Two middleweight opponents on four-fight winning streaks headlined the UFC Vegas 33 fight card. In one nook became once Sean Strickland, a man who might perhaps well perhaps presumably perfect love his job a minute too a lot. Within the different nook became once Uriah Hall, who has sometime bump into as reluctant to rain down violence on his opponents. It became once Strickland who moved his winning trip to 5 straight when he claimed a unanimous decision dangle close over Hall within the five-round bout.
Within the co-major match, Cheyanne Buys earned a “Performance of the Night” bonus for a effectively-timed head kick knockout victory over Gloria de Paula.
The fight card, which once had as many as 15 bouts scheduled, went on with 10 fights on Saturday night.
Read on for the winners and losers from UFC Vegas 33, which took notify on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
Sean Strickland: Sean Strickland continued his winning systems on Saturday when he earned a say unanimous decision dangle close over Uriah Hall. Strickland historic his volume striking, he landed 221 of 472 attempted strikes to make a selection up the victory. Preventing within the motivate of his jab, Strickland won his fifth straight fight within the UFC and fourth in a row at middleweight.
I don’t understand how excessive the ceiling is for Strickland, who fought in his first major match at UFC Vegas 33, however he earned a shot to resolve the next step up the ladder with his dangle close over Hall. This became once an out of the ordinary victory for Strickland and gave him and his team an thought on what they need to work on to raised prepare for his subsequent five-round scrap.
Cheyanne Buys: Cheyanne Buys scored an spectacular knockout over Gloria de Paula with a wonderfully timed head kick whereas De Paula became once getting motivate to her toes. It became once somewhat a obvious after she dropped her UFC debut to Montserrat Ruiz in March. The seek info from now becomes, which fight represents the correct Cheyanne Buys?
Jared Gooden: Jared Gooden came out for his fight in opposition to Niklas Stolze having a see to total issues mercurial. He did that with a highly effective and completely placed straight honest hand. The bout lasted all of 68 seconds and ended a two-fight shedding skid for Gooden.
Melsik Baghdasaryan: Melsik Baghdasaryan, who moved from kickboxing to fleshy time MMA in 2019, moved his MMA yarn since that time to 6-0 — he has a 2014 MMA loss — and he historic his kickboxing skills to mark that victory. Baghdasaryan took perfect thing a pair of defensive lapse of his opponent, Collin Anglin, when he landed a wonderfully placed head kick over the honest hand of Anglin.
Baghdasaryan confirmed energy and saunter in his striking and did and out of the ordinary job of blending up his targets and ways. At 29, Baghdasaryan kickboxing background gives him a factual nefarious to develop on within the UFC featherweight division.
Jason Witt: Jason Witt gave the impression as if he did no longer are looking for to mess with the striking of Bryan Barberena all over their welterweight scrap. Within the first round, Witt did every thing he might perhaps well perhaps presumably to preserve out of Barberena’s range and make a selection up takedowns when he might perhaps well perhaps presumably. Within the 2nd round, Witt realized he might perhaps well perhaps presumably resolve the strike Barberena threw his scheme, so he became once slightly less jumpy about that striking. That near paid off as he scored a knockdown whereas peaceful the utilization of his wrestling within the 2nd stanza. Issues bought a minute sloppy from both fighters within the third stanza as both fighters mature, however Witt bought the dangle close.
Chris Gruetzemacher vs. Rafa Garcia: This became once a fun fight. Rafa Garcia had somewhat heaps of success early when he might perhaps well perhaps presumably fully prolong on his strikes, however when Chris Gruetzemacher walked ahead and saved Garcia from landing with energy, the fight grew to was.
Gruetzemacher became once effective in preserving Garcia from landing with energy, whereas showing he wanted minute notify to land effective strikes of his dangle. He did somewhat heaps of harm with short strikes in close, whereas mixing up his targets. He became once especially factual at landing to the physique.
As for Garcia, he did an out of the ordinary job of animated what Gruetzemacher supplied even when he became once badly harm and bloodied. This became once a noteworthy fight to total the prelims.
Jinh Yu Frey: Jinh Yu Frey has her first UFC winning trip after a name dangle close over Ashley Yoder. Frey’s striking became once the adaptation on this fight. She became once extra confident, easier, extra highly effective and extra a success on her toes. In most cases Frey had Yoder having a see esteem she desired to be in other places everywhere in the fight. When Yoder discovered success with her striking, Frey grew to was the tables and establish the fight motivate the put she wanted it to be. A noteworthy efficiency from the 36-one year-mature Frey.
Zarrukh Adashev: Zarrukh Adashev became once on a two-fight shedding skid entering his matchup reverse Ryan Benoit. Adashev, who simplest had six skilled fights sooner than Saturday night, historic a leg kick heavy assault to late Benoit early. He became once very effective in doing perfect that. On the opposite hand, Benoit peaceful had energy, and he dropped Adashev late within the first round with strikes. After that, Adashev fought a minute bit extra cautiously, however peaceful attacked enough to make a selection up the dangle close. At 29 and peaceful increasing as a fighter, this bout became once a factual studying skills for Adashev and he’s anyone to preserve an stare on at flyweight.
