DECEMBER 12, 2015
LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
The wait is finally over! One of the best cards in UFC history is upon us tonight, and the Featherweight Championship bout between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor will finally happen. We’ll have live round by round coverage of tonight’s televised fights, beginning with the Fox Sports 1 prelims at 8PM ET; we’ll also have quick results and commentary on the UFC Fight Pass prelims, so make sure to stick with us all night to follow along with the best fight card of 2015!
=====UFC Fight Pass Quick Results=====
-Court McGee def. Marcio Alexandre via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
NOTE: Workmanlike performance from McGee, though the first two rounds could have easily gone to Alexandre. Still, given the layoff he had coming into the event, it wasn’t a bad showing from McGee.
-Yancy Medeiros def. John Makdessi via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
NOTE: Fight never got out of first gear. Very little happened for the first two and a half rounds; some strikes exchanged, neither doing a ton effectively. Medeiros had a knockdown in the final seconds of the fight, and it may have ultimately been the difference. Neither really did much of anything so it was really a coin flip.
-Magomed Mustafaev def. Joe Proctor via TKO at 1:54 of the first round
NOTE: Mustafaev hurt Proctor fairly early with a body kick and backed him up to the cage. Proctor tried to cover up, but ate a bunch of knees, intentionally dropped to the ground, and kept his hands over his head to force the stoppage.
=====Fox Sports 1 Prelims=====
-Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan of course on the call tonight. After a brief intro, they move right on to the first televised fight of the night.
PRELIM FIGHT ONE: KEVIN LEE VS. LEONARDO SANTOS (LIGHTWEIGHT)
ROUND ONE: Lee tossed out some jabs and kicks to test range. Santos threw a couple punches. Santos landed a hard jab. Lee walked him down and connected on a couple strikes. They traded strikes for a bit, neither getting a significant edge. Santos landed a hard leg kick to the outside of the lead leg. Lee got in a body kick. Lee landed a right hand to the body. Santos timed a takedown after Lee taunted him. Lee got to his feet quickly, but Santos jumped up on his back. Lee got loose and separated. Lee pressed in, and Santos dropped him with a right hand! Wow! Lee tried to recover, but Santos continued to land strikes on the ground. Lee was rocked on the ground and Santos swarmed Lee on the ground until the ref stepped in. Santos then leapt out of the cage and ran into the back. Ok then. He was eventually brought back out. Really surprising result there.
WINNER: Santos via TKO at 3:26 of the first round
STAR RATING: (**+) Excellent win for Santos, huge setback for Lee. That was a great two-punch combo right on the button and he didn’t let up on the ground. Really nice work.
PRELIM FIGHT TWO: WARLLEY ALVES VS. COLBY COVINGTON (WELTERWEIGHT)
ROUND ONE: Alves tossed out a nice kick to the body early. He rushed Covington to the cage and landed a hard knee. Covington went for a takedown and scored it while avoiding a guillotine attempt. Alves worked up to his feet on the cage. Alves grabbed a guillotine and jumped up on Covington. Covington tried to slam him down to break it, but was stuck in the hold and was forced to tap. He hurt himself on the slam attempt there. Fantastic finish, and Alves impresses again.
WINNER: Alves via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:26 of the first round
STAR RATING: (**+) Great highlight from Alves. Really good job locking the hold on to begin with, then to tighten it as Covington stood up, and again to hold on when he got slammed down. Getting some nice excitement so far to take us into the main card.
PRELIM FIGHT THREE: TECIA TORRES VS. JOCELYN JONES-LYBARGER (WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHT)
ROUND ONE: JJL took the center and advanced. Torres threw out a hard kick. Torres landed a right hand and circled out. Torres landed a hard right hand and again circled out. She continued to work on the outside, popping in for offense and circling away to defend. Torres landed a solid combination. She continued to pick her spots on the outside. Lybarger finally clinched and Torres turned her around on the cage. Torres landed a couple knees. The clinch continued for a bit and Torres went for a takedown attempt. Lybarger held it off against the cage. The clinch slowed things down considerably. Torres landed a couple strikes. They jockeyed for position, and Torres shot in again. Lybarger again stuffed the attempt on the cage.
Penick’s Scorecard: 10-9 Torres. Not a ton to that round, but almost all the offense was from Torres.
