UFC Vegas 37 came and went. While it was a long and arduous journey through all 14 fights, it ended up being a fun journey. There were eight arrivals, no real smells, and a few moments that jumped off the screen. The biggest development saw Anthony Smith turn down Ryan Spann in the main event, then offer an explicit interview that indicated he was feeling disrespectful. Just a little … Of course, that wasn’t the only development. Strap in for my unofficial rewards and you’ll get a unique glimpse on the map ….
Biggest jump in stock: The only name that really jumped out at me is Arman Tsarukyan. Everyone expected him to beat Christos Giagos. No one expected him to beat him in the first round thanks to his strike. A block to the left sent Giagos slumping back into the fence, causing Tsarukyan to jump on him until the referee stopped him. It was Tsarukyan’s fourth consecutive victory and his first arrival at the time. Considering that Giagos has always been durable, he’s even more impressive. Look for him to appear in the official UFC rankings next week. Whether he then gets a ranked opponent is another story.
Biggest drop in stock: It wasn’t that much Devin Clark lost to Ion Cutelaba. Most predicted it would happen. It’s the fact that Clark hasn’t been able to lead a competitive fight against a guy who is known to have passed out beyond the first round. Not that Clark himself is known for a good tank of gas, but all of his UFC wins have come by decision, indicating that he tends to be more efficient over longer stretches than Cutelaba. No one really believed Clark would become a contender, but becoming a top ten goalie seemed reasonable. After a loss like this, there’s a reason to believe Clark might not even be able to make it back to the rankings at some point.
Best Newcomer: There’s a reason many were calling Erin Blanchfield one of the best prospects before her UFC debut and she’s proven why. A reasonable argument could be made that she got a 10-8 in every round against a durable Sarah Alpar. Granted, you’ll be hard pressed to find someone who thinks Alpar has a long-term future in the organization – more on that in a moment – but Blanchfield has done everything you expected of her for a talent. who may or may not deserve to be on the list. At 22, there are fears the UFC could rush Blanchfield’s development to the Maycee Barber. Hoping they don’t.
Start entering a CV: The most awaited Antonio Arroyo being cut with a loss, but I didn’t expect to be somewhat disappointed about it. Arroyo had more great times than Joaquin Buckley, including an impressive flying knee that left most wondering how Buckley was still standing. Unfortunately, an uppercut changed his fortunes quite quickly, giving Arroyo three straight losses.
I was on the Mike rodriguez form a few years ago. I saw the raw talent with his particularly lanky frame and thought of the possibilities, as long as he could learn to use his length. Well he never has and is now seated three losses in a row. At UFC Vegas 37, his loss to Tafon Nchukwe illustrates what I mean, because the only place Nchukwe had a chance to win was in the clinch. Nchukwe had no problem getting there. He didn’t need to negate the five-inch reach disadvantage he had against Rodriguez because Rodriguez canceled it himself.
Not that she looked particularly competitive in either of her two UFC losses, but I really think the UFC is going to cut back. Alpar, largely because of her Go Fund Me that she started paying for her camp expenses. I can’t fault Alpar for wanting to be the best possible for her fight. In reality, the UFC shouldn’t either. However, it painted them in a bad light when Jake Paul dumped a huge sum on the account. It’s possible the UFC isn’t going in that direction, thinking they might appear petty. It didn’t stop them before …
There was a surprise for some that Emily whitmire was even on the list given the low level of her wins and she had just suffered back-to-back losses. To her credit, Whitmire’s strike looked improved, but she became complacent in the custody of Hannah Goldy, which led to Whitmire being cocked. With three consecutive defeats,
Registered their work (s): Ariane Lipski had gained a reputation as one of the biggest disappointments in recent UFC memory. Maybe she heard all the rumblings as she stepped out like she had something to prove, beating newcomer Mandy Bohm from pillar to pillar for all three rounds. While she looks fantastic, it must be received with a grain of salt as Bohm doesn’t have a single notable win on his CV. So while Lipski looked good, that’s not an indication that she’s close to living up to expectations.
It’s a weird way to save your job, but Gustavo Lopez and Heili alateng fighting for a draw ensured that neither ended up on the chopping block. Of the two, Lopez seemed to be in more danger as he has more experience with less room for growth. Plus, the UFC seems determined to give every Chinese fighter a chance to break through. That said, I’m confident to say that Alateng’s closing take saved Lopez’s job.
