Biggest Takeaways From UFC Nashville
UFC Nashville has now wrapped up, and it was another mostly strong offering from the company. So, join me as we take a look at the things we learned from this event. First, here are the full results:
Hector Sandoval def. Matt Schnell by KO, RD 1
Bryan Barberena def. Joe Proctor by TKO, RD 1
Alexis Davis def. Cindy Dandois by unanimous decision
Danielle Taylor def. Jessica Penne by unanimous decision
Scott Holtzman def. Michael McBride by unanimous decision
Brandon Moreno def. Dustin Ortiz by submission, RD 2
Thales Leites def. Sam Alvey by unanimous decision
Mike Perry def. Jake Ellenberger by KO, RD 2
Stevie Ray def. Joe Lauzon by majority decision
John Dodson def. Eddie Wineland by unanimous decision
Ovince Saint Preux def. Marcos Rogerio de Lima by submission
Al Iaquinta def. Diego Sanchez by KO, RD 1
Cub Swanson def. Artem Lobov by unanimous decision
So, what will we take away from this event in terms of lessons learned? Shocking results were in short supply, so maybe not as much as usual.
Danielle Taylor Impresses
I was in live attendance for Taylor’s first UFC fight, which took place in my home town of Salt Lake City. I remember not being very impressed. Tonight, she looked leaps and bounds better. Staying behind a constant leg kick and short combos, she kept a good pace and forced her opponent, former title challenger Jessica Penne, to be constantly thinking. Using this strategy took Taylor to a solid 2-1 unanimous decision win over a solid opponent. She’s still undersized, despite fighting in the smallest division in the UFC, but performances like this will help her overcome that disadvantage.
Brandon Moreno Is Quite Good
Since being eliminated in the first match of his season of TUF, Moreno has been on a roll. The winning streak that started when he took on Louis Smolka on short notice (and won. By stoppage) continued as he survived a rocky first round to choke the very life force out of Dustin Ortiz. Moreno is young, talented, and has some good personality. Now that he has not only one, but several good wins under his belt, he’s already earned a high profile match-up.
Diego Sanchez’s Career is Winding Down
Having suffered two knockout defeats (the first two legitimate knockouts of his career) in his last two fights, that alone is worth asking how much Sanchez has left. That question becomes more exasperated if you take into account the fact that he hasn’t won back-to-back fights since 2011. He’s also 35, which is very old indeed for any division under 185 lbs. He’s been fighting since 2002, and has racked up 37 pro bouts, some of which have been absolutely brutal. He’s most likely not going to be around much longer. And this knockout was about as ugly as it gets. Watch the video below if you want to see.
Al Iaquinta is selling houses, on the other hand, so hit him up if you need some help with that.
Swanson vs Lobov Was A Really Good Fight
I can’t say my expectations were too high for this main event going in, but it really delivered. A full five rounds of decent-to-solid stand-up action between two experienced and technically sound strikers. Lobov seemed to be causing Swanson problems in the first round, but the So-Cal native soon figured the Russian Hammer out, and was able to use a diverse striking arsenal to swamp Lobov. The SBG trainee began to tire towards the end, but hung tough and kept it interesting until the end. Given that this was a fairly competitive fight between an unranked competitor and the #4 guy in the division, Lobov probably deserves a relatively substantial jump up the ranks. I wonder how he’ll do with somebody who will try to grapple with him, rather than throw leather, but for now, Lobov deserves props for defying expectations and conducting himself admirably in a five-round fight. As for Swanson, he can’t be too far away from a title shot, riding a four-fight winning streak, all of which have been very entertaining brawls.
And that was UFC Nashville. Most of the results were more or less what I had suspected they would be, so big takeaways are somewhat in short supply. Ultimately, it was a fine event that never dragged too low or ascended too high, and really, what more can you ask of a free TV event?
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