A 14-fight hand at UFC 274 produced some huge wins, nice motion, memorable knockouts, and a lackluster co-main occasion that alternated between two nice bouts. Jeff Wagenheim and Carlos Contreras Legaspi react to pay-per-view and ship their largest ideas of the evening.
Massive nights of teamfights highlighted by championship video games usually present readability. However what UFC 274 affords as a substitute is contradiction.
On a Saturday evening in Phoenix, Charles Oliveira stepped into the cage as a UFC light-weight champion. Then he choked Justin Gaethje proper within the first spherical – and walked out of the Octagon because the outdated champion.
The explanation for that combined state of affairs was Oliveira’s lack of weight Friday, prompting the UFC to strip him of his title as quickly as his bout with Gaethje started. What brings, on the finish of a struggle, is a sense of vacancy when one thing is lacking – no “And nonetheless!” As said by Bruce Buffer, no belt was worn by Dana White round Oliveira’s waist.
And there’s no denying one factor: Belt or no belt, Charles Oliveira is the most effective 155-pound boxer on the planet.
That grew to become clear in 3 minutes 22 seconds the struggle lasted. Oliveira staggered Gaethje within the first minute, however quickly Gaethje knocked him down with a punch. Then Gaethje dropped him once more. However who would have anticipated this to be the start of the tip has clearly not been following Oliveira these days.
The 32-year-old Brazilian was badly injured a 12 months in the past within the first spherical of the struggle with Michael Chandler for the title was vacated afterwards, however Oliveira confirmed up within the second spherical and instantly overtook Chandler, then ending him off within the nineteenth second of the spherical. Seven months later, Oliveira needed to persevere by means of a tough begin towards Dustin Poirier earlier than knocking out his challenger in Spherical 3.
This time Oliveira, whose face was marked by Gaethje’s malevolent work, scored a knock-down mid-half and rapidly regained management, sending him into place to sink in a suffocating choke behind. for his thirtieth end and twenty first out of 33. -win professional profession. Contained in the Octagon, he has 19 finishes and 16 returns – each UFC information.
If solely there was a powerful racer within the division that would compete with Oliveira’s floor sport. Too dangerous Khabib Nurmagomedov Retired.
Which may simply depart work till Islam Makhachev, a pal and teammate of Nurmagomedov often known as Khabib 2.0. Makhachev 22-1 has been working his technique to constructing light-weight hierarchy, and his arrival couldn’t have come at a greater time. – Wagenheim
Ought to Tony Ferguson face Michael Chandler?
Michael Chandler reveals off his athleticism as he hits again twice after knocking out Tony Ferguson.
Firstly of the preventing week, once I define the must-watch UFC 274 fights, I additionally famous a pair that I believe is perhaps troublesome to look at. The one which I selected in the long run didn’t occur, after Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone was sick on Saturday, making it unlikely for us to see him lengthen his six-game winless streak in a means that would go away us heartbroken. The opposite battle I picked was up and working and was actually onerous to look at – however not essentially for the explanation I used to be anticipating.
I concern that Michael Chandler evaluate to Tony Ferguson will probably be a harrowing show of what occurs when somebody at or close to the highest of his bout (Chandler) comes face-to-face with a boxer whose profession is waning (Ferguson, who has spent three catastrophic defeat). It may go dangerous rapidly, I believe.
However then Ferguson rushed out due to a slight collision and instantly injured Chandler. From the outset, Ferguson seemed agile, harmful and clearly aggressive. Possibly I used to be mistaken about this reserving?
Within the opening seconds of the Second Half, Chandler despatched a kick straight into the center, and when the ball along with his foot hit Ferguson’s chin, the sport was over. Ferguson fell on his face, misplaced consciousness, and lay immobile for a number of minutes. Even when he arrived and was led away, Ferguson nonetheless seemed dazed.
