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Although it was not the originally expected title, Marina Rodriguez and Michelle Waterson put an impressive showcase in the UFC on ESPN 24.
Ultimately, it was Rodriguez’s muay Thai style that won the day, beating Waterson over five laps to win a unanimous success at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Saturday night. All three judges watched the fight with the flyweight for the Brazilian: 48-47, 49-46 and 49-46. Rodriguez and Watterson, both of whom typically compete in the 115kg, agreed to enter into a makeshift main event after the initial feature between TJ Dillashaw and Cory Sandhagen fell.
Rodriguez (14-1-2, 4-1-2 UFC) had a visible size advantage over her opponent, who once reigned as the weightlifting queen of the Invicta Fighting Championships. During the first 15 minutes, Rodriguez gained the lead on the scorecards behind her strong right hand, kicking at various levels and solid elbows and knees at the clasp. Waterson’s chin held the attack high, and she kept things interesting with a straight side kick to the body and a heavy low kick to her opponent’s leg.
“Karate Hoti” did its best job in Round 4, when it achieved an abolition with just over three minutes left and punished Rodriguez with half a guard with fists and elbows for the rest of the season. It was the only time Waterson was able to support its opponent.
Waterson (18-9, 6-5 UFC) got off to a good start in the fifth round, landing a high kick that caused a somewhat unusual swelling in Rodriguez’s chin and a back kick to the body that momentarily stopped her opponent in her tracks. From there, Rodriguez picked up the pace, showed resilient defense of abolition and condemned Watherson with punching combinations to the fence to put a final stamp on her victory.
Rodriguez has won back-to-back outings, while Watterson has suffered defeat in three of its last four.
Morono Rocks, Swarms Cerrone in short notice
Alex Morono made the most of the opportunity to warn.
Entering as a replacement for Diego Sanchez, Morono came out with a violent intent against Donald Serrone, winning his key event through a technical knockout 4:40 in the opening box. The Fortis MMA member injured Cerrone with his right hand and then turned against the fence to force referee Marc Goddard to intervene on behalf of the veteran fighter.
Morono (19-7, 1 NC, 8-4, 1 NC UFC) was strong from the start, as he consistently found the range for the solid right hand, Cerrone’s bloody nose in the process. When the “Cowboy” tried to change speed and fight, Morono refused all attempts to eliminate his enemy. Eventually, Morono faced a Cerrone jab (36-16, 2 NC, 23-13, 1 NC UFC) with a huge right hand that had the founder of the BMF Ranch converging backwards in retreat. From there, the former lightweight title challenger had no answers, as Morono aimed his head and body with fists until the fight waved.
“We did not train at all – [I] “Always straighten them,” Morono said of the finish. “I will probably chew it a little for that, but I will take it.”
Magny Outworks Neal
The impressive volume, the neutralizing work and the occasional abolition led the Elevation Fight Team product Neil Magny to a unanimous decision for the representative of Fortis MMA Geoff Neal at welterweight. Two judges scored the match 29-28, while a third saw him 30-27 – all in favor of Magny, who has won four of his last five in the UFC.
Neal sent a message to Magny in Round 1, when he pushed his enemy and connected with several hard left hands. The blows caused some swelling under Magny’s left eye, but did not delay him at all. When Neal (13-4, 5-2 UFC) tried to force more exchanges as the fight progressed, Magny (25-8, 18-7 UFC) caught him cautiously at the clasp, and when the two fighters were at a distance “Haiti Sense” beat his opponent with punches and various kicks.Neal was never out of his depth, but Magny ‘s pace and strategy proved to be the difference as the fight went.
“I will use this cardio and air conditioner as a weapon,” Magny said. “It has been proven time and time again that it helps me in my struggles.”
From Lima Grounds Greene
Marcos Rogerio de Lima put together a three-round rinsing and replay performance against Maurice Greene to gather a clear unanimous decision triumph in a forgotten heavyweight case. The 35-year-old Brazilian received scorecards of 30-26, 30-26 and 30-27 to continue a series of alternating wins and losses dating back to December 2014. Greene has lost four of his last five advertising campaigns.
Greene (9-6, 4-4 UFC) had no answers for his opponent’s fight. In each lap, the “Pezao” closed the distance with ease, changed levels and grounded Greene. From there, de Lima (18-7-1, 7-5 UFC) was largely satisfied with keeping half the guard, staying heavy on top and staying busy with mediocre land and pounds. There was an unstable moment at the end of Round 2 when de Lima warned referee Herb Dean to land after the horn, but that was the only drama of the match because Greene had no answers for his opponent when he was planted. on his back.
Gregor Gillespie set a pace that Diego Ferreria could not match.
The four-time NCAA American wrestler from the University of Edinboro survived a tough start and then wore his faded opponent to win a break in the second period. The end came 4:51 in Round 2, as Gillespie got rid of Ferreira with punches and elbows from behind. These were Gillespie’s first appearances after losing KO to Kevin Lee in November 2019.
Gillespie (14-1, 7-1 UFC) tried to keep Ferreira (17-4, 8-4 UFC) leaning on the opening as Brazil’s jiu-jitsu black belt came in from bad positions, threatened with submissions and cracked his opponent with a sting in his right hands. At the end of Round 1, Gillespie returned to his stool with unstable legs.
It did not take long for Gillespie to find his second wind. Once she did, Ferreira must have felt like she was facing an avalanche. Gillespie continued to follow the abolition after abolition, and it was clear that Ferreira accepted the lower position more freely as his petrol tank weakened. Eventually, Gillespie stepped on his enemy’s back, leveled him, and got rid of him with a stream of unanswered strikes to force a halt.
“I had to tire myself to tire him,” Gilespie said. “I was tired, but I always think, ‘If I’m tired, I can not imagine how it feels.’ I made him stop. I make a lot of people stop. This is something I will never do. “
Hawes pulls away from Daukaus
Phil Hawes overcame an abnormal start to draw a dominant third round and win a unanimous decision against Kyle Dakaus in a middleweight bout. Hawes secured 30-26, 30-26 and 29-27 scorecards from the cageside judges for his seventh consecutive professional victory.
Daukas (10-2, 1-2 UFC) seemed to have an early lead as he attacked with punching combinations as he overtook Hawes in matches and controlled the tightness against the fence. The representative of Martinez BJJ had Hawes (11-2, 3-0 UFC) unfolding in Round 2 when he was attached to a rotating backfist after being hit in a high kick. A subsequent upheaval put Hawes on unstable feet for a moment, but surviving this adversity only strengthened the Sanford MMA product determination.
“It shocked me. As soon as someone hits you hard and they see that you are not giving up, they start breaking,” Hawes said.
From that point on, it was all Hawes. The New Jersey native turned the tide in the second half of Round 2 when he pressed Daukas and landed effective head and body combinations, opening a cut near his opponent’s eye. This set the stage for a suffocating final frame, as Hawes landed 30 seconds in, navigated the Daukaus keeper and then spent the rest of the period punishing his opponent with punches and elbows from above.
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