Photo Credit: Ultimate Fighting Championships
Sunday January 18th was UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs Siver. The night featured some very questionable judging, especially a big gift decision for Cathal Pendred. The main event featured Conor McGregor showing he is indeed worthy of a shot at Jose Aldo’s title with a dominant stoppage of Dennis Siver. The following is my coverage of the fights as well as my Of The Night awards.
1. Flyweight 5x5x5 Rounds
Tateki Matsuda (10-6) vs Joby Sanchez (6-1)
RD 1: Matsuda hits him with a nice counter. Nice hook by Sanchez. Matsuda lands a hard cross. Matsuda lands a couple more punches. Hard body kick by Sanchez. Sanchez drops him with a hard cross and gets on top looking for mount but it allows Matsuda to recover and stand. Sanchez is bleeding from the nose. Matsuda knocks him off balance with a leg kick. They exchange punches to close the round.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Sanchez
RD 2: Sanchez takes him down but they are up quickly. Hook lands for Sanchez. Sanchez rushes in and lands a punch. Uppercut by Sanchez. Nice of punches. Matsuda lands a two punch combo. Nice counter hook by Matsuda. They trade strikes as the round ends.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Matsuda
RD 3: Matsuda lands some punches. They exchange more punches with Matsuda getting the better of it. Uppercut lands for Sanchez. Sanchez hurts him with punches and Matsuda is trying to clinch. Sanchez lands more and pushes him down and gets his back but Matsuda is able to stand. Hard cross by Sanchez. Sanchez shoots and takes him down. They stand and trade stiff jabs.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Sanchez
My score card: 29-28 Sanchez
Result: Joby Sanchez via Split Decision (29-28/28-29/30-27)
2. Light Heavyweight 5x5x5 Rounds
Matt Van Buren (7-3) vs Sean O’Connell (15-6)
RD 1: Van Buren lands two punches right away. Hard body kick by Van Buren. They clinch up on the cage. Knee to the head by Van Buren. They separate and Van Buren lands a front kick. Van Buren pulls him into a clinch. Nice knees by Van Buren. Hard cross lands for Van Buren. Nice leg kick by Van Buren. They clinch on the cage and trade strikes. They separate and trade punches. Van Buren is getting confident and dropping his hands. They clinch and Van Buren lands more knees.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Van Buren
RD 2: They trade strikes. Hard leg kick lands for Van Buren. Nice knee to the body by Van Buren. They trade hard punches. O’Connell hurts him with a hook and has Van Buren backing off. Another hard hook by O’Connell. Van Buren forces a clinch. O’Connell tries for a takedown but eats elbows for it. Nice body shot by O’Connell. Van Buren looks tired. They clinch and trade short strikes.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 O’Connell
RD 3: Hook by O’Connell and a leg kick by Van Buren. Nice hook to the body by O’Connell. Knee to the body by Van Buren. O’Connell hurts him with a hook and has him backing off. O’Connell drops him and lands more punches. They stand but O’Connell keeps landing hard shots till the ref stops it.
Result: Sean O’Connell via TKO at 2:11 of Round 3
3. Featherweight 5x5x5 Rounds
Charles Rosa (9-1) vs Sean Soriano (8-2)
RD 1: Rosa takes him down but Soriano looks for a triangle. Rosa escapes and they stand. Body kick by Rosa. Rosa charges in throwing punches but lands nothing too significant. Nice hook by Soriano. Rosa catches a kick and takes him down but they are up quick. Nice counter hook by Soriano and a body kick. They clinch and Rosa lands a nice knee to the body. Rosa takes him down to end the round.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Rosa
RD 2: Soriano takes him down and lands elbows. They stand and Soriano takes him down again and Rosa looks for leg but can’t get it. Rosa goes for an armbar but can’t get it but is able to to get on top in side control. Nice job by Soriano to stand but Rosa takes him right back down in side control. Rosa gets his back but Soriano is able to stand. Soriano gets another takedown but the are up fast. Rosa takes him down to end the round.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Rosa
RD 3: Nice hook and leg kick by Soriano. Another hard leg kick by Soriano. Soriano pulls guard and pulls him down but Rosa moves to half guard and then side control. Rosa gets his back but Soriano shakes him off and gets on top. Rosa goes for an armbar but can’t get it but does get on top in side control before they stand clinched. Nice elbow by Soriano and they separate. Rosa takes him down and gets his back and then looks for a guillotine and then a D’arce which he gets for the tap. Soriano claims he didn’t tap.
