Last night’s fights were very fun to watch! There was action throughout and some brutal strikes. Let’s dig in.
Enrique Barzola vs Bobby Moffett:
This featherweight fight was extreme and close. In all three rounds, significant strikes landed for both fighters. Barzola managed to get an impressive takedown at the end of the first round and another impressive takedown at the end of the third round. The last 30 seconds of the third round were extremely intense with both fighters throwing insane shots. Barzola won by split decision and I agree with the decision. He landed some really well placed uppercuts, hooks and had the takedowns as well.
Oskar Piechota vs Rodolfo Vieira:
In this middleweight bout, and Rodolfo Vieira’s UFC debut, Vieira had a tough takedown in the first round that was followed by some ground and pound. Piechota defended and escaped, throwing some elbows once up. Vieira had a gorgeous takedown in the second. He got Piechota in an arm triangle from a full mount and got the submission win.
Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir vs Ilir Latifi.
This Light Heavyweight bout was a doozie. Latifi had the patience for a crazy dive bomb take down in the first round. Oezdemir threw two very heavy flying knees, seriously connecting on the second one. Latifi got knocked down in the second with a big knee but managed to survive. A huge left hook from Oezdemir dropped Latifi and No Time was all over him. A big KO win was the result.
Humberto Bandenay vs Eduardo Garagorri: These two featherweights traded take downs and heavy shots in the first round. A very big left hook from Garagorri cut Bandanay above the right eye. Garagorri continued to pressure and won by decision.
Mike Perry vs Vicente Luque
This welterweight fight earned “fight of the night” honors for a good reason. These two fighters traded huge blows back-and-forth making for a very exciting fight. At one point, Mike Perry had his nose severely broken and it didn’t look good for him.
After three rounds, Luque won the bout on a split decision and I disagree with that decision. Regardless of how bad his face looked in the end, I thought Perry landed more strikes and was the more aggressive fighter.
Valentina Shevchenko vs Liz Carmouche
The main event of the evening went exactly how I thought it might go, as dull as it may have been. In the Women’s Flyweight championship fight, Valentina Shevchenko did what she does best and kept Carmouche at bay. She used her striking to her advantage and just out-fought Carmouche. In the simplest terms, Carmouche just didn’t do enough to win the fight. Shevchenko easily won the fight by unanimous decision.
Overall, it was a fun night to be a fight fan. There was plenty of action throughout the night and I ended the night happy with Shevchenko winning. I greatly look forward to next Saturday August 17 for UFC 241, featuring Daniel Cormier/Stipe Miocic 2 and the highly anticipated Nate Diaz/Anthony Pettis fight!
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