Rough Night for the Fans in Glasgow

ufc-fn113The UFC continues to take their show on the road building on their successful business of hitting all different areas of the world.

This week they were in the United Kingdom as they travelled to Glasgow for the second time and like every other place they visit the UFC loaded up the card with Scottish talent.

Fans heading to the fight were looking forward to seeing the up and coming talent from the country and the established MMA heroes.

Scottish MMA is coming up as there are more great Scottish fighters than ever before but few have been able to break through into the mainstream in the UFC world.

The Scottish fans know them though and they were eager to see the best Scottish talent in the promotion face off.

In an ideal world, the talent that everyone goes out to see would leave the arena with some of their favourites taking the win.

With the UFC in Glasgow, the Scottish fans were looking for their favourite home country fighters walk away with some wins.

It didn’t turn out to be a great night for the fans though as the Scottish fighters did not come out with a lot of wins.

The night started well enough as Danny Henry took a win in his first UFC fight impressing the Scottish fans and the UFC brass earning a Fight of the Night bonus for his win.

It all went downhill from there for the Scots though as established veterans all dropped their fights.

Paul Craig took a bad loss to Khalil Rountree getting knocked out in the first round and taking some of the air out of the building.

Next up was Stevie Ray who had never been knocked out but took his first KO loss against Paul Felder.

Then came the biggest Scottish star in the UFC in Joanne Calderwood who had been working her way up the strawweight division.

She has been the most recognisable star from the country as she was close to being a title challenger.

She was taking on the biggest hyped prospect in the women’s division, Cynthia Calvillo and was looking to show that the young star had some more room to grow.

It wasn’t to be though as a close fight led to a unanimous decision loss for Calderwood putting the Scots at 1-3 on the night.

It was a disappointing night for the home fans seeing that their favourites couldn’t take home the win but they had one last chance.

Gunnar Nelson might not be a Scot but for most of Europe, he is a home favourite as an Icelandic fighter who trains with Conor McGregor in Ireland.mma-sidebar.fw

For many European fans that is good enough to make him one of their own despite where they are in the world.

He has a quiet confidence that isn’t anything like his training partner and his game could not be any different either.

He brings a devastating ground game to every fight and takes every fight with the same focused intensity.

He was looking to move his way up to a title shot with two straight behind him as he hoped to continue building on that success.

He took on another rising fighter in Santiago Ponzinibbio who has had a lot of success quietly in the UFC and was trying to get the attention of the UFC and the fans.

A win against a European favourite would definitely help and in the main event would help only more in that attempt to get attention in the promotion.

The Scottish fans were clearly behind the man from Iceland hoping to see at least one of their favourite fighters take home a win.

Once again they would see the fan favourite walk out of the octagon disappointed as Nelson never got the chance to use his great ground game.

Instead, he landed a few good shots before the better striker began taking over the fight and eventually finishing it.

Ponzinibbio landed a great straight left hand and sat Nelson down ended the fight with a big knockout.

He came in and beat a favourite in the region but did so with a bang making the most of his time in the spotlight.

It isn’t a fight that will make him a contender but this is a win that will get him noticed among the UFC.

He is set on a path to get to better fighters and is now officially on his way to a title shot although he has some work to get there.

It was an exciting finish but the fans will still walk away disappointed seeing all but one of the home favourites leave with losses on their records.

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