The real winners and losers of UFC Fight Night 207 | Launderer’s report

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    It was back to business for the UFC.

    After its annual week-long hiatus to commemorate Memorial Day, the mixed martial arts conglomerate returned to the Octagon with a 14-fight event at The Apex in Las Vegas.

    The main event pitted a pair of ranked heavyweights, No. 7 Alexander Volkov and No. 8 Jairzinho Rozenstruik, who were coming off losses to higher ranked foes.

    Another pair of ranked featherweights – No. Number 10 Dan Ige and number 13 Movsar Evloev took part in the ESPN show’s main co-slot, led by Jon Anik and Paul Felder at cageside while Heidi Androl worked in the rest of the room.

    The B/R combat sports team was also in place for the Saturday afternoon show and compiled their required list of winners and losers. Scroll down to see what we found and send us a thought or two in the comments section.

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    The main card had featured four finishes in five fights, including three in one round.

    So you couldn’t blame broadcasters, fans, or anyone else if they were hoping Volkov and Rozenstruik would spend time in the cage.

    Herb Dean, however, was apparently ready to leave the building.

    The veteran official brought the scheduled five-round main event to an abrupt end when he jumped up to pull Volkov away from a stricken Rozenstruik and award him a TKO at 2:12 of Round 1.

    Felder was measured in his response but didn’t seem in tune with the quick hook.

    “I’m here. He’s in there. I’m not doing his job, and that’s his decision to make,” he said. “Body language [of Rozenstruik] wasn’t great, but it was hard to say for sure if he was done.”

    The two fighters had traded long range for most of the first two minutes, with the 6’7″ Volkov mixing leg and midsection kicks.

    He then stepped forward and landed a clean right hand that pushed Rozenstruik backwards and left him knee weak, followed by a flurry that sent the Suriname native’s mouthpiece flying and continued with the volley as his opponent covered, turned his body and tried to escape. along the fence to his left.

    Dean intervened to stop as Rozenstruik stood up, glared and shook his head, and the way Volkov approached his opponent and hugged him at least gave the impression that he understood his frustration. .

    “I’m very happy to get a win, and now I’m ready for my next fight and my next challenge,” Volkov said. “I know he didn’t have a good defense, so I saw him go in the cage and go forward. I was expecting a good fight and I’m ready for any challenge. I I’m here and ready for a fight.”

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    Lucas Almeida has come the long way to the featherweight main stage.

    He was beaten during an appearance on Dana White’s Contender Series in September, but UFC chiefs told him it was a win over a contract offer.

    So he returned to Brazil, dealt with an unfortunate foe in a regional promotion, and traveled to Las Vegas in an effort to make up for lost time quickly.

    It would be difficult to accomplish anything more impressive.

    The eight-year-old pro went from a knockdown in the first round and countered with one of his own in the second before delivering a decisive left hook in the third.

    The opponent sent Michael Trizano twirling across the mat in highlight fashion and was followed by several seconds of follow-up ground shots which caused referee Mark Smith to be stopped after 55 seconds.

    “I knew it was going to be a battle,” Almeida said. “I woke up this morning, and God told me it was going to be a war and ‘You’re going to knock him out.’ And There you go.”

    That propelled it to 14-1 and also prompted a prediction.

    “Thank you, Dana White, for giving me this opportunity to be here,” Almeida said. “I’m going to eliminate this division. I’m delighted to be here.”

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    Poliana Botelho was only five seconds away from changing the narrative.

    But it was more than enough time for “Killer” Karine Silva to get things done.

    Still.

    Making her UFC debut after nine years on various regional circuits, Silva scored her 11th first round in 15 pro wins when she forced veteran Botelho out of a D’Arce choke at 4:55 of the first. round of a three-rounder at flyweight.

    It was the second D’Arce choke in UFC women’s flyweight history.

    It was also the sixth win in a row for the 28-year-old, who landed a powerful overhand right that wobbled Botelho and set up the decisive takedown.

    Silva fought his way to the final position by placing his right arm under Botelho’s chin and closing the choke with his left arm and isolating Botelho’s left leg, rendering him immobile and causing the late surrender .

