggressor Hunt did retaliate with some effective elbows leading Overeem to cover up and try and enter the clinch. Both Hunt and Overeem traded huge elbows and knees respectively in this position to each other’s heads. To get out of any tight positions, as he has in previous fights, Overeem seemed to run away from his opponent to reset himself. This ended up being an impressive tactic as when the two entered the clinch following this, Overeem managed to execute an excellent elbow and immediately after force Hunt’s head towards the ground as he exploded up with a knee to the chin. Hunt had a delayed reaction but eventually landed flat and limp on the floor in a brutal K.O.

Hunt is regarding as having one of the hardest chins in the UFC but Overeems famous knees were obviously too much for the Super Samoan. What makes this win even more impressive is that Overeem had terrible food poisoning and was still recovering from it coming into the fight. As Dana said in the post-fight press conference he was in hospital for 24 hours just before the fight.

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Tyrone Woodley (c) vs Stephen Thompson (1)

It had only been 5 months since these two fighters went to war at UFC 205 in what was given fight of the night. Despite Woodley being so close to finishing Thompson at many stage of the first fight, he entered the octagon for UFC 209 for the second time as the champion and as the underdog. However Woodley looked to back up his claims of being the best welterweight of all time and to prove the bookies wrong.

There was very little progression in the first round from both fighters. It took a minute for the first strike to be attempted with Thompson looking to throw his well-known front leg sidekicks. Woodley stayed on the cage for the majority of the first round, seldom attacking in his usual flurries. It seemed like he was taking this fight a lot more cautious, respecting the skill Thompson has at countering moving backwards. But this tentative fighting from the two fighters was met by the disgust of the crowd, with frequent booing because of the lack of activity. In the first round the two fighters together had only accumulated 11 significant strikes, which highlights their cautious approach.

In the second round Woodley decided, for the most part, to ignore what his corner advised and continue to be cautious and allow Thompson to walk him to the fence. Again this was met with the distaste of the crowd as the booing continued. In the few strikes that were thrown and landed both Woodley and Thompson left their marks. Thompson was left with a cut on his face while Woodley’s eye began swelling from a high kick. Woodley seemed to be throwing regular punches to the chest because of both the difference in height between the two, but also because of Thompsons positioning and evasiveness.

The third round started with an intelligent takedown from Woodley. He used his explosiveness to grab Thompsons front leg and drive him to the cage were he could attempt to get the other leg. Once Woodley had the other leg wrapped he executed a well-timed trip which led to him being on top of Thompson. Woodley demonstrated his strength by restraining Thompson’s right arm under his body which meant that Thompson had no defence briefly, in this time Woodley landed clean and powerful strikes to the body and face. As Thompson began to escape and use the cage to stand up Woodley kept the pressure on with heavy knees to the body. Towards the end of the round Thompson seemed to throw a lot more kicks and punches to the body and head of Woodley whilst constantly switching stances, showing great resilience after a tough time spent on the ground.

The pace of the fourth round seemed to drop once again as both fighters continued to not over commit and continually throw single punches or kicks with many feints. Thompson had the only notable strikes landing excellent high kicks, avoiding the high right hand of Woodley. As Woodley returned to his corner he was met by a sense of urgency as his corner encouraged him to take the risk and finish the fight.

Woodley complied with his corner and immediately showed his aggression pushing Thompson to the cage. Both fighters begin to land strikes at a much higher pace now. Eventually Woodley launches a flurry of punches landing Thompson with under a minute to go, Thompson struggles to get to his feet but Woodley continues the pressure and manages to drop Thompson for the second time. The fight at this stage was seconds from being stopped but Thompson managed to close up and get to his feet. Thompson then for the remainder of the fight kept his distance by circling the octagon and using his reach to keep Woodley at a distance.

After the 5 rounds the fight went to the judges scorecard whereby they declared Woodley the winner by unanimous decision. The fight could have easily been stopped in the last round with how Woodley performed. The end of the fight was met with a very negative and displeased audience as they erupted into booing. The media and the crowd both seemed to disagree with the decision while at the same time slating the fight itself, as many claimed it to be one of the all-time worst title fights based on Woodley spending minutes at a time against the cage and Thompson throwing more feints then he did strikes. Personally I scored the fight as a draw but it will be interesting to see how the top of the welterweight division pans out. If it was up to me I would definitely give Robbie Lawler an opportunity to challenge for the belt.

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Lewis vs Browne UFC Fight Night Halifax

Lewis vs Browne UFC Fight Night Halifax

Derrick Lewis (8) vs Travis Browne (9)

The main fight of the evening was in the heavy weight division between Derrick Lewis and Travis Browne. Both fighters had polar opposite streaks coming into the fight with Browne losing four of his last six fights and Lewis having a five win streak. Browne had the height advantage, as he does over most opponents, however other than that there was little to separate the two fighters. Lewis is one of the only UFC heavy weight fighters that needs to cut weight for his fights and I expected for him to look to land a big right hand to finish the fight. Browne on the other hand would look to utilise his kicking skills, as he has done in the past to finish accomplished heavy weights such as Alistair Overeem.