Was this terrifying knockout a direct by-product of Ferguson being pale, reflexes too sluggish to guard him, and his chin not capable of stand up to the influence? Or is that this simply one thing that may occur to anybody, even a champion or a prime boxer of his profession? Nobody is aware of for certain, however I’ll simply say this: It was the sort of ending I envisioned as a risk for Ferguson and Cerrone once I expressed concern about their reserving.
“Cowboy” and “El Cucuy” are legends of MMA. Each have delivered numerous thrills and wonderful moments through the years. Nobody is asking the final of a profession to close down fully, however matchmakers want to pay attention to when each gladiators are of their careers earlier than bringing them into the cage collectively.
In a UFC bout marked by a 12-match successful streak, Ferguson was spectacular. However now when he’s preventing, we now have to carry our breath. – Wagenheim
Namajunas-Esparza: A title battle not like another
“I’m the most effective! I’m the most effective!”
That’s the spell Rose Namajunas spoke loudly, quietly and firmly and again and again, as she stepped out into the cage for the co-main occasion.
I ponder what spell she had for her lonely return to the dressing room as a former champion.
To be truthful, Namajunas has established himself because the world’s finest heavyweight athlete through the years, with two crowns and a number of wins over former champions. Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Zhang Weilias properly as successful over one other title holder, Jessica Andrade. However Saturday evening, she wasn’t the most effective – or a minimum of she selected to not present us the most effective of her.
Carla Esparza was booed after she raised her arm and had a belt wrapped round her waist. She doesn’t deserve that response. She moved ahead for many of the skirmish, however Namajunas saved her distance and refused to interact. Esparza completed little or no in 5 rounds, it’s true, however much less is best than nothing, and that “nothing” was what Namajunas confirmed till late within the sport, when it was too late.
Two questions come up: First, is that this the worst title struggle in UFC historical past? It’s positively a contender. Esparza hit simply 30 important hits, a minimum of in a decisive win in a UFC title struggle within the fashionable period of promotion. However hey, Esparza is generally a wrestler. Alternatively, Namajunas is called a sophisticated striker. She connects with solely 37.
Carla Esparza was returned by Rose Namajunas and scored the knock-out in her decisive win.
“It’s onerous to search out somebody who doesn’t wish to struggle,” Esparza mentioned through the post-match Octagon.
That results in the second query that emerges from this battle: What will we do about Namajunas? Why would a boxer who has stood her floor towards extra lethal enemies leaping across the Octagon throughout her extra wonderful 25 minutes there with Esparza? I don’t know that there’s a critical reply, however are you aware anybody who ought to have recognized that reply when the struggle went on? Namajunas nook. From what I can hear of her trainers, nobody has tried to gentle a fireplace and make Rose struggle like Rose.
Namajunas is such a thriller, that this silly efficiency doesn’t sign demise. Subsequent time she’s within the cage, she may seem like a world beater. That’s what she used to seem like… again when she was a champion. – Wagenheim
Francisco Trinaldo, younger 43 years outdated
Francisco Trinaldo doubles Danny Roberts’ lead after he hits him along with his left hand.
If you wish to know simply how far-reaching the UFC light-weight division is, simply take into account the underrated veterans. Francisco Trinaldo. He fought with all his may Danny Roberts – who’s on a two-fight streak – to shut his UFC 274 report and light-weight up the Footprint Middle.
”Massaranduba” acquired its 18th win contained in the Octagon with an completely spectacular efficiency and acquired Roberts in hassle greater than as soon as within the struggle. He’s one of many many gatekeepers the division has and he’s definitely all the time been an fascinating fighter to look at, always on the lookout for a knockout end. Trinaldo defeated Bobby Inexperienced, Jim Miller and John Makdesi.
At 43 and with greater than a decade of preventing for promotion, he stands 5-1 in his final six video games. As Andrei Arlovski, who can be successful over fighters who in all probability hadn’t even skilled when he signed with the UFC, Trinaldo reveals no indicators of slowing down and desires to make some reminiscences for his 5-year-old son. And tonight is an effective factor. – Legaspi