    “I was happy before, just being here, and obviously I’m happier now,” said Silva, who landed 17 significant strikes out of 23 in total. “It’s just another step for the future.

    “I knew I had hit her, but I didn’t know how much I had hurt her. The plan was to come in here and touch her a bit, and I knew if I hit her I was going to hitting her. her hard and knocking her down.”

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    Ode’ Osbourne was a man looking for a home.

    While the Jamaican-born flyweight left his homeland for training camps in New York, Florida and Wisconsin, he never felt completely comfortable.

    The bad news for the 125 pounds?

    Las Vegas seems like a perfect fit.

    Osbourne picked up an impressive second win in a row since heading into the Nevada desert, knocking aggressive foe Zarrukh Adashev semi-conscious with a single right-handed jab and ending things in just 61 seconds. a three-rounder planned.

    It was the sixth fastest finish in UFC men’s flyweight history and came when Osbourne countered a charge from Adashev with a precise overhand right that landed squarely on the jaw and sent the Uzbek veteran to the mat. A handful of follow-up shots forced referee Keith Peterson’s hand and, predictably, sent the charismatic Osbourne to the party.

    “We prepared for this. Be calm. Be patient,” he said. “I hadn’t been able to find my rhythm, but moving here has really put me in an amazing camp. It’s been good.”

    The two-fight streak is Osbourne’s first since joining the UFC with an appearance on Dana White’s Contender Series in 2019 and improved it to 11-4 as a pro since 2015.

    “He was a Glory Kickboxing champ, so I couldn’t get clean. He’s used to cleaning up technical combos that come his way,” he said. “I had to do something athletic.”

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    Askar Mozharov had the feeling on his side,

    The 27-year-old was making his UFC debut after 18 months on the MMA shelf and got a pre-fight pop that chronicled the conflicts his family faced back home in his native Ukraine.

    But Alonzo Menifield was not moved.

    The muscular Texas-based light heavyweight came out swinging from the start, quickly brought his man to the mat and punished him all the way to a first-round stoppage.

    The official end came at 4:40 a.m. of round one when referee Dean stepped in, after a long stretch in which Menifield locked his man in a crucifix stance and hit him with a shootout of uninhibited elbows .

    The fighters exchanged glares and only had a quick thump as the result was read, and Menifield told Felder his empathy for Ukraine stopped at the cage door.

    “I know he’s from Ukraine. I feel for them and for this guy, but he’s here,” Menifield said. “It just pissed me off. I knew he was going to come out like crazy, so I said ‘Why not? Let’s do MMA.’ So I shot him and beat him to death.

    “That’s all for me. You come here and that’s what I’ll give you.”

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    Main board

    Alexander Volkov defeated. Jairzinho Rozenstruik by TKO (punches), 2:12, Round 1

    Movsar Evloev defeated. Dan Ige via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

    Lucas Almeida defeats. Michael Trizano by TKO (punches), 0:55, Round 3

    Karine Silva defeats. Poliana Botelho by submission (d’arce choke), 4:55, Round 1

    Ode’ Osbourne beats. Zarrukh Adashev by TKO (punches), 1:01, Round 1

    Alonzo Menifield defeated. Askar Mozharov by TKO (elbows), 4:40, Round 1


    Preliminary map

    Karolina Kowalkiewicz defeated. Felice Herrig by submission (rear naked choke), 4:01, Round 2

    Joe Solecki beats. Alex Da Silva by majority decision (28-28, 28-27, 29-27)

    Damon Jackson beats. Dan Argueta via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

    Benoit Saint Denis defeated. Niklas Stolze by submission (rear naked choke), 1:32, Round 2

    Tony Gravely defeats. Johnny Munoz by KO (punch), 1:08, Round 1

    Jeff Molina beats. Zhalgas Zhumagulov by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

    Rinat Fakhretdinov defeated. Andreas Michailidis via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)

    Erin Blanchfield beats. JJ Aldrich by submission (guillotine choke), 2:38, Round 2

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