ROUND TWO: Torres landed a nice early right hand. Lybarger pressed forward and connected on a couple jabs. Torres landed a right hand. Lybarger walked her down and clinched, pressing her back to the cage. She didn’t do much there, and eventually got turned around. Torres finally backed off and came back in with a right hand. Lybarger fired back. Lybarger pressed forward and again initiated the clinch. Torres ate a knee and then turned her around on the cage. They continued to battle for position before finally separating. Torres landed a few short combos. She fired off again. Lybarger shot in for a takedown but wound up on her back with Torres in half guard. She trapped an arm and landed a few hard elbows. Lybarger landed a couple elbows from the bottom. Torres briefly looked for an arm triangle but lost the opening. She dropped down some more strikes from the top, and avoided a late sub attempt to the horn.
Penick’s Scorecard: 10-9 Torres. She made it hers in the final minute there after a whole lotta nothing in the four minutes prior.
ROUND THREE: Lybarger tried to come in aggressively, but Torres turned her around on the cage in the clinch. They separated after a bit and Torres worked from the outside again. She landed several punches as she continued circling out. Lybarger wasn’t finding a home for her strikes for the most part, as Torres continued to work well from the cage. She landed a nice counter right hand and circled out. Torres again circled and connected with the right hand. Lybarger grabbed a clinch and tried to complete a takedown. Torres stuffed the attempt and landed a hard elbow. She circled out and separated. Torres lit Lybarger up with a big combination. She teed off against the cage with several flurries before Lybarger clinched up. She effectively slowed it down as she was bleeding. Torres backed out and broke free, then came forward with a few hard exchanges. Lybarger landed a left. Torres fired back. Lybarger clinched again to the horn.
Penick’s Scorecard: 10-9 Torres. She finally poured on some offense there. Wasn’t much of a fight for most of it, but nice striking work from Torres in that third round.
WINNER: Torres via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
STAR RATING: (*+) Not a ton to that fight. Torres had some nice offense late but there was a lot of slow clinch work in the fight.
PRELIM FIGHT FOUR: URIJAH FABER VS. FRANKIE SAENZ (BANTAMWEIGHT)
ROUND ONE: Faber moved forward and landed a leg kick for the first blow of the fight. He landed a big knee to the body. Saenz clinched, Faber nearly threw him. They battled for position. Faber landed a nice inside elbow. He went for a trip but got countered and Saenz sprawled. Faber worked back to his feet and moved back ahead. Saenz tripped Faber up with an inside leg kick. Faber popped up and came forward with a solid right hand. Saenz tried to press in but Faber avoided the rush and came back in. Faber got in close. Saenz landed a knee. Faber landed a big elbow over the top. Saenz landed a strike, but ate another hard elbow. Faber landed a nice step-in knee. Saenz landed a grazing strike with a leg kick behind it. Faber popped in with a right hand. Saenz stuffed a takedown and Faber scrambled up. Faber landed a strike but ate a couple of counter punches. Faber caught a kick but the takedown attempt was stuffed. Saenz landed a hard leg kick and avoided return fire from Faber. Faber ducked in for a single leg. He got stuffed, but clinched, and landed a hard elbow to separate. Faber landed a nice body punch. Saenz got in a knee and Faber clinched. He landed a short elbow before the horn.
Penick’s Scorecard: 10-9 Faber. Good, competitive opening round. Faber having a lot more success offensively, but Saenz is handling everything fairly well and firing off some shots of his own.
ROUND TWO: Faber rocked Saenz with a huge knee. He was wobbled badly and Faber started swarming at the cage. He landed a bunch of elbows in the clinch as Saenz tried to clinch and survive. Faber continued pouring on elbows, knees to the body, and more, but Saenz recovered. Faber scored a throw into a mounted crucifix, but Saenz somehow reversed and got on top! What?! Faber got to his feet with Saenz on his back, and Faber looked tired after somehow not finishing in that flurry. What an insane sequence. Faber tried for a switch. Faber turned him around in the clinch and landed an elbow. Saenz got in a knee to the body. Faber separated with two minutes left. Saenz landed an inside leg kick. Saenz kicked out Faber’s leg with an inside kick. Saenz landed a front kick to the body with a punch behind it. Faber landed a nice right hand, then a knee to the body. Saenz popped in with a right hand. Saenz landed another hard leg kick. Faber caught a kick and took him down, but Saenz scrambled up and landed a knee. He missed a strike on separation. Faber landed a nice right hand. Faber shot and Saenz sprawled. Saenz landed an uppercut late.
