Last night the UFC put a 13 fight card which certainly delivered.
Sean Strickland showed he belonged as part of the middleweight elite.
Scoring a questionable split decision win.
I don’ see how anyone familiar with MMA could score Hermansson anything other than round 1.
Besides some good leg kicks Hermansson had one of his worse performances to date.
0 of 8 takedowns and far too much time spent trying to kickbox Strickland was never a winning strategy.
In co-main Nick Maximov was able to score 11 takedowns on Punahele Soriano taking his takedown defence from 100% to 35% in just one fight.
The 24-year-olds Maximov is looking he’s gonna be a problem for the middleweight division.
Once he upgrades his striking to the level of his wrestling he’ll be a problem for every middleweight on the planet.
Maximov has a very high ceiling.
Sean Strickland (7) vs Jack Hermansson (6) – Sean Strickland wins via split decision 49-46 47-48 49-46 on the scorecards.
Nick Maximov vs Punahele Soriano – Nick Maximov wins via split decision 28-29 30-27 29-28 on the scorecards.
Shavkat Raknmonov vs Carlston Harris – Shavkat Raknmonov wins via knockout at 4 minutes 10 seconds of round 1.
Brendan Allen vs Sam Alvey – Brendan Allen wins via rear-naked choke at 2 minutes 10 seconds of round 1.
Bryan Battle vs Tresean Gore – Bryan Battle wins via unanimous decision 29-28 on all scorecards.
Julian Erosa vs Steven Peterson – Julian Erosa wins via split decision 28-29 29-28 29-28 the scorecards.
John Castaneda vs Miles Johns – John Castaneda wins via arm-triangle choke at 1 minute 38 seconds of round 3.
Hakeem Dawodu vs Mike Trizano – Hakeem Dawodu wins unanimous decision 30-27 on all scorecards.
Chidi Njokuani vs Marc-Andre Barriault – Chidi Njokuani wins via knockout at 16 seconds of round 1.
Alexis Davis vs Julija Stoliarenko – Alexis Davis wins unanimous 29-27 29-27 30-27 on the scorecard.
Jailton Almeida vs Danilo Marques – Jailton Almeida wins via ground and pound at 2 minutes 57 seconds of round 1.
Phil Rowe vs Jason Witt – Phil Rowe wins via technical knockout at 2 minutes 15 seconds of round 1.
Malcolm Gordon vs Denys Bondar – Malcolm Gordon wins via technical knockout from an arm break at 1 minute 22 seconds of round 1.
Fight of the night: Julian Erosa vs Steven Peterson, Erosa wins all $100,000 due to Peterson’s weight miss.
Performance of the night: Shavkat Raknmonov and Chidi Njokuani.
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