It was a completely stacked card from prime to backside with 15 bouts together with 5 fighters from Australia and New Zealand on show.
It wasn’t the perfect day for the ANZACs although, with Jake Matthews, Carlos Ulberg, Megan Anderson and Israel Adesanya all coming away with defeats.
The intense gentle for the fighters from Down Underneath was Kai Kara-France, who scored a superb first spherical knockout win.
“DARE TO BE GREAT” – NO EXCUSES FROM ISRAEL ADESANYA
You be taught lots a couple of fighter by the way in which they take their losses.
I have been massively impressed by Conor McGregor after a few of his defeats (Diaz 1 and Poirier 2. Not a lot after the Khabib loss…). Similar goes for Stipe Miocic, whereas Max Holloway and Robert Whittaker are each gracious in defeat.
I am including Israel Adesanya to that record after he suffered the first defeat of his MMA career to Jan Blachowicz for the 205-pound title.
The middleweight champ did not add an entire lot of additional weight and did not make any excuses.
“I knew what to do and I used to be attempting to do it,” he stated. “The dimensions did play an element, however my approach would have been lots finer. He made me appear to be I had a butter-guard.
“It is like a foul day within the fitness center, nevertheless it’s within the workplace tonight.”
The Stylebender says he nonetheless has plans to struggle at 205, however for now will return to middleweight and defend his turf.
GOAT BEHAVIOUR FROM AMANDA NUNES
Amanda Nunes is not simply the WMMA Goat. She’s top-of-the-line blended martial artists interval – no matter gender.
The Lioness has cleaned out 135 and 145 on the identical time.
This weekend, Australia’s Megan Anderson was no obstacle. “An entire non-event,” Joe Rogan stated in commentary after Nunes’ two minute demolition of Anderson.
Nunes is so good there isn’t any one left for her to struggle. Significantly, since dismantling Miesha Tate to take the 135-pound belt, nobody has even come near troubling Nunes.
Her victims embrace a number of the largest names within the historical past of ladies’s MMA together with Ronda Rousey, Valentina Shevchenko, Cris Cyborg and Holly Holm.
And actually, there isn’t any one else actually knocking the door right down to take both of her crowns.
PETR YAN’S ALL-TIME BRAIN FADE
That was the largest mind fade I’ve seen shortly.
Petr Yan threw away his 135-pound title when he despatched a vicious knee to Aljamain Sterling’s face regardless of the challenger being grounded on the time.
It was the textbook definition of an unlawful strike, and Sterling was topped the brand new bantamweight champion. A real warrior although, Aljo took the belt off and left it within the cage – that is not how he wished to win.
It seems Yan requested his nook for recommendation and was instructed he was allowed to kick Sterling.
Would not wish to be the man who gave that instruction…
Yan later apologised for the shot.
I apologize and want speedy restoration to @funkmasterMMA I didn’t imply to throw an unlawful strike, I simply made a giant mistake and paid for it.
— Petr “No Mercy” Yan (@PetrYanUFC) March 7, 2021
“THAT WAS FOR NEW ZEALAND” – KAI KARA-FRANCE GETS IT DONE
Kai Kara-France was severely near being submitted halfway by way of the primary spherical of his flyweight bout with Rogerio Bontorin, however by some means managed to attain a surprising knockout win as an alternative.
It is the primary end victory of his UFC profession up to now. He devoted the win to his younger son and to New Zealand.
Along with his residence nation going out and in of COVID-19 lockdowns, the win will likely be an enormous increase to his followers again residence.
DANIEL CORMIER PINPOINTS WHERE CARLOS ULBERG WENT WRONG
Daniel Cormier summed up what went incorrect for Carlos Ulberg in his UFC debut.
The Metropolis Kickboxing star began nicely, rocking Kennedy Nzechukwu in early within the first, however regularly drained and was knocked out within the second.
Cormier identified Ulberg’s low fingers and excessive chin in breaking down the motion.
“Take a look at Kennedy’s chin: tucked. Take a look at Carlos’ chin: it is up. That is not the way in which you wish to be going right into a struggle,” the previous gentle heavyweight and heavyweight champion stated.
“Ulberg’s head by no means moved all struggle. He lastly decides to maneuver his head and when he does, he in the end moved his head into the fitting hand that shut the lights out.
“He is lastly transferring his head, however his fingers are nonetheless extremely low. All evening, he took the punches on the chin.