Now that was a huge weekend for MMA… With over 30 individual fights coming from XFC, the UFC and Bellator, there was more than enough content to keep Australian MMA fans entertained over Saturday and Sunday. So much content that you missed some?
XFC27 went down on Saturday night in Queensland. In the main event Gustavo Falciroli submitted Julian Wallace with a (bloody) triangle choke, with just over ten seconds left in the round. Falciroli walked away from this bout with the bantamweight title. Wallace got another loss added to his record, taking it to 6-4.
|Gustavo Falciroli||Julian Wallace||Submission – Triangle Choke||Round 2 – 4:47||Bantamweight|
|Brogan Anderson||Michael Badato||TKO||Round 1 – 3:07||Welterweight|
|Keiran Joblin||Ethan Duniam||Decision||Round 3 – 5:00||Lightweight|
|Sung Hwa Han||Pumau Campbell||Decision||Round 3 – 5:00||Lightweight|
|Robbie Paraha||Joel Fahey||Submission – Heel Hook||Round 1 – 1:41||Welterweight|
|Bevan O’Malley||Beau Luxford||Submission – Rear Naked Choke||Round 2 – 1:00||Lightweight|
|Issac Hardman||Glen Pettigrew||Decision||Round 3 – 5:00||Welterweight|
|Nick Skidmore||Matt Thompson||Decision||Round 3 – 5:00||Welterweight|
|James Vake||Josh Robson||TKO||Round 1 – 3:00||Middleweight|
The main card for UFC on Fox: Maia vs. Condit delivered some awesome fights.
Jim Miller verse Joe Lauzon was a technical, 15 minute battle. Miller landed some pretty hard shots and Lauzon managed to get at least one takedown per round. Lauzon attempted multiple submissions but the judges felt Miller did enough to take the win, taking Miller to 2 – 0 against Lauzon.
Straight off the set of Dancing with the Stars, Paige VanZant managed to beat the aggressive Australian Bec Rawlings. Rawlings was up in VanZant’s face for a majority of the first round, landing some good shots from close range. However, at the start of the second VanZant landed a beautiful head kick, sending Rawlings to the mat. VanZant rushed Rawlings and finished up with ground and pound, forcing the ref to wave off the fight.
Pettis and Oliveira were on next and these two put on an absolutely amazing fight. Though Oliveira is dangerous off his back, Pettis’ submission defence was on point. In his first fight at 145 Pettis managed to secure a guillotine in the third, forcing the Brazilian to tap. This was a crucial fight for Pettis to win, having lost three in a row prior to this event. Pettis said he feels good down at featherweight and of course called out the featherweight king, Connor McGregor.
The main event didn’t really live up to its potential as it ended rather quickly. Carlos Condit was unable to keep the fight in his element with Demian Maia completing a single leg within the first minute of the fight. Maia established half guard and eventually Condit gave up his back, allowing Maia to sink in the rear naked choke in just under two minutes. That makes six wins in a row for Maia. Surely he has a title shot coming his way soon…
UFC on Fox: Maia vs Condit Results
|Demian Maia||Carlos Condit||Submission – Rear Naked Choke||Round 1: 1:52||Welterweight|
|Anthony Pettis||Charles Oliveira||Submission – Guillotine||Round 3 – 1:49||Featherweight|
|Paige VanZant||Bec Rawlings||KO||Round 2 – 0:17||Women’s Strawweight|
|Jim Miller||Joe Lauzon||Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)||Round 3 – 5:00||Lightweight|
|Sam Alvey||Kevin Casey||TKO||Round 2 – 4:56||Middleweight|
|Kyle Bochniak||Enrique Barzola||Decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)||Round 3 – 5:00||Featherweight|
|Alessio Di Chirico||Garreth McLellan||Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)||Round 3 – 5:00||Middleweight|
|Felipe Silva||Shane Campbell||TKO||Round 1 – 1:13||Lightweight|
|Chad Laprise||Thibault Gouti||TKO||Round 1 – 1:36||Catchweight (159)|
Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
|Round 3 – 5:00||Lightweight|
If you’re in Australia you likely missed Bellator 160 due to geoblocking and all that nonsense. We managed to have a look at some of the fights.
In the prelims it was clear that cage-rust hadn’t set in for Chinzo Machida, knocking Mario Navarro out in the first round with a counter right. We at The Neversphere are looking forward to seeing how the rest of his career goes.
The main event of this evening was a bit of a let down as well with Patricio Pitbull injuring his leg, likely from Henderson checking his leg kicks. Half way through the second round Pitbull walked away from the fight, thinking that he broke something in his leg. Though it was a slightly disappointing end to the fight Henderson got this first Bellator win. We get yet another lesson on why checking leg kicks is so important. Hopefully these guys can go at it again in the future.
Bellator 160 results
|Benson Henderson||Patricio Freire||TKO – Leg Injury||Round 2 – 2:26||Lightweight|
|Derek Anderson||Saad Awad||Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)||Round 3 – 5:00||Lightweight|
|Georgi Karakhanyan||Bubba Jenkins||KO||Round 1 – 0:53||Featherweight|
|A.J McKee||Cody Walker||Submission – Guillotine||Round 2 – 0:32||Featherweight|
|Joey Davis||Keith Cutrone||Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)||Round 3 – 5:00||Welterweight|
|Gabriel Green||Alex Trinidad||TKO (punches).||Round 2 – 2:01||Lightweight|
|Andy Murad||Johnny Cisneros||Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)||Round 3 – 5:00||Catchweight|
|Jacob Rosales||Mike Segura||Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)||Round 3 – 5:00||Lightweight|
|Chinzo Machida||Mario Navarro||TKO in 2:57 on round 1||Round 1 – 2:57||Featherweight|
|Jake Roberts||Stephen Martinez||TKO||Round 1 – 4:24||Lightweight|
One helluvah weekend.