UFC London: Blaydes vs. Aspinall – Winners and Losers
For the second week in a row, a UFC fit ended with hurt inside the first round of the main fit. Ultimate week, Yair Rodriguez had his hand raised in victory after a shoulder hurt have shyed away from Brian Ortega from continuing in their featherweight scrap. This week spotted the fight between Curtis Blaydes and Tom Aspinall come to an intensive 15 seconds into the heavyweight bout on account of a knee hurt suffered thru Aspinall.
Blaydes was the No. 4 ranked fighter inside the first rate UFC heavyweight scores getting into UFC London. Aspinall was ranked at No. 6.
The large winners on the card had been local favorites, Paddy Pimblett and Molly McCann, who every secured stoppage wins and two of the 4 “Potency of the Night” bonus awards. The other two $50,000 payouts went to Nikita Krylov and Jonathan Pearce.
Be told on for the winners and losers of UFC London, which took place at 02 House in London, England.
Jack Hermansson: The phrase, “there are levels to this game,” exists for a the explanation why. The co-main fit of UFC London was an example of why that expression gets bandied about. Jack Hermansson was plenty of levels above his exchange opponent, Chris Curtis, at UFC London. Hermansson managed time and house well and now not let Curtis to seek out his rhythm. Hermansson, who was booked to face Darren Till, was the No. 8 ranked fighter inside the first rate UFC middleweight division in this fight. He had no the explanation why to take chances and put himself in danger towards an unranked opponent who had now not anything else to lose and the whole thing to appreciate. Hermansson fought a smart 15 minutes, took little damage and set himself up for a fight opposite a top-10 opponent in the following few months.
Paddy Pimblett: I don’t know what the ceiling is for Paddy Pimblett, then again I know he’s entertaining during the octagon (emphasis on within). Pimblett could be very aggressive and confident, most likely dangerously so. Might simply elite competition make him pay for his imprudence? Perhaps so, then again until anyone does that beneath the UFC banner, Pimblett’s celebrity will continue to upward push.
As for the fight, Jordan Leavitt made problems tight inside the first round, then again Pimblett capitalized on two problems in the second round. He caught Leavitt with a perfectly timed and located knee and then, when he secured a body lock, he locked up Leavitt’s arm towards his body with that technique as well. Pimblett’s ability to stick that arm secured when he sank inside the rear-naked choke have shyed away from Leavitt from preventing Pimblett’s hands. Saturday night time time was an enormous victory for Pimblett.
Like Molly McCann, it’s going to be eye-catching to appear the path the UFC maps for the 27-year-old Pimblett going forward.
Nikita Krylov: Nikita Krylov was on a 1-3 run and coming off a submission loss to Paul Craig at the March UFC London card when he matched up towards former UFC delicate heavyweight determine contender Alexander Gustafsson. Krylov ran over Gustafsson, finishing him with strikes at the 1:07 mark of the main round. This was a huge win for the 30-year-old, who known as out Volkan Oezdemir in every single place his in-cage conversation with UFC commentator Michael Bisping.
Molly McCann: Molly McCann got the London crowd on their toes at the side of her first-round knockout win over Hannah Goldy. Following 4 without delay picks, McCann used her superior putting to hurt and then finish her overmatched opponent.
McCann is now on a three-fight a success streak with two without delay KO wins. The 32-year-old and the UFC need to sit down down and keep in touch in regards to the English fighter’s longer term trajectory. McCann is wildly in taste, then again she is also unranked. The question with McCann now becomes does the UFC look to offer her a troublesome fight up the scores or does it look to capitalize on her recognition with the English fans? Irrespective of the solution, I hope McCann has some say inside the result.
Volkan Oezdemir: Volkan Oezdemir avoided the submissions makes an try of Paul Craig and spoke back with tricky strikes each time he would possibly simply to discover a hole. The decision win for the former UFC delicate heavyweight determine challenger ended his two-fight dropping skid.
Ľudovit Klein: Ľudovit Klein stepped in on transient perceive and pulled off an disillusioned win over Mason Jones to close the UFC London prelims.
Marc Diakiese: In March, Marc Diakiese scored 11 takedowns and ran up more than 12 minutes of regulate time in earning a decision win over Viacheslav Borshchev. On Saturday, Diakiese scored 8 takedowns and publish 13:35 of regulate time in his solution win over Damir Hadzovic. The UFC statement staff did not seem too enthused over the potency, then again at the side of his win, Diakiese is on a two-fight a success streak at the side of his one-sided triumph.
Nathaniel Picket: Nathaniel Picket had no longer fought since Casey Kenney defeated him by means of solution at UFC 254 in October 2020. The 28-year-old made his return to movement at UFC London and he did so as a featherweight moderately than bantamweight. Picket appeared very good in his 145-pound debut. He used a low kick heavy attack to slow down and defeat a game Charles Rosa. Picket used a affected individual method to earn the win. He under no circumstances overextended himself and out of doors of a submission check out from Rosa inside the waning seconds of the main stanza, Picket was under no circumstances in danger.
Jonathan Pearce: Jonathan Pearce grabbed the fence in every single place his bout towards Makwan Amirkhani and the fight should have been paused when he devoted that foul (see beneath in Losers section). It wasn’t. Pearce used the referee’s error to stay in regulate of the fight and then went on to finish Amirkhani by means of flooring strikes.
Pearce is on a four-fight a success streak inside the UFC with 3 finishes.
Muhammad Mokaev: Muhammad Mokaev showed off his wrestling talents and a heavy top game in dominating Charles Johnson at UFC London.
