Clash of the Undefeated in Vegas (UFC 170 Review)

ufc_170UFC 170 had plenty to talk about as three Olympians highlighted the card on the last weekend of the Olympics and some of the most captivating fighters would face off. There would also be a total of 7 undefeated fighters on the card for UFC 170, more than on any card in the history of the UFC. Not all of these fighters were well-known undefeated fighters but all were putting their winning streak on the line when they stepped into the octagon. One of these fighters has been one of the most polarizing fighters in the UFC as she has run through much of the top echelon of the women’s fight game. Ronda Rousey is not a UFC or an MMA veteran in fact she only began fighting in 2011 as a member of Strikeforce. The Olympic Judo Bronze Medalist has impressed in her short time though as she has gone 8-0 in her young career and has done it in a very big way. Ronda Rousey is a great face to represent the division as she is a beautiful woman who draws a lot of attention to MMA and the UFC. Then when she gets into the octagon she really impresses as she could be the most dominant fighter in UFC history. In her 8 fights Rousey has only been out of the first round once and even more impressive she has finished all 8 fights with an armbar. That is one of the most impressive parts of this young champion as she leaves no doubt that she will be looking for the armbar to end a fight and all of her opponents know this. Yet the knowledge of how she wants to finish the fight does not help them as she pulls of the armbar every tie. That is even true for fighters who would take her on more than once as Meisha Tate learned in Rousey’s last fight when Tate took the fight to the third round but was still finished with an armbar in a rematch of an earlier Strikeforce title fight. It has been an extremely impressive short career for Rousey but another undefeated fighter would look to take her out and be the first fighter to beat Rousey and change the women’s division. Sara McMann has impressed on her way to a 7-0 record and would impress enough in her first UFC fight against Sheila Gaff to earn a title shot. The fight against Gaff would see McMann work to a crucifix and demolish Gaff to earn a first round KO and a date with Rousey. Now McMann would have the opportunity to shock the world and become the new women’s champion against a fighter that seems to be unbeatable. It was Judo Olympian against Wrestling Olympian, McMann won a silver in the discipline, to determine the champion of the women’s division. It was also two more undefeated fighters facing off to prove that they earned their records and were both hoping to continue that streak as the UFC champion. The fight would start with Ronda Rousey showing that she is much more than just Judo throws and armbars. She would stay standing in the first round and would begin to show much better boxing. She would try to throw McMann to the mat and take the fight where she wanted it but for the first time in Rousey’s career the throw would not work. McMann would show that she had trained properly and would keep the fight standing. Usually that would be the strategy to win but Rousey would show that she was more than competent on the feet. That would show perfectly when she would launch knees in the clinch right to the liver of Sara McMann. Eventually one of those knees would land perfectly and would drop the challenger and would force the ref to stop the fight. The crowd would believe that the fight was stopped too early but Rousey would land three more shots without McMann fighting back and the ref would have to stop the fight despite McMann trying to get up as the fight was stopped. It was another win for Rousey and one that should scare the rest of the division as Rousey is still champion and has more weapons now as she is getting better in every fight. Rousey will look to Cat Zingano or Alexis Davis, who won earlier in the night to move into the title conversation, as her next challenge but everyone else is wondering who could possibly beat her for the title. Meanwhile McMann will be put back into the rest of the division and will try to work her way back up to another title shot.

Two more undefeated fighters would face off before the women’s championship was determined as Patrick Cummins and Daniel Cormier would square off in the second last fight of the night. The fight seemed like a great matchup when it was announced but it was announced far later than both fighters would have liked. Daniel Cormier was dropping down to the Light Heavyweight division and for his first fight he was supposed to face UFC veteran and former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans. Then 10 days before the fight Evans would be forced to drop out of the fight due to an injury and so the opportunity of a lifetime would be handed to Patrick Cummins. Cummins was fighting in Strikeforce while working a part-time job until the UFC came calling last week. He would be asked to take a fight against former US wrestling teammate Daniel Cormier in 10 days as the co-main event of the evening. It was an opportunity that almost never happens and of course Cummins would take it and would look to make a massive statement in his first UFC fight. A big reason for Cummins getting the call was the comments he had made about making Daniel Cormier cry. While both fighters were members of the US wrestling team Cummins claims that he would push Cormier so far that he would break and cry. Thanks to those comments Cummins would pique the interest of the UFC and would get the chance to fight Cormier and prove that he could still break him. It would not be easy though as the former Olympian had heard the comments of Cummins and would immediately earn some extra motivation to fight. It turned quickly into a grudge match but only one fighter would come out on top with Cormier looking to save face and Cummins looking to make good on his chance. As the fight started it was clear that Daniel Cormier was on a mission to not only make a statement in his new division but to make Cummins pay for his comments. He would do just that and would make some quick work of it too as he would immediately hurt Cummins and spent the rest of the round looking for a chance to end it. At just over a minute into the first round Cormier would finish the fight dropping Cummins to the mat and forcing the referee to end the fight. It was an absolute destruction by Cormier, which was almost expected when Cummins had 10 days notice. More than that though this was a message to the light heavyweight division to say that Cormier is here and ready to take over the division on his way to the title. For Cummins it was not a very good debut but with 10 days notice it was a bit difficult as he will likely have another shot in the octagon. The night was full of great fights and great finishes as the undefeated fighters put on great fights and made their statements in the octagon.

 

Fight Bonuses

Performance of the Night
Thanks to her new tools Ronda Rousey would earn an extra $50,000 after earning a Performance of the Night bonus for her TKO over Sara McMann in the main event of the night to keep her title

Performance of the Night
Stephen Thompson is instantly recognizable with his sideways karate stance and that stance would help him to another win and an extra performance of $50,000 with his TKO of Robert Whittaker to open the main card

Fight of the Night
Demian Maia looked like he was going to dominate the younger Rory McDonald when he controlled the fight on the mat in round 1 but MacDonald would come back in the next two rounds to earn the win and help both fighters earn an extra $50,000

 

Fight Results

Main Event:
“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey def. Sara McMann [Women’s Bantamweight Title]
(TKO; Rd. 1)

Main Card:
Daniel “DC” Cormier def. Patrick Cummins
(TKO; Rd. 1)

Rory “Ares” MacDonald def. Demian Maia
(Unanimous Decision)

Mike “Quicksand” Pyle def. TJ “The Dark Horse” Waldburger
(TKO; Rd. 3)

Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson def. Robert Whittaker
(TKO; Rd. 1)

Undercard:
Alexis Davis def. Jessica “Evil” Eye
(Split Decision)

Raphael Assuncao def. Pedro “The Young Punisher” Munhoz
(Unanimous Decision)

Aljamain “Funk Master” Sterling def. Cody “The Renegade” Gibson
(Unanimous Decision)

Zach “Fun Size” Makovsky def. Josh “The Gremlin” Sampo
(Unanimous Decision)

Erik “New Breed” Koch def. Rafaello “Tractor” Oliveira
(TKO; Rd. 1)

Ernest “The Mad Train” Chavez def. Yosdenis “The Pink Panther” Cedeno
(Split Decision)

 

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Main Event: Dong “Stun Gun” Hyun Kim vs. John “The Hitman” Hathaway
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Notable: Jake Shields vs. Hector “Lightning” Lombard
Notbable: Diego “The Dream” Sanchez vs. Myles “Fury” Jury

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