Hello Buzz Fans, what a wild night of fights tonight so lets get started. I’ll touch on a few of the prelim fights first.
The fight which I thought might have been able to compete with “the black beast’s” heavy handed knockout, was the brother of Canadian trainer Firas Zahabi, Aiemann Zahabi knocking out a heavy Drako Rodriguez with a huge right hand. Also, after that fight was the Chas Skelly/Jamall Emmers fight in which Skelly made the walk to the Octagon but then right as Emmers was about to make the walk, he started having back spasms and was no longer able to continue, a very weird situation indeed. Then directly after that, a women’s flyweight bout with the 4-4 Shana Dobson taking on Australia’s own Casey O’Neill. I thought that the killer instinct of O’Neill was incredible in this fight, never letting up and eventually getting the win. The prelims were very interesting to say the least.
Now heading into the first fight of the main card we saw UFC newcomer Englishmen Tom Aspinall coming in at 6’6″ taking on the UFC/MMA legend Andrei Arlovski. This fight I had thought was supposed to headline the prelims, but I’m guessing got moved up to the main card. I must say that I am amazed that Arlovski continues to adapt and is able to hang with all the new generations of younger fighters. He was getting the best of Aspinall towards the end of the first round, which made Aspinall have to change up his game plan in the second. Big props to him as he did and went for a BLAST shot and easily rear naked choked Arlovski and got the win. Aspinall showed great poise and composure and in my eyes will be a big problem in the heavyweight division, IF his management picks the right fights for him and doesn’t let the UFC push him to hard.
The next fight was a middleweight fight in which we saw Phil Hawes grind Nassourdine Imavov against the cage and on the ground most of the fight. But when Imavov broke loose he got the better of Hawes, nearly finishing him towards the end of the fight. Had there been another minute in this fast paced fight I would have to think that Imavov would have knocked out Hawes, but it was a very fun fight and Hawes got the decision.
The next fight was another Heavyweight battle with Philadelphia’s own Chris Daukus knocking out #10 ranked Russian grappler Aleksei Oleinik while he was standing. This would be one of the few fights the referees could have stepped in and stopped the fight just a little bit sooner.
After that we saw Darrick Minner dominate Charles Rosa throughout the whole fight with his grappling and he eventually got the decision. A very fast paced fun fight in which Minner taught Rosa a real lesson in grappling.
Then the main event was #6 Ketlen Vieira fighting Yana Kunitskaya who was ranked #7. Yana landed 176 strikes but it appeared that Vieira dominated her grappling. In my eyes it was a real tough fight to judge, but Yana got the decision in the end.
Now to the main event, we saw Derrick Lewis knockout Curtis Blaydes in the second round. Now I thought that Blaydes was winning the fight and fighting a very smart fight until he got caught with a huge solid uppercut that flattened him out. I had said that I thought this should be a number one contenders match, but with Jon Jones in the Heavyweight Picture, who knows what next for Derrick Lewis. In the post-fight Lewis said he really wants a fight with “Legend” Alistair Overeem, so we will see what’s next.