Penick’s Scorecard: 10-9 Faber. I have no idea how Saenz is still in this, but Faber’s in trouble if he can’t recover some energy into the third.
ROUND THREE: Saenz rushed forward with a leg kick. He tried to press forward. Faber caught a kick and ate a right hand. Saenz landed a solid uppercut. Faber landed a nice kick high. Saenz returned one to the body. Faber landed a couple strikes, and avoided a spinning back fist. Saenz landed a right hand. Faber popped back in with one of his own. They clinched and traded knees. Saenz dropped for a single leg and Faber held off the attempt. Saenz separated with a solid elbow. Saenz landed a knee and stuffed another takedown attempt. Faber landed a knee to the head. Faber connected on a short elbow as Saenz stepped in. Faber landed a nice flurry of strikes. Both missed out of a clinch. Saenz landed a hard kick. He landed a few strikes. He landed an uppercut. Faber landed a big overhand right that stopped him in his tracks. He added a few more punches behind it. Saenz got in to the body with a kick. Faber timed a takedown attempt well and got Saenz to the ground. Saenz tried to get up against the cage, and got to his feet. Both missed strikes late. Faber scored another takedown countering one from Saenz late and avoided a heel hook attempt. Great effort from both.
Penick’s Scorecard: 10-9 Faber. Close, competitive round, edged out by Faber. Good performance from Saenz in the likely loss here, regardless.
WINNER: Faber via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
STAR RATING: (***) Really entertaining fight. That second round was nuts when Faber had Saenz hurt badly, but somehow Saenz survived. Great way to press us into this pay-per-view main card!
=====Pay-Per-View Main Card=====
Annnnnnnnnnd “Face the Pain” is back in its original glory. R.I.P. dubstep version.
MAIN CARD FIGHT ONE: MAX HOLLOWAY VS. JEREMY STEPHENS (FEATHERWEIGHT)
ROUND ONE: Stephens came forward and threw an early leg kick. Stephens landed an outside kick. Holloway worked patiently at range, avoiding some kicks and tossing out a couple jabs. Holloway popped out a few punches. Stephens threw out a few more kicks. Holloway peppered him with several strikes and Stephens clinched. Neither did much of anything before separating. Holloway landed several strikes in combination. Stephens fired back and they traded. He landed another hard leg kick. Holloway landed a nice left hand. He missed a strike and Stephens clinched, pressing him to the cage. Close round.
Penick’s Scorecard: 10-9 Holloway. He had more offense in his strikes than did Stephens with his kicks, and neither did anything in those clinches. Could have gone the other way, I suppose.
ROUND TWO: After a few missed strikes, Stephens connected on a hook to the body. Holloway landed a nice kick to the body. He stepped asde as Stehens missed. Holloway landed a short combination. They briefly clinched, and Holloway landed a right hand to separate. Holloway landed a nice right hook over the top. He landed a spinning kick to the body but Stephens caught it. Stephens grabbed a clinch again. He tried to score a takedown but Holloway held it off. He separated and moved ahead again. Holloway landed several strikes while avoiding the return fire from Stephens. Stephens ate another right hand as he grabbed a clinch again. Holloway held off the takedown attempt again. Holloway separated and landed an elbow to break. He stepped in with a knee to the body. Holloway landed another right hand. Stephens grabbed a leg and clinched again. Holloway stuffed another attempt and separated. Stephens landed a push kick late.
Penick’s Scorecard: 10-9 Holloway. Stephens not having much success in this fight right now.
ROUND THREE: Holloway landed a right hand. Stephens connected on a body kick. He took a grazing knee to the cup but kept fighting. Stephens barely missed a head kick. Holloway scored a trip takedown as he pressed in. He landed a hard left hand and a few more strikes. He passed to side control. He landed a nice knee to the body. Stephens tried to get up and Holloway scrambled to his back. He couldn’t lock on a choke and wound up on top in half guard. He landed some hard elbows from the top. Stephens gave up his back again. Holloway tried to lock on the rear naked choke as Stephens attempt to defend. Stephens finally scrambled up and got to his feet with two minutes left. Holloway separated and backed up. Stephens landed a left hook. He connected on a leg kick. Stephens landed punch and a kick. He shot in and nearly scored a takedown, but Holloway stayed on his feet. Stephens got double underhooks but lost it. Holloway landed a spinning back elbow as he separated. He missed a flying knee attempt. Stephens landed a hard kick to the body. He tried to chase Holloway late but ate a counter-right. Holloway landed a nice step in knee and a few more strikes before the horn.