In the first round we saw it was evident that Browne was looking to stay in the centre of the octagon and launch viscous side and head kicks. This continued till around 2 minutes in when Browne seemed to badly hurt Lewis with a kick forcing him to switch stances and hold his right side. Lewis then began opening up landing strikes of his own on the counter. Shortly after Browne landed a heavy knee to the body which saw Lewis wince in pain for the second time, covering his body and dropping to his knee towards the edge of the octagon. Browne continued the pressure as he looked to capitalise on Lewis’ discomfort. Lewis throughout the first round seemed to neglect dealing with any of Browne’s kicks, opting to neither try and avoid or check them. Lewis tried two spectacular spinning high kicks to no avail and at the end of the round Lewis’ corner urged him to push forward and get away from the fence and to start dealing with Browne’s kicks.

The second round sees Lewis ignoring what his corners advise and remain near the fence. As Browne attempted one of his high kicks Lewis was able to grab hold of Browne leading to numerous successive strikes clearly rocking Browne. As Browne scrambled Lewis continued with a flurry of uppercuts and hooks, choosing to avoid the un-protected body of Browne. Eventually Lewis managed to bring Browne to the floor, nearly in full mount, Lewis began landing hard elbows. After a few attempts of getting to his knees Browne managed to bring the fight to its feet again only to have Lewis land a deadly strike to the crown of Browne. As Browne slammed to the floor Lewis followed with heavy punches, ending the fight as a K.O win to Lewis.

Lewis remained on his back for minutes after the fight had ended clearly displaying the impact that the first round had on him and the unrelenting effort he showed in the second. The fight seemed hugely in favour of Browne after the first round but once again we saw the effectiveness of Lewis’ right hand come to the fore front in the second. Also the match seemed to be stopped quite late as Browne didn’t seem to protect himself consciously seconds before the fight was stopped. The real controversy of the night and something the UFC attempted to elude to on their social media platforms were the comments Lewis made about Browne and Ronda Rousey after the fight. He explained how he would always have more heart than a man who laid hands on a woman referencing Browne’s past domestic abuse allegations. He also made it clear to Browne’s girlfriend Ronda Rousey what his opinions of her was stating “Where’s Ronda Rousey’s fine ass at?” Lewis now currently has the longest heavy weight win streak with 6 wins in a row for the black beast.

UFC Fight Night: Lewis v Browne

Darragh Butler

UFC 208

UFC 208

Summary

Overall I would class UFC 208 as disappointing. Both the main and co-main fights were reasonably uneventful with very little significant strikes being landed. Also both of these fights were ended in controversy with Brunson, the seemingly stronger opponent, losing out to Silva. This is bad for his fight record but it also means he didn’t secure a win bonus for a fight he should have won. In the main event the new women’s feather weight champion de Randamie landed a total of 4 strikes that were after the bell between the second and third round with no point deduction. One of these strikes clearly rocked Holm and may have made a difference in the fight. I have described three fights, the first being in the middle weight division between Souza and Boetsch, the second also coming from the middle weight division between Brunson and Silva and finally the title fight in the women’s feather weight division between de Randamie and Holm.

Fights

Jacare Souza (3) vs Tim Boetsch (12)

Boetsch earned an opportunity to fight Souza, a former strike force champion, after coming off of a confident 2 wins in November and July of 2016. The bookies and many others heavily leaned towards Souza because of his notorious ground game, which stood to him in the first round in this fight.

Boetsch entered the fight attempting to keep his distance, trying to utilise his striking abilities and his 2 inch reach advantage. Boetsch also used his naturally low arms to successfully defend Souza’s first takedown attempt with a great effort in the sprawl. However Souza used exceptional timing to catch one of Boetsch’s leg kicks with only two and a half minutes gone in the fight to successfully bring him to ground. Souza’s incredible jiu jitsu abilities are lethal at these early stages of the match on the ground as neither of the fighters would have sweated enough to hinder any kind of friction, which Souza inevitably utilised to isolate an arm and finish by submission.

That fight makes it two performance of the nights in a row for the Brazilian, once again proving his class. Souza is making it increasingly difficult for the UFC to not give him a title fight and I’m sure he is eager, as we all are, to see the outcome of the Bisping and Romero title fight Dana has promised. It will be interesting to see what top middle weight Souza will fight next as he said if the title fight isn’t and option he wants to continue to be active.

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Anderson Silva (7) vs Derek Brunson (8)

In the lead up to this co-main event there was a lot of respect shown between the two fighters. Brunson commented on how when he began fighting professionally that Silva was an idol for him. With an 11 year difference between their professional MMA debuts, Silva definitely had the experience nearing his 42nd birthday.

It was clear Brunson showed Silva the respect from the outset as he held back throughout the fight unlike his most recent loss against Whittaker. Both fighters were willing to hold back and be patient. Silva is known to be a master counter striker and as we have seen before he is willing to hold off to the crowds distaste. Silva continued to be patient throughout the first round breaking at opportunities. Towards the end of the first round both fighters began opening up landing punches, especially in the clinch for Brunson. Throughout the first round Brunson attempted and was unsuccessful in all three of his takedown attempts.

