The theme for UFC Austin was knockouts and the majority of them were 1st round finishes. Of the 13 fights 9 of them finished inside the distance which made for some spectacular action. Week after week I am constantly amazed by this stable of world class athletes that put it all on the line for our viewing pleasure.
ROMAN DOLIDZE got things started in the curtain jerker by dropping Kyle Daukaus with a knee from the clinch position and TKO’ING with ground and pound. DOLIDZE clearly had a power advantage and he used it to great effect. Daukaus barely got started before DOLIDZE ended it with concussive blows. He cashes as a sizable underdog. Congratulations to everyone who took the plus money shot on Roman DOLIDZE.
PHIL HAWES scored a standing TKO victory over Deron Winn after putting on a striking clinic that made me feel sorry for WINN. HAWES hit him with a barrage of powerful strikes (elbows, jabs, kicks, knees) that most people would have succumbed to a lot sooner but WINN’s chin was on full display and he showed a lot of heart in a losing effort. However the ref mercifully waved off the fight as it was blatantly obvious that Winn was out on his feet and thoroughly outgunned.
Cody STAMANN also scored a 1st round standing TKO finish of Eddie WINELAND with a powerful barrage of punches that left the former WEC champion WINELAND thoroughly dazed and confused. For a moment after the fight it looked to me as though WINELAND was thinking about throwing his gloves into the center of the octagon and calling it a career but he did not. STAMANN performed the way you would expect him to perform as the biggest favorite on the card. He snaps a 3 fight skid and hands the veteran WINELAND his 3rd straight KO loss in the process.
MARIA OLIVEIRA wins a very entertaining unanimous decision victory over GLORIA DE PAULA. Both ladies brought the fight but it was OLIVEIRA who came out hot and threw an absurd amount of volume over 3 rounds. I am guilty of underestimating OLIVEIRA and as such I grossly overvalued DE PAULA which cost me rather dearly but I will not make that mistake again. Sometimes you gotta pay for a next level MMA betting education and that was essentially the story of my night. Congratulations to everyone who took the plus money dog shot on OLIVEIRA. I look forward to seeing what she does next.
RICARDO RAMOS landed a perfectly timed spinning back elbow that KO’D DANNY CHAVEZ early in the first round. Again Chavez was out on his feet before RAMOS’ follow up shots caused him to crumple against the cage. RAMOS now owns 2 of the five spinning back elbow finishes in UFC history. He appears to have leveled up since his last outing and I look forward to seeing what he does next.
JEREMIAH WELLS absolutely starched COURT MCGEE with a nasty left hook that punched him stiff. MCGEE was out before he hit the canvas in what should have been a walk off KO but Herb Dean was a little late on the stoppage which allowed WELLS to land 2 unnecessary follow up ground strikes to an unconscious MCGEE. WELLS continues to impress with his 3rd straight stoppage victory in as many UFC fights. Congratulations to everyone who cashes on him as a slight underdog after that line flipped. My only regret here is that I bet him early in the week as a slight favorite.
NATALIA SILVA put on a striking clinic and won a dominant unanimous decision in her UFC debut. SILVA completely outclassed JASMINE JASUDAVICIUS who was two steps behind for the entire fight. To quote Daniel DC Cormier, SILVA did not look anything like any of the existing tape on her and Shout out to Cody Saftic of The Dog or Pass Podcast who astutely pointed out that this could very well be the case. Admittedly I was of the opinion that SILVA’s skill set wouldn’t hold up against the heavy favorite in JASUDAVICIUS which turned out to be yet another costly lesson in overvaluing outdated fighter archives. SILVA threw a wide array of strikes that had JASUDAVICIUS on shaky legs and her takedown defense was on full display throughout the fight She performed like a blue chip prospect in her UFC debut and she made the heavy favorite JASUDAVICIUS look like a 3 to 1 underdog. Congratulations to everyone who took the big plus money dog shot on SILVA. I look forward to her next outing.
ADRIAN YANEZ fed TONY KELLEY a steady diet of jabs and uppercuts before he finished him by TKO in the 1st round. YANEZ’s surgical boxing continues to be a problem at bantam weight. I cannot wait to see how high this young man’s ceiling is. He remains undefeated in his UFC campaign and his stock continues to rise.
GREGORY RODRIGUES bombed on an extremely tough JULIAN MARQUEZ and KO’D him deep into the 1st round after hitting him with some big hammers. To his credit MARQUEZ tried to stay in the fight but RODRIGUES’ power and accuracy were too much. HE continues to impress as he moves to 3-1in his UFC campaign and I eagerly look forward to his next outing.
DAMIR ISMAGULOV wins a hard fought razor close split decision over GURAM KUTATELADZE that could very well have been awarded to KUTATELADZE had Herb Dean not taken a crucial top position from him in the closing seconds of the 3rd round. HERB DEAN thought that a perfectly legal knee strike to the grounded ISMAGULOV’s chest had landed illegally to the head which altered the course of what was an extremely close fight. REFEREES are not infallible and sometimes we, as MMA bettors, find ourselves on the wrong side of their errors. Sometimes we are on the right side of those errors so fair play to everyone who cashed on ISMAGULOV. He notches his 5th decision victory in as many UFC appearances.
JOAQUIN BUCKLEY cashes as a sizable underdog against ALBERT DURAEV after he battered him on the feet for 2 straight rounds that ended in a doctor stoppage between the 2nd and the 3rd round. DURAEV is on record at media day as saying that BUCKLEY would be an easy fight for him but clearly that was not the case as his left eye was swollen shut and forced a doctor stoppage. Further proving that it is never wise to bet on cocky fighters who look past their opponents. Especially when said fighter is a heavy favorite. Congratulations to BUCKLEY and everyone who took the plus money dog shot on him.
KEVIN HOLLAND submitted Tim MEANS with a D’Arce choke early in the 2nd round of their fight. It was a fairly competitive fight until HOLLAND started to land clean on “the dirty bird” MEANS, at which point the speed and power differential became painfully obvious. HOLLAND pulls off a club and sub victory and continues to show off his new found form at welterweight.
The evening’s main event saw JOSH EMMETT win a questionable decision victory over Calvin KATTAR. While the fight was very competitive I had KATTAR up at least 3 (possibly 4) rounds. KATTAR was repeatedly landing his jab and busting up EMMETT’S face for most of the fight. EMMETT landed some powerful strikes of his own but to my eye KATTAR landed far more damage and dictated most of the fight. Nonetheless it was a very entertaining main event and as an avid MMA fan and UFC bettor I have learned that I have to be willing to be on the wrong side of questionable decisions the same way I am willing to benefit from them.
This card was almost as exciting as a PPV event in my opinion. The finishes were fast and furious and the fights that went the distance were all very close affairs that showcased high level MMA. While I lost money on the evening I was thoroughly entertained and I am already looking forward to next week’s UFC offering.
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