The truth is out there – UFC Fight Night 107: Manuwa vs Anderson
By Owen Phillips 21/3/17 Views
UFC Fight Night 107 was capped off by a devastating left hand by Jimi Manuwa and there were several other highlights. MMA Files wraps up what captured our attention.
Jimi Manuwa came out and demolished Corey Anderson in the main event of UFC Fight Night 107 in London, England on the past weekend and put another KO on his record. When he is coming forward, Manuwa is almost unstoppable.
Manuwa put pressure on Anderson, avoided any takedown attempts and then caught Anderson circling into a vicious left hook. Manuwa called for a title shot and I think he should get the winner of Daniel Cormier vs Anthony Johnson, if there aren’t plans for Jon Jones to come back into the title fold at that time.
Gunnar Nelson showed his level of talent is near the top of the welterweight division when he made Alan Jouban look a shadow of the his former self in getting the submission victory. Jouban managed to take three rounds of ‘Platinum’ Mike Perry’s hands without stress but succumbed to a straight right from Nelson that put his legs out, received a head kick then tapped to a guillotine choke that Nelson jumped on to seal the deal.
There is talk of a karate king of MMA fight with Stephen Thompson and what a great time to put that one together!
Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera ruined Brad Pickett’s final fight in the UFC with a devastating head kick that dropped Pickett and then finishing the fight with hammer fists. Up until that point the fight was fairly even but a clearly larger Vera fighting at a catchweight 140 pounds on late notice got the job done in the third round.
Pickett was disconsolate and Marlon Vera showed so much respect and humility to bring Pickett’s career into perspective and assure the fans that Pickett will be remembered as a legend of the sport and he was a role model to even Vera as he was growing up. ‘One Punch’ Pickett will be missed!!
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Marc Diakiese put on an absolute show in stiffening Teemu Packalen with a right hand for the first round KO. In a fight where he was barely touched, Diakiese pulled some stylish kicks out of the kit bag and then caught Packalen coming in to keep the attention firmly in his corner.
It was an incredible performance at UFC Fight Night 107 and England may have a future title contender on there hands for the future. He has the swagger and striking skills of Conor McGregor and we will see whether he can replicate his results and popularity in the future.
I was impressed with Brad ‘Bear’ Scott. He did an excellent job against the southpaw Scott Askham, hurting his front leg with outside leg kicks to take the advantage in the fight. Brad Scott had great head movement and was always troubling Askham, who is a very talented Brit and was the favourite in the fight.
For a guy who was thinking about quitting competing before the match-up at UFC Fight Night 107, Brad Scott continues to improve his MMA game ever since he was given a push on the The Ultimate Fighter: Smashes season. Keep on believing in yourself Brad Scott.