Golden has taken a lot of criticism from the MMA community. From her extra push from the organization who thinks she didn’t deserve to have a child with Alex Nicholson – a good friend of Mike Perry’s – doesn’t mean there hasn’t been a material to work with. Although she started badly against Whitmire, she eventually got the job done with a guard armband. Considering Goldy is not known for her grappling, this is a very good sign. She still has a lot of work to do, but every journey begins with one step.
Biggest WOW moment: Context is needed, but that doesn’t mean Nate Maness’ Tony Gravely’s knockout will not be part of his flagship career for the rest of his life. At the end of the first round, Gravely let Maness down, followed by a few shots on the ground for the round to end and Maness was allowed to continue. Although still stunned, Maness returned to his corner and continued the fight. Just under half the second, Manness hooked up with a counter that sent Gravely sprawling across the mat. Just minutes after walking down Dream Street, Maness sent Gravely to take his own walk across the boulevard to avoid. MMA is truly a fantastic sport …
Best / Worst Referee Call: There were several times where it seemed like the refs could have stepped in and stopped the action. Maness’ fight is a perfect example of that, although we were glad it didn’t happen in the end. So rather than highlighting a bunch of examples separated by very thin margins, I’m going to go with Keith peterson take a point at Alateng without giving a warning. The seizure was glaring enough that there was no solution to be formed but to stop Lopez’s withdrawal, so Peterson, acknowledging it could be a moment of fight change, issued an edict of change. of fight. Maybe if more umpires were so decisive with deductions, we would get fewer fouls …
Sometimes these things happen in MMA … Gus Johnson’s infamous statement in the wake of the Nashville brawl in Strikeforce will live on forever. It’s not that he’s wrong; it is that such brawls have taken place in all sports. It looked like something was about to happen after the main event concluded, as Smith and Spann were a little excited ahead of their contest. Spann felt that Smith was disrespecting him before he got into a fight, Smith felt that everyone saw him as a stepping stone. Fortunately, the only thing exchanged was a few words and a few shoves, but the shoves were more important as security tried to keep the men apart. Cooler heads prevailed, and Smith gave a fiery post-fight interview that was extensively censored by ESPN.
Best Legend: Speaking of his post-fight interview, many would expect me to go around Smith’s call to Aleksander Rakic. I’ll go over it. While I understand where Smith is coming from, their first fight was so uncompetitive, I have no interest in seeing it again unless there aren’t other fights that make sense to both fighters. While Rakic makes sense to Smith, it doesn’t make sense to Rakic. Plus, there are other fights for Smith that to do make sense. So, I will go with Tsarukyan to ask Dan Hooker. These two have been back and forth for a while now, Hooker accusing Tsarukyan of dodging him. It doesn’t appear like that now. Hooker will have to overtake Nasrat Haqparast next week, but it’s a totally doable task for the Kiwi.
Dropping out of dental school: I don’t know when Cutelaba mutilated Clark’s lower jaw, but Clark’s teeth were messy by the end of round two. The show did not show it, but later photos revealed that three of Clark’s teeth were mutilated, pushed back from their typical upright position. There was some question as to whether Clark should continue, but the doctor indicated that it didn’t seem likely that Clark would cause further damage to his jaw beyond what had already been done. It’s not the first time I’ve seen an injury like this in MMA, but it’s never easy to watch.
Rise socially …. A pair of fighters moved on to different weight classes with mixed results. It worked wonderfully Nchukwe, wading through Rodriguez’s range with minimal effort and landing powerful punches throughout the competition. It didn’t go so well for JP Buys. The shopping showdown with Montel Jackson seemed to be off balance in the first place, as Jackson is one of the biggest bantamweight on the list, if not the biggest bantamweight. It looked like there was a whole weight division between the two of them. The difference in their success: fighting styles. Nchukwe is a striker and was able to be the fastest man to pull off his shots. Buys, primarily a wrestler and grappler, gassed himself in a hurry having to throw around a body much bigger than he’s used to. Buys said he was done with flyweight. If it is because of medical problems, I fully understand and I have no doubts. If he can do the weight without hurting himself, he might want to reconsider.
Old perspective: i don’t want to call Carlston Harris a perspective because he’s a finished product, but unless a fighter plied their trade in another top-tier organization before moving on to the UFC, they’re generally viewed that way. So I’ll go … for now. At 34, Harris has proven himself a force to be reckoned with, shaking off a legitimately publicized prospect at Impa Kasanganay. How far it can climb before age begins to take its toll is debatable, but let’s take advantage of the carnage it can produce up to this point.