Result: Charles Rosa via Tapout (D’arce choke) at 4:43 of Round 3
4. Lightweight 5x5x5 Rounds
Johnny Case (19-4) vs Frankie Perez (9-1)
RD 1: They trade strikes before clinching. Takedown by Perez. Nice elbow from the bottom by Case. They stand and Case takes him down. Perez is avoiding any damage. Short elbows by Case. Case stands and drops down hard punches to the body before letting him up.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Case
RD 2: They drop down with Perez looking for a heel hook but he can’t get it and Case is on top. Case gets side control and lands punches before they stand. Case brings him right back down but they are up quick. Perez shoots but Case ends up on top and lands elbows.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Case
RD 3: Nice hook by Perez. Case takes him down and gets his back. Hard head shots by Case till the ref stops it.
Result: Johnny Case via TKO at 1:54 of Round 3
5. Flyweight 5x5x5 Rounds
Paddy Holohan (10-1-1) vs Shane Howell (13-8)
RD 1: They trade punches immediately. Takedown by Holohan. Holohan gets his back and lands a hard elbow to the head and looks for a rear naked. Punches to the head and body by Holohan. Heel strikes to the thigh by Holohan. Holohan again goes for the rear naked but can’t gets it. Holohan flattens him and lands punches. Howell escapes and drops down a punch.
I scored RD 1: 10-8 Holohan
RD 2: Holohan punches his way into a clinch and takes him down. Holohan gets side control but Howell gets half guard and gets warned for grabbing the cage. Nice job by Holohan to move back to side control and then get his back and land head shots.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Holohan
RD 3: Nice hook by Holohan. Hook by Howell. Howell lands punches on the cage. Holohan forces a clinch and gets a takedown. Short head shots by Holohan. Holohan looks for a rear naked but the round ends.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Holohan
My score card: 30-26 Holohan
Result: Paddy Holohan via Unanimous Decision (30-27/30-27/30-27)
6. Lightweight 5x5x5 Rounds
Zhang Lipeng (9-7-1) vs Chris Wade (8-1)
RD 1: Right away Lipeng lands a kick low stopping action. They resume and trade kicks. Wade forces a clinch and takes him down. Lipeng works his way up and in the clinch lands knees. Lipeng lands a knee low stopping action. Wade refuses to touch gloves when they resume. They clinch and Lipeng lands a good knee to the leg. Wade answers with knees. Nice knees by Lipeng. They ref separates them. They clinch right back up and Lipeng lands knees.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Lipeng
RD 2: They clinch quickly. Lipeng is working for a takedown but Wade defends it well. Not much action going on. Lipeng lands a knee low and is deducted a point. Wade lands a nice hook. Jab and cross by Lipeng. Takedown by Wade and he lands head shots.
I scored RD 2: 10-8 Wade
RD 3: They clinch and Wade takes him down and gets side control. Nice job by Lipeng to get up and they remain clinched. Knee to the leg by Lipeng. Lipeng gets a trip takedown but they are up quick still clinched. They drop down and battle for position. Hard knees to the leg by Wade. They stand and drop right back down and Wade lands head shots.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Wade
My score card: 29-27 Wade
Result: Chris Wade via Unanimous Decision (30-26/30-26/30-26)
7. Welterweight 5x5x5 Rounds
John Howard (22-10) vs Lorenz Larkin (14-4, 1NC)
RD 1: They come out swinging hard but not landing. They clinch on the cage. Nice knee to the body by Larkin. They separate and Larkin lands a jab. Hard cross by Larkin. Hard leg kick by Howard. Larkin hurts him with punches and drops him and lands more till the ref stops it.
