UFC Fight Night 146 was this past weekend. Let’s get right to the rundown.
UFC Fight Night 146
GOOD- Omari Akhmedov vs. Tim Boetsch
This was a solid fight. Nothing great, but both guys tried hard. Akhmedov was just a little better and he got the decision victory. Nice win for Akhmedov.
Beneil Dariush submits Drew Dober
Dober came out strong, landing big shots and punishing Dariush. It wasn’t all Dober, though, as Dariush landed some shots as well. In the second round, Dariush got a takedown and started pouring it on. He connected with some good ground-and-pound and got Dober down again after Dober had gotten up. He was looking for submissions and locked in an armbar to get the win. Good win for Dariush.
GOOD/BAD- Blagoy Ivanov vs. Ben Rothwell
To be honest, I didn’t care much for this fight. It was just kind of there. I probably should have liked it more, as it had some nice moments, but I just didn’t connect with it. Ivanov won the decision.
GOOD- Niko Price stops Tim Means
This was a slugfest, as both fighters were landing big shots the whole fight. Means took the fight to the ground momentarily but they reset soon thereafter. Means landed some more big shots, but Price fired back with some huge punches of his own and knocked Means out with a powerful right hand after being hurt himself. Good win for Price.
Means suffered a broken ankle and tibia from when he got caught with that huge right from Price. His leg got caught under him and snapped. That’s very unfortunate and it sucks that it happened like that. Hopefully, Means has a successful surgery and a speedy recovery.
GOOD- Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos submits Curtis Millender
The fight went to the ground quickly and dos Santos went to work. Millender fought hard but couldn’t avoid everything and eventually had to tap to the rear-naked choke in the first round. Good win for dos Santos.
GOOD- Junior dos Santos stops Derrick Lewis
Lewis came out firing kicks and being really active. He hit JDS with some shots, but nothing really too damaging. Lewis obviously hits hard so anything he lands has the potential to be damaging but it seemed like dos Santos was able to avoid taking too much damage.
Meanwhile, dos Santos was landing a lot of big shots of his own. He peppered Lewis with punches and kicks and they were clearly taking a toll. Eventually, Lewis succumbed to the punishment and dos Santos picked up a nice win that puts him close to the title picture. He’s called for a fight with Francis Ngannou, but I don’t know if the UFC will grant him that fight, or have him fight someone else while Ngannou gets a heavyweight title shot. JDS has three straight wins, but I think they’ll go with Ngannou vs. UFC Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier and have dos Santos fight someone else. We’ll have to wait and see, though. This was a nice way to end a pretty good event.
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