Bellator was not kind to the picks, but UFC Fight Night 83 was much better. The Brain managed to go a perfect 6-0, while the Heart went 3-3. That big swing for the Brain evens things up at 18-12 apiece. Here are the top 5 moments of UFC Fight Night 83:
Murphy and Faszholz Pick Up Fight of the Night
If you didn’t catch the Fight Pass prelims, you missed out on the best fight of the night. Kelly Faszholz agreed to step in on less than one weeks’ notice to face Lauren Murphy. This was a close fight that showcased the heart and tenacity of both fighters. Murphy bloodied Faszholz’s face early in the first, but that wouldn’t stop Faszholz from coming forward. The first two rounds saw both fighters have success on the feet. Neither fighter backed down and it was likely dead even heading into the third. However, Murphy landed a takedown almost immediately in the third and did a good job of controlling the action on the ground. Murphy wasn’t content of just staying on top on Faszholz until the end of the round. Instead she actively hunted for the finish. Murphy was able to lock up Faszholz and pound away for the TKO stoppage with only five seconds left in the fight. That was some great work by both fighters, especially from Faszholz on such short of notice. I’m definitely interested in seeing what she can do with a full camp. Murphy finally picks up a win inside the Octagon after dropping two hard fought decisions against McMann and Carmouche. She’ll likely get a top 15 opponent next.
Garbrandt Stops Mendes
Another short notice replacement made their UFC debut. However, Augusto Mendes didn’t far nearly as well as Faszholz. Garbrandt was clearly miles ahead in the striking department and Mendes offered little against the highly touted striker. Mendes was able to briefly grab a hold of Garbrandt’s leg on the ground, but he wasn’t able to secure a submission. Once back on the feet, Garbrandt continued his attack and was able to floor Mendes. Yamasaki stepped in, but then decided to not stop the fight, so Garbrandt quickly dropped down and hit Mendes again before Yamasaki finally decided to stop it. Weird ending, but Mendes was clearly hurt. Mendes should get another shot in the UFC, but it is clear he still has some work to do in the striking department. Garbrandt picks up another impressive win and his next fight appears to be against the opponent he was originally scheduled to face, John Lineker.
Brunson Batters Carneiro
Brunson was looking to add to his recent streak of TKOs and he did just that. Both men tried to throw some heavy shots early, but most missed the mark. Brunson was able to capitalize on a big missed shot from Carneiro. Brunson attacked with some heavy power shots, but Carneiro did a good job of covering up. Brunson was able to find a couple holes and land some thudding power shots that forced the ref to stop the fight at 2:38 of the first round. Brunson has looked solid in his last four fights and now has three first round TKOs in a row. He should be looking at a top 10 opponent in his next fight. It could very well be the winner of next week’s Mousasi/Leites fight.
Camozzi Blasts Riggs with Brutal Knees
This fight was over shortly after it started and it ended in violent fashion. Camozzi landed a solid shot that dazed Riggs. Camozzi then followed up with a handful of brutal knees to the head. Riggs crashed down to the mat and that was the end of it at just 26 seconds into the first round. Riggs also apparently broke his arm while trying to defend those vicious knees. This is a tough loss for Riggs. He’s 1-3 since his return to the UFC and his only win was by his opponent getting DQ’d. He could very well end up getting cut. Camozzi gets a big win and a well-deserved bonus check as well. That makes two wins in a row for Camozzi and he’ll look to add another high profile win in his next fight.
Cowboy Subs Cowboy
Both fighters looked to trade strikes early. Cerrone was able to trip Oliveira and went to work on the ground. He was able to get to full mount and smoothly transitioned to set up a triangle. He then rolled to his back and locked in the choke forcing Oliveira to tap. Unfortunately Yamasaki has his second mishap of the night. He appeared oblivious to the tap and Cerrone actually had to tell Yamasaki about Oliveira tapping. Great show of sportsmanship by both fights before and after the fight. Cerrone actually gave Oliveira a feather from his cowboy hat that he’d had since he was a kid in appreciation for Oliveira stepping up on short notice to take this fight. Even though Oliveira lost, he should be alright, especially since he’s been fighting at lightweight. Cerrone will likely look for a quick turnaround as he appears to have escaped with little to no damage. He seems to like being at welterweight for the time being.
Be sure to check back on Friday for UFC Fight Night 84 which features a showdown between former middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva and Michael Bisping.
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