The Brain and the Heart managed to keep things tied up by both going 3-1. The overall records are now both 32-23. Let’s look at the top 5 moments of UFC on FOX 19:
- Ponzinibbio Becomes First to Stop McGee
McGee was able to have some success in his striking early, but Ponzinibbio was able to thwart several takedown attempts. Ponzinibbio started to heat up later in the round and a lazy takedown attempt by McGee gave Ponzinibbio the opening he needed to land a perfectly placed power shot. McGee was clearly hurt and Ponzinibbio followed up with several more power shots to put McGee away. Ponzinibbio becomes the first person to stop McGee in his 22 professional fights. Three of his four UFC wins have come by TKO and has proven he’s to be an extremely dangerous opponent.
- Namajunas Takes Tight Decision from Torres
The first fight between Namajunas and Torres was extremely close with Torres getting her hand raised in the end. The second fight was more of the same only Namajunas was the one who took the unanimous decision this time. The fight was constantly back and forth with practically every round being hard to score. The deciding factor in the fight really seemed to be the takedowns that Namajunas was able to land, though she was never able to do much with them. Torres picks up the first official loss of her career. With the win Rose was able to avenge one of her two professional losses. She could very well end up getting a chance at avenging her second loss in her next fight if she takes on the winner of Saturday’s Esparza/ Lima fight.
- Dodson Scores Quick TKO in Bantamweight Return
Dodson needed just 47 seconds to score a TKO win over Manny Gamburyan in his return to the bantamweight division. Dodson looked lightning fast and was able to stun Gamburyan early. He then followed up with several speedy uppercuts to force the stoppage. After the fight he called out former champ T.J. Dillashaw. Dodson holds a TKO win over Dillashaw back in 2011. Both fighters have improved a lot since then and I think a second fight between the two makes a lot of sense and would be exciting to watch and I would love to see it be a five round fight as well.
- Nurmagomedov Looks Solid after Long Layoff
Nurmagomedov’s short-notice opponent, Darrell Horcher was supposed to be nothing more than a speed bump and Horcher was clearly outmatched the entire fight. However, I truly do think he has the potential to be successful in the UFC. Unfortunately for him, he faced one of (if not THE) best in the division. Nurmagomedov showed few signs of rust it was great to finally see him back in action. He was able to land a powerful slam, a slick takedown, and smothering ground and pound on his way to a second round TKO over Horcher. I’d really like to see Nurmagomedov get a title shot against the winner of the dos Anjos/Alvarez fight.
- Teixeira KO’s Evans in First
I thought Teixeira would get the better of Evans on the feet, but I didn’t expect it to end quite that quickly and violently. Teixeira was able to drop Evans with a massive left. He followed with a right just as Evans tried to get back to his feet that knocked him out. Once Evans came to he was clearly confused and didn’t recall what had happened (not that it is uncommon for that to happen after getting smashed in the head with that much force). Evans is now 0-2 after his return from injury. He definitely won’t get cut, but he definitely sounds like a man that is unsure about what comes next. After the fight Teixeira respectfully called out Anthony Johnson. With the light heavyweight division tied up with an interim title this Saturday, presumably followed by the title unification fight later in the year, a matchup between heavy hitters Teixeira and Johnson seems like a no-brainer.
Be sure to check back on Thursday for a special Bellator edition of The Brain vs. The Heart which features the debut of Benson Henderson taking on Andrey Koreshkov for the welterweight title. The Brain vs. The Heart for UFC 197 will be posted on Friday. It features an interim light heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Ovince Saint Preux as well as a flyweight title fight between Demetrious Johnson and Henry Cejudo.
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