UFC Vegas 75 Main Card Results
Middleweight: Jared Cannonier Def. Marvin Vettori via UD (49-45 49-45 48-46)
Fight Notes: Cannonier is rocked early by a left hand of Vettori but he quickly recovers. Cannonier lands his own clean punch, which Vettori takes on the chin but it did not seem to faze him. Vettori found success early with his boxing combinations, while Cannonier was having to navigate through all that volume.
Cannoiner began to find his range more in round 2 and began landing with much more regularity, both to the head and body. No idea how Vettori stayed standing to make it to round 3 after a beating in the previous round. Vettori made it through another brutal round and even was able to take the fight to the ground momentarily.
Vettori’s face was all sorts of messed up as the final bell rang but he was not finished. In the end, it was a great show of heart from Vettori and an incredible showing of skill and cardio from Jared Cannonier.
Jared Cannonier set a new UFC middleweight single-fight significant strike record with 241 and he looked as good as he ever has. Not sure what it would take to get Vettori out of there if that could not do it.
Lightweight: #8 Arman Tsarukyan Def. Joaquim Silva Via Rd 3 TKO (Punches)
Fight Notes: After a routine round 1, where Tsarukyan was able to control Silva for most of the round, Silva was able to wobble Tsarukyan badly in round 2. However, Tsarukyan showed great grit as he was able to secure a takedown and recover for the remainder of the round. Silva’s good fortune was short-lived as Tsarukyan was able to get him to the ground in round 3 and finish the fight with relentless ground and pound. I was massively impressed with Silva’s power but Tsarukyan was able to persevere and get the finish.
Middleweight: Armen Petrosyan Def. Christian Duncan via UD (30-27 29-28 29-28)
Fight Notes: Very evenly matched standup fight in round 1. Very fluid and creative striking from Duncan with Petrosyan displaying his boxing and leg kicks. As the fight continued the pace slowed with both men working in the clinch but only Petrosyan was able to get the fight to the ground. In the final round, Duncan was able to land a wild elbow that cut open Petrosyan but it was too little, too late. Duncan suffers his first defeat as a pro.
Featherweight: Pat Sabatini Def. Lucas Almeida Via Round 2 Sub (Arm Triangle)
Fight Notes: Suffocating top control for Sabatini early in the fight. Almeida was essentially hopeless versus the ground and pound of Sabatini, as he barely escaped round 1. Far superior wrestling for Sabatini as he was eventually able to lock in an arm triangle in round 2 while taking very little damage.
Lightweight: Manuel Torres Def. Nikolas Motta via Rd 1 KO (Elbow)
Fight Notes: Dana White Contender Series Alum, Manuel Torres makes quick work of Nikolas Motta and ends it with an elbow in round 1. Making it 13 first-round finishes for Torres out of his 14 wins career wins. Very impressive timing, power, and technique from Torres. I am very eager to see Torres develop as his UFC career continues.
Welterweight: Nicolas Dalby Def. Muslim Salikhov via UD (30-27 30-27 29-28)
Fight notes: Dalby was the much larger and more powerful fighter. Salikhov held a speed advantage and found early success with his spinning attacks. Dalby showed the greater gas tank and would end each round with momentum to build on. His superior clinch and ground game also contributed to his victory.
UFC Vegas 75 Prelim Results
Flyweight: Alessandro Costa Def. Jimmy Flick via RD 2 KO/TKO (Elbows)
Bantamweight: Kyung Ho Kang Def. Cristian Quinonez via Rd 1 Sub (Rear Naked Choke)
Flyweight: Carlos Hernandez Def. Denys Bodnar via UD (30-27 30-27 29-28)
W Flyweight: Tereza Bleda Def. Gabriella Fernandes via UD (30-27 30-27 30-27)
Bantamweight: Dan Argueta vs. Ronnie Lawrence- No Contest
Light Heavyweight: Modestas Bukauskas Def. Zac Pauga via UD (30-27 29-28 29-28)
By Max Rhoades
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