Another UFC Fight Night was put into the books this Saturday in Fortaleza, Brazil. Here are some quick thoughts and opinions based on what we saw during UFC Fight Night 106.
Judges Need More Experience
During the prelims, in a bantamweight match-up between Rani Yahya and Joe Soto, there was a huge miscue in the second round by the referee. Rani Yahya collided heads with Soto, causing a huge cut to Soto’s head. The exchange helped him though as he quickly secured a submission, but the referee chose to pause the fight and have Soto’s cut checked by the doctor.
Joe Soto has lost 870 gallons of blood. #UFCFortaleza
— Adam VanLowe (@PuppyMonkyGravy) March 12, 2017
In the moment it looked like the referee either stopped the fight for the cut or for Soto submitting Yahya. Soto was in a position to stop the fight, but the fight was reset instead. This proved not to be as costly as it seemed as Yahya had no steam for the third round and Soto won by decision.
If the fight did not go his way, this would have been a huge mistake that could have caused the fight to go in a different.
We have seen some questionable calls in the recent UFC events and Saturday’s miscue is a cautionary tale for inexperienced refs possibly affecting outcomes of fights.
Edson Barboza is Daylight Savings
Edson Barboza causes people to get the daylights knocked out of them. His fights are like daylight saving time in the fall, his opponents going dark a little early. Ask Beneil Dariush. Barboza landed the cleanest flying knee the UFC has seen in a long time.
It came seemingly out of nowhere, after Dariush came out swinging and landing a variety of punches in the first five minutes, and more than likely taking the first round. Dariush came out swinging again in the second but shot for a take down and got caught by a vicious knee, one that sounded like a gunshot in the arena.
The Brazilian should not be booking a fight with anyone not named Tony Ferguson or Conor McGregor, as he has solidified himself as the premier lightweight contender after this incredible K.O. and after making Anthony Pettis look like a shell of himself.
The Light Heavy Weight Division Has a Depth Problem
Shogun Rua is a legend, but he did not look impressive in his TKO victory over Gian Villante. He is only 35 years old, but looked like he was pushing his mid forties during this fight. He is the 6th ranked fighter in this division and showed very little head movement and overall variety of his shots during this fight.
— MMA GUERILLA (@BloodsportTV) March 12, 2017
Both fighters looked gassed by the start of the second round and the rest of the fight looked like a drunken bar fight. Shogun landed a flurry of combos, including a ducking right hand he threw near ten times during the fight, which Villante could not outlast.
It looks like Shogun is nowhere near someone who can challenge for the title and he is ranked just outside of the top five in the division. Almost every other division has someone outside of the top five who can challenge for the title. After tonight it seems like that is something the light heavy weight division is lacking.
Vitor Belfort Needs to Retire
Belfort has had a long and illustrious career, but since the USADA came in and cleaned up the sport, Belfort has become a human punching bag. This fight should not be headlining any event and it showed quickly as Gastellum caught Belfort in the first round with huge punches, knocking out Belfort while still standing.
— Classic UFC Moments (@UFCmoments) March 12, 2017
The power is still there for the 39 year old, but it takes him too much effort and he missed on nearly all the swings he took. Losing by TKO in four of his last five fights is not a good look late into a long career, and its would be best if Belfort retired as soon as possible, rather than becoming ViTKOr Belfort again.
UFC Fight Night 106
UFC Fight Night 106 was held in Fortaleza, Brazil, and while the crowd saw one of the countries’ premier fighters get knocked out at the end of the fight, it saw Brazilian favorites Edson Barboza and Shogun Rua land knockouts in front of their home crowds.