In the second round there again was no game changing strikes exchanged, with both fighters connecting on occasions. Silva became increasingly confident with his signature head and arm movements which was received well from the crowd, as support grew for the Brazilian. At the end of the second round Brunson’s corner had a greater sense of urgency telling the fighter to lead more and not show as much respect.

Brunson complied and began with much more aggressive strikes and take downs, only to be matched by the incredible skill of Silva in the sprawl and in countering. Similar to the first round Silva seemed to almost allow Brunson’s punches land in the clinch. Silva gained more confidence as the fight went on with his hands hanging low with both parties exchanging strikes. The fight ended with Brunson taking Silva to ground and having him in full mount. The fight was reasonably uneventful with both fighters having spells of dominance but in the end the fight went to a decision with Silva being controversially declared the winner with a unanimous decision.

Silva and Brunson were still showing great respect for each other even after the fight had finished. Silva could barely speak in an emotional octagon interview, telling Joe how his love for the sport and his supporters keep him driven to compete. It is refreshing to see a legend like Silva continuing to enjoy and compete at a high level in the sport, even following a string of losses and one no contest. However Brunson can only be disappointed with the outcome of the fight being scored by the judges as a unanimous decision despite his first and last rounds seeming stronger than Silva’s and it was clear from the response of UFC officials and the medias response that the majority would agree. It will be interesting to see how Brunson will respond in his next fight and who he will face following two losses in a row after his impressive five win streak.

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Holly Home (2) vs Germaine de Randamie (10)

This title fight is the first of its kind in the newly created women’s feather weight division. In the past the UFC have come under fire due to health risks associated with fighters trying to make huge weight cuts, most notably Cyborg, one of the most talented UFC fighters on the current roster and undoubtedly a fighter who will look to earn a title fight when her time arises. Holm, a previous title holder, recently came out of two five round losses in succession and hoped to stake a claim for herself in the new division. De Randamie however has been impressing with a performance of the night in her last fight against Elmose, which showed how lethal she can be when the fight is not brought to ground.

De Randamie began the fight flat footed slowly walking Holm down, showing her preferred muay thai stance from the outset. Holm was definitely instigating the engagements as she threw both punches and kicks at speed. However de Randamie dominated head strikes with excellent counter punches with her right.

The second round was similar to the first regarding the style of the two fighters. Holm seemed to lead and generally be the more active fighter, but de Randamie was more clinical with the strikes she threw. Although Holm is known for her kickboxing she is also a trained wrestler and intended to bring the fight to ground if possible. Holm engaged in the clinch for long periods of time without much success, this allowed de Randamie to find angles to throw devastating knees to the body. The second round ended in huge controversy as de Randamie seemed to land one if not two punches after the bell rang which visibly shook Holm. The referee chose to not deduct a point and simply issue a warning to de Randamie.

Going into the third round de Randamie lead the head strike statistic landing 32 to Holms’ 4. Both fighters began throwing more kicks, Holm seeming to inflict more damage. The high tempo of Holm persisted leading to a clean kick to the head with seconds to go, but replicating what she did in the first round, de Randamie again threw two late punches after the bell had rang. Controversially the ref again issued de Randamie a warning without any point deduction. This is not only showed a great deal of unsportsmanlike conduct but is also dangerous considering the clean strikes a person can land when an opponent doesn’t defend herself.

The impression I got from the fourth round was that Holm was in auto pilot, all of her combinations seemed like replicas of the lasts. Asides from her robotic combinations she was again unsuccessful in the clinch with de Randamie defending well with good use of under hooks as she had done throughout the fight.

In the fourth round Holm landed the most significant legal strike in the match with a big left hand resulting in de Randamie dropping to a knee. But again the momentum of the fight was severely slowed down in the clinch. Both Holm’s corner and the crowd were screaming at her to take it to the centre of the octagon and leave the clinch at these final stages, however she seemed intent on attempting to bring it to ground. The referee for the last time the bell rang was in-between the two fighters before the bell had even rung.

The judges scored the fight as a unanimous decision to de Randamie making her the first women’s feather weight title holder. This again was a controversial win because of those possibly four late strikes in the second and third round. Holm disagreed with de Randamie’s octagon explanation and believed they were intentional strikes. This fight signified the beginning of the women’s feather weight division and when the obvious contender cyborg was brought to de Randamie’s attention in the octagon she seemed evasive saying she would like the fight everyone and that surgery on her hand is her priority.

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Darragh Butler

First blog post

First blog post

My name is Darragh Butler, I am 19 years old and live in Dublin, Ireland. I created this blog to just give my opinion as well as a brief overview of big fights in the UFC. I also hope to talk about any big or interesting news that happens in the UFC. As many Irish have, I only began following MMA with Conor McGregor’s swift rise to the top of the UFC and have fallen in love with the sport. I look forward to writing more in the near future and I hope you enjoy my posts.

Darragh Butler