Penick’s Scorecard: 10-9 Holloway. Just nothing there from Stephens in this fight until way too late, and even then it wasn’t near enough.
WINNER: Holloway via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
STAR RATING: (*+) Not a great fight. Step back from Holloway, unfortunately. He took the mic from Joe Rogan after and called for a title fight with McGregor in Croke Park or Aldo in his home of Hawaii, but there is no chance in hell he’s leap-frogging Frankie Edgar.
MAIN CARD FIGHT TWO: DEMIAN MAIA VS. GUNNAR NELSON (WELTERWEIGHT)
ROUND ONE: Maia shot in early but got reversed. However, he popped back up. Maia shot again and nearly scored a single leg, but Nelson got up. Nelson then reversed to again get back on top. Great ground exchanges here early. Maia tried to turn into Nelson and got passed, then Maia scrambled and he took Nelson’s back. Nelson tried to buck Maia off. He tried to roll over but Maia transferred to the mount. He landed a few strikes. Nelson tried to turn in and stand, but Maia again took his back and held position. He landed several strikes as Nelson again tried to stand. Maia locked on a body triangle and rolled through. He was still high up, but continued to attack. Nelson’s face was messed up. Maia transitioned to an armbar attempt and had it! But Nelson got out and on top! Nelson landed a couple strikes to the horn. Fantastic round.
Penick’s Scorecard: 10-9 Maia. Just an excellent round, great work offensively from Maia and defensively from Nelson. This is great, high level stuff.
ROUND TWO: Maia pressed in and landed a straight left. He shot in and scored the takedown, only to get immediately reversed. Maia worked to his feet again and went for the takedown again. Nelson was grabbing the cage and had his hand ripped off by John McCarthy. Maia continued to work for it but Nelson again grabbed the cage again and had his arm ripped off. Point should have been taken. Maia got him down and got his back. Nelson stood but got brought down. Maia did a bunch of damage from back mount. Nelson finally got himself turned around and into Maia’s guard, but he got almost immediately reversed. Nelson had a butterfly guard, but Maia stayed heavy. Nelson tried to kick him off but Maia partially passed and continued throwing elbows. He kept getting through with the elbows. He postured up in mount and landed several more big elbows to the horn.
Penick’s Scorecard: 10-8 Maia? Real close to that. Tons of damage that final minute on the ground. Nelson’s just getting mauled.
ROUND THREE: Maia scored a takedown almost immediately. Nelson tried to reverse but Maia got back to top position. Nelson tried to buck him out with a butterfly guard, but Maia smothered and passed. Maia got to half guard and landed some hard elbows as Nelson tried to turn into him. Nelson gave up his back. Maia locked on the body triangle. He went for the rear naked choke but was on the jaw. He landed some significant strikes from behind Nelson. Maia held his hand up in celebration and then hit Nelson in the face. Nelson spun around into Maia’s guard before the horn.
Penick’s Scorecard: 10-9 Maia. Slower offensive work that round, but still dominance. Great performance from Maia.
WINNER: Maia via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-25, 30-25)
STAR RATING: (***) That was just technical brilliance from Demian Maia, and a wonderfully dominant performance against a really tough guy in Nelson. Maia deserves consideration in a No. 1 contender fight. Let’s get Maia against Johny Hendricks to fight for a title shot after Tyron Woodley.
MAIN CARD FIGHT THREE: RONALDO “JACARE” SOUZA VS. YOEL ROMERO (MIDDLEWEIGHT)
ROUND ONE: Romero circled on the outside early as Souza looked to move forward. Romero landed a hard kick to the body that was blocked. Souza landed a straight right and tried to get to Romero. Souza landed a solid body punch. Lots of tension in the cage right now, but wound up and ready to fire off something significant. Jacare connected to the body with a nice uppercut. Romero backed up and circled. He popped in with a jab that was blocked. They traded and Souza was a bit off balance. He moved back in, but both were very tentative in the early portion of the fight. Romero rocked Souza with a spinning back fist that sent him to the ground. Jacare tried to goad him in and Romero obliged. Romero landed a few big strikes as Souza tried to attack off his back. Romero postured up and landed some big shots. Jacare was getting hurt by the ground and pound. Jacare went for a triangle and nearly had it, but Romero popped out. Romero landed a big elbow. Jacare went for an armbar but Romero popped out of it. He landed a few more strikes before the round ended. Wow.
