UFC Fight Night 162, or as us Americans will call it Fight Morning 162, gave us one hell of a treat to start our weekend morning off right. Let’s start with:
Newcomer Ciryl Gane is a force to be reckoned with at Heavyweight. The first thing I said when he stepped into the octagon was “This dude is JACKED!” The man is towering at 6-foot-5 inches tall and he’s near pure muscle. Not only is he a big heavyweight but he’s athletic enough to pull this off:
Ciryl also had an insane kick to the body of Don’Tale Mayes that clearly took a lot out of him. After that, some punches, a takedown, and a crazy heel hook finish gave Ciryl the submission victory!
You can see the power of Gane’s kicks below:
It was impressive to see a heavyweight switch from attacking with ground-and-pound to attempting and succeeding with a heel hook:
Ciryl Gane moves to a 5-0 record and is going to cause some serious problems at heavyweight. With his athleticism and power, I would love to see him match up against someone like Francis Ngannou. Even though I’ve said before I feel that Ngannou deserves a title shot, I don’t think we’ll get it while Stipe Miocic holds the belt. Most likely, we’ll see Daniel Cormier vs. Stipe Miocic 3. That being said, c’mon Dana, make Ngannou vs. Gane happen.
Two minutes into the very first round of this lightweight showdown, Beneil Dariush completed one of the most perfectly executed fights I’ve ever seen. Frank Camacho and Beneil Dariush came out of the gate swinging hard. This fight was intense and fast-paced from the start.
Beneil Dariush was so impressive here. His striking was on point, landing 72% of his strikes and succeeding in both of his take-downs. His counters were quick and ferocious too:
Once taken to the ground, Dariush dominated. He got the back of Camacho and it ended quickly:
It was one of the most powerful performances I’ve ever seen and I can’t wait to see more from Beneil Dariush.
Ben Askren fought Demian Maia and it lasted longer than this:
I couldn’t resist reliving that amazing moment, but, seriously, Ben is clearly not recovered from that flying knee:
I don’t know what Ben was doing there, but let’s get serious. This fight was nearly dead-even until the third round. Askren got a nice takedown on Maia, but Maia’s jiu-jitsu is far superior. He flipped onto his back, bringing Askren with him and got in a rear-naked choke. Askren tapped only once and then went to sleep for the first time in his career:
Ben Askren is a fantastic wrestler, and that has been his meal-ticket for his first 19 successes. However, two straight losses, one by knockout and one by submission, leaves me wondering what’s next for Ben? I think he needs some time off to recover from his latest flaws and reevaluate his style.
As for Demian Maia, he proved that he still has it being over forty years old. The man is a legend and probably has one or two good fights in him before calling it a career. It will be a sad day when the world of MMA loses Maia to retirement, but we’re inching closer and closer to that day soon.
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