Cormier solidified his claim as the best heavyweight in mixed
martial arts and one of the best fighters to ever grace the
“DC” made it look almost too easy when he dominated challenger
Lewis in the main event of UFC
230 Saturday night to retain his UFC heavyweight title. Cormier
(22-1) scored takedowns whenever he wanted, never took any clean
punches and vanquished ”The Black Beast” in the second via
Lewis (21-6) was never allowed to get into a rhythm and eventually
tapped out to the choke, officially ending the fight at 2:14 of the
‘Jacare’ Cleans Weidman’s Clock
The co-main event was thrilling as it was dramatic as Souza and
Weidman (14-4) slugged it out for nearly three rounds, but only one
had to have his hand raised. “All-American” rocked the Brazilian
numerous times in the battle with clean punches to the head, but
Weidman was never able to put his foe away. With blood pouring from
his nose, “Jacare” rallied in the third and rocked Weidman with a
right to the head during a heated exchange.
Souza (26-6) followed that up with a wicked left hook to the body
and then a right to the temple, dropping Weidman flat on his back.
Souza wanted referee Dan Miragliotta to stop it right then and
there and raised his hands in a pleading motion, but the Brazilian
was forced to land a handful of follow-up punches before the
veteran third man finally intervened. The end came at 2:46 of the
Cannonier Upsets Branch
“The Killa Gorilla” was taken down five times in the first round,
but he kept getting back to his feet. Cannonier (11-4) never
faltered and when he stuffed an early takedown attempt from Branch
moments into the second, he ended the battle.
Cannonier pelted Branch (22-5) with a straight right to the face,
dropping him. From there, the Arizona-based fighter rained down a
cornucopia of punches until referee Keith
Peterson had no choice but to intervene. The end came just 26
ticks into the second.
Roberson Outpoints Marshman
Roberson looked solid again inside the Octagon in winning his
second UFC fight. The former Glory kick boxer dominated Welshman
Marshman from start to finish, landing several thudding kicks
to the body and jamming his left hand down his throat
“Baby K” scored timely takedowns as well and nullified everything
Marshman (22-8) off his back. In the end, Roberson (7-1) was
awarded a unanimous verdict via tallies of 30-26 (twice) and
Adesanya Styles on Brunson
Adesanya is one of MMA’s highest-touted contenders and on
Saturday in the opening bout of the UFC 230 main card, he passed
the biggest test of his career with flying colors.
“The Last Stylebender” thwarted a total of eight takedown attempts
from veteran Derek
Brunson before vanquishing him in the first round. Adesanya
crushed Brunson’s face with a right knee when the North Carolinian
charged in for his ninth takedown attempt and from there, the end
was near. Brunson stumbled around the Octagon, eating knees and
punches along with being knocked down. Finally, a combo of pinches
to the melon felled Brunson (18-7) for good, prompting referee
Dean to intervene.
The end came officially at 4:51 of the first, allowing Adesanya to
rise to 15-0.
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