Penick’s Scorecard: 10-9 Romero. Jacare was winning that round until the spinning back fist, and he took a bunch of damage on the ground while still attacking. Crazy round.
ROUND TWO: Jacare’s still wobbly to start the round, and Romero needs to capitalize. Romero landed a nice front kick. He landed one to the leg and blocked a counter. Jacare shot in for a takedown but got shrugged aside. Romero backed out after stuffing it. Souza landed a right hand as he continued trying to stalk Romero down. Jacare shot in again. He grabbed a single leg, turned it into a body lock. Romero was holding onto the cage and wound up on top of Souza because of that. Marc Goddard immediately stood them up because the fence grab gave him that position. Great call Goddard. Romero landed a left hand. Souza landed a couple body strikes. Souza landed a nice right hand and shot in, but got stuffed. Souza landed another body strike. Romero landed a body kick. Souza fired off a harder one. Romero landed a hard inside leg kick that stumbled Jacare a bit just before the horn.
Penick’s Scorecard: 10-9 Jacare. Romero’s exhausted, and he let Souza back in this one.
ROUND THREE: Romero threw out a couple kicks. Souza landed a few of his own. Romero landed a nice left hand off a body kick. Romero landed an inside leg kick. Souza shot in but Romero scrambled out. Souza landed a hard body kick. Romero landed a nice left hand. Souza threw out a front kick. Souza landed several strikes. He landed a hard combination on the cage and scored a takedown into half guard. He landed some strikes from the top, baiting Romero to attack for the arm triangle. He landed some punches and elbows to Romero’s legs. He postured up with some elbows. He landed more punches, then some knees to the body. Romero tried to escape but Souza held position. Souza patiently looked for an opening, but Romero defended. Romero finally escaped to his feet and they clinched to the horn.
Penick’s Scorecard: 10-9 Jacare. Clearly his round, and I think he won this fight in a come from behind after surviving that bad first round. Could have been a 10-8 in the first round, so we could have a draw here, but I think two and three were Souza’s.
WINNER: Romero via split decision (29-27, 28-29, 29-28)
STAR RATING: (**) Odd fight in some ways. Heartbreaking for Jacare. He didn’t convincingly “win” given what happened in that first round, but should have been a draw at worst, because Romero did next to nothing in the second round. I don’t see Romero having much chance against Weidman or Rockhold outside of a similar out-of-nowhere first round shot. In a five round fight, both of those men may beat him badly given that type of performance.
MAIN CARD FIGHT FOUR: CHRIS WEIDMAN VS. LUKE ROCKHOLD (MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP)
ROUND ONE: Weidman went high with a kick to start things off. He landed inside. Rockhold returned fire with an inside leg kick. Rockhold missed a strike and Weidman snuck behind him. He took his back and got hooks in with Rockhold standing. Weidman landed strikes, but Rockhold tried to shake him off. He managed to do that and he clinched Weidman at the cage. Solid sequence. Weidman grabbed a Thai clinch and landed a knee to the body. He dropped down for a takedown and completed it. Rockhold tried to escape and Weidman tried to take his back, but Rockhold got to his feet. Rockhold landed a knee to the body. They traded knees. Weidman landed a nice elbow in the clinch. Rockhold grabbed a guillotine, but Weidman was in side control. Rockhold patiently looked for an opening to keep the hold to get a guard. Weidman defended well and they stalled out a bit. Herb Dean stood them up. Wow. Terrible. Rockhold landed a couple hard kicks. Weidman shot in. Rockhold grabbed a guillotine and rolled through, getting on top. Weidman kicked him off at the horn. Good start.
Penick’s Scorecard: 10-9 Weidman. Good opening round, god awful stand up from Herb Dean.
ROUND TWO: Weidman got caught by a right hook as he shot in. He covered up as Rockhold fired out a few more before he circled out. Rockhold landed a hard body kick. Weidman walked him down and scored a body kick. Rockhold grabbed a headlock and then circled out. Weidman landed another nice body kick. Rockhold went high with one that was blocked. Rockhold missed a strike and Weidman clinched. Rockhold defended it, separated, and landed a big kick. Rockhold started lighting him up with kicks to the body head, and legs. They both missed left hands. Weidman closed in for a clinch midway through the round. Rockhold circled out and landed a knee to separate. Rockhold went for the question mark kick that grazed Weidman. Rockhold got in with a straight right. Rockhold got in a hook as Weidman walked in. He landed a left hook. Rockhold landed a hard punch to the body. Weidman blocked another kick, then landed one to the body. Rockhold returned fire to the body. Rockhold ducked under a strike but didn’t counter. Rockhold landed an inside leg kick. Rockhold missed the question mark kick. Weidman landed a body kick and Rockhold ran out. He fired a straight left off, then a hard leg kick. Great round for the challenger.
