UFC closes out their fight year tonight with their UFC 207 event that is going on live at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. The feature bout of the night is Ronda Rousey attempting to win back the women’s bantamweight championship from Amanda Nunes. Also, Dominick Cruz defends his championship against the challenge of Cody Garbrandt as well.
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UFC 207, live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
Airing Live on UFC Fight Pass and Fox Sports 1 for prelim fights, pay per view for the main card
Preliminary Fight on UFC Fight Pass:
Alex Oliviera and Tim Means fought to a no-contest in a welterweight bout. The fight got off to a fast start until Means landed an illegal knee shot to the head. The official called for time, but Oliviera could not continue, so the fight was ruled a no-contest. I don’t know if I agreed with Oliviera being downed and Means seemed to think Oliviera was in a two point stance, but the official saw it differently. Means jawed at the press at ringside and told them to put their laptops down.
Fox Sports 1 Preliminary Fights:
Niko Price def. Brandon Thatch at 4:30 of Round 1 by submission in a welterweight bout. Price was really strong on the ground here. This was his debut fight and he definitely impressed. Thatch, on the other hand, suffered what looks like a brutal loss that might get him cut from UFC. We’ll watch that and see what happens.
Alex Garcia def. Mike Pyle by TKO at 3:34 of Round 1 in a Welterweight bout. Garcia caught Pyle full as he charged with a right hand and he was out before he ever hit the mat. Devastating right hand. This is a good win for Garcia, who is looking at a top 10 fight next. Good to see Pyle up and coherent after the way he bounced off the mat.
Antonio Carlos Junior def. Marvin Vettori by unanimous decision in a middleweight bout. The first round was very close and was hard to score for either man, so I could have seen it going either way. Clearly, Vettori turned up the heat in round 2 and Carlos closed it out strong. Both fighters did a great job with their wrestling, but in the end Carlos Junior getting the key takedowns was enough to make the difference in this one.
Neil Magny def. Johnny Hendricks by unanimous decision in a catchweight fight (173.5 lbs). I don’t know how I feel about this one. Hendricks had a lot of control and scored key takedowns, so I’m not quite sure what the judges saw to give the fight for Magny. That said, Magny had a great fight and this is a big win for him. As sad as it is to say, Hendricks’ better days may indeed be behind him at this point. Not sure what’s next – or if he’ll follow through on walking away as he said going into this fight.
UFC 207 Main Pay Per View Card:
Ray Borg def. Louis Smolka by unanimous decision in a catchweight fight (129 lbs). As noted, Borg missed weight so this was a catchweight fight. He had several pounds on Smolka, so that may well have played a factor into his performance. He was very dominant on the ground. Smolka has been a solid prospect at flyweight, but since his loss to Brandon Moreno he seems to have fallen off a bit. A great showing for Borg, who claimed he thought he broken his ankle during the fight. He did mention the weight cut and said he wants to make the changes he needs to in order to stay at flyweight.
Dong Hyun Kim def. Tarec Saffiedine by split decision in a welterweight bout. This wasn’t a very good fight, and the crowd let them know it at times by booing the action. The fight could have really gone either way, but I felt that Saffiedine was the better striker of the two and was more effective, so I would have given him the victory instead of Kim. Just not an impressive performance by either man here.
TJ Dillashaw def. John Lineker by unanimous decision in a bantamweight bout. Dillashaw was never in trouble in this fight, as he put on a clinic against Lineker. With this showing tonight I really feel like Dillashaw showed why he is the most well balanced fighter in the bantamweight division that isn’t named Dominick Cruz. I really feel like Dillashaw should get Cruz next, and Dillashaw even went so far as to say “this shit is rigged” if he didn’t get the next title shot. Great showing to prove why Dillashaw should be #1 contender.
Cody Garbrandt def. Dominick Cruz (c) by unanimous decision in a bantamweight championship bout. This was a fantastic fight that I’m pretty sure we’ll get a rematch on at some point or another. Cruz really didn’t have an answer for the power that Garbrandt showed tonight, which is quite the departure from how I thought the fight would go. That power is what got Garbrandt to the dance, and what won him the title. He showed patience and discipline too in dealing with Cruz’s style. Cruz did not speak after the fight, which was disappointing to me. Meanwhile, Cody told TJ Dillashaw to “come at me, motherfucker.” That should be fun if it gets set up.
Amanda Nunes (c) def. Ronda Rousey by TKO, 0:48 of Round 1 in a women’s bantamweight championship bout. Words cannot describe what I just witnessed. The fight definitely felt big from the start, but it was all striking from Nunes. The official stopped it before Rousey ever hit the floor. This actually was hard to watch, and one has to ask if this is it for Rousey now.
To Rousey’s credit, she looked ready visually – but as I said in my blog I wondered which Rousey would show up. It was NOT the Rousey of old. She looked out of her league, she looked shaken, she didn’t respond well to the striking of Nunes at all and it ended quickly. Was it her mindset? Hard to say. Nunes cemented herself as a legitimate champion and proved her worth and in the meanwhile made Rousey look like she was a fish out of water. Nunes even went so far in her post fight interview to say “forget about Ronda Rousey.” Rousey did not give a post fight interview.
Thanks for checking out the results tonight. Have a happy and safe New Year’s celebration, and I’ll be back on Monday with WWE Raw coverage.