Israel Adesanya froze Paulo Costa like a statue, battered him with leg kicks from range and then toppled him with strikes to the dome piece in the second. It was, in short, exactly the kind of performance you’d want from a budding UFC superstar. Speaking of stars, how about your dude Janny Blackjacks? How long can we reasonably expected him to hang onto the strap?
Colby Covington pretty much shut down Tyron Woodley en route to a fifth-round TKO victory on Saturday night. Then Covington opened his mouth and spewed awful racist bile all over the place during the postfight. You know, like he does. Plus, Donald Cerrone draws Niko Price and, hey, UFC 253 is this weekend!
There were a ton of fights this weekend, and the CME will forego its normal three-round format in order to talk about as many of them as possible. We discuss Michelle Waterson’s win over Angela Hill, Ed Herman’s Dundasso and those terrible low blows in Bellator, among other things.
Alistair Overeem’s late-career dream continues, in the form of a fifth-round TKO over Augusto Sakai. All the props in the world to Overeem for remaking himself as a crafty veteran, but how far can he continue to roll at age 40? Plus, Nick Diaz back? Fight Island back?
Anthony Smith made a somewhat short turnaround after his high-publicized de-toothing by Glover Teixeira back in May, just to return Saturday night to get outpointed by Aleksandar Rakic. Chances are, Smith’s not going to be happy with that. Plus, are we seeing the end of the Brutal Bob Lawler Era? And Chad invents a time machine and sends Ben on a mission with an important message for 2010 Alistair Overeem.
Frankie Edgar finally made his bantamweight debut on Saturday and … well … it looked a lot like what we’ve seen from him at every other weight, which is to say quite good, but also prone to producing fights that could go either way. Plus, Ryan Bader finds out why you don’t tempt the MMA Gods and–what’s this???–some actual UFC vs. Bellator beef?
Stipe Miocic will continue being the man after his unanimous decision victory over Daniel Cormier at UFC 252 concluded that pair’s heavyweight title trilogy. As for Cormier? We’re not totally sure, though we hope it’s something good. Plus, just to add to this event’s weirdness, Sean O’Malley’s leg went kablooey.
Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier fulfill the trilogy this weekend. Kind of feels like it snuck up on us, no? Plus, we love Derrick Lewis, but is he trying to do too much? And shouldn’t some MMA company just give Michael Chandler whatever he wants?
Score one for the grizzled veterans, as Derek Brunson became the first professional fighter to crack the riddle of Edmen Shahbazyan on Saturday night. Plus, chaos ruled at UFC Fight Night 176 and–what’s this???–a certified weirdsmobile fight between Derrick Lewis and Aleksei Oleinik is on tap.
Robert Whittaker reasserted himself as one of the UFC’s elite middleweights–and reminded us he has no qualms about stomping a motherfucker’s knee to shreds. Plus, Shogun and Roger Nog didn’t make us sad, while Khamzat Chimaev and Tanner Boser arguably emerged as the Pandemic Era’s breakout stars.