Result: Lorenz Larkin via TKO at 2:17 of Round 1
8. Welterweight 5x5x5 Rounds
Cathal Pendred (15-3-1) vs Sean Spencer (12-3)
RD 1: They come out swinging and then clinch. Takedown by Pendred but Spencer is up quick clinched. Pendred lands knees to the leg and they separate. Spencer drops him with a punch and lands an illegal knee that the ref misses. Pendred is up and forces a clinch but they separate. Hook by Spencer.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Spencer
RD 2: They trade punches. Not much action going on. Nice hook by Pendred. Leg kick by Pendred. Hard hook by Spencer. Leg kick by Pendred. Nice cross by Spencer. Hard hook by Spencer. Pendred forces a clinch. Takedown by Pendred into side control. Pendred looks for a kimura but can’t get it.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Pendred
RD 3: Leg kick by Pendred. Cross to the body by Spencer. Both are trying to land strikes but not landing much. Cross by Spencer. Triple jab by Spencer. Pendred forces a clinch. Nice hook off the break by Pendred. Pendred forces a clinch again and takes him down but they are right back up. Hook by Spencer.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Spencer
My score card: 29-28 Spencer
Result: Cathal Pendred via Unanimous Decision (29-28/30-27/30-27)
9. Lightweight 5x5x5 Rounds
Norman Parke (21-2-1) vs Gleison Tibau (39-10)
RD 1: Parke ducks a punch and forces a clinch but Tibau breaks off quick. Cross by Tibau. Nice jab by Parke. Cross by Tibau. They trade punches. They clinch and Parke lands a good knee to the body.
I scored RD 1: 10-10
RD 2: They clinch on the cage and trade knees before separating. Tibau shoots and gets a takedown but Parke gets up quick. They clinch but not much action. The ref calls for action. They trade a couple knees and separate. Body kick by Tibau. Parke shoots but can’t get the takedown.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Tibau
RD 3: Knee to the body by Tibau. Hard cross by Parke. Parke forces a clinch and lands a knee before they separate. Body kick by Parke. Parke rushes in and they clinch but separate quick. Hook by Tibau answered by Parke. Uppercut by Parke. Cross by Parke. Nice leg kick by Tibau.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Parke
My score card: 29-29 Draw
Result: Gleison Tibau via Split Decision (29-28/28-29/29-28)
10. Middleweight 5x5x5 Rounds
Uriah Hall (10-4) vs Ron Stallings (12-6, 1NC)
RD 1: Body kick by Stallings. Hall is keeping his hands down. Leg kick by Hall. They trade stiff jabs. Hard hook by Stallings. Hall drops him with a cross and gets on top landing elbows and then punches. Hall lets him up. The ref stops the fight to look at a cut on Stallings eye and the doctor stops it.
Result: Uriah Hall via TKO (Doctors Stoppage) at 3:37 of Round 1
11. Lightweight 5x5x5 Rounds
Benson Henderson (21-4) vs Donald Cerrone (26-6, 1NC)
RD 1: They trade punches. Nice hook by Henderson. Cross to the body by Henderson. Hard body kick by Henderson. Nice jab lands for Henderson. Cross to the body by Cerrone. Several side kicks to the thigh by Henderson. Hard body kick by Cerrone.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Henderson
RD 2: They trade strikes. Nice leg kick by Henderson. Double jab by Henderson. Cerrone is coming forward but unable to land. Good hook by Cerrone. Takedown by Cerrone up they are up quick. Leg kick by Henderson answered by Cerrone. Flying knee by Henderson.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Henderson
RD 3: Henderson hurts him with a head kick. Knee to the body by Henderson. Leg kick by Cerrone. Hook to the body by Henderson. Cerrone takes him down but they are up quick. Cerrone forces a clinch and lands a knee before separating. Cross by Cerrone. Hard leg kick by Cerrone. Cerrone looks for a takedown but can’t get it. Leg kick by Cerrone. They trade body kicks.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Cerrone
My score card: 29-28 Henderson
Result: Donald Cerrone via Unanimous Decision (29-28/29-28/29-28)
12. Featherweight 5x5x5 Rounds
Conor McGregor (16-2) vs Dennis Siver (22-9, 1NC)
RD 1: McGregor gives Siver the finger for not touching gloves. Siver knocks him off balance with a kick. Siver ducks a kick and lands a hook. Siver tries for a takedown but can’t get it. Nice cross by McGregor. They trade hard punches. McGregor is playing to the crowd. Hard cross by McGregor and he has Siver backing up. Siver takes him down but they are right back up. Siver’s face is busted up. Siver takes him down but right back up. McGregor lands punches on the cage.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 McGregor
RD 2: McGregor seems to be trash talking him. Spin kick to the body by McGregor. Nice cross by McGregor. McGregor drops him and gets on top in mount and lands punches till the ref stops it. McGregor then leaves the cage and charges at Jose Aldo who just laughs at him.
Result: Conor McGregor via TKO at 1:54 of Round 2
Submission of the Night: Charles Rosa
Knockout of the Night: Lorenz Larkin
Fight of the Night: Tateki Matsuda vs Joby Sanchez