The Brain vs. The Heart: UFC 193 Recap
Welcome to The Brain vs. The Heart. Everyone has that internal battle with themselves about which fighter you think will win vs. which fighter you actually want to win. The Brain vs The Heart takes you on a journey inside the mind (and heart) of IAMMA to tackle the battle head-on. Who will win? Let’s find out!
Jared Rosholt (-105) vs. Stefan Struve (-115)
The Brain: Struve (Incorrect)
The Heart: Struve (Incorrect)
Rosholt was able to hold Struve down for a good portion of this fight. Struve was never able to put Rosholt in any submission danger as Rosholt did a good job with top pressure and side control. On the feet Struve looked a little hesitant to throw. It could have possibly been because he was worried about getting taken down. Rosholt easily took the first two rounds. Struve finally picked up the pace in the third and won the round, but it was too little too late and Rosholt won the fight 29-28. The Brain and Heart kick off the PPV with a loss.
Uriah Hall (-145) vs. Robert Whittaker (+125)
The Brain: Hall (Incorrect)
The Heart: Hall (Incorrect)
I was pretty excited for this fight between two fun strikers. Whittaker did a good job of landing powerful shots in the first round. Hall seemed a bit hesitant to throw early on. Whittaker managed to get a takedown and did a great job of controlling Hall of the ground until the end of the round. The second round was much closer, but Whittaker again wins the round with slightly more effective strikes. The third round was definitely the most exciting. Hall landed a hard knee and front kick and Whittaker just kept coming. Hall took the round, but it wasn’t enough. Whittaker won the fight 29-28. The Brain and the Heart are down 0-2, but there are a couple “sure things” to finish the night.
Mark Hunt (-275) vs. Antonio Silva (+235)
The Brain: Hunt (Correct)
The Heart: Hunt (Correct)
Both fighters were patient to start the fight. Hunt landed with more consistency than Silva. Halfway through the round Hunt was able to land some power shots. Shortly after, Hunt landed a huge overhand right that send Silva to his knees. Hunt landed some brutal follow up shots and the referee stepped in to halt the action. It will be interesting to see what’s next for Silva. The Brain and the Heart finally pick up a win.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk (-2000) vs. Valerie Letourneau (+1250)
The Brain: Jedrzejczyk (Correct)
The Heart: Jedrzejczyk (Correct)
Jedrzejczyk’s quickness and movement were on full display for this fight. She was constantly able to snap jabs and land leg kicks on her opponent. Letourneau kept coming the entire fight. She used her size advantage well, but couldn’t consistently control the action. Letourneau was able to land some decent shots of her own, but just couldn’t seem to get a handle on Jedrzejczyk’s speed. Both fighters threw a very high volume of punches, and had excellent cardio throughout the entire fight. However at the end of this fight, it was clear who won. I scored the fight 49-46 for Jedrzejczyk and she retained her title. The Brain and the Heart evened the score at 2 wins and 2 losses with only the main event to go.
Ronda Rousey (-2000) vs. Holly Holm (+1250)
The Brain: Rousey (Incorrect)
The Heart: Rousey (Incorrect)
So in case you haven’t watched any TV, looked at a paper (some people still do that), or talked to almost anyone on the street, Rousey finally lost…and BADLY! Holm picked her apart in the first round. Rousey did manage to get the fight on the ground, but Holm was able to escape any danger. The second round went much like the first with Holm continually landing as Rousey was directly in front of her. The shots were noticeably taking their toll and Ronda, and finally, Holm set up a beautiful head kick that turned the MMA world upside down. I’m really not sure how this fight received FOTN because it was so one sided it was ridiculous. The rematch is almost assuredly next. The Brain and the Heart lost this, and I’m honestly a little shocked, but at the end of the day, I think this is great for the division.
The Brain and the Heart had the same picks, but it didn’t really turn out too well for them as they finished the night with a 2-3 record The Brain is still leading with a 24-10 record. The Heart is eight wins behind at 16-18. Be sure to check back next Friday for The Brain vs. The Heart UFC Fight Night 78.
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