The UFC’s pound-for-pound king Demetrious Johnson equalled Anderson Silva’s UFC title defence record with a third-round submission of Wilson Reis.
Again, ‘Mighty Mouse’ looked impressive as Reis offered no threat to his flyweight title. It was Johnson’s 10th win after being crowned the 125lb champion meaning he is just one more defence away from breaking the UFC record.
We round-up the main card fights below.
Demetrious Johnson def. Wilson Reis via submission (armbar) at 4:49 of R3
Coming to the Octagon to Kanye West’s ‘Who Gon’ Stop Me’, Johnson exerted his dominance from the start. His striking was precise; Johnson landing strikes to the head and devastating kicks to the body. Reis struggled to find his range and was picked apart by the champion; landing just five out of 56 attempted strikes in round one.
It was more of the same in round two with Johnson’s speed advantage was to be too much for his opponent. His constant movement and striking meant Reis could not execute his gameplan, one judge scoring round two as a 10-8 in favour of Johnson.
With just 30 seconds remaining in round three, Johnson took Reis down, landed some ground-and-pound from side control which opened up a cut above Reis’ eye. DJ continued to inflict damage from top position before transitioning beautifully into an armbar to get the finish.
A submission against Reis is extremely impressive considering the Brazilian holds a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu and has never been submitted in MMA. ‘Mighty Mouse’ seems to have no more competition in the flyweight division and has called for a seven-figure payday meaning a move back to bantamweight could be on the cards.
Rose Namajunas def. Michelle Waterson via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:47 of R2
Rose Namajunas picked up the most notable win of her UFC career with a second round submission of Michelle Waterson to move to the front of the queue for a title shot at strawweight.
She controlled the first round despite being taken down by Waterson. Namajunas expertly kept control after being dragged to the mat and almost took the back of her opponent. She maintained control and won the first round.
Waterson was landing oblique kicks, a signature of the Jackson-Wink gym, but Namajunas took advantage of her karate stance and connected with a huge head kick which floored Waterson. It looked as if the fight was over, but Waterson guarded against the ground-and-pound. She got back to her feet, but Namajunas latched on to her and took the back. She eventually locked in a rear-naked choke for the win.
The 24-year-old called for a shot at Joanna Joanna Jedrzejczyk as she looks to become a UFC champion before the end of 2017.
Robert Whittaker def. Ronaldo Souza via TKO at 3:28 of R2
There was a shock in the middleweight division as Robert Whittaker knocked out Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza to extend his fight win streak to seven.
The Australian was taken down in the first round but defended well to return to his feet. Again he was taken to the mat but was able to escape and landed strikes at will. He clipped Jacare with a left that dropped him and continued to find the target with his punches.
Early in the second, Whittaker floored Souza with a giant right hand but was wise to not engage with the BJJ black belt on the mat. Jacare returned to his feet but was clearly hurt from the strike and Whittaker stalked his prey connecting with a huge head kick which dropped his opponent again. He landed strikes from top position, and Mario Yamasaki stepped in despite Souza attempting to return to his feet.
It was a monumental victory for the underdog which moves him into title contention with a fight against Luke Rockhold seemingly the next move while Jacare was the subject of ridicule from current champion, Michael Bisping, on Instagram.
Renato Moicano def. Jeremy Stephens via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Renato Moicano moved to 11-0 after defeating Jeremy Stephens via a split decision in the opening bout of the main card.
It means Stephens has suffered back-to-back losses for the first time since 2014 following the close decision in Kansas City. Moicano kept his distance for the hard-hitting Stephens which frustrated his opponent and the Kansas crowd.
But it was a smart tactic to not engage in a slugfest as he picked Stephens off with leg kicks and a stinging jab. Stephens picked up the pace in the final round looking for the knockout with Moicano spending most of the round avoiding the big power punches.
It was an incredibly tough fight to call, but Moicano took the split decision win to remain unbeaten as a professional.
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