The following are quick results and reactions (where applicable) to the UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Browne event. The show aired on FoxSports 1 live from ScotiaBank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia and was main evented by Travis Browne vs. Derrick Lewis.
Fight Pass Preliminary Bout:
Gerald Meerschaert def. Ryan James by submission in round 1 in a middleweight bout.
FoxSports 1 Preliminary Bouts:
Fight #1 – Thiago Santos def. Jack Marshman by KO in the second round of a middleweight bout. The wheel kick that Santos landed to end this was wild. Marshman never went out fully and bounced right back up, so it did draw the stoppage into question. Brian Stann on commentary thought so as well. Tough to call, but the kick was heavy and Santos got in some shots, so I would say it’s a justified stoppage.
Fight #2 – Aiemann Zahabi def. Reginaldo Vieira by unanimous decision in a bantamweight bout. This was Zahabi’s debut fight and he looked really good here. A solid fight throughout, and I expect that Zahabi will learn from this bout and make a big statement later this year.
Fight #3 – Randa Markos def. Carla Esparza by split decision in a straw weight women’s fight. This was a solid fight and was a very close one as well. I do think the decision went the right way.
Fight #4 – Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Nordine Taleb by unanimous decision in a welterweight bout. This was an excellent bout to close the preliminary card and the decision went the right way. Santiago clearly was adjusting to Taleb’s offense throughout the fight and it turned the momentum in his favor. Very good fight.
FoxSports 1 Main Card:
Todd Grisham is on the call tonight.
Fight #1 – Paul Felder def. Alessandro Ricci by TKO in the first round in a lightweight bout. Felder ended this when he countered a Ricci jab and pounced on him after an elbow. Ricci covered up, but Felder threw knee punches that brought on the stoppage. This was Felder’s return fight and he looked good. Ricci actually kept up with him though until it looked like he may have broken his nose or something. Felder’s next bout should be with a ranked fighter. In a post match interview, he dedicated his win to those out there fighting cancer.
They ran a promo package for UFC 209 that focused on the Woodley-Thompson bout that will main event the card. A very well put together package.
Fight #2 – Sara McMann def. Gina Mazany by submission in the first round of a women’s catchweight bout. Mazany ended up missing weight but McMann agreed to go ahead with the fight anyhow. McMann has only lost to Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate, and Amanda Nunes, so she’s no slouch. This didn’t last long, as McMann took Mazany to the mat and locked her in a head/arm choke and tapped her out. A dominant win for McMann, who is among the top bantamweights left. She will need to get some more wins against ranked opponents to get into the title picture, but this was a good start on that path.
Fight #3 – Elias Theodorou def. Cezar Ferreira by unanimous decision in a middleweight bout. I was left feeling a bit let down by this fight. Theodorou seems to be a very skilled fighter (admittedly not extremely familiar with him) and it seems like he should beat guys at the middle of the pack. I would like to see how he matches up with bigger names, as it does seem like has some name value. In a funny moment, Theodorou mentioned a fan that tweeted him about getting a tattoo if he said his name on the air.
Fight #4 – Gavin Tucker def. Sam Sicilia by unanimous decision in a featherweight bout. Tucker was the hometown boy here and got a lot of love from the crowd. Sicilia got booed. It’s worth noting how quick Tucker is, and he mixed kicks and punches very well. One thing he definitely needs to keep in check going forward is his attitude and cockiness. I get that it’s his hometown and energy had to be running high for him, especially in his debut fight, but it could also be his undoing later down the line. Sicilia was never in this fight at all.
Fight #5 – Johny Hendricks def. Hector Lombard by unanimous decision in a middleweight bout. This was Hendricks’ debut in the middleweight class. A really good rebound for him here. He didn’t come off as the Hendricks of old, but I think he will really benefit from the change in weight class. He showed in this fight that he can still compete, and for him I think changing weight classes will prolong his career a bit. Will he challenge for the title – probably not, but he will definitely get some more time out of his fighting career. Worth noting he was shaking his hand a lot, which may indicate an injury
Fight #6 – Derrick Lewis def. Travis Browne by knockout in the second round of a heavyweight bout. Lewis finished this on the ground after a right hand that sent Browne to the mat, where he followed with massive punches for the stoppage. Violent. This was a huge win for Lewis, and a really gutsy one. He actually collapsed to the ground and held his midsection afterward. He did take a shot from Browne that rocked him in the first. A really good fight though and one of the better ones this year. Lewis could be looking at guys like Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez going forward
Overall a good night of fights and it closed on a good fight.