Penick’s Scorecard: 10-9 Rockhold. Weidman looked off that round, and both are starting to look tired a bit already.
ROUND THREE: Weidman continued pressing in and landed some kicks. Rockhold landed a hard body kick. They traded body kicks. Weidman ducked in. Rockhold grabbed a headlock, then tried to fight off the clinch and succeeded. Weidman landed a body shot. Weidman landed a couple hard leg kicks to the lead leg. Rockhold landed a big right hand, Weidman returned with a left. Rockhold dropped his hands and let Weidman hit him, then fell against the cage as he failed to grab a choke. He worked up on the cage to his feet. They traded strikes in the clinch and Rockhold got separation. Rockhold landed a nice left hook, then a hard body kick. He landed a leg kick, and another left. Weidman got back in to the body. Rockhold landed a short combo in the center. Weidman got back in to the body with a few hard kicks. Rockhold landed a nice left hook. Weidman landed another body kick. He went high and it was blocked. Weidman telegraphed a spin kick and Rockhold took him down. He got his back with both hooks in and then turned over to mount him. He landed a big elbow. He scored a few big elbows. Weidman was hurt and covered up. Rockhold poured on the attack. He continued throwing elbows and punches. He was getting battered with elbow after elbow, punch after punch. He was covering his face and Herb Dean let him make it to the round. Fucking awful by Herb Dean. That fight should have stopped 20 seconds ago. Are you freaking kidding me. Herb Dean has been absolutely horrible tonight.
Penick’s Scorecard: 10-8 Rockhold. How is that not stopped? Unbelievably horrible work from Dean. Just criminal and inexcusable.
ROUND FOUR: Rockhold landed a few strikes and went for a takedown, only for Weidman to hold the cage to stay up. Of course he got a warning. Rockhold picked him up and took him down. He landed a couple strikes from the top and Weidman got him to guard. Rockhold landed some big strikes to the body, got in to the head with some strikes, and continued to pressure. Rockhold postured up and dropped down with some hard strikes. Weidman’s face was gushing. Rockhold got to mount again and started throwing strikes. Now Dean steps in. That last two minutes was unnecessary. Fantastic performance from Luke Rockhold.
WINNER: Rockhold via TKO at 3:12 of the fourth round
STAR RATING: (***) Just a fantastic performance from Rockhold. Truly. He had a rough first half in the third after a strong second round, but once he got Weidman down he beat the ever-loving crap out of him. Weidman gave up position on that in retrospect really bad wheel kick, and Rockhold just destroyed him. Rockhold, who entered the UFC as the Strikeforce Middleweight Champion, is now officially the best middleweight in the world.
MAIN EVENT FIGHT FIVE: JOSE ALDO VS. CONOR MCGREGOR (FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP)
-They have excellent new in-arena graphics for the big fight walkout, and both got loud reactions from the crowd.
ROUND ONE: McGregor landed an early jab and a side kick. Aldo ran into him and McGregor knocked him out! He knocked him out cold! What in the hell just happened?!?!?! Left hook landed. Aldo went out. McGregor landed an extra hammer fist. This is done. Are you kidding me? Insanity.
WINNER: McGregor via KO at :13 of the first round
STAR RATING: (****) Unbelievable. Absolutely unbelievable. This is Conor McGregor’s world, and we’re just living in it. That was craziness.
McGregor: “Precision beats power, and timing beats speed, and that’s what you saw there.”
-Aldo said he wanted a rematch because they never got going there, and the crowd booed him. That’s expected from the Irish crowd, but garbage. He hadn’t lost in ten years, he can get a rematch after a quick KO like that.
-That was an unbelievable night. The top two fights delivered some shocking moments, and we end this three fight stretch on one of the craziest moments in UFC history. Thanks for following along with us here tonight! We’ll have so much more to say about this throughout the week, and we have even more fights coming seven days from now as the UFC’s wholly memorable 2015 schedule comes to an end with UFC on Fox 17!