The MMA Files: The truth is out there – UFC International Fight Week
By Owen Phillips 12/7/16 Views
In a new review article, The MMA Files looks back on what was discovered from the fight nights that took place during UFC International Fight Week in Las Vegas. UFC Fight Night 90, The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale, and UFC 200.
UFC Fight Night 90: Dos Anjos vs Alvarez
– Eddie Alvarez saves his best performances for the biggest fights and it doesn’t get any bigger than the UFC lightweight championship. He hurt Dos Anjos and went in for the kill and finished him. Absolutely spectacular.
– The judges appear to be scoring damage more than takedowns. I think this is a good thing but the competitors need to made aware of this change. Derrick Lewis certainly benefitted from this scoring method in his win over Roy Nelson. Nelson completed seven takedowns but this wasn’t enough against Lewis’ barrage on the feet.
– Joseph Duffy is still someone to look out for in the lightweight division. He dismantled his opponent quickly and clinically. This says a lot for the talent of Dustin Poirier who owns a win over Duffy.
– If Gilbert Burns takes you down he will submit you. His opponents better have good striking to hurt him on the feet and/or good takedown defence otherwise it’s going to be a tough night.
– If Alan Jouban used his jiu-jitsu to jump on the submission when his opponents were wobbled rather than trying to get the knockout when they are very durable, he would have a lot more finishes rather than having to put up with the comeback and extra damage absorbed. It’s great entertainment but not healthy for Jouban.
The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale
– Joanna Jedrzejczyk will be the strawweight champion for a long time to come. Even with adversity in the first two rounds against Claudia Gadelha, she came back to dominate her in the last 3 rounds. Jedrzejczyk doesn’t seem to get tired and she is an elite-level striker on the feet. Even when she gets taken down, she will get back up. It’s hard to see anyone taking that belt from her.
– Will Brooks will be an interesting match-up for most in the lightweight division after winning his debut against Ross Pearson. Can he be the UFC champion? Im not sure about that.
– Doo Ho Choi has ridiculous power in his hands and could deal with a jiu-jitsu specialist in Thiago Tavares. Choi neutralised Tavares when he got taken down and when he wall-walked his way back to his feet for the last time he backed up and stopped Tavares with punches.
– Jingliang Li is lot of fun to watch whether it is his post-fight interviews or his performances in the cage. ‘The Leech’ likes to exchange strikes on the feet and has a reasonable ground game. He spent a part of this camp at Xtreme Couture so he will only improve.
– For all the talk by Miesha Tate about Ronda Rousey coming next after this fight, she failed to get past the most important fight, against Amanda Nunes, who starched her in the first round and it appears highly unlikely Tate will ever stand opposite Rousey ever again in the octagon.
– Brock Lesnar looked good in his return to octagon against Mark Hunt and took minimal damage as he goes back to perform in WWE. Lesnar will definitely be trouble for a lot of UFC heavyweights if he chooses take more fights.
– Jose Aldo looked like the Jose Aldo of old and never gave Frankie Edgar a chance. Will Aldo be able to put in a similar performance in his second attempt against Conor McGregor? I can’t wait to find out.
– Cain Velasquez looked on-point as it was one-way traffic against Travis Browne. A title fight looms for Velasquez. It will be tough to stop him getting that belt back.
– Julianna Pena passed the toughest test of her career to finish strong over Cat Zingano. Pena should get the next shot at the belt. Her biggest strength is her heart.
– UFC 200 was an amazing card, one of the best ever. After all the changes that took place, the UFC did a great job with the final product.