The Brain vs. The Heart: Top 5 Moments of UFC on FOX 17
With the conclusion of UFC on FOX 17 last Saturday, the UFC finished up 2015 in exciting fashion. The Brain went a mediocre 2-2, while the Heart was winless at 0-4. The Brain cruised to a victory with a 44-19 overall record. The Heart fell flat with a 29-34 record. The records will restart to kick of 2016. Let’s take a look at the top 5 moments from UFC on FOX 17.
- Oliveira Taps Jury
After dropping a unanimous decision to Donald Cerrone, Myles Jury decided to drop down to featherweight. His first assignment in his new division? Top 10 featherweight Charles Oliveira. Things didn’t go the way Jury had hoped in this fight. Oliveira was easily able to get the fight to the ground and immediately went to work hunting for the submission. Jury was able to briefly defend, but Oliveira was able to lock in the fight ending guillotine after Jury went for a takedown of his own. Jury will likely stick around and could end up finding some success in his new division. Oliveira deserves another top competitor and I think the fight to make is Oliveira against Ricardo Lamas.
- Marquardt Scores KO to Snap Losing Skid
Prior to this fight, Marquardt had lost two in a row and five of his last six. Many people thought Marquardt was well on his way out the door. Apparently he had other plans and proved he still has some gas left in the tank. The first round was fairly even with decent action by both fighters. Dolloway backed Marquardt up to start the second and Marquardt responded by launching a counter right hook that immediately rendered Dolloway unconscious. It will be almost impossible for Marquardt to make a run for the title, but he at least earned himself another fight inside the UFC.
- Dos Santos Gets Reemed
This was the fight we’d been waiting several years to see and in the end, it felt like it happened several years too late. The first round saw little action as both men were hesitant to throw due to the others’ power. Overeem managed to get a few shots end towards the end of the round, which was enough to win him the round on my scorecard. Towards the end of the second, Overeem threw a perfectly placed lunging left hook square to the jaw of Dos Santos. The shot sent Dos Santos crashing to the mat and Overeem followed with hammerfists to earn the stoppage. Overeem has now won three in a row and could likely receive a title shot against the winner of the Werdum/Velasquez rematch. If not, he could possibly face the winner of the Arlovski/Miocic fight, but I’m not sure the UFC wants to eliminate that many contenders in the shallow heavyweight division.
- Diaz Returns to Action in Style
A highly motivated Nate Diaz showed up against Michael Johnson. The end result? An extremely impressive victory over the surging Johnson. Diaz was quicker and continually peppered Johnson’s face with jabs. And of course, in typical Diaz fashion, there was also plenty of mean mugging, pointing, and posing. Not only did Diaz completely pick Johnson apart in the last two rounds, he also made it look completely effortless. The UFC may have other plans, but if Pettis gets past Alvarez in a few weeks, I think a fight between Pettis and Diaz could be absolute fireworks.
- Rafael dos Anjos Makes Quick Work of Donald Cerrone
I said that if the same dos Anjos that beat Pettis showed up again that Cerrone would be in trouble. Unfortunately for Cerrone, that version of dos Anjos DID show up and ended Cerrone’s night early in the first round. A well placed body kick was the beginning of the end. dos Anjos never let up and continued to with a barrage of punches until the fight was waived off. RDA could be in line to face McGregor if he decides to move up to lightweight. Otherwise, he’ll likely be looking at Tony Ferguson who won his seventh in a row the past weekend at the TUF 22 Finale.
Be sure to check back in two weeks when the UFC kicks off 2016 with UFC 195 which will feature Welterweight Champion Robbie Lawler against challenger Carlos Condit.
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