Philip Rowe: Philip Rowe had an critical reach advantage over Orion Cosce on this welterweight bout, however, he did no longer pick as a lot as make dispute of that stretch everywhere in the first five minutes of the contest. Rowe fared quite a bit better everywhere in the 2nd stanza when he controlled the space at which the fight took notify. Rowe became once effective and highly effective from distance with his striking, however the put he did unimaginable harm is when he controlled Cosce’s head and landed devastating knees up the heart. Outdoor of a late originate and lacking weight, Rowe’s striking when he controlled range and location became once spectacular.
MMA followers: The UFC match resulted in time for MMA followers (or writers who had been preserving the match) who settle on the UFC, enough time to resolve the co-major match and first match of the Bellator 263 fight card.
Sean Strickland: UFC commentator Paul Felder became once rapidly to pull the scamper on Sean Strickland’s put up-fight interview after Strickland acknowledged with out the UFC, he’d “Maybe be cooking meth in a trailer or in jail.”
Uriah Hall: When Uriah Hall became once competing on “The Final Fighter,” hopes had been excessive that he would flip into a future champion. That never came almost about taking place. Every time Hall had some momentum, one thing would occur to derail him on his scheme to the conclude. From the surface having a see in, it gave the impression that Hall became once the one doing that derailing. He looked as if it might perhaps perchance perhaps perhaps presumably fight with his job as a giver of violence. Whether or no longer that’s correct or no longer, I’m no longer too obvious. If it is correct, it’s no longer one thing we haven’t heard from other fighters. Nick and Nate Diaz have both acknowledged they don’t pick up pleasure from the scuffling with facet of their jobs all that a lot, however that has never looked as if it might perhaps perchance perhaps perhaps presumably conclude them from doing the job to essentially the most straightforward of their abilities when they’re in a fight. The identical can’t be acknowledged of Hall. He once in a whereas struggles internal the octagon. Saturday night became once one more example of these struggles.
Collin Anglin: I don’t know if the fighters internal the UFC Apex can hear the UFC commentators, however if Collin Anglin heard Paul Felder say effort about the put he became once carrying his honest hand within the first round of his fight reverse Melsik Baghdasaryan, he did nothing about it. That low defensive honest hand allowed Baghdasaryan to land a head kick that introduced this featherweight bout to an discontinue. That Felder picked up on this error within the early moments of the fight confirmed an absence of fight IQ from Anglin, who confronted a historic kickboxer in Baghdasaryan.
Bryan Barberena: Bryan Barberena had Jason Witt’s respect early in their major card matchup, however once Witt scored a knockdown, that respect went out the window and Witt mixed up his striking to head along side the wrestling he historic within the first stanza. That gave Barberena extra of a possibility to lift close the fight, however his lack of takedown defense became once the likely inequity maker on this contest. Yes, the fight became once a fun one, on the different hand it became once largely a sloppy roughly fun as both opponents ran low on gas within the third stanza.
Ashley Yoder: Ashley Yoder fell to 1-4 in her previous five outings with a loss to Jinh Yu Frey. Yoder’s self belief looked as if it might perhaps perchance perhaps perhaps presumably wane at aspects all over this fight. That is most likely one thing she desires to work on in due path.
Ryan Benoit: Ryan Benoit became once on a two-fight shedding skid sooner than his matchup in opposition to Zarrukh Adashev and 1-3 in his previous four trips to the octagon. He struggled early with Adashev’s leg kicks, however he peaceful scored a knockdown late within the first round. After that Benoit did no longer fight esteem anyone with a fight or his UFC career on the dual carriageway. When he landed flush, he didn’t assault. As an different, he pointed at his opponent and talked. While that might perhaps well perhaps have appealed to some followers, it had no scheme on the judges. Benoit lost the fight by decision and he might perhaps well perhaps presumably rapidly fetch himself attempting to hunt down a brand unique promotion.
Orion Cosce: Orion Cosce confirmed he’s effective in close and that he has some factual takedown skills. On the opposite hand, what we can hear most about Cosce is his toughness and if you’ve been around MMA prolonged enough, it’s never a factual signal when the talk turns to toughness. Cosce absorbed a ton of harm, especially by process of knees, sooner than the referee waved off his fight reverse Philip Rowe.
UFC: One fight that became once cancelled on fight day became once the matchup between Niklas Stolze and Jared Gooden. The initial describe, by process of TSN, became once that COVID-19 protocol resulted in the cancellation. Not prolonged after that, the fight became once motivate on the cardboard after clearance from a health care provider. Which leads me to hunt info from what protocol became once broken and the scheme in which did the doctor particular the fighters to compete? For a promotion who tells us it is effectively being and safety first, the UFC is one of the most least transparent organizations in sports relating to openness with its effectively being and safety programs.
Nicco Montano: The UFC’s inaugural flyweight champion, Nicco Montano, weighed in on Friday at 143 kilos for her bantamweight contest reverse Wu Yanan. With Montano coming in seven kilos over the 136-pound limit for a non-title fight, the bout became once cancelled.
Montano has simplest fought once since she won — and became once later stripped — of the title and that took notify in 2019. Montano has a prolonged list of cancelled fights on her resume.
UFC: It impressed to gape that the UFC became once imposing the Clark County veil mandate, however that grew to was to disappointment when I noticed UFC matchmaker dangle in for Dana White by sitting cageside with out wearing a veil. Will the Nevada Hiss Athletic Fee or the county handle this pickle? I’ll strive to make a selection up an reply.