We were treated to some fantastic fights over the weekend. The Invicta flyweight and atomweight belts remain in the hands of Jennifer Maia and Ayaka Hamasaki, Cris Cyborg dismantled Lina Lansberg in the UFC, and for the second time this month a UFC heavyweight ended up kicking someone other than his opponent (this time the referee) once the fight had concluded. Two athletes, Jinh Yu Frey and Paul Felder, suffered nasty cuts that were deep enough for doctors to step in and stop the fights.

Invicta FC 19 was solid from start to finish. We saw a mixture of decision, submission and TKO victories, with the main event being twenty-five minute a back and forth war.

Despite being her birthday, the MMA gods did not show favour to Roxanne Modafferi on the weekend. Modafferi was unable to beat Jennifer Maia to take home the flyweight belt. Maia managed to land the more damaging strikes throughout the five rounds, but Modafferi proved to be the more competent grappler. Maia kept the fight standing in the fourth and fifth rounds and got the better of exchanges later in the fight. As the end of the fight drew near Modafferi gave up on the take downs and threw caution to the wind, attempting to land spinning techniques and haymakers, with limited success. It was close but the judges got it right in this case- Maia by split decision.

 

Modafferi, Maia MMA

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In the co-main event Ayaka Hamasaki won in a dominant performance over Jinh Yu Frey. Hamasaki caught Yu Frey with a clean overhand right late in the second round, opening a large cut on her eyebrow. After clinching up, and Hamasaki landing a few more strikes to the area, the referee called in the doctor…he determined the cut was too big and deep to let the bout continue. It was disappointing as it was shaping up to be an extremely exciting fight, but the safety of athletes must always come first. Hamasaki still reserves the right to call herself the best women’s atomweight MMA athlete in the world.

 

Hamasaki, Maia MMA

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Invicta FC 19

WIN LOSS METHOD TIME WEIGHTCLASS
Jeniffer Maia Roxanne Modafferi Decision (47-48, 48-47, 49-46) Round 5 – 5:00 Flyweight
Ayaka Hamasaki Jinh Yu Frey TKO (doctor stoppage) Round 2 – 4:38 Atomweight
Irene Aldana Faith Van Duin TKO Round 1 – 4:57 Catchweight (138.5lb)
Kaline Medeiros Manjit Kolekar Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) Round 3 – 5:00 Strawweight
Kalyn Schwartz Tiffany Van Soest Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 2 – 2:08 Strawweight
Julia Jones Stephanie Skinner Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 1 – 2:38 Atomweight
Amber Leibrock Amy Coleman TKO Round 1 – 3:15 Featherweight
Sunna Rannveig Davidsdottir Ashley Greenway Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Round 3 – 5:00 Strawweight

 

In UFC Fight Night 95, Cris Cyborg dominated Lina Lansberg, finishing her mid way through the second round. Cyborg broke Lansberg’s nose with a 1-2 and followed up with a take down. Cyborg completely outclassed Lansberg on the ground and was able to transition to, and maintain advantageous positions. Cyborg got to knee on belly and rained down power strikes. With Lansberg to covering up to protect her broken nose, the referee had no choice but to call the fight. Lansberg wasn’t able to mount much offence in this fight, overwhelmed by Cyborg’s power strikes and superior grappling skills. After the fight, she thanked Cyborg for giving her the opportunity and noted that it was much harder than she anticipated.

 

 

Renan Barao and Phillipe Nover was an entertaining three round decision. The way it was going we wish it was a five round fight, but you can’t win ‘em all. Both men managed to counter and land clean shots on each other throughout the fight. Barao won via decision in fairly convincing fashion, but certainly did not dominate Nover. This was a good experience for Nover; clear evidence that he can hang with the best in the world.

Roy Nelson managed to drop Antonio Silva in the second round with an uppercut, following up with a series of strikes on the ground. After celebrating briefly, Nelson walked up to the referee, John McCarthy, and lightly kicked him as John was tending to Silva. Post fight Nelson revealed that he kicked McCarthy because he believed the fight should have been stopped earlier with Nelson saying, “It was more of like, dude, come on… I didn’t want to hurt Bigfoot more than I had to.

 

hurting my friend @bigfootsilva caught in the moment @JohnMcCarthyMMA I apologize #overreact @ufc #norules #tomannypunches

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Earlier on the main card, Paul Felder and Francisco Trinaldo went at it in what was a fairly close fight, until mid way through the second round. The referee stopped the fight mid exchange due to a large cut on Felder’s eyebrow. The doctor was called in immediately and it didn’t take him long to determine that the fight needed to be stopped then and there. This cut was similar to the one that stopped the fight between Hamasaki and Yu Frey just one day earlier. Again the safety of the athletes take priority over the entertainment of fans. Rightly so.

One of the best aspects of UFC Fight Night 95 was Dominick Cruz’s commentary. There were a couple of mistakes, unfinished thoughts and awkward pauses here and there, but when he got it right he was concise and articulate. Given some time Cruz will fill the colour commentary role well, so hopefully we get to hear more from him in the future.

 

Post Fight Press Conference…

 

 

Main Card

WIN LOSS METHOD TIME WEIGHTCLASS
Cris Cyborg Lina Lansberg TKO Round 2 – 2:29 Catchweight (140lb)
Renan Barao Phillipe Nover Decision (29-28. 29-28, 30-27) Round 3 – 5:00 Featherweight
Roy Nelson Antonio Silva KO Round 2 – 4:10 Heavyweight
Francisco Trinaldo Paul Felder TKO (doctor stoppage) Round 3 – 2:33 Lightweight
Eric Spicely Thiago Santos Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 1 – 2:58 Middleweight
Godofredo Pepey Mike De La Torre Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 1 – 3:57 Featherweight

Prelims

WIN LOSS METHOD TIME WEIGHTCLASS
Michel Prazeres Gilbert Burns Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Round 3 – 5:00 Lightweight
Rani Yahya Michinori Tanaka Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Round 3 – 5:00 Bantamweight
Jussier Formiga Dustin Ortiz Decision (30-27, 29-27, 29-28) Round 3 – 5:00 Flyweight
Erick Silva Luan Chagas Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 3 – 3:57 Welterweight

Fight Pass Prelims

WIN LOSS METHOD TIME WEIGHTCLASS
Alan Patrick Stevie Ray Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) Round 3 – 5:00 Lightweight
Vicente Luque Hector Urbina KO Round 1 – 1:00 Welterweight
Gregor Gillespie Glaico Franca Decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27) Round 3 – 5:00 Lightweight