UFC Fight Night 104 was this past weekend, as Chan Sung Yung made his return to the UFC after obligatory military service for South Korea. Let’s get to the rundown.
GOOD: Jessica Andrade vs. Angela Hill
Andrade just beat the hell out of Hill in this fight, but Hill showed incredible toughness and battled through it. I missed an UGLY last week when I neglected to call out the corner of Donald Cerrone for not stopping the fight against Jorge Masvidal when Cerrone was dropped and essentially finished at the end of the first round (shoutout to @Dante_James4 on Twitter for pointing that out to me) but this could have happened here. Hill wasn’t in nearly as bad a shape as Cerrone was last week, but she was still absorbing tremendous punishment and I would hope that her corner at least considered throwing in the towel. I think I let my fondness for Cerrone’s toughness as a fighter blind me last week. I admire Hill’s toughness, but perhaps it would have been more prudent for her corner to save her from further punishment? Good win for Andrade.
GOOD: Marcel Fortuna stops Anthony Hamilton
Fortuna made his UFC debut in a big way, flattening Hamilton and making quite the impression. He isn’t even really a heavyweight. Good power from Fortuna and hopefully this is a sign of things to come for him.
GOOD: Ovince Saint Preux vs. Volkan Oezdemir
Oezdemir made his UFC debut and looked fairly good. He was saved by the bell at the end of the third, though, as OSP was putting it on him as the horn sounded. If the fight was a bit longer it would have been over. Instead, Oezdemir got the decision win and OSP finds himself in danger of being cut if he doesn’t turn it around, and quick. That probably won’t happen, but you never know how the UFC will react to a guy losing four of his last five fights.
GOOD: James Vick submits Abel Trujillo
Vick won both standing and grappling, before finishing Trujillo in the third round. It was an impressive win, he fought well. He’s starting to make his way up the rankings and putting together good performances.
GOOD: Alexa Grasso vs. Felice Herrig
This was a pretty close fight. They were in there battling and trying to gain the advantage, with Herrig coming out on top by decision. Grasso fought okay, but not up to her usual standards. Herrig called out Michelle Waterson and Paige Van Zant after the win. Those would be good, but I’d rather see Waterson challenging for the title, though.
GOOD: Chan Sung Jung stops Dennis Bermudez
Bermudez had some success early, but then Jung stuffed his takedown and landed a short power uppercut that dropped Bermudez and ended things. It had been years since we saw The Korean Zombie and it looks like he hasn’t lost a step. Dennis Bermudez is a tough fighter and Jung took him out. Huge fight from Zombie and a bigtime return to action. To be honest, I thought he would be rusty and it might take him a few rounds to really get going. He said to hell with that noise and jumped straight in and got the big finish. Great win for him, one that should make a lot of people happy. What a great way to end a really good card.
NOW CHECK OUT LAST WEEK’S ARTICLE: HYDEN’S TAKE: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly from Bellator 171 and UFC on FOX 23 including continued rise of Ngannou, Shevchenko upset
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