By: Garrett Evert

 

Results

Nurmagomedov def. Iaquinta by unanimous decision

Namajunas def. Jedrzejczyk by unanimous decision

Moicano def. Kattar by unanimous decision

Magomedsharipov def. Bochniak by unanimous decision

Gruetzemacher def. Luzon by TKO in Round Two

Kowalkiewicz def. Herrig by split decision

Mercier def. Dunham by TKO in Round One

Smith def. Rawlings by unanimous decision

Clark def. Rodriguez by unanimous decision

 

Main Takeaways

‘Thug’ Rose Namajunas is a precision striker who will make you pay for your mistakes. When she first met Jedrzejczyk in the octagon a couple months ago she beat her by submission in the first round and she stunned the world in what many thought was a fluke fight. After the first two rounds of this five round fight, I think that Jedrzejczyk knew that Rose was the real deal. After what seemed like a long five rounds the decision ended in Rose’s favor due to her ability to land brutal headshots and a major takedown in the fifth and final round.

 

Khabib Nurmagomedov is a man of few words, and a ton of skill. Advancing his record to 26-0 on Saturday night he has proved that he is fit for that gold belt around his waist. In what was his hardest fight to date, Khabib fought the #13 lightweight Al Iaquinta in a five round bout. In the past Khabib has dominated literally every aspect of every fight he has been in. Al Iaquinta did a great job of avoiding takedowns in later rounds and being able to land decent headshots as well. The first three rounds of the fight proved to be too much for Iaquinta, and in the end the decision fell in Khabib’s favor. I am looking forward to seeing who Khabib faces next, stay tuned.

 

UFC News

This past week, Conor McGregor and a his ‘goons’ from Ireland boarded up a plane and decide to fly to Brooklyn, NY (the home of UFC 223) and decided to harass and vandalize a bus filled with fighters on the UFC 223 card. This resulted in Conor throwing a dolly through a bus window injuring a hand full of people, including fighters. This was no random act of violence as Conor and his boys did this out of respect for Conor’s teammate that was harassed in a hotel lobby earlier in the week by Khabib and his team. Conor is facing assault charges and may or may not do jail time, he is due back in court on June 14th. As for his rivalry with Khabib, it is at an all time high, personally, I see this as a money fight that the UFC just simply can’t turn down.

 

Tony Ferguson was expected to face Khabib this last Saturday but ended up tearing a ligament in his knee a few days prior to the fight so he was pulled. Max Holloway was the next best fighter available therefore Dana White gave him the plug. After a few days’ worth of media, Holloway was deemed ‘medically unclear to fight’ and he was pulled. With just over 24 hours notice, Al Iaquinta stepped up to face Khabib and he put on one hell of a show.

 

With the event with Conor putting some fighters in the hospital, and other fighters being pulled for medical reasons, Dana White and the UFC had a very long week. Fortunately, the card ran smoothly and now they can focus on the very unclear future. With many fighters healing up and getting back to work and many rivalry’s reaching an all time, there are are plenty of fights that Dana White can book. There is only one problem with the amount of fighters who want fights, this coming summer has cards that are pretty stacked already, especially with main events. It will be very interesting to see how everything plays out over the coming months.

 

What’s Next

UFC Fight Night ‘Poirier vs Gaethje’ April 14, 2018

My Pick

Gaethje by unanimous decision