Mokaev is a prospect to watch inside the flyweight division. Alternatively, fans of spectacular finishes are not at all times fans of the type of victory Mokaev put together in London. This win would possibly take somewhat shine off the more youthful fighter, then again on no account is the soon-to-be 22-year-old a fighter to write down off as merely some other wrestler. He is a dangerous competitor with a deep pool of talents to draw from.
Nicolas Dalby: Tenacity and cardio are two problems that Nicolas Dalby has excessive amounts of. He employed every in getting his solution win over Claudio Silva.
Paddy Pimblett: Following his win over Jordan Leavitt, Paddy Pimblett had a vital message that optimistically did not fall upon deaf ears.
“I awoke on Friday morning at 4 a.m. to a message that indisputably one in every of me buddies once more space had killed himself,” Pimblett steered UFC commentator Michael Bisping. “This was 5 hours previous to me weigh in. So, Ricky, lad, that’s for you.
“There’s a stigma in this global that men can’t keep in touch. Listen, when you’re an individual and likewise you’ve got weight in your shoulders and likewise you suppose the only method you’ll be able to transparent up it is thru killing yourself, please speak about to anyone. Communicate to anyone. Other folks would moderately — I know I’d moderately me mate cry on me shoulder — than transfer to his funeral next week. So, please, let’s get rid of this stigma and men get began talking.”
Chris Curtis: Chris Curtis was outmatched and frustrated thru Jack Hermansson and it showed. The damaging issue was that Curtis had now not anything else in his software box to place his opponent in danger.
I understand being mad at how the fight changed into out, then again Curtis’ antics after the fight had been embarrassing and reflected poorly on the UFC.
Alexander Gustafsson: Prior to UFC London, Alexander Gustafsson optimistically proclaimed that the UFC delicate heavyweight weight class was his division. I doubted the veracity of that observation when Gustafsson made it. Nikita Krylov proved me correct. The main-round knockout loss was no longer a very good seek for Gustafsson. Alternatively, I may no longer be shocked to appear the former UFC determine challenger give it some other transfer during the octagon on account of how in short this fight ended. When a fighter loses like Gustafsson did on Saturday, it’s easy for them to suppose, “Well, I merely got caught.”
Paul Craig: Paul Craig smartly tried to keep away from the putting game of Volkan Oezdemir for the main 4 plus minutes of the fight. He then cagily mixed his putting at the side of his jiu jitsu attack. Oezdemir didn’t seem to be anticipating that adjustment, no less than no longer when Craig switched gears inside the first round. Craig’s plan failed miserably for the overall 10 minutes of the fight.
Mason Jones: Inside the pre-fight assemble up to the Mason Jones vs. Ľudovit Klein contest, UFC commentator Michael Bisping hailed Mason Jones as a imaginable UFC determine contender. Jones, a former two division Cage Warriors champion, was a -390 favorite inside the lightweight contest. Klein gained the bout by means of unanimous solution. Jones is easiest 27, more youthful enough to dance once more from this loss, then again he needs to pay attention to last distance and keeping off counters.
Charles Rosa: Charles Rosa had no coverage for the low kicks and out of doors leg trips of Nathaniel Picket, then again he did his easiest to stay inside the fight.
Makwan Amirkhani: If I’m Makwan Amirkhani’s staff, I’m no less than going during the motions of having a look to get his loss to Jonathan Pearce changed to a no contest on account of Pearce’s fence grasp should have resulted inside the fight being reset.
With the loss in London, Amirkhani is 1-4 relationship once more to October 2020.
Charles Johnson: Muhammad Mokaev scored a three-round UFC flyweight report 12 takedowns towards Charles Johnson. He moreover rang up 11:44 of regulate time towards Johnson. Charles Johnson leaves London with a clear enlargement plan for his next UFC day go back and forth.
Claudio Silva: Claudio Silva had an outstanding first round towards Nicolas Dalby because of his superior grappling and heavy top game. He moreover had just right fortune inside the first a part of the second stanza, then again once Dalby reversed position on the mat, it changed into clear that Silva was running on fumes. Silva found out some fuel in his reserve tank inside the third stanza, then again it was no longer enough to earn him his first win since 2019.
Silva, who started his career with a report of 14-1 — with 14 without delay wins after a loss in his skilled debut — is on a three-fight dropping skid.
Referee Daniel Movahedi: All through the Makwan Amirkhani vs. Jonathan Pearce fight, referee Daniel Movahedi each unnoticed or unnoticed a fence grasp that gave the impression to allow Pearce to stay in top position and in regulate of Amirkhani. Movahedi should have stopped the fight at the moment and took the location transparent of Pearce. Instead he allowed the fight to continue. Pearce went without delay to win by means of flooring strikes following that fence grasp.
Prelim card winners: The UFC tried to fit 8 prelim fights proper right into a three-hour broadcast window. It failed to do that and the people who paid for the promotion’s scheduling error. With that, fighters like Muhammad Mokaev, Nathaniel Picket and Marc Diakiese did not get a chance to connect with the fans in attendance at the 02 House and on the broadcast.
Jai Herbert vs. Kyle Nelson: Jai Herbert and Kyle Nelson had been every coming off knockout losses when they faced off in London. And every men fought like that reality was behind their minds.
Herbert did showed stepped forward takedown coverage during this fight, then again he failed to use his height and achieve advantage during the contest. As for Nelson, he scored at the side of his kicks, then again he displayed a lack of fight IQ thru going for takedowns deep into the fight after failing in every of his previous makes an try to get the fight to the mat.
Herbert got the victory. With a bit of luck the win will allow Herbert to show additional self belief and open up in his next day go back and forth.